“Do Not Tie or Beat Dad’s 10 Victories” – Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Message to Brad Keselowski After 6th Talladega NASCAR Win

Published 04/28/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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)


Brad Keselowski joined Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon in the record-holders’ club with his sixth Talladega NASCAR win on Sunday. After the race, Keselowski expressed his sheer joy and pride at tying Gordon and Dale Jr, who used to be his team owner during his NASCAR Truck Series days.

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The former JR Motorsports Truck driver admitted that he is still far away from Dale Jr’s father, Dale Earnhardt’s all-time Talladega record of 10 wins. However, he will certainly give it a shot. But Dale Jr. does not want to see that happen and even expressed the same to Keselowski himself.

While he is happy for Keselowski after his win and welcomed him in the six-wins club, Dale Jr. will not like to see his father’s record being broken.

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Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) celebrates after winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

“I texted Brad after the race,” Earnhardt Jr. said on the Dale Jr. Download. “I said, ‘You can tie my victories at Talladega and you can even beat them by going on and winning next year. But do not tie or beat my dad’s 10 victories,'” he told Keselowski.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels Brad Keselowski can catch up to the record

The NASCAR Hall of Famer recognizes that Keselowski, with whom he shares a good rapport, has every chance to catch up to the record. However, he wants to see all his dad’s records stay intact, let alone just the Talladega one.

“Right now, not too much of a threat, but Brad’s got some years left. So he could definitely get up there and get within reach of dad. I want any of dad’s records to stand, so I’m always pulling for that,” Dale Jr. expressed.

Keselowski has a chance to break Dale Jr. and Gordon‘s record later this year, during the playoff race. However, Dale Sr’s record will still take some doing.

Dale Sr’s one record that is toughest to break

While only time will tell whether Keselowski makes it to 10 or even 11 Talladega wins, Earnhardt has another record that will certainly not be broken anytime soon. Only Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson have matched Earnhardt’s seven NASCAR Cup Series titles.

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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)

With Johnson’s NASCAR retirement, Kyle Busch leads the charts with most titles among active drivers, with two. Keselowski himself is looking for his second title, since his 2012 triumph.

It will be interesting to see Keselowski’s form in the coming years and if he can continue to dominate Talladega. For now, he will hope to keep the winning momentum going in the 2021 season.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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