Yesterday was overshadowed by drama and the final laps of the race. So overshadowed that it was several hours before I even realized Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finished second. He even is leading the points and for the first time, that isn’t the headline leaving Fontana.
During his post race press conference he was asked about the track and its condition. Earnhardt really had nothing but nice things to say about the track and its rather old surface!
He did have one suggestion for the track however saying, “Do everybody a favor, whoever owns this place, and pave the back straightaway. If you pave the back straightaway, there’s some real bad bumps, we all watched it on TV in the Nationwide race and I’m sure you saw it today. It’s just going down the back straightaway. It probably doesn’t cost much to pave the two lanes that we race in, and that would really cure any complaints that I got.”
The corners according to Earnhardt are perfect and the front straightaway is good. I thinks the age of the asphalt is perfect for the track and the drivers because it has so many years on it.
So if they can fix the bumpy back straightaway, Junior may just have a new favorite track. He said if they made those changes, you couldn’t ask for a better a race track.