“Tried My Hardest” – When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Urged Rick Hendrick to Sign Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR Team

“Tried My Hardest” – When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Urged Rick Hendrick to Sign Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR Team

It is not any secret that NASCAR icons Dale Earnhardt Jr and Martin Truex Jr are excellent pals. In truth, their friendship and affiliation in NASCAR goes again a great distance, as Truex previously drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Truex’s first-ever NASCAR Cup Series look got here as an alternative driver for Dale Jr, again in 2005. While most individuals are conscious of those key moments from Truex’s NASCAR profession, not many individuals know that if issues would have labored out only a bit in another way, he may have been a Hendrick Motorsports driver.

Dale Jr. lately took a visit down reminiscence lane and revealed that he as soon as urged Hendrick Motorsports proprietor Rick Hendrick to signal Truex.

The matter got here up after Truex received a NASCAR Truck race on the Bristol filth this week. Speaking on his well-known present, ‘Dale Jr. Download’, the NASCAR Hall of Famer mentioned he’s at all times joyful when his buddy does properly.

Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (51) leads driver Ben Rhodes (99) and driver Grant Enfinger (98) at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried his greatest to assist Truex land a take care of Hendrick

I love to see Martin do well because he’s one of the drivers I got to work with early on in his career,” Dale Jr. mentioned in response to a query.

He then went on to elucidate how he as soon as urged Hendrick to signal the extremely proficient driver for his staff, which Dale Jr. was additionally a part of. However, issues didn’t materialize the best way Dale Jr. needed.

“When Rick (Hendrick) was in between drivers, I tried my hardest to get him to hire Martin. He didn’t, there were a couple of other people in the works there and Martin kind of got lost in the shuffle. He hadn’t won as many races at that point in his career,” Dale Jr. mentioned additional.

LOUDON, NH – JUNE 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on the grid previous to the beginning of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

While Truex was not an enormous title again then, Earnhardt Jr. famous how he went on to turn out to be one of many Cup Series’ greatest drivers. Truex Jr. now has 27 Cup wins, another than Dale Jr. himself, and is a Cup Series title winner as properly.


Dale Jr. reminds Rick Hendrick of Truex Jr’s skills

Dale Jr. additional talked about that he reminded Hendrick of Truex’s skills, throughout Monday’s Truck race on the Bristol filth. Quite unexpectedly, Truex dominated the Truck race and went on to win.

“As soon as he won that first stage, I texted Rick Hendrick, saying, ‘You watching the Truck race? Truex, just dusting ’em man. Don’t you kinda wish you had hired him when I told you to?’ I like to rub that in a little bit,” Dale Jr. mentioned with fun.

The former HMS driver, Dale Jr. reiterated that he at all times likes to see his ‘hunting buddy’ do properly on the race observe.

“I like to see him do good, he’s a great guy. Hunting buddy…We were texting after the Truck race, he was as surprised as anybody I think,” he expressed.

While the Hendrick deal didn’t work out, Truex Jr. may have no complaints. After driving for varied groups through the years, the 40-year-old is now a mainstay at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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