This has been a great season if you are a Dale Jr. fan. The only downer of the season was Jr. not being in the final four at Homestead. Jr. needed a win at Talladega to keep his chances alive and that didn’t happen. With four race to go, Jr. was out of the Championship.
To Jr. and Steve (Jr.’s Crew Chief) they bounced right back and won at Martinsville. A race special for both Jr. and Hendricks Motorsports. For Jr. the history of Martinsville places this track high up on tracks he wants to have a win at. And for 29 races at this track Jr. had not won. That all changed this weekend. Jr. finally closed the deal at Martinsville. Steve made a late race pit call and put four fresh tires on Jr.’s # 88. With 5 laps to go Jr. restarted in 5th. With 3 laps to go Jr. slide under Tony Stewart for the lead and out ran Jeff Gordon the remaining laps for the win.
Once again this season Jr. drove like is father who had won here 6 times. He saw his opening and took it. He knew that Jeff also had a great car and wouldn’t give him a chance to get to his bumper. After hearing all those clocks chime at dad’s house he wanted on of his own. And today was his day to get it.