Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized the anniversary of his father's death Wednesday, saying it was not a day for mourning.

Junior took to Twitter to acknowledge the 14th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death, which came on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt Jr. wrote: "(On) this day I do not mourn his death. I thank God he lived. #DaleEarnhardt."

He later said the date doesn't really stir painful emotions anymore.

He said: "You're fortunate to have known him and fortunate to have learned and have the experiences that you had with him. So you think about those and be glad that was an opportunity you got to experience."