Why is this man smiling?
Because “It’s good to be the King,” that’s why.
And even though his points lead is as slim as they come (one point) over Las Vegas race winner Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the first to tell you he gave that race away. He said in the post-race press conference:
We figured we were a lap short, and I was lifting early and let Brad get there, and I felt like if we were good enough to hold him off, then we'd win the race. If we weren't, we would have saved enough fuel to have finished the race, at least, (to) get to the end.
Earnhardt Jr.’s team is not only the hottest team at Hendrick Motorsports, it’s the hottest team in NASCAR. And when you can give one away and still feel good about yourself, then you’re talking about the stuff champions are made of.
It's disappointing, but at the same time the good Lord has blessed me with a good team and good fortune and great opportunity, so I don't want to get too down and think about the positives and be productive so we can go to Bristol and try to win there.
You can expect the Steve Letarte-led team to do just that. Junior has one win and a whopping 14 top-10 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway, so adding another notch to the win column certainly isn’t out of the question.
As for the photo at the top with Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Junior and Martin Truex Jr., have some fun with it. Leave a comment with your idea for a caption. And be creative!