Dale Jr., Danica Hate Each Other (Well, At Least According To Tabloid)

The following story is not true, but worth a chuckle nonetheless.

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Everyone's favorite publication (also not true), the National Enquireris reporting that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick are in a "bitter feud."

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Patrick, of course, has just begun her NASCAR career driving for Earnhardt Jr.'s Nationwide Series team. But the Enquirer "reports" that Junior is pissed because Danica has been bad-mouthing him to others.

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"Dale is livid at Danica for talking trash about him behind his back," revealed a source. "He feels he's giving her entrance into the NASCAR world and teaching her his tricks - and she's saying how she can beat him.

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"It's rubbing Dale the wrong way. He hates being bad-mouthed by somebody he feels owes him gratitude."

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I don't care if the Enquirer broke the Tiger Woods story and the John Edwards scandal. The publication has been consistently off when talking about NASCAR.

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A few months ago, it reported Earnhardt Jr. was in a "death spiral" and friends feared for his well-being. That turned out to be false, obviously. The dude has been his normal self more often than not.

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Danica handled the negotiations strictly through Dale Jr.'s sister Kelley. And Junior has often said he's hardly spoken to Danica, except to offer a few bits of advice here and there.

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So when the Enquirer says Dale Jr. has been Danica's "mentor" and that he "groomed her for NASCAR," take it for what it's worth.

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