Ever since NASCAR’s hottest driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. introduced his retirement from full time racing within the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Sequence, he’s been receiving items from every of the tracks.
Friday, Talladega Superspeedway officers and the Worldwide Motorsports Corridor of Fame together with the state of Alabama, gave Earnhardt Jr. possession of the 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo his father drove to the Rookie of the 12 months title that 12 months. He additionally acquired to take just a few laps.
Merely giving Earnhardt Jr. the automotive wasn’t sufficient; he was allowed to take just a few laps with it on the two.66-mile Superspeedway.
“That was nice,” Earnhardt mentioned. “The state of Alabama owns this automotive. They will allow us to take it to Mooresville, North Carolina and present it off in our store, so it’ll be nice for the fellows. I acquired to take it for a few laps. That was enjoyable. Drove it by means of the storage so all the fellows on the group can see it. Fairly neat making an attempt to think about what it could be like working a type of round right here at 180/190 mph.
The legendry Dale Earnhardt Sr. received the primary of his seven Cup titles in 1980 whereas racing for group proprietor Rod Osterlund.
Gallery: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get his dad’s automotive at Talladega Superspeedway, Friday Oct. 13, 2017
“This automotive is a 1979 (Chevrolet) Monte Carlo. Dad drove this automotive his rookie season, and possibly his championship season in 1980,” Earnhardt mentioned. “They ran a Monte Carlo right here (at Talladega Superspeedway) in 1979 however they ran an Oldsmobile 442 in 1980. That is the sort of automotive he drove at Bristol and among the brief tracks in addition to the mile-and-a-half tracks.”
Friday wasn’t the primary time the youthful Earnhardt has pushed one in every of his well-known father’s racecars.
“I drove his No. three Goodwrench automotive a few occasions at some checks that first 12 months we had been collectively,” he mentioned. “However by no means something this previous with some historical past. I really like to have the ability to sit within the automotive to see the attitude of what the view is like. So totally different from our vehicles right now. There are not any head rests or something like that. Loads of air transferring round, so fairly loopy.
Will probably be on mortgage to the retiring Cup driver for an undetermined period of time.
“I am fairly stunned,” he mentioned. “I did not suppose I used to be going to take dwelling a race automotive from this weekend. I simply must thank Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama. They’ve been actually good to me. Hopefully we are able to get them a win this weekend.”