Wednesday, December 06, 2006

No More Dale Earnhardt Jr. Please (In Polls)

During races, on NASCAR's website - the race fan poll has long been an interesting way to guage fan predictions and attitudes towards drivers, teams, skill, and what will happen. Obviously, it's not scientific or overly important, but it can still be interesting.

Unless one of the options is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

No matter what the poll is about, be it paint schemes, who will win the next race, who is the best driver - Dale Jr. Wins. By a huge margin. Even when it doesn't come close to making sense. You'd think Jr. fans would know what tracks he struggles on. He would still win any poll asking for the most likely driver to win, even if he wasn't even in the race. It makes sense. He's quick become the heir-apparent to Bill Elliott's "win the most popular driver award every friggin' year" streak.

So why don't we just go ahead and from now on exclude him from the polls? Just say, in the question, "Which driver, besides Dale Earnhardt Jr. do you think...?"

It's not that I don't like him. It's just it spoils the fun when you already know how it's going to turn out.

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