Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves winning races

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 26: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, right, and crew chief Steve Letarte pose with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 26: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, right, and crew chief Steve Letarte pose with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Any of the sting Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt after being eliminated from Chase contention was no doubt eased a bit after Sunday’s somewhat unexpected victory at Martinsville Speedway.  NASCAR’s most popular driver had never won at NASCAR’s smallest track in 30 starts; his best finish was second, twice, the last one coming in 2011.  Sunday however, he led 79 of the 500 laps including the last three to win his fourth race of the season and the 24th of his career.

“We love winning races,” said Earnhardt, Jr.  “Winning races is the best thing.”

“I’ve wanted that grandfather clock ever since I was a little boy and I got it today,” he added. “My team, we all came together and made it happen. I couldn’t be prouder.”

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