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Exclusive: “I Had People Snipping and Burning My Hero Cards”: Josh Williams Reveals Dale Earnhardt Jr and He Had a Wild Feud That Rocked NASCAR Nation

Published 04/20/2023, 12:56 PM EDT

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In NASCAR, feuds between drivers are not uncommon, and some of them become unforgettable over time, while others fade into obscurity. In a recent exclusive interview with EssentiallySports, Xfinity Series driver Josh Williams recounted a remarkable incident at Richmond Raceway, involving none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Soon after, a wild but short-lived feud emerged between the two.

Furthermore, he elaborated on the consequences of the incident and shared his experience of weathering the storm with Dale Jr‘s fiercely loyal fanbase, “Junior Nation.”

Josh Williams recalls his short-lived rivalry with Dale Earnhardt Jr

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Williams stated, “Me and Dale got into it at Richmond a couple of years ago. I had people snipping and burning my hero cards and all kinds of crazy stuff…”

Interestingly he also said, “I made a shirt saying, ‘I survived Junior Nation,’ because, it was the craziest 24 hours. But this kinda topped that all. You know it was cool man, we had fun with it.”


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Ultimately, Williams didn’t harbor any negative feelings about the situation; instead, he expressed that he enjoyed the experience and found it amusing.

Williams believes that Junior puts a lot of effort into motorsports

Following his recollection of the incident, Williams shifted the conversation to discuss Dale Earnhardt Jr’s popular podcast, The Dale Jr. Download. He took a moment to express admiration for Junior’s dedication to motorsports and his unwavering commitment to educating enthusiasts and newcomers alike about the intricacies of the sport through this digital platform.

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Additionally, Williams commended the podcast’s team for their exceptional storytelling skills, also noting their ability to bring lesser-known stories about NASCAR to the forefront.

This thoughtful approach not only showcases the diverse range of personalities and experiences within the sport but also serves to inspire and educate fans and aspiring drivers alike.


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He concluded by saying, “It’s awesome to see his passion for motorsports … He puts a lot of effort into motorsports and that means a lot.”

Although the brief NASCAR rivalry between Williams and Junior may not have had a lasting impact, it does give an insight into the fierceness with which fans come to the defense of their heroes.


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Written by:

Srijan Mandal


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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's Degree in Journalism from a top institution, Srijan has written over 1000 articles across various platforms. His passion for racing began at a young age and has only grown stronger over time.
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Nischal Kandpal