“I Am Officially Retired”: NASCAR Veteran in Debt to Dale Earnhardt Jr as He Finally Fulfils His Dream

Published 10/08/2023, 4:33 AM EDT

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Besides NASCAR, there are a couple of local racing series that have captivated the American stock car racing community. Tony Stewart‘s Superstar Racing Experience or SRX as it is popularly known, is one such offbeat promotion that kept the ball rolling for avid short-track racing fans and ardent dirt racing fans. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Cars Tours Series is another such promotion that has captured the eyeballs of quite a few enthusiasts.

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Like Stewart’s brainchild (SRX), the JR Motorsports co-owner also kept his focus on an exciting package, promoting the exhilaration of short-track racing offers. Ahead of the highly anticipated playoff eliminator in Charlotte this Sunday, the racing community witnessed the debut of a dirt racing veteran in Dale Jr’s promotion, the CARS Tour race at South Boston Speedway. Following his debut that was supposed to be a few months earlier, ‘The Hermanator’ dropped a massive update, a possible retirement announcement, hours after his dream fulfillment.

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In a short span of time, the Tour has made a name for itself. By embracing old-school fast and gritty short-track racing, the Dale Earnhardt Jr has kept the fire burning for hardcore enthusiasts and young fans who admire the short format of oval racing. The fire has now attracted former NASCAR driver and dirt racing fanatic Kenny Wallace, who made his CARS Tour debut on Saturday at South Boston Speedway.

Returning to asphalt racing, the eccentric veteran hoped to seize the throne as he made his Solid Rock Carriers Cars Late Model Stock Tour on Saturday night. While the veteran failed to claim a win in his debut, he showcased a decent performance, considering his hiatus from asphalt tracks. As Deac McCaskill won and took home the cheque, Kenny Wallace, who raced for R&S Race Cars based near South Boston Speedway, revealed major news.

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Thanking Dale Jr for lending a hand to the veteran in fulfilling his dream, Kenny Wallace said during his post-race interview, “Hey, I didn’t get lapped, I kept going hard and the dream is complete now, I want to thank Dale Earnhardt Jr so much he was the catalyst of all this, filter time and everybody and R&S race car so dream fulfilled and I think I’m officially retired from asphalt racing.”

 

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Though Wallace has retired from full-time racing, he is as much involved in the sport as he was a decade earlier. Hence, it is quite often that he tends to make interesting comparisons of the current racing scene with the past—be it in terms of quality of racing, aggression, camaraderie, or even intrusive sponsors.

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Kenny Wallace has always been outspoken. Even after his retirement from the sport, the eccentric veteran has kept himself close to it. He was once Fox Sports’ NASCAR presenter and graced the community with his presence on NASCAR tracks. Wallace has a fascinating YouTube channel through which he gives deep, meaningful insights into the world of racing.

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Recently, he had Hailie Deegan as his guest in his show, “Kenny Conversation.” Wallace mentioned how things were back in his day—the relationship between drivers and their sponsors—which is apparently not the case anymore. Mentioning his older brother, he said, “I mean Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Sr, they were friends you know. They went up on yachts together. Mark Martin and Ernie Irvan you know staying in each other houses. Somehow they could separate that…” 

The veteran further added to his point, saying, “What I have noticed is everything is so hardcore now. You know back in our day, you got one sponsor and that’s all you needed for the whole year. I always got all my own sponsors. That is why I was popular for running my mouth… And doing good on the race track. Now, it takes six, eight sponsors. Everything is so d*mn expensive and everybody has got a pin up their b**t and everybody is so afraid … and that bums me out a little bit.”

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Coming back to the question of friendliness, he concluded by saying, “Nobody talks to each other. I notice that and I don’t like it.” 

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Kishore is a Content Analyst for NASCAR at EssentiallySports. With a degree in engineering, Kishore's love for automobiles, particularly the roaring naturally aspirated V8s, naturally led him to wander into the high-speed world of NASCAR. Kishore's writing is characterized by his intense passion for the sport, as well as his ability to conduct in-depth research and analysis.
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