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TBT: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins at Martinsville

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads back to Martinsville Speedway this week for the second time this season and what will be Dale Earnhardt Jr’s last race Martinsville.

With it being Earnhardt Jr’s last race at the track famously known as the paperclip, it’s only fitting to throw it back this week to his first and only victory at the short track in the 2014 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.

Earnhardt restarted the race in the fifth position with less than five laps remaining in the race. Jr would quickly work his way to the very front of the pack and take the lead from than leader Tony Stewart who was racing on old tires.

Earnhardt’s teammate Jeff Gordon would try to catch him on the final laps but was unsuccessful and would ultimately finish in the second position .344 behind his HMS teammate.

“Oh, man, we’ve been trying to win here for so many years, and this place is so special to me. I’ve wanted to win here so bad. We brought the good cars. I’m out of breath from celebrating more than driving. It’s a real emotional win, said Earnhardt.”

The win at the time marked his 23rd MENCS win in his 538th start in NASCAR’s top series.

The day also marked the 10-year anniversary of the October 24, 2004 crash of a plane on its way to Martinsville that claimed 10 lives, including team owner Rick Hendrick’s brother, son, nieces, his team’s head engine builder and general manager.

“I lost my daddy a long time ago, and I know how hard that is. I can’t imagine losing the magnitude of people that Rick lost. My heart goes out to him during this weekend, said Earnhardt in victory lane.”

NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver will look to turn around his luck at Martinsville. In the STP 500 on April 2nd, Earnhardt finished in the 34th position after being involved in an accident.

The First Data 500 from Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday at 3pm EST on NBC.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attend for the races each year.

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