Dale Jr., Kevin Harvick fix flaw in Dale Jr. Download
This week’s edition of Download The Dale Jr. may be one of the most anticipated in podcast history, as Kevin Harvick joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis.
The hour-long TV version of DJD featuring Harvick as a guest airs Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The episode will re-air Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, starting a block of NASCAR programming that includes Burnouts on Broadway at 6 p.m. ET and the 2021 NASCAR Awards Show at 7 p.m. ET.
Earnhardt and Harvick cover many topics, including their 2017 disagreement on Earnhardt’s comments on driver salaries and Harvick’s later comments on Earnhardt’s popularity and his lack of success “stunting” NASCAR’s growth.
During the Cup Series visit to Watkins Glen in August, Earnhardt – in the middle of his final season as a full-time driver – said young drivers signing contracts for less guaranteed money than their veteran counterparts were good for the sport as a whole, as more money would go to the teams and keep the business sustainable.
But unbeknownst to Earnhardt at the time, Harvick was in the midst of his own contract negotiation.
“To me, I was like, ‘Dude, I thought he was on the driver’s side’ – and then I was talking about the pay cuts,” Harvick recalls. “And I’m like ‘I have to change the narrative of this conversation.'”
After this weekend at Watkins Glen, Harvick did just that on his former SiriusXM show, “Happy Hours,” where he spoke about what he believed was Earnhardt’s role in hindering NASCAR’s growth. .
Looking back, Harvick thinks that was the wrong way to go.
“The driver salary narrative vanished at that point because of everything that was said about (Happy Hours),” Harvick said. “And I think when you look at that, (that was) definitely not the way to handle it all, just the way it all turned out.
“I think when you look at that, going through the drivers and their wages and everything that was said at that particular moment – it was just something that I didn’t want in the news and I didn’t want it to be. a topic of conversation. (I) said the things that I said and you have to live with it, right? “
As for Earnhardt, he also thinks he should have done something different in this situation.
“Not knowing you were in the middle of a contract negotiation – and you weren’t the only driver who came to me and said, ‘I had a problem with what you said’ – I just want you to know, I guess, that I probably could have kept quiet about it, ”he said.
Harvick laughs back, “Yeah, me too. I could have done the same.
Earnhardt continues, “I go to this media center every week and they ask questions and you just answer them, don’t you? And you speak your truth or whatever you think you believe. But it was probably a conversation that I guess I absolutely understand why you were upset about it.
Following Harvick’s comments in 2017, Earnhardt noted that they were hurtful but that he still respected Harvick.
In a similar vein, Earnhardt said on DJD that he had wanted to mend the rift with Harvick at one point.
“I hope beyond today we can both agree that this is unfortunate and become friends again,” Earnhardt said.
“I agree,” Harvick replied. “Because that’s the one thing about the sport that most people don’t know, isn’t it?” You have to be surrounded by people. You have people with whom you have a lot in common. And I think for myself, I choose to be almost silent and walk away from things and not talk about them and not be with them.
“It’s probably, all the time, not the right way to do it. And I think for me I’m saying stuff that you look back on and you’re like, “Oh my God, why the hell would you say that? And I think as you get older you start to – I’m the same way, it’s good to fix these things. Because for us, obviously, we’ve been here for a long time, and for me, I feel the same.
Other topics covered this week Download Dale Jr include, without limitation, the friendship of Earnhardt and Harvick; Harvick replacing Dale Earnhardt Sr. after his death in the 2001 Daytona 500; and Harvick’s tenure at JR Motorsports while running a part-time schedule.