Speedweeks Recap: It Was An All Earnhardt Weekend!

Dale Earnhardt,Jr.

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It is often said that “what is good for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is good for NASCAR”.  Well if that is so, then after last Sunday, all is well in NASCAR country!

Looking at the results of the Nationwide Series, as well as, “The Great American Race”, the Daytona 500 it was an all Earnhardt weekend!

On Saturday, Regan Smith, driving the JR Motorsports #7 Ragu Chevy, owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drove his way to victory in The Drive 4 COPD 300.  Additionally, the JR Motorsports Nationwide Series rookie of the year contender, and son of “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, Chase Elliott, finished 8th in his season debut in that series!

Fast forward to “The Great American Race”, the Daytona 500.  Despite a 6:22 minute rain delay that included torrential rain, tornado warnings in the vicinity of the famed race track, and notwithstanding the fact that a piece of bear bond attached itself to the radiator inlet of Dale Jr.’s front end that could lead to overheating, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was not to be denied this ferry-tale ending of a day!

If one was to take this thought a little further in the analogy, it really could all be attributable to “the house that Dale Earnhardt, Sr. built”!  After all it was Dale, Sr. who created and built up DEI in the 90’s, thereby giving his son the necessary platform to cultivate his driving skills in order to become a top notched NASCAR race car driver.  With the knowledge given to him by his father, it was Dale Jr., and his sister Kelly, who together created  and molded JR Motorsports into becoming a powerhouse organization in the Nationwide Series.

Therefore, in light of the victory by JR Motorsports driver, Regan Smith in the Nationwide race, and the following day Dale Jr. winning “The Great American Race”, there can be no denying that last weekend was truly “an all Earnhardt weekend”!



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