Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed that the things that he speaks in the broadcast booth annoy his close friend Martin Truex Jr.
After retiring from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Earnhardt Jr. is still connected with the sports through his work in the broadcast booth. He serves as an analyst for the NBC booth for Cup Series races.
Not everything he says on the booth goes well with the drivers, including Truex Jr. Speaking about such an incident, 15-time Most Popular Driver Award winner said:
“I have friends like Martin Truex Jr. that race today that is annoyed by me,” Earnhardt told Beyond the Flag.
“It’s so funny. I’ll call Martin and be like ‘We got a hunting trip planned’ or something and we’ll get in a conversation and he’ll tell something that I did that annoyed him and I’m like ‘Martin, it ain’t nothing personal, buddy! We’re just up there in that booth trying to sell tickets and trying to get people interested in what’s going on!’
“I said something about I didn’t think he was going to win the championship…when him and the 22 [Joey Logano] were going at it that year, I was like ‘Martin is not going to do anything! He’s too nice!’, and what happened at Homestead? The 22 goes around him on the outside and Martin never did anything! He just sat there and watched it happen!”
In the round of 8 of the playoffs at Martinsville Speedway, Joey Logano won at the cost of Truex by moving him out of the way and booked his spot for the Championship 4.