Nothing speaks louder than performance on the racetrack - that was Dale Earnhardt Jr's reaction to comments made by Kyle Busch in response to a pointed question from a reporter.

"I'm proud of the fact that I'm outperforming a guy that replaced me at Hendrick (Motorsports), but that's not what this sport is all about," Busch said Friday at Martinsville Speedway, "This [aim of] sport is to be the most consistent and to keep learning and to keep getting better and ultimately, to try to win championships."

Earnhardt, who has one NASCAR Sprint Cup victory to Busch's ten since succeeding the Joe Gibbs driver at HMS to start the 2008 season, says the former driver of the #5 Chevrolet has every right to be proud.

"He has every right to brag as much as he wants, I guess," Earnhardt said, "I wouldn't trade positions with him, though.

"I like where I'm at and I like my owner and I like my position and I like my opportunity. But, right now, he has every right to say what he wants, and he's been able to back it up on the racetrack."

by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service