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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Reflects on His Emotional Win at Talladega

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflected on the events that led him to his big win at Talladega.

Popular NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. took away the trophy at Sunday’s (May 3) race just a few days after what would have been his father’s 64th birthday. Talladega is also the track where Dale Earnhardt won his last race before his tragic death during the Daytona 500 in 2001.

Fans gave Earnhardt Jr. a standing ovation as he celebrated his first win at Talladega since 2004 with a victory lap around the track.

“It was my daddy’s birthday a couple of days ago, and I’m just real emotional, man,” Earnhardt Jr. said to ESPN after his win. “I think about all the races he won here and at Daytona, I love when we go to Victory Lane because I feel like I add to his legacy there.”
During his emotional post-race interview, it was clear that his father’s legacy is still making a huge impact on his life and career.
“All I ever want to do is make him proud. I feel like when we win at those tracks where he was successful, that’s exactly what we’re doing. I don’t really get to think about him that much,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “His birthday came and went. Today, it made me think about his birthday, how much I miss him, how much he meant to me and so many more people.”

After the race, Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that the occasion had brought a certain Eric Church song to mind.

It doesn’t seem like there could be a more fitting song for the moment than that.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is currently 5th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and will be competing at next week’s Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Reflects on His Emotional Win at Talladega