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May 12, 2017

Earnhardt Jr.: ‘Long list’ of ideal victories starts with Charlotte

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s case, familiarity breeds desire.

Asked which race he’d most like to win in his final season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing, Earnhardt immediately thought of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track closest to his Mooresville, North Carolina, home.

“The 600 would be awesome,” Earnhardt said on Friday at Kansas Speedway. “Charlotte is our home track, and (we) haven’t won a points race there. So I would like to win there, but there’s a long list. Any of them that we haven’t won at would be great.

“Any win this year, right, would be good. But if I had to pick, Charlotte would be … winning the 600 would mean a lot. I always went to that race as a little kid, so I like to win at the places where I spent tons of time growing up, and that was one of them.”