Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn’t even need to retire to be inducted into a hall of fame. While he is widely considered a lock for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in two years as soon as he is eligible, he will be able to introduce himself as a hall of famer in just a couple weeks.
Per Auto Racing Daily, Junior will be inducted to the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame at a charity event on November fourth. Meaning, he will enter the AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway the following day with a great new title.
Texas’ importance to Earnhardt, who was born in North Carolina, has everything to do with his early career. Junior’s first win in what is now the Xfinity series was at TMS, as was his first cup series win.
“This place definitely has always been one of my preferred stops because of the success we’ve had in the Xfinity and Cup Series in our first races here,” Earnhardt said. “You never forget where you won your first race and neither do your fans. I always look forward to coming here.”
He and his fans hope he can back up his new honor in Texas and give them a solid final race. He has finished in the top ten in his last five races at the track.