Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent more than two decades behind the wheel on the NASCAR track. Earnhardt Jr. piled up his fair share of trips to victory lane, landing him various awards. With that in mind, he found inspiration to build a trophy case but not for the reason many would believe.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career
In an attempt to garner a stronger relationship with his dad, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ventured into a professional racing career.
It didn’t take long for Earnhardt Jr. to find his way into NASCAR as it began with the Xfinity Series. During that brief stint, he won back-to-back championships before transitioning to a full-time Cup Series driver.
Dale Jr. spent nearly two decades in that realm, where he won 26 races, including the Daytona 500 twice. Since stepping into retirement, it has given him more time to reflect on his career
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s favorite NASCAR victory left an unforgettable moment with his dad
Although Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t achieve the success that would put him among the all-time greats, he had his fair share of moments in victory lane.
Many of which still stick firmly in his mind in the many years that have passed. During an interview with Fox Sports in May 2017, he voiced that his win at the 2000 All-Star Race in his rookie campaign was his favorite of his career due to the celebration he shared with his dad.
“That win here in the all-star race was, and still is, the favorite moment of my career – being in Victory Lane with my dad,” said Earnhardt Jr., who drove the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet to the triumph at CMS.
“The wins that I had before, he would come in and shake everybody’s hand and take off. That was the only victory lane that he stood in the entire time-he was there for the whole half-hour, 45 minutes we were there, even as the car was taken off for inspection he continued to stay.”
More than anything else, it was that his father was proud of him in a manner that he hadn’t experienced before in his racing career up to that point. That left an unforgettable impression on him that he cherishes forever.
Desire to build his own NASCAR trophy case
Dale Earnhardt Jr. achieved a reasonable amount of success throughout his two decades on the NASCAR track.
Earnhardt Jr.’s various trips to the winner circle helped him unique trophies over the years, along with earning 15 Most Popular Driver awards. During an episode of The Dale Jr Download in July 2020, he voiced that after seeing Kasey Kahne’s trophy case, he would want one just for the sole reason to know where all of his are located.
“Kasey Kahne took a picture in front of his trophy case, and he had built this giant trophy case,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “And I think Kyle Busch has one very similar. It’s just full of trophies. And I was like, ‘I want to do that!’ And you know why? It’s because I don’t know where they are. I don’t know where all my stuff’s at.
“And honestly, I bet that there’s some missing pieces. I got trophies just laying in my basement. I need a shelf that holds them all — all 26 Cup trophies, all the most popular drivers, all the XFINITY trophies. And I would love to do that to be able to understand what I’m missing and find out where that stuff is.
“Like man, where is everything? It’s all over the place. I’ve got some trophies here, I’ve got trophies all over my property. Some are in the Hall of Fame. I don’t know if I have all of them. Goodness.”
Earnhardt Jr. then stated that he wonders what drivers like Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who both have north of 40 Cup Series wins, would do with all of their trophies.
In other words, Dale Jr.’s trophy case wouldn’t be so much a shrine to his accolades but instead helping him keep track of what he has in his physical possession.