So did Dale Jr.’s girlfriend trump him in fantasy football?

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It was a rather trying NFL season for diehard Washington Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose favorite team was just terrible in 2014, going 4-12.

Also, Junior is a major fantasy football fan who takes part in several leagues during the season, including at least one league with several of his NASCAR buddies.

But given that his fantasy team(s) were likely stocked with Redskins players, it probably wasn’t a very good year in the fantasy ranks for Junior, either.

So, Junior tweets out the other night that he was staying at home because girlfriend Amy Reimann was out celebrating her apparent success this season in a dinner sponsored by her own “girls Fantasy Football League.”

For a guy who loves football as much as Junior does, you’d think he would have joined his significant other to enjoy the evening.

Instead of staying home “with the dogs.”

Unless, of course, Amy wound up doing better in her fantasy league this year than Junior.

Not to mention the last few words in his tweet, which could be interpreted as rather telling when it comes to his fantasy football team(s) this year: “My life’s all backwards.”

So, Junior, enquiring minds want to know: Did Amy’s fantasy football team trump yours?

Perhaps the best line about the whole incident came from FoxSports.com. In its story about the event, the guys from Shake&Bake put it perfectly:

“One can only imagine the conversation the couple must have had when she returned home.”

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Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.