Earnhardt brands fellow drivers chickens

Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt lambasted NASCAR and his fellow competitors for the slow speeds over the weekend at the Daytona International Speedway, where smaller restrictor plates led to a pole of 187.5 mph by Dale Jarrett, slowest since Cale Yarborough started on the inside front row with a lap of 186.8 mph in 1978

Earnhardt brands fellow drivers chickens

"They just don't want to run 200 mph," said Earnhardt after qualifying 15th. "They do it in CART, they do it in the IRL and they do it in drag racing. We're one of the only ones that ties the hands of competitors on trying to go faster and being a competitive sport. I'm not pointing a finger at NASCAR. I'm just saying we need to grow up here and decide if we're going to race or what we're going to do."

Earnhardt did not spare his fellow drivers either, labeling them chickens and 'candy asses' for complaining about speeds on intermediate speedways. "I've heard some drivers saying 'We're going too fast at Charlotte.' Get the hell home in that case. Get out of the car if you've got feathers on your legs or butt."

In addition to a smaller plate, NASCAR controls the rear shocks given to each team at Daytona and the rear roll bar in an effort to reduce speeds. "If they take the restrictor plates off, they won't have to worry about shocks and springs," Earnhardt said. "People will have those damn blades (rear spoilers) up in the air hollering, 'I need more spoiler.'"

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