October 9, 2017 | 2:17 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Governor Kay Ivey indicators the proclamation declaring Sunday, Oct. 15 as ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day’ within the state of Alabama.&#thirteen;
TALLADEGA, Ala. – With the Alabama 500 Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway simply days away, Governor Kay Ivey (R), has declared this Sunday, Oct. fifteenth as “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day” within the state of Alabama.
Ivey, who will even function Grand Marshal for the Alabama 500 made the announcement in celebration of six-time Talladega winner Earnhardt Jr. and his legacy on the world’s biggest “Tremendous” Superspeedway. This Sunday – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day – might be an emotional one for Earnhardt Jr., who will make his remaining begin on the monitor he calls a “second residence.”
“Nowhere else on the planet are there extra Dale Earnhardt Jr. followers than within the state of Alabama,” stated Ivey, the 54th Governor of Alabama, who will give the command “Drivers, Begin Your Engines” to get the Alabama 500 underway. “He has all the time made it away from his love for Talladega Superspeedway and the tens of millions of followers that lay declare to him as their favourite NASCAR driver. He has been a powerful, constructive position mannequin for therefore many and we’re proud to honor him this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, but in addition throughout all the state.”
Dale Jr. scored his first Talladega Superspeedway MENCS win in Oct. 2001, igniting a seven-race stretch that’s unprecedented within the historical past of the two.sixty six-mile venue. Between the autumn of 2001 and fall of 2004, Earnhardt Jr. gained 5 out of seven races, together with a document 4 straight. The opposite two races led to runner-up finishes. His most up-to-date triumph got here within the 2015 GEICO 500.
“We’re thrilled that Governor Ivey has proclaimed Sunday, Oct. 15 as ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day’ within the State of Alabama,” stated Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Dale Jr. has meant a lot to Talladega Superspeedway. He’s one among us, and has left a mark on our state for a few years to return.”
A victory within the Alabama 500 would transfer Dale Jr. into sole place on the all-time Talladega MENCS wins record, trailing solely his father – Dale Earnhardt Sr. – who had 10 TSS MENCS triumphs.