Earnhardt calls Kevin Harvick’s recent comments ‘hurtful’ – Colorado News

Earnhardt calls Kevin Harvick’s recent comments ‘hurtful’ – Colorado News

Mike Helton, NASCAR vice chairman, from right, speaks as driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, General Motors Company; and driver Jimmie Johnson listen to the introduction of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as a new race car for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The new Camaro will make its on-track debut during the 2018 Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT | Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday he’s proud of his accomplishments after Kevin Harvick suggested NASCAR’s growth has been hindered because Earnhardt hasn’t won enough.

“I put a lot into this sport, and I know that I might not have met everyone’s expectations, but I certainly exceeded my own,” Earnhardt said while appearing at Chevrolet’s event introducing the Camaro ZL1, a new race car for next year’s NASCAR Cup Series.

“I’m super proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish, and I hope that I brought something to the table and left a good impact,” Earnhardt added.

Harvick said on SiriusXM this week that he felt the sport’s growth “has not reached the levels that it should have because our most popular driver hasn’t been our most successful driver.”

“Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the most popular driver for however many years in a row, and he has been our sport’s most popular driver, but he hasn’t been anywhere close to being our most successful driver,” Harvick said.

Harvick mentioned football and basketball as examples of sports in which the most popular athletes are also among the most successful.

“I believe that Dale Jr. has had a big part in…

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