NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently admitted that he has never been happier than he was after watching his team’s driver win his first NASCAR Xfinity race.
All NASCAR fans know who the Earnhardts are. They are basically NASCAR royalty. And there is no doubt that Dale Jr. has had his fair share of moments to cherish and celebrate over the years. However, he says that watching his team’s driver, Josh Berry, win his first race in the Xfinity Cup Series tops the list.
“When you win as an owner, it is just different,” Earnhardt Jr. says. “You certainly are proud of the company and everybody that is a part of it.”
Berry is a part-time driver for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. He was able to hold off pressure from his teammate Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric en route to a win on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. After the race had finished, Earnhardt Jr. let all of his emotions out.
“I have never cried like I cried today over racing,” Earnhardt Jr. admits. “Anything I ever did or my dad ever did. I don’t know why that brought that emotion out of me because I have never experienced that before.”
You can watch a clip of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s video conference down below:
Things Are Different as an Owner According to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There is no question that Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows a thing or two about being behind the wheel of a stock car. However, he is still getting used to what it’s like watching the race from afar as an owner. There former NASCAR superstar explained that a driver and an owner might each look at a race win through a different lens.
“When you are a driver, you are constantly up and down, week to week,” says Dale. “You win, then you turn around and have another race to run.”
But as an owner, he says that he is seeing things more big picture now than he did before. He is looking at both the long-term success of his drivers and his entire team.
“I could see Josh’s whole career in front of me and how he got to this moment,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “There is a lot more emotion involved.”
After Josh Berry’s big win on Sunday night, he gave thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family, and everyone else involved for giving him a chance.