Dale Earnhardt Jr. asks fans where NASCAR should pull all-nighter

The late Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. after finishing second overall in the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no stranger to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

He’s also no stranger to Twitter these days.

So it was no surprise when Earnhardt Jr. took to Twitter to bring back some Rolex memories and engage many of his fans during the latest running of the Rolex 24. The overall champions in this, the 53rd running of the event, was a team from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates with a decidedly NASCAR flavor to it.

Two of the drivers on the winning team were NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers: Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

Obviously, watching the event unfold brought back many memories for Earnhardt Jr.

He drove in the 24-hour endurance race in 2001 with his father, Dale Earnhardt, just weeks before the elder Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap accident in the 2001 Daytona 500. And the father-son tandem teamed with fellow drivers Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins to put together a quite competitive run — starting third and finishing second in a Chevrolet Corvette for Corvette Racing. 

Earnhardt Jr. was back at the Rolex 24 in 2004 with fellow NASCAR star Tony Stewart and Andy Wallace as his teammates on a three-driver team that drove a Chevy for Howard Bass Motorsports.

That time, Earnhardt Jr.’s team led 345 laps and was still in the lead within 30 minutes of the finish when the suspension on the car broke with Stewart driving and the win well in sight.

Instead of capturing one of the most prestigious prizes in all of auto racing, the Earnhardt Jr.-Stewart-Wallace team had to settle for third.

Evidently, Junior is still upset about it. Or at least it seemed that way when Earnhardt sent out the follow tweet Sunday with a picture of the car that ultimately failed him and Stewart in 2004.

It all was enough to make Earnhardt Jr. wonder if NASCAR should pull an all-nighter sometime. And if NASCAR ever did put on its own 24-hour event, where should it be held? That’s what Junior really wants to know.