NASCAR America: Dale Jr’s ‘My Greatest 8’ — Wins for dad at Daytona

Jerry Bonkowski
NBC Sports

As hard as it may seem to believe, there is now just one race left in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR Cup career.

In an eight-part series that began last week, NASCAR America today presents the fifth segment of Dale Jr.’s “My Greatest 8.”

The series looks at eight of Earnhardt’s personal favorite moments from his NASCAR career.

On today’s edition of NASCAR America, we continued with the fifth of eight episodes of Junior’s “My Greatest 8.”

Nearly five months after his father was killed in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500, Dale Jr. returned to Daytona International Speedway for the first time since that tragic day for the 2001 Pepsi 400.

Junior dominated the event, leading 116 of the 160 laps, to capture his third career Cup win and the most emotional race of his career.

“I dedicate this win to him,” Junior said of his late father. “There ain’t nobody else I could dedicate it to that would mean more to me.”

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Here’s the first four segments of “My Greatest 8” that have already aired in chronological order:

Monday, Nov. 6: First Xfinity championship in 1998 driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Tuesday, Nov. 7: Wins second consecutive Xfinity championship in 1999.

Wednesday, Nov. 8: First career Cup win at Texas in 2000.

Thursday, Nov. 9: Wins 2000 All-Star race

 

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