CONCORD, N.C. – Some of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s earliest NASCAR memories came at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he hopes to add another big one by winning the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night.
Earnhardt grew up watching his late father, Dale Earnhardt, race here more than 30 years ago and has long wanted to win NASCAR's longest race as he dad accomplished three times, the last in 1993.
Dale Jr. has come close, most notably in 2011 when he broke free from a late restart to take the lead. He got the white flag just fine, then ran out of gas on the front straightaway and coasted through the final turn before Kevin Harvick passed him for the win. Earnhardt finished seventh, his sixth top-10 finish in the Memorial Day weekend race.