Infineon Brings Back Painful Memories for Dale Jr.

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, smiles on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going for a warm up lap around Infineon, where he was scheduled to drive in the ALMS race when he lost control of his car: it backed into the safer barrier wall and burst into flames.

Earnhardt Jr. suffered second degree burns on his legs, face, and neck. He soon recovered and went on to win the night race at Bristol just four weeks after the crash.

If you have ever watched ESPN's show 60 Minutes, then you know that they sit down with an athelete and talk about peronal things, along with issues in the sport that they play/drive in.

They had an episode with Dale Jr. in which he stated that when he was in the car he felt someone grab him under the arms and pull him out. He kept asking the safety crew where that guy the got him was so that he could thank him and they told him, "You got out on your own."

It makes you wonder if he was that dazed or if someone sent from above. Maybe his Dad's spirit helped to remove him from the burning car!?

We all know that Dale Jr. isn't that fond of road courses, he didn't like them even before that wreck. But maybe, just maybe, he and crew chief Lance McGrew can get a good top five finish at a track Dale Jr. doesn't run well at.