MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 Hellmann's Chevrolet, (L) and NASCAR Hall of Famer and JR Motorsports owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2023 in Martinsville, Virginia.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speaks Out About Hill-Creed Incident

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on the broadcast call for NBC like he normally is during Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Martinsville. All he could do was sit and watch as Richard Childress Racing's Austin Hill and Sheldon Creed had issues on the final restart, with both costing each other a chance at the Championship Four at Phoenix and following it up with mutual venom after the race. Even the normally even-tempered RCR team owner, Richard Childress, let the emotions of the moment spill into his own post-race interview, calling Creed "stupid."

Earnhardt's driver, Justin Allgaier, won the race, and Earnhardt had a busy evening celebrating the victory and doing his own post-race interviews and shared his thoughts about what went down with RCR's drivers.

Being a car owner and former driver, he had a very unique take on the incident after being asked how he would've handled the situation by Fox Sport's Bob Pockrass.

"I don't know what you do. I was sitting there, thinking about that, talking about that, in those final handful of laps. You've got two sets of teammates, in there with Gibbs and RCR. You've got arguably two or three of those guys out of that group that have to win. What do you expect them to do? I can understand Richard or Austin or Creed's frustration, but I mean, they were doing what they have to do to win. It's tough," Earnhardt said. "The playoffs and the elimination races and everything, it puts us in those situations that we've never been in before, with teammates. You've got a car capable of winning the race, but your teammate needs this, and another one needs that, and you can't really go out and have an objective of your own. An agenda of your own. It puts us in unique situations now that we've never really watched people experience or been a part of before."

Luckily for Creed, this weekend's championship race at Phoenix is his final race behind the wheel of the No. 2 as he moves on for the 2024 Xfinity season.

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