Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Xfinity Star Gets a Heartwarming Surprise From Their Long-Standing Partner

Published 04/20/2024, 3:04 PM EDT

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The last Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway saw JR Motorsports‘ 20-year-old driver clinch a jaw-dropping victory. Sam Mayer, driving his No. 1 Chevrolet dashed to receive the checkered flag ahead of his teammate, veteran Ryan Sieg. The victory cheered up Sam Mayer and his team, as they began preparing for the playoffs. Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr took to his X account to congratulate the driver. With this boosted confidence, Mayer arrives at Talladega to maintain his winning streak. However, a unique gift unexpectedly moved Sam Mayer.

Sam Mayer’s “golf” wish was fulfilled!

A couple of days back, JR Motorsports revealed a partnership with First Bank of Alabama, a venerable institution known as the state’s longest-running bank. They are joining forces with the No. 1 team, helmed by young Sam Mayer. This partnership will be prominently showcased during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 22. The institution, serving as the main sponsor for Mayer’s team went ahead and did something spectacular.


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First Bank of Alabama’s president and CEO Chad Jones was joined by Mayer on the occasion of ‘Kids’ Day at Dega’. Jones had Mayer remember his own saying after winning the $100,000 at COTA. Dale Jr’s young gun had said, “I’ll probably go golfing everyday until I run out of money.” Holding on to that, Jones said, “I have brought you some golf tees, so that you’ll never run out. And imagine this, they’re sponsored. But also, I think you picked up a nickname? What’s your nickname?” Mayer replied, “Superrr Sam”


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After this conversation, they handed over their cape to Mayer. Indeed a great gesture, and the perfect gift for the driver going ahead to the upcoming Xfinity clash at Talladega. Mayer was also seen spending some quality time with kids, through autographs and photo sessions.

The 20-year-old’s run to greatness


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Sam Mayer, driving JRM’s #1 Chevy, delivered a commendable performance throughout last season. He achieved a personal record with four victories, including triumphant races at tracks like Road America and Watkins Glen. Mayer consistently finished strong, amassing 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. This robust showing propelled him to a third-place finish in the overall standings. In a critical victory, he secured his position in the Championship 4 by winning the race on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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He continued from the same pace this season as well, in a third full-time start for Dale Jr’s team. Apart from the victory at Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 in Texas, his acquiring P2 at Martinsville also stands out. He also got into the Top 10 at COTA, with a P9 finish. Despite facing challenges early on, his team has made a remarkable comeback, and they’ve done so impressively!

Let’s see if he can continue this form throughout the season, to win the Xfinity championship.


Written by:

Mamata Mukherjee


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Mamata Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. Combining her love for writing and motorsports she has created some interesting and in-depth stories on drivers like Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Joining ES with 3 years of experience in the field of writing, Mamata feels right at home in her role as a NASCAR Journalist.
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Shreya Singh