Dale Jr. shares stories of items he’ll have in Hall of Fame display


Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 21 with Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik in the Class of 2021. The event airs at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.

Earnhardt is featured in a 10-day daily video series celebrating personal mementos that played a role in his career, leading up to his induction. The final two days also will celebrate a memento from Stefanik (Jan. 20) and Farmer (Jan. 21).

In addition, the ceremony will recognize executive Ralph Seagraves with the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR, and longtime NASCAR broadcaster Bob Jenkinswith the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.

Here is a collection of the videos:

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: ’01 Pepsi 400 baseball helmet

The helmet worn during his July 7, 2001 Daytona win, NASCAR’s first race at the track since Dale Sr. died on the last lap of the Daytona 500 five months earlier, is honored by Dale Jr.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: 2000 Rolling Stone article

A profile by Touré published in the May 2000 issue of Rolling Stone introduced Dale Jr. to a new mainstream audience after his first Cup Series win a month earlier and is a representation of his cultural transcendence.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: 2004 Daytona 500 trophy

The Harley J. Earl Trophy for the Daytona 500, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated in 2004 to win in his fifth start at the track, 15 starts sooner than Dale Sr.’s first win at the track, is going in Dale Jr.’s HOF case.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: 2000 Winston All-Star trophy

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2000 All-Star Race win was his third victory of his rookie season and one his favorite memories, as he was greeted in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s victory lane by his enthusiastic and stunned father.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: Elliott’s Xfinity title

Chase Elliott‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2014 marked the first title for JR Motorsports, the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his sister, Kelley, and the trophy is going in Dale Jr.’s Hall of Fame case.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: NBC Sports mic flag

After his 2017 retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. transitioned into the broadcast booth and made a notable impression during the last lap of his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Dale Jr’s HOF case: 1999 Busch Series title trophy

he second of consecutive NASCAR Busch Series championships that Dale Earnhardt Jr. won before entering the Cup Series in 2000 is going in Dale Jr.’s NASCAR Hall of Fame case.

Dale Jr.’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Case: ‘The Dale Jr. Download’ podcast microphone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the regular host of “The Dale Jr. Download” after his 2017 retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, bolstering his Dirty Mo Media network of podcasts. The mic he uses is going into the HOF case.

Dale Jr.’s HOF case: 2014 Daytona 500 ring

The second Daytona 500 won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. started his last season with crew chief Steve Letarte, who became his co-worker at NBC Sports. The ring he received for winning the race is going in his Hall of Fame case.

Dale Jr.’s NASCAR Hall of Fame case: 2003 Most Popular Driver Award

The 2003 Most Popular Driver Award given to Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the first of 15 straight times Dale Jr. won the award in the NASCAR Cup Series, which makes it stand out from the rest and why it’s going in the case.

NASCAR suspends Chase Elliott one race for incident with Denny Hamlin


NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one Cup race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

“We take this very seriously,” Elton Sawyer, senior vice president of competition, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “The incident that happened off Turn 4, again after looking at all the available resources — in-car camera, data, SMT, which basically gives us (a car’s) steering, throttle, gives us braking — it was an intentional act by Chase in our opinion.”

Hendrick Motorsports stated that it would not appeal the penalty. Corey LaJoie will drive the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Carson Hocevar will drive LaJoie’s car this weekend.

Hendrick Motorsports also stated that it would submit a waiver request for Elliott to remain eligible for the playoffs. Sawyer said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “I don’t see any reason at this point in time why wouldn’t (grant the waiver) when that request comes across our desk.”

This weekend will mark the seventh race in the first 15 that Elliott will have missed. He missed six races after breaking his leg in a snowboarding accident in early March. Elliott, who is winless this season, is 29th in points.

Elliott and Hamlin got together shortly before the halfway mark in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As they ran together, Hamlin forced Elliott toward the wall. Elliott’s car slapped the wall. Elliott then made contact with the right rear of Hamlin’s car, sending Hamlin into the wall.

“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightway,” Hamlin said after the incident. “Yes, it was a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

Said Sawyer on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “In the heat of the battle, things happen, but they have to learn to react in a different way. … Our drivers need to understand that you have to handle that in a completely different way than hooking someone in the right rear and putting them in harm’s way, not only with just a major head-on collision like Denny had, but also other competitors.”

Sawyer also said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “nothing gave us the indication that on that particular contact with the fourth-turn wall … that anything was broke” on Elliott’s car and could have caused him to come down and hit Hamlin’s car in the right rear.

NASCAR also announced that Scott Brzozowski and Adam Lewis, crew members on Michael McDowell‘s team, had each been suspended two races after McDowell’s car lost a tire in Monday’s race.

Winners and losers at Charlotte Motor Speedway


A look at winners and losers from Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney — Blaney stopped his winless streak at 59 races and gave team owner Roger Penske his second major race victory in two days. Blaney had the best car but had to fight through restarts late in the race to win.

William Byron — Byron, the winningest driver this season, barely missed getting victory No. 4. He finished second and scored his fifth straight top 10.

Martin Truex Jr. — Truex logged his third top five of the season.

23XI RacingBubba Wallace was fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth, giving 23XI Racing a pair of top-five finishes for the first time in a points race.


Jimmie Johnson — The seven-time champion admitted having problems adjusting to the Next Gen car on a 1.5-mile track. He crashed early and finished last.

Legacy Motor Club — It was a bad night for Jimmie Johnson and his team’s drivers. Johnson finished last in the 37-car field. Noah Gragson was 36th. Erik Jones placed 32nd.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — Two drivers who had strong cars didn’t make it to the finish after crashing near the halfway point. Hamlin said Elliott “shouldn’t be racing next week. Right-rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series results: Justin Allgaier wins at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier finally broke through for his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Monday night.

Allgaier stretched his last fuel load over the final laps to finish in front of John Hunter Nemechek. Cole Custer was third, Austin Hill fourth and Ty Gibbs fifth. Gibbs ran both races Monday, completing 900 miles.

The win also was the first of the season for JR Motorsports.

Charlotte Xfinity results

Xfinity points after Charlotte

Justin Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won a fuel-mileage gamble to win Monday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Allgaier stretched his fuel to outlast second-place John Hunter Nemechek. Following in the top five were Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs.

The victory was Allgaier’s first of the year and the first of the season for JR Motorsports. He has 20 career wins.

MORE: Charlotte Xfinity results

After a long day at CMS, the race ended at 11:25 p.m. The race started Monday morning but was stopped twice because of weather before it was halted with 48 of 200 laps completed so that the Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race could be run.

When the race was stopped, Gibbs, Nemechek and Allgaier were in the top three positions.

Gibbs won the first two stages.

Stage 1 winner: Ty Gibbs

Stage 2 winner: Ty Gibbs

Who had a good race: Justin Allgaier has had good cars in previous races but finally cashed in with a win Monday. He led 83 laps. … John Hunter Nemechek, in second, scored his fifth top-two run of the season. … Cole Custer scored his sixth straight top-10 finish. … Ty Gibbs lasted 900 miles for the day and led 52 laps in the Xfinity race.

Who had a bad race: Sam Mayer was running 10th when he spun off Turn 2. He finished 35th. … Sheldon Creed finished three laps down in 28th.

Next: The series moves on to Portland International Raceway in Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. ET race June 3.