Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent more than two decades as a NASCAR driver that saw him carve out his lane in the sport. Earnhardt Jr. remained forever in his father’s shadow as his career didn’t come close to rivaling that of his dad’s with not even a single Cup Series championship. In light of all that, he has a deep-hearted reason why that doesn’t bother him at all.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR racing career
Dale Earnhardt Jr. worked his way up the ranks to earn the shot to compete in NASCAR with Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Earnhardt Jr. began his career with back-to-back Xfinity Series championship that launched a nearly two-decade career as a full-time Cup Series driver. He collected 26 career Cup Series victories, including winning the Daytona 500 twice.
Earnhardt Jr. never won a Cup Series championship, but he found decent success finishing inside the top 10 in the points standings seven times, including the top three on three occasions.
The 46-year-old may not have reached anywhere near his father’s dominance on the track, but it’s something that hasn’t bothered him for a particular reason.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals why he doesn’t care about his lack of NASCAR Cup Series championships
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent more than two decades behind the wheel on the NASCAR track.
Earnhardt Jr. experienced a fair amount of success, but he never got over the top to secure a Cup Series championship. Despite that, Dale Jr. isn’t bothered by the void in his racing career as he didn’t set personal goals toward those aspirations. (H/T Racing News)
“I didn’t set goals,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I didn’t dream of winning championships, Daytona 500’s or working with one of the best owners in the business. I just wanted to do it.”
It’s well documented that Earnhardt Jr. pursued a racing career to grow closer to his dad, which he achieved before his tragic passing. From that point on, he competed on the track to further cement his father’s legacy.
Earnhardt Jr.’s successes on the track only further underlined that notion and helped him draw a stronger connection to his dad. Beyond that, everything he accomplished was much more than he ever imagined.
“I guess what I’m saying is I’ve accomplished way more than I ever dreamed,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Way more. So I’m good. I’m so blessed on what I was able to achieve.”
NASCAR remains forever tied to his future
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s legacy is set with NASCAR, but it hasn’t waned his interest in remaining around the sport.
Earnhardt Jr. stays involved much more than his co-ownership of JR Motorsports. Since 2018, he has picked up broadcast duties for NBC Sports covering races. He has also built an extremely popular weekly podcast, Dale Jr. Download, where he routinely interviews guests involved with NASCAR.
The 46-year-old has only become more intertwined with the sport in retirement through his various ventures. It has also created a stronger urge to get back behind the wheel, but he has fought that desire. He now lives vicariously through JR Motorsports’ success that has helped him combat the sharp internal push to race again.
Earnhardt Jr.’s passion for racing is what will continue to keep him forever connected to NASCAR. His driving days may be behind him, but his life remains circled around the sport.