Prior to next weekend's Pocono race, NASCAR will hold two extra days of open testing at the repaved 2.5-mile Pennsylvania triangle – much to the chagrin of the sport's most popular driver.
"Yeah, I'm not real excited about being up there that long," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Dover as reporters chuckled. "I don't think anybody is, to be honest with you. We'll go up there and we'll just run around in circles."
While he conceded he's "looking forward" to seeing the new surface, Earnhardt Jr. said the real reason NASCAR is holding an open test session is to lay rubber on the racing surface "to avoid any kind of debacle with rubbering the track down."
"There's really no other excuse for being there the entire week," he added.
That got me thinking: What would Earnhardt Jr. consider just as bad as two days testing at Pocono?
Here are a few ideas (add your own in the comments section below):
• Racing at Sonoma, his least-favorite track
• Swapping current crew chief Steve Letarte for former crew chief Lance McGrew
• Talking about his winless streak
• Calling attention to himself
• Joining Twitter
What else should be on this list?