It’s a NASCAR tradition for tracks to give retiring drivers a gift when they race at the track for the last time, and over the next few months, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is probably going to get some good ones.
Last week, Sonoma Raceway named service puppies after him and his wife, Amy — although the Earnhardts obviously didn’t get to take that gift home.
But Friday at Daytona International Speedway — where Junior will most likely race for the final time — track president Chip Wile gave the No. 88 driver a giant painting to honor his successful career at the iconic track.
With three cars in the painting, the main one in the center is the No. 8 Chevrolet Earnhardt drove to victory in the 2001 Pepsi 400, while depicted in the foreground is the No. 88 Chevrolet from his second 500 win in 2014. The No. 3 car in the background is from his win in the 2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 in the XFINITY Series.