Dale Earnhardt Jr Explains What the Famous Phrase ‘Raise Hell, Praise Dale’ Means to Him

Published 12/17/2020, 1:38 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 4: Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Dale Earnhard, Jr. pose together at the raceway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Earhnardts and Andy Pilgram earned second in the GTS category during the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)


Recently, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke about one of the most famous catch-phrases used by NASCAR fans, which is ‘Raise Hell, Praise Dale’. This cheer originated from the time of Dale Earnhardt Sr and was meant for him. When Dale Jr took up the steering wheel, he also inherited the chant.

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Speaking about it, he said, Dale Jr said “For me, it’s like a shoutout to my dad. It is sort of a rally cry for all those Dale Earnhardt Sr. fans. That’s the way they sorta, their mantra if you will.”

“They’re gonna live life, they’re gonna raise hell and they’re gonna support and celebrate my father and his legacy. That’s kinda what that always has meant to me and I love hearing it.

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“When people say it I think of my dad immediately and know that he would really appreciate people, years after his death, that still really celebrates his life,” Dale Jr. added on the same.

Such a rally cry suits a person like Dale Earnhardt Sr

The late great Dale Sr definitely deserves to be recognized as a legend. Obviously, he had his legion of fans who worshipped the ground he walked on, and the seven-time Cup Series champion deserved all that praise and recognition.

After Richard ‘The King’ Petty, there have been very few NASCAR drivers who were as strong as he was.

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DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 3: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Sr. pose for a photograph after the Pepsi Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway on September 3, 2000 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

Who knows, maybe he could have gone on to win a few more races in his NASCAR career. Even in his final full-time year before his untimely passing in 2001, he still finished 2nd in the championship.

Without his passing, he could have added to his tally of 76 race wins, but he is still a legend in the sport. His son, Dale Jr, has done his best to carry on the family legacy.

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