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Dale Earnhardt Jr Encouraged to Keep His “Chin Up” After He Got His “B*tt Kicked”

Published 02/12/2023, 10:00 AM EST

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Although he is not racing in the NASCAR Cup Series any more, Dale Earnhardt Jr is still keeping himself active. Aside from one-off Xfinity Series appearances, he has been racing around short tracks in Late-Model cars. Most recently, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver was at the Florence Motor Speedway in South Carolina. Unfortunately, it was not exactly the best day in the office for the former Daytona 500 winner.

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He said on his Instagram, “I’m heading on out of Florence Motor Speedway. We did get the icebreaker in today. So the weather, it turned out, did work out for us. What didn’t work out for us, was how the race car drove. I didn’t do a good job, ended up 17th or something like that. Just burned the rear tyres off it. Thought I was saving for when I needed, but when the  time came to go at the end, we didn’t have anything left. Anyways, not a good finish. You’re going to show up and get your butt kicked some days, and be humbled and this is one of those days.”


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Dale Earnhardt Jr is confident that he will overcome this setback

Of course, the driver was hardly going to throw in the towel after one bad race. Instead, he was going to regroup and try again at the next race. He continued, “We’ll try to get it going, and next time we get behind the wheel, do a better job. Just appreciate it by the follows along, I thank everybody who came out to the race track in Florence today. All the competitors, lot of fun, good racing out there. So I think the next one for me is North Wilkesboro, that’s a lot time from now, hopefully we got a better result in that event, but we’ll see. Just a lot of fun, going to keep doing it and we’ll see you guys at the race track.”

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There were plenty of fans to comfort the disappointed driver after his miserable race at Florence. One said, “Chin up brother. Just have fun, be careful and know Jr. Nation is behind you!”. Meanwhile, another fan said, “Wining is always nice to do but as As long as you had fun that what really matters!”


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Other responses were, “Regardless of the outcome I respect you for showing up to the local short track and running!”. “Best part is you’re getting people excited about local tracks”.


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“At least you were there Dude! How cool for those guys to get to race with you! 16 guys get to say “I beat Jr!” That may be the highlight of their career. Just because you took the time out of your busy schedule to go race. You being there puts fans in the stands and money in their pockets. Nobody cares where you finish. Just have fun and be safe!”.

“You have the most class of anyone I’ve met Jr. Thanks so much for the autograph and Picture. Go raise hell next time on track!”

The fans clearly were in favor of Earnhardt Jr racing, irrespective of the outcome of the race for him. They understand that him just being on the track is beneficial for everyone involved, including the other racers. Therefore, we wish the legend keeps his head up and does what he does best.


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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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