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Longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join his late father in NASCAR's Hall of Fame next year, the feature attraction in the class of 2021.
A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were involved in a plane crash as the family landed Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the crash in east Tennessee.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. The retired NASCAR driver is going to the Indy 500 for the first time this year. Earnhardt will drive the Corvette Grand Sport Official at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26. He’ll also be part of NBC Sports’ broadcast coverage of the race.
Dale Earnhardt ended a 0-for-19 streak in the Daytona 500 in 1998. The 46-year-old Earnhardt was the sentimental choice and finally won “The Great American Race” in his 20th try. It’s a NASCAR moment that has stood the test of time. The victory includes a lucky penny and a pit-road processional never before seen in auto racing.
After retiring in November from NASCAR’s Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled a stunner over the weekend and announced plans to drive in an Xfinity series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in the fall.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he’s got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch – his first brunch ever – with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure .
Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, he grabbed another cold one. It was easy enough to keep happy hour rolling since the beer cooler was stashed on the trunk of his Chevrolet.
Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion. Truex wrapped up his first Cup title Sunday night by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.
Denny Hamlin’s streak is alive. Hamlin topped qualifying Friday night for the NASCAR Cup playoff race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the 13th straight year he has captured a pole on the top circuit.
Two NASCAR team owners who said they would fire employees who do not stand for the national anthem do not speak for the sport, star driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday.
Kyle Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing team snatched NASCAR’s last victory before the start of the playoffs Saturday night at Richmond.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is tired of fans complaining about crew chief Greg Ives. NASCAR’s most popular driver is defending Ives on Twitter over decisions that may have cost him chance at a better finish in the Brickyard 400. Ives sent the car to the pits before the end of the second stage. He ended up 24th and soon wrecked out of the race when he connected with Trevor Bayne. Earnhardt’s crew also struggled with lug nuts on one pit stop that cost him several spots in the field.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new way to voice his racing opinions next season – on television. NASCAR’s most popular driver will join NBC Sports Group’s coverage of stock car racing next year and there may be more options once he climbs out of the car for good.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his own statement Saturday. He defended his wife’s Twitter post. And he blamed himself for putting her in a position where she felt she had to speak out. He even acknowledged that competing in next year’s Clash at Daytona might not be worth the risk – just as his wife, Amy, suggested earlier this week.
Hendrick Motorsports has picked 24-year-old Alex Bowman as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement next season. Bowman has big shoes to fill. Earnhardt has won NASCAR’s most popular driver award 14 times and the seat in the No. 88 car is one of the most coveted in the Cup series. After announcing his retirement earlier this year, the 42-year-old Earnhardt tabbed Bowman as the logical successor in May.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the pole at Daytona International Speedway and needs a victory to make the playoffs in his final Cup season. Earnhardt is on a farewell tour and admittedly afraid to miss a moment in his final, full-time season. He’s feeling nostalgic and reflected a number of topics during two insightful visits to the media center.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s ride in a Philadelphia Eagles car has been benched. Earnhardt was scheduled to race next week at Pocono Raceway in the No. 88 Chevrolet wrapped in team colors and with the Eagles logo. Hendrick Motorsports and the Eagles say the sponsorship is off because the NFL doesn’t allow team designs accompanying the promotion or presentation of another sport.
The horde of 20-somethings and teenagers like Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and William Byron poised to take over NASCAR seems to grow larger every week. It might be time to add an older name in Austin Dillon to the “Who’s next?” breakout list.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first childhood memories of Cup Series racing come from Charlotte Motor Speedway.