On Sunday, March 24, NASCAR Cup Series drivers will compete for the iconic grandfather clock trophy at the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. More than 70 years worth of races have been run on the “Half Mile Of Mayhem,” and there has been an amazing amount of racing history made on the Virginia short track that will live on forever.
While it may not be among NASCAR’s most memorable moments, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will never forget the time he raced his dad at Martinsville back in 2000. During an episode of the Dale Jr. Download in 2018, Dale Jr. recalled the time he got revenge on Dale Sr. mid-race.
He comes up to both of us, and he’s like, ‘You boys got good cars, and if y’all are smart and use your head, you’re gonna have a great day.
We dropped the green flag, went down into turn one, Dad ran into the back of Elliott Sadler, turned him sideways and he backed up the track into the front of my car and crashed us both. I was so pissed, and so dad came by later in the race. I got my (expletive) fixed, get back on the track.
“Dad comes by, and I just turned right and dragged the right front tire all down the side of his car. And (I) just was so mad. And he comes over the radio, and Tony (Eury) Jr.’s like, ‘Richard Childress said don’t be running into him no more, all right? If you know what’s good for you.’ So we had some rough days on the race track for sure.
Considering that Junior only got to race his dad for one full Cup Series season before the Intimidator’s untimely death in 2001, memories like this are all the more sacred for the 15-time Most Popular Driver. Just like the time that Senior got so mad at Dale Jr. during a race in Japan that he threw his shoe at him. But that’s a story for another time.