Mayonnaise declares victory
Earnhardt Jr. wins Xfinity series race in Hellmann’s car
RICHMOND, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated all day and regained the lead on a late restart to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, earning his 24th career victory in the series and first in more than six years.
It also was the first time he’s ever won in one of his own cars, which he said “makes it a little better.”
The victory capped off a lucrative few days for JR Motorsports. Earnhardt said Unilever, the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and a team partner since 2009, has signed on to sponsor the team’s Xfinity cars for 20 races in 2017-18.
“To be able to come and win a race in that car is incredible,” Earnhardt said about the car that bore the Hellmann’s colours. It was his fourth series win at Richmond. Earnhardt built a lead of more than 5 seconds as the first 125 laps were run caution-free. When a caution finally flew with 15 laps to go, he and the other 10 cars on the lead lap headed for the pits, and chaos ensued, causing the race to go nine extra laps.
Earnhardt led 128 laps but was beaten off pit road by his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier, one of four drivers contending for a $100,000 bonus. But Brennan Poole, another contender for the bonus, stayed on the track on old tires, and when Earnhardt dove underneath him heading into Turn 1, Poole’s car nudged the back of Allgaier’s, sending
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a hug from his fiancée Amy Reimann as he celebrates winning Saturday’s Xfinity series race at Richmond International Raceway.