Dale Earnhardt Jr recalls an interesting moment at Richmond
The old question: What happens when NASCAR drivers need to go to the bathroom?
“2000 Richmond, I know dad was runnin’ good that night. He decided to take two tires or sumthin’ on the last stop,” Dale Earnhardt Jr remembers his 2nd career win.
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“We were racing, Terry Labonte. We had been racing Tony Stewart. We had some trouble in the pits, got together a little bit. Dinged up our fenders.”
“We got by Dad pretty quickly. And just ended up beating everybody to the finish line.”
It was his 2nd NASCAR Winston Cup Series win. But that’s not the most memorable part of victory lane for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“The one thing I remember about that victory lane was… I didn’t know it until I pulled into victory lane and I have to go to the bathroom really, really bad. Number 2.”
When a driver wins a race in NASCAR, typically they will sit in victory lane awhile. TV might go to commercial soon after the checkered flag. When live tv returns, there the winner comes climbing out of his car. It’s not a perfectly timed coincidence, the drivers sit and wait for TV. That day, Dale Earnhardt Jr didn’t care to wait.
“I got to victory lane. I said, ‘I’m gettin’ out, I gotta use the bathroom. Ya’ll just sit tight, I gotta do this now.’ ”
“Ten minutes later I come back. Everybody’s in victory lane, kinda standing there. Like, ‘Where’d the driver go?’ I come back to victory lane, ‘I’m ready to celebrate! Let’s do this.’ ”
“I remember that awkward moment when I came back.”
Tony Stewart had a similar issue. “Well he went in his pants,” stated Dale Earnhardt Jr.
What happens when NASCAR drivers have to go to the bathroom? Watch the video as Dale Earnhardt Jr explains.