Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a fine racing career but he could have easily achieved more than what he did.
Well, the NASCAR Hall of Famer himself believes that he could have won more races than he did during his career. He won just 26 races in the span of 19 years at the top level. The closest he came to winning the Cup championship was in 2004 when he finished 5th and had 6 race wins that season. However, he does have two Xfinity series titles.
Nonetheless, there is a feeling that Dale Jr. could have achieved much more given the talent and the resource he had at his disposal. In a recent interview for The Observer’s new “Sports Legends of the Carolinas” project, Dale Jr. reflected upon the decision that he regrets the most and that prevented him from winning more races. He said he could have won:
“Maybe 35-40 races. Yeah, for sure. I mean, we had the cars and the ability to go out there and make it happen.
“If I could talk to that version of myself — I would slap the s— out of me. I would. I’m so angry with that person, that decision, and that choice to split from Tony Sr. That was a bad, bad choice. I thought in my mind I was going to be better off with someone else, that man I bet you there’s somebody else who can give me better cars … And that decision had an effect on Tony Jr. and Tony Sr.’s life, moving forward, for years. And my life. My career.”
Dale Jr. worked with his uncle Tony Eury Sr. for the No. 8 car at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. The 2004 season was their final year together, where Dale Jr. won 6 races. The next year, Dale Jr. finished the season with just one win and was 21st in the final standings.