Dale Earnhardt Jr. delivered two smooches at Michigan International Speedway’s victory lane. One to his car and one to girlfriend Amy Reimann.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finally reached Victory Lane again, after going 143 races without finishing first.
The kiss by Earnhardt was a rare glimpse inside the personal life the elite driver.
When asked about the kiss, Earnhardt said, “We’re doing pretty good. I’m glad Amy was here to celebrate with me. It means a lot. She’s a good girl, and we’ve had a good relationship. I’ve got a lot of good people around me right now, and I feel like the people that I do spend my time around make me a better person – definitely a lot better person than I was years ago.”
Reimann was in victory lane when Earnhardt arrived Sunday and hugged him after his winner’s interview.
“I couldn’t be happier for him and his team,” Reimann said through a JR Motorsports spokesman. “I know how much it means to Dale. He is a bad— and I know there is definitely more to come.”
Earnhardt’s first Cup victory since 2008 came in convincing fashion when he beat Tony Stewart by 5.393 seconds Sunday.
“This is incredible,” Earnhardt said. “I just didn’t know when it would happen. I knew it was going to happen, just didn’t know when.”
“I feel like we are getting stronger,” Earnhardt said. “This year, we have gotten faster throughout the year. We started off pretty quick and we have gotten quicker, and quicker, especially these last couple weeks. So that’s been a thrill for me.”