Dale Earnhardt Jr. had promised to let fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman tag along with him on the road to Michigan for this week’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speeday.
Unfortunately for Newman, he was tagging along with the most popular driver in the sport, and schedules became a bit hectic, and Newman got left stranded looking for a way to Michigan from North Carolina, according to USA Today Sports.
“His truck was there, and the airplane was gone,” Newman chuckled. “So, I knew I was in trouble at that point.”
Even though Earnhardt had agreed to let Newman ride along, his schedule was changed due to media obligations and his flight time was pushed up. One thing he forgot was to tell Newman.
“I didn’t know about it; I didn’t look at my calendar,” Earnhardt said. “When I got up this morning I didn’t look at the clock, I just got in the shower, went downstairs, got in the car and drove to the airport and got on the plane. I forgot about Ryan. That was unfortunate for sure, but it happens.”
Sounds like some sneaky race tactics if you ask me.
But don’t worry, thanks to racing legend Dale Jarrett, who happened to be working for ESPN at the Michigan Speedway, Ryan was able to get there just in time for practice.
Newman’s spotter just happens to be Jarrett’s son, Jason, which made the situation even a little more amusing.
“I told Jason his old man saved me on this one,” Newman said. “That’s probably the closest I’ve been to not making a practice.”