Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins at Martinsville

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his fourth race of the season on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Earnhardt’s victory was his first victory at Martinsville.  Earnhardt said he was excited to take home his first grandfather clock, the unique trophy given out at Martinsville.
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“I’ve wanted that grandfather clock since I was a boy, and I finally got one today,” Earnhardt said.
Earnhardt’s victory came one weekend after being eliminated from Chase contention.  Earnhardt said he was relieved to not have to worry about points for the rest of the season.

“Don’t have to worry about points anymore; it’s about trophies.  My team, we all came together and made it happen.”

The victory was also special for Hendrick Motorsports.  This weekend marked 10 years since a Hendrick Motorsports team plane crashed en route to Martinsville, killing Rick Hendrick’s son and brother, among others.  Earnhardt said he was glad he could get his team the victory.

“I can’t imagine losing the magnitude of people Rick lost,” Earnhardt said.  “My heart goes out to him this weekend, and I’m glad his cars are god here; this honors them.”

Unofficial results:

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Ryan Newman
4. Tony Stewart
5. Joey Logano
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Clint Bowyer
8. Denny Hamlin
9. AJ Allmendinger
10. David Ragan
11. Kyle Busch
12. Austin Dillon
13. Greg Biffle
14. Paul Menard
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16. Jamie McMurray
17. Justin Allgaier
18. Cole Whitt
19. Landon Cassill
20. Carl Edwards
21. Aric Almirola
22. David Gilliland
23. Marcos Ambrose
24. Michael Annett
25. Josh Wise
26. Mike Wallace
27. Brian Vickers
28. Kyle Fowler
29. Alex Bowman
30. Kyle Larson
31. Brad Keselowski
32. Jimmie Johnson
33. Kevin Harvick
34. Danica Patrick
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Kurt Busch
37. Casey Mears
38. Martin Truex Jr.
39. J.J. Yeley
40. Kasey Kahne
41. Travis Kvapil
42. Timmy Hill
43. Clay Rogers

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