Dale Earnhardt Jr. disputes notion he's stunted NASCAR's growth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. disputes notion he's stunted NASCAR's growth
DETROIT -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he found comments from Kevin Harvick "hurtful" over whether Earnhardt's lack of championships while also being the sport's most popular driver has stunted the growth of the sport. Harvick, who has a weekly two-hour show on SiriusXM's NASCAR channel, on Tuesday said it's confusing to him that Earnhardt can be the sport's 14-time most popular driver when he hasn't won a title, compared to Jimmie Johnson, who has won seven. "For me, I believe that Dale Jr. has had a big part in kind of stunting the growth of NASCAR because he's got these legions of fans and this huge outreach of being able to reach different places that none of us have the possibility to reach, but he's won nine races in 10 years at Hendrick Motorsports and hasn't been able to reach outside of that," Harvick said. "I know that those aren't the most popular comments, but those are real-life facts that you look up and see on the stat sheet. Imagine... 
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