Earnhardt Jr Proud Team Owner

Brad Keselowski's first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway gave Dale Earnhardt, Jr. another taste of victory as a team owner with his JR Motorsports organization.

The trip to victory lane for the No. 88 NAVY Chevrolet was a long time coming for Earnhardt Jr.

"We’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time, and I knew it would happen with Brad and Tony (Eury) Sr. Putting them together, I knew they were going to give us the opportunity to win sooner or later," Earnhardt said. "Bringing Rick Hendrick’s deal over to JR Motorsports was a big part of it. It has made our program better."

"Having Tony Sr. is a big part of it. He has made the team better this year, and Brad is one of the reasons, too. It’s a big deal for Brad and his family. His mom was there. I’m glad for him, and I’m really happy for Tony Sr. It’s a pretty big deal.”

Earnhardt Jr.'s team joined forces with Hendrick Motorsports this year which has helped the program tremendously. Saturday's win was the next step in the team's evolution as a legitimate title contender.

“Absolutely I think it does," Earnhardt said. "It makes us a legitimate contender for the championship this year. There are a lot of different things that will change for our program and help our program. I think it really gives us a stronger footing in the series, our ability to be there and compete a few more years.”

While Mark Martin brought the team a win in the No. 5 Chevrolet entry back in March at Las Vegas, Saturday's win with Keselowski may have been even more satisfying.

The young driver was brought in by Earnhardt Jr. in the later part of last season and has steadily improved since joining the team.

“Yeah, it’s nice to win with Brad because he’s a full-time Nationwide driver, and even more so because we built the team from the ground up," Earnhardt said. "It’s gratifying because we started it from scratch. That’s pretty cool.”

“The win with Mark was different because of his history and statistics, and what he means to this sport. It was a pretty big deal to have a win with him. Obviously that 5 car means a lot to Rick. The partnership with me and Rick is more evident within the 5 team. The 88 team we started on our own, but his influence in that team and his ability to make our whole program better is pretty evident. I don’t know if it happens this soon without his help this year. The two wins were definitely different but equally as important for the company."

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Lilly Diabetes 250

@ Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Radio Start:
IMS Network
TV Start:
ESPN, 4 p.m. (ET)

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