How Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to honor his father during 2019 Darlington race

How Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to honor his father during 2019 Darlington race
When the son of ‘The Intimidator’ returns to Darlington Raceway this August, he has a special tribute planned for his late father.

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - When the son of ‘The Intimidator’ returns to Darlington Raceway this August, he has a special tribute planned for his late father.

Earnhardt Jr.'s car will have a special paint scheme that pays homage to the same classic design Earnhardt Sr. piloted in his first NASCAR Cup Series start on May 25, 1975 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We had the perfect opportunity with the Darlington throwback race and I couldn’t pass up the chance.

The announcement came Sunday via press release from his company JR Motorsports.

The 2019 version mirrors the blue and yellow livery, showcases a similar font and recreates the vintage style of the No. 8 on the door panels and roof.

“Hellmann’s has been completely supportive from the beginning and the whole concept aligns well with their core values," Earnhardt finished.

The No. 8 Hellmann’s throwback car marks only the fourth time Earnhardt Jr. has driven a special paint scheme in tribute to an Earnhardt family member.

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