The NASCAR Cup Series is back at the Pocono Raceway today, and as much as I look forward to racing in the “Tough Triangle,” I can’t help but wonder if that mark is still here.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Obviously, he’s the most recognizable face in NASCARhaving been the most popular driver in the sport for 15 years in a row and now serving as a member of the NBC broadcast team on race day.
But none of that seemed to matter to one of the security guards at Pocono Raceway last year.
On an episode of his podcast, Download The Dale Jr. After last year’s Pocono race, Dale explained that he had some trouble getting onto the track because he didn’t have his credentials on hand.
You’d think Dale Jr’s face would be qualified enough, but I don’t think so…
According to Dale, he had just left the broadcast booth with a backpack with his credentials slung over his shoulder, when he decided to walk across the stands and across the track to get to the garage.
Apparently the fans in the stands, who made their way to the access gate to see who was coming, recognized Junior as he made his way into the stands. And Junior, being the people man he is, was delighted when they asked for photos and autographs in front of the security guard who was watching the entrance gate.
But when Junior ended up with the fans and tried to make his way across the track and into the garage, he was stopped by a security guard and asked to see Dale Junior’s credentials before opening the gate to the NASCAR legend.
Now, if ever there was a time to pull out the phrase “Don’t you know who I am?” You’ll probably be here, when you have one of NASCAR’s most recognizable faces blocked from the garage by a 25-year-old security guard.
But according to Dale Jr. , that’s not his style – and he didn’t have to say it anyway, because fans did it for him:
“Never in my life have I uttered the words, ‘Do you know who I am?'” “
I never said that, and I will never take that position.
I just stood there and the people around me are doing it for me. They say, “It’s Dale, it’s Dale.” They laugh at the guy like, Are you serious? You do not know who this man is?
And I’m standing there doing it, right? You don’t even have to say a word. And the guy just got that dirty smile on his face holding onto that gate. It’s like, “I don’t care, I need to see your card.”
Well, at this point the guy is either on a serious energy journey or he’s just a penis.
But Dale, who says he’s confused by this point, puts down his bag and digs in to find his pass to prove that, yes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is allowed. In the NASCAR garage.
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Now, Dale admits that he was angry about the whole confrontation, and after going through the gate he turns around to ask the security guard about the deal:
I said to the man, ‘It was such a foolish move. ”
Like, I was amazed. Not “Hey, you idiot,” I was like asking him. Like, oh man, that was such a foolish thing, why? “
Well, apparently, when the folks at Pocono Raceway found out about the situation they decided to make sure it didn’t happen again.
We’ve listened to the podcast and are sorry to hear of your experience trying to cross the path. We’d like to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and there’s no need to explain who you are…
– PoconoRaceway July 1, 2021
It doesn’t look like Junior will have any trouble hitting the track the next time NASCAR rolls in the Pocono.