Can you guess which racers Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’s similar to in driving style? (VIDEO)


He has his father’s name but not his driving style. So who does Dale Earnhardt Jr. compare his driving style to?

He discussed that and more in an appearance Tuesday morning on “The Dan Patrick Show” on NBCSN.

Patrick asked Earnhardt if he was conservative by nature as a driver.

“I don’t know that I’m conservative by nature,’’ Earnhardt said. “I feel like I’m more of a thinker. As far as a race car driver, I feel like I’m a smart driver. Dad was real aggressive. Dad had that intimidating style and nickname and he lived up to that persona. That was him every day and how he raced on the track. He was never the kind of guy who outthought everybody and was the clever guy or sly guy. He was just aggressive, running hard and pushing and shoving.

“I’m a little bit more like maybe Darrell Waltrip or David Pearson or some of those guys that were a little bit smoother in thinking about the decisions they’re making and trying to be smart and clever about what is happening on the race track and knowing when to sort of pick their battles.

“Another thing, too, is you can only be so aggressive, depending on the car. If you’re not fast, there’s no reason to be pushing and shoving everybody out of the way because they’re just going to run over you. It’s easy to be aggressive when you can get away from them after you run over people. If your car is not good enough to get away from them, no need to be shoving them around because they’re just going to run you back over.’’

Patrick also asked Earnhardt about why Sunday’s victory at Talladega Superspeedway made him emotional.

“I don’t really get too bothered or let myself get too affected by certain milestones like my dad’s birthday (last week) or the day he passed or certain things like that or milestones or moments in his life,’’ Earnhardt said. “Those kind of come and go for me and they have for the last several years. Ever since I joined Twitter, it’s allowed me to see certain things that you’re just not placed in front of on a consistent basis.

“When dad’s birthday came, I was seeing all these people talking about him on Twitter. A lot of the things I saw were from friends in the industry and his peers. The one thing I always worried about when he died is that the older I got and the further we got away from that time, the more people might sort of forget or his impact on the sport would get a little bit more and more diluted or lessened or less recognized.

“So I was kind of worried about that because I was so proud of him and what he was able to do. One of the coolest things is just to hear people talk about that. When I was seeing all that stuff on Twitter for his birthday, all these people were acknowledging him, saying what a great impact he was and how important he was on the sport and for them personally, that made me feel pretty good. I had all that stuff kind of bottled up.’’

Patrick also asked if Earnhardt was engaged yet, continuing their discussion the last time Earnhardt appeared on the show.

“Not yet,” Earnhardt said. “We’re going in that right direction. It’s going great.”

Brandon Jones wins Xfinity pole at Texas Motor Speedway


Playoff driver Brandon Jones won the pole position Saturday morning for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jones was clocked at 185.637 miles per hour. He has won three of the past four Xfinity poles.

MORE: Texas Xfinity qualifying results

MORE: Texas Xfinity starting lineup

Scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on the USA Network, the race is the opening event of the Xfinity playoffs.

Following Jones in the top five were Noah Gragson (winner of three consecutive Xfinity races), Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek and Sam Mayer.

MORE: Post-race celebration? Try the Waffle House

The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile track. Drivers will be battling heat in the mid-to-high 90s.


NASCAR Saturday schedule at Texas Motor Speedway


NASCAR Cup and Xfinity teams will be busy Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Cup Series enters the second round of the playoffs with 12 drivers remaining for the title. Cup teams will practice and qualify today.

The Xfinity Series begins its playoffs Saturday with 12 drivers in championship contention. Xfinity teams will practice and qualify before racing.

All track activity will be broadcast on USA Network. The temperature will climb into the mid-90s Saturday, according to Weather Underground.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. — Xfinity Series
  • 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Cup Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 – 11:05 a.m. — Xfinity Series practice (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
  • 11:05 a.m. – noon — Xfinity Series qualifying (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
  • 12:35 – 1:20 p.m. — Cup Series practice (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
  • 1:20 – 2:30 p.m. — Cup Series qualifying (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
  • 3:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (200 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, NBC Sports App, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday Texas Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


The Xfinity Series playoffs begin this weekend. Noah Gragson and Ty Gibbs enter as the favorites. They’ve combined to win 11 of the 26 races this season.

Gragson, who has six wins this season, seeks to win his fourth consecutive victory.

MORE: Noah Gragson’s special celebrations at Waffle House

Gibbs, who has five victories this year, is one of four drivers in the Xfinity playoffs for the first time. The other three are Josh Berry, Austin Hill and Sam Mayer.

Also in the playoffs are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg.

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given by Andy’s Frozen Custard executives Andy Kuntz, Dana Kuntz and Carol Kuntz at 3:38 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 8:30 a.m. … Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. … Qualifying begins at 11:05 a.m. … Driver introductions are at 3 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries at 3:30 p.m. … Janie Balderas will perform the anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3 p.m. on USA Network. The post-race show will air on USA Network. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 3 p.m. and also will stream at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 96 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Tyler Reddick gave Big Machine Racing its first series win in May. William Byron was second and Sam Mayer was third.


Ryan Blaney’s team to appeal Bristol penalty


Team Penske will appeal the penalty to Ryan Blaney‘s team from last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the organization confirmed Friday.

NASCAR suspended crew chief Jonathan Hassler, jackman Graham Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Price four races each after a wheel came off Blaney’s car during a pit stop. His left rear wheel rolled off when he exited his stall and the tire bounced down pit road through before it was captured.

The penalty would have caused Hassler and the pit crew members to miss all of the second round and the first race in the third round. With the appeal. Hassler, Stoddard and Price will be able to participate in Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.).

Blaney enters the second round holding the final transfer spot. He, Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell are tied with 3,013 points. He won the All-Star Race in May at Texas.

Chase Briscoe is the first driver below the cutline. He’s four points behind Blaney. Alex Bowman and Daniel Suarez are each six points behind Blaney. Austin Cindric is seven points behind Blaney.