Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores emotional win at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 26: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, celebrates 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, celebrates 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, celebrates 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. – 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>>>

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