Dale Earnhardt Jr Names His Favourite NASCAR Tracks of All-Time

Published 10/27/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JUNE 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)


In a recent podcast, former NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr had a big announcement. As it turns out, he will be back on the race track once again. To be precise, he will take over the JR Motorsports car at the Martinsville Speedway in the coming season. He also revealed that he will compete in the April 8 race at the track, and not the Playoff race.

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He said, “I love short tracks. People ask me all the time, ‘what was your favorite track! Aww man! I thought you’d say Talladega’.

“I either say Martinsville or Bristol. Given the kind of car that I have, Martinsville is a blast, but Bristol is equally as fun, depending on how the car is driving. I’ve had some tough days at Martinsville when the car wasn’t exactly there. When it gets down to it, what type of racing do I love to do, its short track racing.”

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Why does Dale Earnhardt Jr love short-track racing?

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Apparently, he enjoys racing bumper-to-bumper and trading paint on the track. So, he is thrilled to be able to do that next year on the weekend of April 8. The Cup Series drivers will compete on that Sunday, with the driver and the Xfinity bunch running on Saturday. Dale Earnhardt Jr also recommended that fans buy tickets for both days.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Hellmann’s Camaro Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The last time he competed in the Xfinity arena, was at the Richmond Raceway earlier this year. At that time, he finished the race in 14th place. It may have been a far cry from his fifth place finish from a year earlier at Homestead-Miami, but he is not overly worried.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr knows that he is not a championship contender, so he is merely racing for the fun of it. However, he does want to deliver some decent results for his JR Motorsports outfit.

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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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