(photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

NASCAR at Martinsville, Va.

Top Four Finishes for Chevy as Junior Finally Wins His Clock

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. checked another item off of his bucket list with a victory in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 26. It took him 30 starts at the half-mile Virginia track to win the coveted Martinsville grandfather clock trophy.

“Been coming here so many years -- I've been coming here since the early '80s, watching races here,” Junior said. “Dad won several races here, brought home several clocks. I remember one in particular that sat at the front door, in the hall by the stairs. Had this little round rug right in that hallway that I'd run my Matchbox cars on, listening to the race on the Racing Motor Network. That clock would ring on the hour.

“I always wanted one. I came close I think several times. We had some good finishes here. Even with Tony, Sr. and Tony, Jr. in the Bud days, we had pretty quick cars here. Several years I think the car should have won, but the driver didn't.”

Earnhardt continued, “I couldn't believe it. I still really can't believe it. The clock seems so hard to get. This is so special. I try not to get too caught up in the emotion of it because it's a team deal, but this is very personal and very special to me to be able to win here.”

Earnhardt was credited with leading five times for a total of 79 of the 500 laps.

"What a great re-start by Dale Jr. after the last caution and his total determination to drive to the front," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Congratulations to Dale Jr., Steve Letarte (Crew Chief) and No. 88 Chevrolet SS team on the win.”