Amy Earnhardt stands up for her man, Dale Jr., in gutsy series of tweets Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP ENERGY Chevrolet, kisses his girlfriend Amy Reimann prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Ever since their New Year?s Eve nuptials, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Earnhardt have gracefully lived in the constant glare of the NASCAR spotlight. And thus far, all has gone well.

Well, until July 18 that is.

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That’s when a little bit of tension could be detected in a tweet that Amy shared concerning Dale Jr.?s possible run in next year?s Clash at Daytona, since her man has already announced plans to retire at the end of 2017. It’s the first time she seems to have expressed some frustration with fan feedback.

?I?ve received many comments on Dale Jr. running the 2018 Clash based on whether or not I give my blessing,? she wrote, initially. ?Considering his struggles last fall with his injury, we are very blessed that he is now healthy, happy and able to enjoy his final season and, hopefully. many years beyond racing. So my answer is simple. It?s not worth the risk of his health.? The injury she refers to is the concussion-like symptoms Dale experienced after a crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016, which caused him to miss part of the season.

Obviously, one of the ugly parts of social media is that so-called fans are given a forum to air out their feelings in front of the world. One such fan comment seemed to especially bother Amy.

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?Actually he handed the decision to me,? Amy responded when a fan seemed to imply that she was telling Dale Jr. what to do. ?Keep up.?


You tell ?em, girlfriend.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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