Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins at Daytona, Honors Father

Subway Jalapeno 250
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Getty Images)more pics »Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his 2-year draught (85 race points) and won the Subway Japapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway yesterday in his famed No. 3 car. He drove the tribute car in honor of his late father, and got his first points since the Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan in 2008, and his first Nationwide win since Michigan in 2006, according to NPR.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Subway Jalapeno 250. (Getty)

"I was just relieved," he said. "Victory Lane's like when you're a little kid and you've got a tree house or you and your buddies got a clubhouse in the woods. That's what Victory Lane is to me, and I like going there. You miss it really bad, but you know it's there and you can get back there again if you try really hard.

He continued: "I was so worried that I wasn't going to win, because nothing but winning was good enough. If you didn't win, what a waste of time. I worked hard to try to win it, not only for Daddy, I am proud of him going into the Hall of Fame, and he would be proud of this, I'm sure."

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Subway Jalapeno 250
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