Earnhardt Jr: Missing playoffs is like you aren't accepted to the coolest fraternity

“That’s hard to put into words, how much of a failure that feels like for a driver,”

by Sead Dedovic
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Earnhardt Jr: Missing playoffs is like you aren't accepted to the coolest fraternity
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The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona is already causing tension and fear among fans of this sport, as well as drivers. This race will decide who goes to the playoffs, and it carries a lot of tension with it. Many expect that we will see an aggressive race, considering how eager many are to secure a place in the playoffs.

Earnhardt Jr. had a similar situation 6 years ago when he lost his spot in the playoffs. In an interview with the media, this former great NASCAR driver emphasized that it is difficult to describe how difficult these moments are for an individual.

“That’s hard to put into words, how much of a failure that feels like for a driver,” Earnhardt Jr. said, as quoted by news-journalonline. “The whole season is lost. You personally, as a driver, look back on all these moments where you should’ve done something else or changed this or done something different.

So, you as a driver can carry all the weight of that disappointment because you know you could’ve done several things differently to avoid the scenario you’re in and then, you have to go forward and finish the year out, not part of the cool group.

It’s like a fraternity. It’s like you didn’t get accepted into the coolest fraternity in school. ”

Jeff Burton on Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace is currently sitting in the 16th and final playoff spot. This race will probably be the most stressful for him ever.

NBC's Jeff Burton gave advice to Wallace. "If you’re Bubba, you just have to be committed to doing your job,” Burton said. “Just, ‘I’m going down here, I’m going to do my job and if I do my job, that’s the best I can do and whatever happens, happens.

You almost have to have that mentality. Remember, this race doesn’t pay any more points than the second race of the year did, so it all comes down to this, but it shows you how important every race was prior to it”.

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