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
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.
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.
2010 Daytona 500
By JENNA FRYER (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jamie McMurray held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win
the Daytona 500 on Sunday, a finish so thrilling it just about made up for
a pothole that nearly derailed the Super Bowl of NASCAR.
NASCAR needed two stoppages of well over two hours total to patch a pesky
pothole between turns 1 and 2 of Daytona International Speedway. The
setback brought the biggest race of the season to a frustrating halt and
had NASCAR executives fretting over the potential fallout.
But the action picked tremendously when the second patch had been filled.
Drivers had to race as if the hole could rip open again and end the event
on any lap. And did they ever.
They beat and banged their way through the field in a white-knuckle final
32 laps. Then a flurry of late-race accidents put NASCAR's
"green-white-checker" policy — an overtime of sorts — to the test.
McMurray, using a Boost from former
teammate Greg Biffle, powered into the lead on the second and final
green-white-checkered attempt. But Earnhardt, who restarted the final
sprint in 10th place, was slicing his way through the field.
He weaved in and out of traffic, shoving his Chevrolet into three-wide
lines, eventually darting his way to McMurray's bumper. It was vintage
Earnhardt — he's a 12-time Daytona winner spanning NASCAR's top two
series — and McMurray was terrified to see him growing in his rearview
"When I saw the 88 behind me, I thought, 'Oh no.' He had a good car and I
just thought — Earnhardt and Daytona, they win all the time it just seems
like," McMurray said. "You never know what to expect."
But with just two laps to make up so much ground, Earnhardt ran out of time
and had to settle for second as McMurray sailed to his first career Daytona
"I didn't know where I was, you know, 'til I really kind of got done almost
wrecking down the back straightaway," Earnhardt said of his charge. "Then I
looked up — there's just one car in front of me, 'Jamie's gonna win this
"I was happy for him. He deserves it. They've been through a lot. It's a
Dale Earnhardt Rare Interview
NEW ACCOUNT: TwahLah
This was an interview in the pre race show in the 2001 daytona 500. He was
right, not only would we see something we never saw on fox before, but we
would see a 1st time winner, and his death all in the same race. RIP Dale.
Sorry about the quality it was taken from a tape. I decided to put it on
here because Ive never been able to find much of any of the coverage from
that race, and I finally found an old tape with it recorded on it.