Dale Earnhardt Jr. Outlines the Two NASCAR Tracks He Fantasizes of Building From Scratch

Published 04/30/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
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)

Dale Earnhardt Jr isn’t like your average legend/ former driver still hanging around at the fringes of the sport. The NASCAR Hall of Famer is a historian of sorts of NASCAR, and he is still very much liked and welcomed in the world of stock car racing, perhaps even more than the current drivers.

So it was only natural that a fan asked him the question of which tracks would he design from scratch should he have a chance, on a recent version of the Ask Jr. segment on Dale Jr Download.

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“It’s hard to answer this question because I just want to bring back the tracks that I liked,” Earnhardt Jr. said.

“Original Atlanta would be my mile-and-a-half. We need a mile-and-a-half that doesn’t have a dogleg, and it has more turn than straightway,” he continued. “Asphalt (would be) 1985 Bristol would be my short track.”

When asked if that and those are his fantasies for building tracks, he said, “Those are it. I’d build them.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has nothing to do with the revival of this iconic track

Recently, North Wilkesboro was announced to be making a comeback to be fit for racing again. The track was out for so long that it’d take some months and a lot of racing and a lot of different kinds of racing for it to get up to speed.

One thing about the track was how much Dale Earnhardt Jr had courted it in interviews and on social media. He had, on several occasions, confessed publically just how much he’d love to have that track back on the schedule.

And it happened.

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TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet, prepares to drive during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 15, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

But when it did happen, it led to many wondering just how much he had to do with the North Wilkesboro Speedway’s recent announcement.

“I don’t have any monetary involvement, no ownership, I just have a passion and that’s all I own in the whole thing,” he said. “I just want to see this track do something.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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