Texas Honours Dale Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr may be retiring without having won a Monster Energy Cup Series championship, but he forever be known as a Hall of Fame driver.

Texas Motor Speedway – Day 4

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet, speaks during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame luncheon benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter after being inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

On Saturday, November 4 Junior was inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Texas Motor Speedway is the track where Dale Jr shared a very special moment with his Dad, Dale Sr…a celebration in victory lane after Dale Jr won his first Cup race.

During his speech Junior spoke as much about impending fatherhood as he did racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

Junior revealed that wife Amy is due to deliver their first child – a baby girl – on May 2nd but Junior is hoping for an April 29th birth – the same day as his Dad’s birthday. Junior admits to being very excited and said that he can’t wait to meet her.

Texas Motor Speedway – Day 4

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet, speaks during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame luncheon benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter after being inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Junior also spoke on Texas Motor Speedway and the repaving and reconfiguration that was done on the track. Dale Jr had nothing but praise for the track officials and how “racey” the track was. “This was the most impressive thing I have seen from a track in all the years I’ve been in the sport,” Earnhardt said. He added, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of work or diligence put into an effort to make the racing so good not just for the drivers but for the fans. We’ve had a really good time on the track this year and it’s only because of their efforts.”

NASCAR Vice President Mike Helton was also honoured with the Bruton Smith Legend Award.

Texas Motor Speedway – Day 4

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 04: Texas Motor Speedway president, Eddie Gossage, stands with Vice chairman of NASCAR, Mike Helton, during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame luncheon benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Helton called it a blessing and real rewarding to see Dale Jr grow up in the sport. Helton revealed that there many favourite Dale Jr moments but the two biggest ones occurred in 2001 and offering some healing moments for NASCAR and the nation – when he won the race at Daytona in July only a few months after his father’s death and in September at Dover when he won again in the first race after the September 11 tragedy.

Speaking on Helton, Dale Jr said, “I can promise you I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this guy right here as part of the sport. He not only led a lot of us in the sport, he taught my wife and I a lot of personal lessons.” Earnhardt has been the sport’s most popular driver for many years, but admits it was Helton he leaned on the most after the death of his father in February 2001 at the end of the Daytona 500.


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