'The King' finally revealed his true feelings on the return of Dale Jr. this season and explained exactly why he's "disappointed".
Appearing on a recent Fox Sports NASCAR segment with former drivers Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, and Rusty Wallace, racing legend Richard Petty revealed why he will be disappointed when Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take to the track this season.
The group began the roundtable session talking about the sweeping changes NASCAR brought forth for the 2017 season and what kind of affect those will have on drivers. Things took a different turn when they opened up discussions about Dale Jr. and his medical complications that left him absent from half of 2016's racing season.
Responding to a question about his thoughts on Dale Jr.'s announcement he was coming back full time, Petty said he wasn't pleased.
"I was a little disappointed that he did it," Petty stated. "I just felt like he got through with it two or three times and he had some pretty big knocks in the head. I've had them too....mine was never that bad. He's lived half his life and he don't need to be messed up going into the next half."
Jeff Gordon agreed with the sentiments Petty provided, but went on to explain a recent conversation he'd had with Dale Jr., adding that the specialists he's working with have an incredible amount of confidence that these injuries won't be life-threatening for him so long as he continues treatment.
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