Tony Stewart Tells Dale Earnhardt Jr Fans It’s Not A National Holiday’
Tony Stewart finished second in the 2004 Daytona 500, he graciously praised winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. for deserving a career-making moment. The three-time Sprint Cup champion took a decidedly different tack after finishing second Sunday to Earnhardt in the Quicken Loans 400.
Asked to sum up his feelings about NASCAR’s most popular driver ending a 143-race winless streak, Stewart offered a surly response.
“No different than anybody else that does it,” he said. “It’s not a national holiday, guys. This morning, they were celebrating his fourth anniversary of his last win, so I guess we are all in a state of mourning now because he’s broke that streak. So I wonder what we are all supposed to think.”
Friday marked four years since Earnhardt’s last win in NASCAR’s premier series, also occurring at Michigan International Speedway. The victory resulted in an overwhelming outpouring of joy from Earnhardt’s massive fan base with #DaleJr trending worldwide on Twitter shortly after the race ended.