Dale Earnhardt Jr Divulges ‘Hurt Feelings’ at Martinsville NASCAR Cup Playoff Race

Published 10/29/2021, 4:04 PM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


This weekend is the NASCAR Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway. The race marks the last race in the Round of 8, and will determine who joins Kyle Larson in the season finale. So far, there are seven contenders for three vacant spots, ahead of Sunday’s elimination race. In light of this, ex NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke about the seven drivers. Of course, winning the race would greatly help their cause, but what if they don’t win?

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DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Things should be looking up, as all challengers have been fairly successful at the track. To be precise, they have won five of the last six races at the Martinsville Speedway. He said, “When you look at the guys, they all could run in the top five, or top three. Somebody is going to get moved. They’re going to have to move each other if they are all expected to run in the top three. There’s not enough room for all of them in there. I expect there to be some hurt feelings after this one.”

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What did Dale Earnhardt Jr say about the chasing pack?

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First and foremost, he talked about Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. Apparently, Elliott only needs to rack up 20 points if Larson bags yet another win. Meanwhile, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Hamlin needs to score 23 points in the same scenario or if a driver with a slim chance, wins.

According to Dale Jr, “I think they both go into a racetrack that they know they’re really good and they just have to hope that their worlds don’t collide like they have there in the past. They’re, obviously, both probably going to be running up toward the front in the top five most of the day.

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Meanwhile, Kyle Busch will advance if he scores 54 points if there is a repeat winner. Dale Jr suspected that his eligibility scenario mirrors Hamlin and Elliott. Also facing this is Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, who needs to amass at least 55 points. The same applies for the likes of Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

To be exact, Truex can clinch with 55 points, while Keselowski can sneak in with help. Finally, there is Joey Logano, who is 26 points below the cutline. His case is the most difficult, as only a win can see him get a berth, or he should get help from other drivers.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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