MARTINSVILLE VA. – Seven days after perhaps the most disappointing day of his career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to celebrate a career first. Earnhardt held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon Sunday at Martinsville Speedway to score his first win at NASCAR’s smallest track.
A week prior, Earnhardt was eliminated from championship contention at Talladega Superspeedway; Sunday Earnhardt was overjoyed as he celebrated in victory lane.
“We’ve been trying to win here for so many years,” Earnhardt said. “And this place is so special to me. I’ve wanted to win here so bad. We brought the good cars. I’m out of breath from celebrating more than driving….”
“It’s a real emotional win,” Earnhardt said.MORE>>>