Dale Earnhardt Jr. was officially inducted into the Hall Of Fame on Friday and he had a lot of people from the NASCAR community congratulating him.
Earnhardt Jr. was inducted along with Red Farmer and the late Mike Stefanik as the class of 2021. Among the highlight of Earnhardt Jr.’s speech was:
“I was a mechanic at a dealership. That was my destiny — or so I thought,” Earnhardt continued after congratulating Farmer and the Stefanik family.
“You guys remember at all the Chevrolet dealerships, if you drove a GM product, you’d go to the 29 minutes or less quick lube? Y’all remember that? Well I could do it in eight. …
“And I think I only forgot to put the oil filter on one. That was funny when I drove it back out into the lot, all the oil poured out of it. And that’s not why I got fired from that job. We’ll talk about that another day.”
While Earnhardt Jr. might not be the most successful driver on the race track, he certainly had a huge fan following not just from the fans but within the NASCAR community as well. And it was evident as the community poured in a lot of congratulatory messages for him.
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) January 21, 2022
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) January 22, 2022
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) January 22, 2022
I had so much fun catching up with my old friends las night @NASCARHall Congratulations to @DaleJr Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik on being inducted. Truly heroes of our sport. If you have never been to the @NASCARHall it’s a must see. It’s our history.
— Mark Martin (@markmartin) January 22, 2022
— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) January 22, 2022
Incredibly happy for @DaleJr getting inducted into the @NASCARHall. He’s done so much for the sport both on and off the track. Been a pleasure to get to call you a friend. Cheers Dale! #NASCARHOF pic.twitter.com/bmfVhibrWM
— Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) January 21, 2022
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) January 21, 2022
— Blake Koch (@BlakeKochRacing) January 22, 2022
— Watkins Glen International (@WGI) January 22, 2022
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) January 21, 2022
Really excited about the class of inductees for this years @NASCARhall ceremony. Obviously I’m super excited for the boss man @DaleJr, there’s no one I can think of more deserving. And Red and Mike are staples in the racing community and am so glad they are being put in. https://t.co/mV2R6u48pH
— Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) January 22, 2022
A legends son that made his own way to Stardom. A Modified ace, and a guy that shows us all still today what a true grit racer really is. We’re all proud that these heroes are going into the @NASCARHall.
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) January 21, 2022
— Erik Jones (@Erik_Jones) January 22, 2022
— Texas Motor Speedway (@TXMotorSpeedway) January 22, 2022
— Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) January 21, 2022
A life dedicated to building our sport, both on and off the track. We couldn't be prouder to have you in our family.
— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) January 22, 2022
Congratulations to Dale Jr. from our side too. And thanks for all the years he has contributed to NASCAR and all the years to come.