By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on October thirteen, 2017 | 9:30 A.M. EST&#thirteen;
Talladega is Earnhardt Jr.’s greatest monitor on the circuit based mostly on wins (6). (Pictures: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR driving profession involves an in depth in Sunday’s Alabama 500.
The retiring Earnhardt will make profession Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection begin No. 35 on the 2.sixty six-mile oval. He’s compiled six wins, 5 runner-up finishes, 12 prime fives and sixteen prime-10 finishes over that interval. He’s No. three all-time on the record for laps led with 960 – trailing solely his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. (1,377), and Buddy Baker (1,136).
Earnhardt would love so as to add one other notch to the win column Sunday in his farewell Talladega look. However he is additionally properly conscious of the consideration that awaits.
“I’d wish to fly underneath the radar,” he stated. “I don’t need to put an excessive amount of strain on us. It messes up the best way you assume, the best way you employ technique within the race, all the things. I anticipate to race up entrance and our automotive to be robust, and our guys anticipate us to be towards the entrance all day.”
There was some extent in Earnhardt’s profession the place he appeared to be unbeatable at Talladega. He went to Victory Lane 4 straight occasions from 2001-2003. The then-powerhouse Dale Earnhardt, Inc. group was the highest restrictor-plate racing group within the sport and “Junior” was at his zenith behind the wheel.
“All of them blur collectively – these 4 wins in a row,” Earnhardt stated in his “Appreci88ion” Talladega social media video. “I keep in mind the fourth win as a result of it was the one which helped us break the report. Talladega was an necessary monitor to my dad, profitable so many occasions there. With the ability to emulate his success there and win so much is necessary to me. To have any sort of document at that monitor means quite a bit to me.”
Earnhardt’s father gained 10 occasions at Talladega and bestowed recommendation to his son on how one can succeed at Talladega. Based mostly on “Junior’s” report, the acorn didn’t fall removed from the tree.
“Watching my dad, who was probably the greatest, I discovered an incredible quantity whereas another person who grew up across the sport might not have targeted as a lot on one specific driver,” Earnhardt stated. “All these issues helped me turn into a greater (restrictor) plate racecar driver than the typical man. I assume our personalities matched.”
Earnhardt’s final win at Talladega got here within the 2015 GEICO 500 to maneuver right into a tie with Jeff Gordon for second on the monitor’s all-time Cup Collection win listing. Whereas he hopes to interrupt that tie with victory No. 7 on Sunday, which has been proclaimed “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day” within the state of Alabama, the Hendrick Motorsports driver nonetheless believes he has a couple of extra alternatives earlier than the season ends to seek out his solution to Victory Lane in his last yr as a driver.
“We have to be main the race with 50 to go or at the least be on the entrance row for these previous couple of restarts,” Earnhardt stated. “And I feel we’ll even have an opportunity to win at Martinsville and Texas, and a few of these different tracks we go to.”
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