Dale Earnhardt Jr. on 'Sports Illustrated' cover

February 26, 2014, Taylor Starer,

Cover appearance is Junior's fifth overall, and first since 2008

Fresh off his Daytona 500 win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a new accomplishment to add to his personal list: appearing on his fifth "Sports Illustrated" magazine cover. The cover marks Junior's first appearance on the widely recognized publication since 2008.

In addition to reopening some old doors, Earnhardt Jr.'s monumental win at the World Center of Racing seems to have opened some new ones, too.

As Junior celebrates his second career Daytona 500 victory, he has opened up in a way that is totally new to the seasoned driver: the Twitter world.

Junior seems to have taken a liking to the "Twitterverse" as he interacts with fans and keeps the world updated on his media tour. 

Earnhardt's "Sports Illustrated" cover is regional and will be available for purchase in the coming days at

See Dale Jr.'s Sports Illustrated cover below and watch the interview from when Earnhardt visited the "Sports Illustrated" studio just hours after his trip to Victory Lane: