Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not among the drivers caught speeding on pit road during Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Apparently, that's a very good thing.
While Earnhardt never wants to make mistakes on pit road - which can ruin an opportunity at a win or even a good run - there is a particular reason Earnhardt would like to avoid such issues.
You might be surprised at the reason, which Earnhardt describes in this answer to a question about the abundance of speeding penalties on Sunday.
"Steve (Letarte, crew chief) told me about them and just said to be careful. So I was extra careful. I was
probably really ridiculously slow coming onto pit road. But I just don’t want to
get popped.," he said.
"I get burned on TV and by the fan base whenever we do anything
stupid on pit road such as miss our stall or something. It takes me about a year-and-a-half to get over that in a lot of people’s eyes; so I can’t make
too many mistakes on pit road. We have to be pretty careful."