Dale Earnhardt Jr Insider Confronts Brian France on “Crackage” at NASCAR Foundations They “Embraced” Amid 2008 Economic Recession

The Dale Jr Download podcast is frequented by many NASCAR legends and insiders. This is why Dale Earnhardt Jr’s podcast is so popular with fans because he brings people what others rarely do.

ADVERTISEMENT

The article continues below this ad

In the season finale, Dale Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis sat down with former NASCAR CEO, Brian France. Davis asked France, “In 2007 to 2009, the sport kind of started to hit some situations that I think mostly contributed to the fact that we had a recession! An economic recession, right?

ADVERTISEMENT

The article continues below this ad

“So now you have teams that are struggling… Really our foundation that we’ve taken for all that time is starting to crack a little bit. So you know when that happens, people start looking for who to blame.”

France replied, “Alright alright. That’s part of it. And I’m one of the you know… Look you’ve got to take the criticism. If it wasn’t going that for me, you know, he’s not doing that well or he’s not engaging in this part of the business. To me, you always get that when things aren’t going well. Even when things are going well. “Well, he didn’t look out for me, or he didn’t get it right.”

He further explained, “So you have to know, you know Jim’s getting it now. Almost everything is unfair. You would expect someone like me to say that’s not fair. I don’t care about any of that. All I want to do when I’m running it, is take us somewhere, a better place. So I don’t focus on any of that. Other people do.”

A great Brian France shows how difficult it is to run an organization like NASCAR because of the large number of people involved, and each person has their own personality and expectations.

Brian looks inside NASCAR

Brian followed his father and grandfather into the position of CEO at NASCAR. He served for 15 years before retiring. Know the intricate and hidden details of what goes on in NASCAR.

ADVERTISEMENT

The article continues below this ad

He talked about Mike Helton, the man he replaced at the helm of things. “And by the way, Mike Helton who goes to every event, or most of them, and he likes that… he’s really good. You don’t need four Mike Heltons walking around. Mike Helton is Mike Helton.”

‘I tell people you don’t have to have a lot in common with someone you work with. I said take Mike. He lives on a farm, I have never lived on a farm. Mike wears cowboy boots, I don’t wear cowboy boots. He hunts, I don’t hunt. Mike and I are really close. I have a lot of respect for Mike Helton. We have very little in common in those things.’

ADVERTISEMENT

The article continues below this ad

Watch This Story: NASCAR World In Disbelief Over Brawl In Race Amid Bubba Wallace-Kyle Larson Cloud Over Driver Behavior

While Brian served as CEO for 15 years, Mike only got 3 years at the top. His portrayal and respect for Mike speaks volumes about the man; something that fans may not know too much about.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *