“That’s My Boy” – Dale Earnhardt Jr Opens Up on Overtaking His Father

Published 09/12/2021, 1:24 AM EDT
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)


It was a moment where the student overtook the master. Back in the year 2000, Dale Earnhardt Jr managed to win the Cup Series race at Richmond. And in doing so, he defeated his own father, the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr. Recently, the former driver analyzed how he triumph over everyone else.

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He noted that when he passed Elliott Sadler on the outside, his car was sparking after it sustained a bit of damage earlier in the race. Apparently, he clattered into Tony Stewart on pit road. Despite this, he was still able to go toe-to-toe with his father and Sadler.

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He said, “Racing dad, this is a lot of fun for me. Me and him don’t get to race each other all that often. It’s my first year in Cup and I’m passing him for the win. That was something that made me really proud. He got to see me working, he did watch me race Xfinity races before. We never competed on the track, so he could see me in front of him, actually driving and working my car.”

How did the race pan out for Dale Earnhardt Jr and his father?

As per Dale Jr’s observation, his father took two fresh tires during the pit stop phase. Meanwhile, he had changed all four, so his tires were fresher. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr also kept an eye on Terry Labonte, who was just behind him and looking threatening.

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Dale Jr continued, “I was just proud to run so well. I don’t know what he was thinking. Whether he was going, ‘Argh my car! You know!’. Frustrated with his own car or was he like, ‘Ahh! That’s my boy! I’m pretty excited about that.’

“I knew I was going to pass him, because his tires weren’t that good.”

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)

However, he did not know whether he would actually win the race. Interestingly, Dale Earnhardt Jr was so focused on passing his father, that he could just about register that there were other cars to pass. Eventually, he passed Sadler and devoted the rest of his focus on fending off Labonte.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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