Earnhardt Likes the Aaron 312
Talladega Superspeedway is a track that fills all drivers with energy, especially a veteran driver like Dale Earnhardt Jr. can look back through the years of his racing career to days at Talladega that he will never forget. In fact, Earnhardt has had some of his finest days as a NASCAR racer at this storied venue that has a history that will be remembered in the annals of NASCAR. Earnhardt has won a total of five Cup Series wins at this fast and dangerous track 2.66 mile race course and on race driving in the Nationwide Series, and he would surely like to add to his list of victories at Talladega.
Taking the checkered flag in Saturday’s Aaron 312 driving his JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet would be a victory that would be unique in even his career and a truly amazing feat. Earnhardt has raced four times on the Nationwide Series this year, he finished seventh at Daytona, fifth at Las Vegas, and 20th at Texas, so he has had a slow start in the Nationwide Series season, and is certainly thinking of winning this time. He finished sixth in last seasons Aaron 312, so he has run pretty fast and steady on this track before, and should have a better idea of the necessary car set-up.
Earnhardt will certainly know about the possible perils of restrictor-plate racing and the possibility of being taken out of the race with a rub or two, so will temper his optimism with realism, but you can’t win if you don’t try.
He’s always been lucky enough to stay out of major mishaps at this venue, so we don’t want to jinx him, and hopefully his luck will hold and his driving skill will keep him out of any major problems and he’ll finish strong once again.