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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headlines 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, poses for photos prior to the induction ceremony on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is among the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees who will be added to racing history on Friday evening. 

Alongside Earnhardt, modified racer Mike Stefanik and Alabama short-track legend Red Farmer will also be enshrined. Stefanik won nine championships while Farmer’s win count is frankly unknown. As he approaches 90 years old, he’s still racing. 

Earnhardt joins his father, who died in a final lap collision in 2001, in the Hall of Fame, becoming the seventh father-son duo to accomplish this honor. The others include Lee and Richard Petty, Lee and Maurice Petty, Buck and Buddy Baker, Bobby and Davey Allison, Ned and Dale Jarrett, and founding family members Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr.

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The younger Earnhardt tallied 26 wins in his career, including two Daytona 500s. Dale Sr. won a record-tying seven championships and ranks eighth all time with 76 wins. 

Earnhardt retired after the 2017 season and now only competes in a single Xfinity race each year while also working as an NBC Sports analyst. When asked if being a part of the Next Gen testing at Daytona recently made him want to return for the Daytona 500, Earnhardt was quick to shut it down, adding, “I’m old—47 years old. Take a guy like William Byron. He’s young. He’s a risk-taker. And I’m done taking risks.”

Even before the ceremony began, Earnhardt Jr. was already excited about future attendances to the induction ceremony and being part of the famed classes. He recalled a conversation from the other night with his wife, saying to her, ”Amy, we’re going to be at that dinner every year. We’re going to be at the induction every year.”

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