On April 21, 2020, Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed his softer side by retweeting a photo of his late father on Twitter and explaining to his followers what it meant to him. Earnhardt Jr. said that this was one of his favorite pictures of his dad. He wrote in the post,
“For me this picture is a sad one. Only a few years before, this was his dad’s shop. I see a young focused man who’s also lost at the same time. He figured it out though. He made it.”
One of my favorite pictures of him. Building a motor in the shop behind Martha’s house. For me this picture is a sad one. Only a few years before, this was his dads shop. I see a young focused man who’s also lost at the same time. He figured it out though. He made it. https://t.co/5FHfHgflBk
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 21, 2020
The father and son shared a unique bond over the fact that they both raced and were able to compete together as teammates.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a true racing legend and was regarded as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. He was given several nicknames such as “Ironhead,” “The Intimidator,” and “The Man in Black.”
In February 2001, Earnhardt Sr. died due to a head injury sustained in a collision during the final lap of the Daytona 500. As one of NASCAR’s favorite drivers and fiercest competitors, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
Watch some of the greatest highlights of his career in the video below.