“Show People What This Racetrack Can Do” – Dale Earnhardt Jr on the Bristol Motor Speedway

Published 09/20/2021, 8:57 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


For the second time this season, the NASCAR paddock visited the Bristol Motor Speedway. Last time out, the drivers raced at the dirt track, and now they have just completed a race on the tarmac surface. In light of this, former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke about racing at Bristol.

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He said, “This used to be our best-selling ticket. Now we’ve come to the point where they think we need to put dirt on top of it to put on a great show. Now we’re back to being able to show people what this racetrack can do.

“It’s amazing to me that as much has happened here tonight in the history of this racetrack. We’ve never replicated it anywhere else.”

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According to Dale Jr, the track is fairly unique. Additionally, this particular speedway is fairly old school and a drivers’ favorite. However, the same cannot be said for the upcoming tracks later on in the season.

What else did Dale Earnhardt Jr say?

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He continued, “You go to Vegas, mile and half, kind of straightforward. Then throw in Talladega and the Roval, I really don’t know who the favorites are to move forward to Round 2.”

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

The first round of the Playoffs is over, and the first four drivers have been eliminated. This means that the competition will only get fiercer from here on out. As Earnhardt Jr mentioned, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a straightforward track. However, the real test will come from the Talladega Superspeedway.

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Talladega is an iconic venue and has been the scene of a number of crazy finishes in the past. This includes an insane 4-wide finish in the 2011 season. There have also been a couple of surprise winners, like David Ragan in 2013. Even the Roval is fairly iconic in its own right, and the drivers will be looking forward to the coming races.

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