Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked on Friday why he thought raw emotion resonates as much as it does with the NASCAR fan base.
NASCAR fans typically get very excited and riled up when drivers express emotion in races, such as following the incident that took place between Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth last week at Bristol, Tenn., when both wrecked and Stewart tossed his helmet at Kenseth's car.
"I’m sure everybody watching the
race has somebody’s neck they would like to ring. Maybe they live vicariously
through that emotion in some way. There is probably a co-worker or two they
wouldn’t mind running their fist into his face. It’s probably more
likely than you imagine. I assume they live vicariously through it. I do when I
watch football. I see what the players do on the field (and) I kind of get into the
emotional side of it when somebody is upset or a player gets real physical and
plays really hard," he said.
"That is what you like to see and I think the fans really
like seeing that out of the drivers. Especially, we are inside the cars and we
are limited to our physical emotions and physical body language driving the
car. But when we get out and do things such as Tony (Stewart) did the fans
really connect to that. They really connect to that emotion and driving down
the road somebody cuts you off on the highway you would love to shoot them a
bird or something. Maybe you do.”