Dale Earnhardt Jr. shall be becoming a member of his late father within the NASCAR Corridor of Fame in 2021 after receiving 76 p.c of the vote in his first yr on the poll.
Inventory automotive racing greats Mike Stefanik, who was killed in an airplane crash last year, and Crimson Farmer, an 87-year-old who nonetheless races on quick tracks and plans to compete on Talladega’s dust observe this weekend forward of the Cup Sequence race on the Superspeedway, had been elected alongside Earnhardt.
Stefanik and Farmer had been elected alongside Earnhardt.
Earnhardt was named NASCAR’s hottest driver 15 years in a row and completed his Cup Sequence profession with 26 victories, together with two on the Daytona 500, however by no means received the championship.
“I knew when dad died I used to be going to imagine most if not all of his fan base and I really feel like I took care of that,” he stated. “I didn’t squander that, I didn’t destroy that and I additionally launched myself to lots of people who by no means heard of Dale Earnhardt.”
The 45-year-old acquired the information together with his spouse and daughter by his facet throughout a recording of his in style podcast.
“Simply speaking about it, it is actually emotional as a result of I feed off affirmation,” he stated wistfully. “It’s such an ideal feeling to know individuals assume I made an affect. I do know what my numbers are and I really feel like I used to be chosen due to that but in addition for the affect I made off the observe, being an envoy for the game,” Earnhardt stated.
Earnhardt retired from full-time racing after the 2017 season, due partially to having sustained a number of concussions through the years. He completed fifth within the Xfinity Sequence race at Homestead-Miami on Sunday, June 14, which is the one occasion he deliberate to drive on this yr and should change into his final NASCAR-sanctioned race.
Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died in an accident on the 2001 Daytona 500, was inducted into the primary class of the Corridor of Fame in 2010.
The Related Press contributed to this report