Hail to the King – Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earn Victory No. 7 at Talladega?

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On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will enter Talladega Superspeedway for the final time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

History is on the line for Earnhardt who can move one step closer to his father in the record books at Talladega. Earnhardt earned his sixth victory at Talladega tying him with Jeff Gordon. With Gordon no longer active, Earnhardt can put himself on his own pedestal with seven victories this Sunday in the Alabama 500.

He will make his 35th and final start on Sunday at Talladega. With an average finish of 16th, he has to be one of the favorites to spoil the party for the playoff drivers.

From October 2001-April 2003, there wasn’t anyone who could touch Jr. at Talladega. Two second-place finishes followed that string of four straight victories and then the fifth victory came in October of 2004. 11 years later, Earnhardt would return to victory lane at Talladega in the 2015 GEICO 500. He finished a disappointing second in the 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 after leading 61 laps in a race many of his fans want to forget.

Since that second-place finish in 2015, he’s been off at Talladega, finishing 40th and 22nd. After being sidelined from action, Alex Bowman piloted the No. 88 last October with Earnhardt Jr. calling parts of the race from the NBC booth.

In his final Talladega race, stats aren’t on his side especially when it comes to the laps led column. He’s only led nine laps on superspeedways this season, none of which came earlier this year in May.

Talladega has been a very special track for the Earnhardt family. Dale Earnhardt Sr. holds the most victories at the track with, 10 and it was the place where he earned his final career victory on October 15th, 2000. On the same date 17 years later, Earnhardt Jr. will look to earn his final Cup Series victory at Talladega, and if that happens expect Jr. Nation to celebrate like they’ve never done before.

About Christian Koelle 213 Articles
Christian is from Ooltewah, TN, a town on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He began writing about NASCAR in July of 2015 when he started his own blog. In 2017, Christian moved to OnPitRoad from his blog, He also contributes writing to a few other news sources. His first race he ever attended came in 2005 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and his first race as media came in 2015 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His favorite track to attend is either Iowa Speedway or Bristol Motor Speedway and his favorite track he hasn't been to yet is Phoenix. Christian makes occasional appearances on The Race Trim Radio Show on Frat House Sports and really enjoys talking about racing with anyone. Along with NASCAR, Christian loves Minor and Major League Baseball and Football. His favorite teams include the Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Chattanooga Lookouts, Iowa State Cyclones, and The Detroit Lions.

2 Comments

  1. Sure Jr can win anything, if Hendrix can give him a car that wins helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo Mr Hendrix hear this? give him JJ’s car maybe that will move a bit faster!

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