Dale Earnhardt Junior won at Daytona in the Number 3 car! That is NOT news --
But... what the Announcer says at 47 seconds in this clip IS NEWS !!!
On your side review of Dale Junior's 210 Season so far --
On Saturday, February 6, 2010, Earnhardt, Jr. qualified second overall for the 52nd 2010 Daytona 500 after losing the pole position to teammate Mark Martin. He started 1st in the Gatorade Duel #2 on Thursday, February 11, 2010. He finished 11th in the 2010 Budweiser Shootout after struggling with an ill-handling car for most of the race.
On February 13, 2010 while running in the front of the pack at the Daytona Nationwide Series race, Earnhardt, Jr. was caught up in a multi-car wreck, causing his car to flip upside down on the backstretch. He walked away from the wreck uninjured. His driver Danica Patrick was caught up in another wreck before Earnhardt flipped. With 2 laps to go in the Daytona 500 the following day, Earnhardt, Jr. was able to go from 10th to 2nd in 1 lap but could not pass winner Jamie McMurray, and finished in second place. He was unable to follow up on this strong performance the following week in California when a broken axle left him with a 32nd-place finish, 12 laps down. The next weekend in Las Vegas he qualified 4th for the Shelby American, however after falling a lap down late in the race he could only settle for a 16th place finish. Following another poor finish at Atlanta settling for a 15th place finish. The next weekend at Bristol Dale Jr. started 18th. He slowly made his way up the pace to 5th. Then a speeding penalty on pit road sent him to the tail end of the longest line. He charged his way up the pack to settle for a 7th place finish. He later qualified 8th at Martinsville after qualifying was rained out. After facing some handling problems, he ended up with a 15th place finish. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified 5th for the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Early in the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had a splitter brace issue, that sent him to mid-pack. He later finished 12th. After qualifying 9th in the Samsung Mobile 500, Dale Jr. had a strong car for most of the race, and led 46 laps. However, the 88 slipped back from 3rd to finish 8th on the last restart, after facing a handling issue, and later moved up to 7th in the Sprint Cup points standings. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was determined to get a good finish at Talladega, and started 7th due to severe weather. Dale Jr. made his presence known by running up front in the early stages of the race, even leading 8 laps. Due to multiple green/white/checker attempts, Dale Jr. slipped back on the final restart and finished 13th. Following this, Earnhardt, Jr. qualified 25th for the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond. During the race, Earnhardt, Jr. cut a tire after contact with Paul Menard and Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt never recovered and finished 32nd three laps down, and fell to 13th in the Sprint Cup standings. Dale Jr. didn't have high hopes at Darlington the next week, stating that it would one day cause him to quit racing in NASCAR. Dale Jr. qualified 19th, and although running as high as 5th, Earnhardt, Jr. faced an ill-handling condition, causing him to finish 18th, but move back up into the top 12 in points. On Friday 3-5-10, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motorspeedway and now holds the record for fastest recorded qualifying time of 28.76 in a Car of Tomorrow at 192.8 mph (310.3 km/h). On Sunday, 3-7-10, he ended up with a 15th place finish after tire issues and other mishaps.
On July 2nd, 2010, Dale raced the #3 blue and yellow Wrangler Chevrolet (painted to pay tribute to his father and fans) and drove it to victory lane in the Nationwide Series Subway Jalepeño 250 at Daytona. The next day on July 3rd in the Coke Zero 400 Dale finished in 4th place, improving his position in the point standings from 13th to 11th.
No. 3 Earnhardt Wins at Daytona 7.2.10
It had been 85 points races since Dale Earnhardt Jr. made it to Victory
The end of the drought finally came at Daytona International Speedway, in
the famed No. 3 car, in race that honored his late father and stirred
emotions to even the most stoic NASCAR fan.
Earnhardt raced to his first victory since 2008 on Friday night, driving a
tribute car to his father in the Nationwide Series race. It was Earnhardt's
first points win since his Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan in 2008,
and his first Nationwide win since Michigan in 2006.
His celebration was subdued.
"I was just relieved," he said. "Victory Lane's like when you're a little
kid and you've got a tree house or you and your buddies got a clubhouse in
the woods. That's what Victory Lane is to me, and I like going there. You
miss it really bad, but you know it's there and you can get back there
again if you try really hard.
"It's not gone, but it's very difficult to get into. Every time I win, I
just soak it up like a sponge."
Dale Jr. Wins in the #3 Wrangler Chevy at Daytona
A very brief recap of how Jr. was able to win the race at Daytona in his
dad's famous number 3 and pick up the 1st win in the new Nationwide car. I
give all the credit for the video to ESPN, Nascar.com, and Turner
Dale Earnhardt Daytona 500 Victory
Arguably the most talented driver in the history of NASCAR Cup Series
racing, Dale Earnhardt won his seventh series championship in 1994. He is
the only driver in NASCAR's history to win the rookie of the year award
(1979) and the series championship (1980) in successive seasons.
Earnhardt's hard-driving style earned him 76 series wins, $41,538,362 in
career winnings and 25,706 laps led. He is the all-time race winner at
Daytona International Speedway, with 29 wins in three different divisions.
His emotional 1998 victory in the Daytona 500 came after years of late-race
heartbreaks that kept him out of Victory Lane in the season-opening race.
Earnhardt is a five-time winner of the National Motorsports Press
Association's Driver of the Year award (1980, '87, '90, '94, '86 --
co-winner with Tim Richmond). He is also a two time winner of the American
Driver of the Year award (1987, '94). Dale Earnhardt tragically died in a
last-lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.
2001 Pepsi 400: The Finish
Sorry about the delay. Anyhow, this video picks up where my last one left
off, as the field gets ready to restart the race with six laps to go.
Hate him all ya want. Still a human beeing doing what he loved!
Please show more respect?
And he died of a basilar skull fracture.
He cracked the base of the skull leaking cerebral fluid. That alone isn't
an instant kill, but he also broke his neck in addition, so . . .
Use seatbelts! and HANS devices