The June 11 NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway just became quite a bit awkward for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The diehard fan of the NFL’s Washington Redskins will be representing the enemy … Philadelphia Eagles … with a special “All Pro Teachers” scheme on his No. 88 Chevrolet for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400.
“All Pro Teachers” is charity program that recognizes the efforts of teachers in the tri-state area around Philadelphia.
That’s right, Earnhardt will be driving with the support of the Redskins’ NFC East rivals, who play about 95 miles south of Pocono Raceway.
Though he’s lived his whole life in North Carolina, Earnhardt’s love of the Washington, D.C.’s team has never wavered. Earlier this year, Earnhardt went on Twitter spiel about roster moves he thought the team should execute.
Three years ago, Earnhardt was a guest of the Redskins’ radio team during an exhibition game. The 14-time most popular driver got the chance to call a touchdown play.
After the announcement of the Eagles’ paint scheme, Earnhardt made it clear it was weird for him as a Redskins fan.
Earnhardt later took to Periscope to try explain the situation, saying “I’m really sad about that, being a Redskins fan. It was very hard for me to wrap my brain around that.
“I hope that my Redskin pals, all the fans, the fandom that I’m a part of, I hope you don’t disown me,” Earnhardt continued. “HTTR. Hail to the Redskins. … I know it probably shocked a few of my fellow Redskins fans. It seems like it made some of the Eagles folks happy. Interesting day. … I had to explain myself, how a Redskins fan is going to drive an Eagles car.”