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Dale Earnhardt Jr Pens Down a Heartfelt Throwback After His Final Race of the Season

Published 11/19/2023, 11:07 PM EST

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Dale Earnhardt Jr is one of those rare individuals who eats, sleeps, and breathes racing. Even after a series of horrific wrecks that took him out of the sport, giving him grievous head trauma, Dale Jr still an advocate of the sport, promoting the core fundamentals that made the sport what it is today.

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The JR Motorsports co-owner is arguably one of the best ambassadors for the sport, with the veteran focusing his time and resources towards the betterment of short-track racing, bringing it back to the forefront. Recently, the 49-year-old went back in time to etch down a fascinating post, reminiscing about the good old days before he went home to his family for the year-end break.

Dale Earnhardt Jr blasts to the past, tweeting out his 1996 season as the veteran ends his 2023 season at Florence


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While Junior is far from his prime, occasionally making his way to the track for a blitz or 2, he still is a relevant face in the racing community. His recent tweet is a testament to his drive and passion for the craft. Unlike most of the current generation, Dale Jr has a fine memory despite the blunt force trauma he took to his head during his racing days.

Following the final race of his 4-race Late-Model 2023 season at Florence, where he racked up a decent top-10 finish, coming across the line the 8th fastest, Junior went on to share a fascinating social media post that warmed the community’s hearts. In the brief “X” post, the veteran wrote, “Headed home from @FlorenceMSpdwy tonight. Just like we did back in 1996 when we ran there every Friday night. “Release” by Pearl Jam is on the radio as it likely was for a few of those trips years ago.”


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“Fun night racing at my old stomping grounds. It was a talented field and we gave it hell. I can’t believe I got to run a total of 4 Late Model Stock races this year. It’s tough to do with everything else going on in life. But I feel lucky to still drive race cars at this age. Now it’s time for Thanksgiving with the family. Should be a great week. Everyone have a good Sunday!” added the driver before he delivered the best wishes to his followers.

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Junior & Kevin Harvick share their thoughts on their joint venture, CARS Tours

The CARS Tours series is about to turn a year old after Dale Jr, SHR veteran Kevin Harvick, Justin Marks, and Jeff Burton joined hands to take up the downtrodden series. Ever since then, more eyes have been glued to the series, which gives precedence to short-track racing by bringing it to the limelight for the whole world to see.


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Unlike speedway races and road course action, late-model short-track racing is a different ballgame altogether. Teams and drivers need to be on their heels at times to make a move in the field, let alone clinch a win. In a nutshell, it is more of a 15-round boxing match packed into 5 rounds with twice the output; it has a length of say 250–300 laps packed into a tight package.

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Reflecting on 1 year of ownership, Junior said, “We bought a series that was healthy. We didn’t save the CARS Tour. We bought a series that was functioning and had all of these protocols already in place. A lot of the decisions we made, even recently, we went back to how it happened with Jack (McNelly) and a lot of the times a lot of similar decisions were made.”


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Harvick added to Junior’s point on how they helped the sport gain traction on a larger scale. He said, “We want to be able to help (the grassroots racers) understand what racing is all about at all levels, and give them a bigger platform to expose how great they are to the world.” The 2014 Cup Series champion concluded by saying, “I think that part is fun, and I think it will get better.”

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