Infield pre-race parade lap gets Junior’s approval

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NASCAR tried a new form of driver introductions Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, and there’s already at least one avid fan: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Typically, drivers stand in the bed of pickup trucks as they circle the track for pre-race introductions as a way to allow as many fans as possible in the grandstands catch a glimpse of everyone.

But prior to the FireKeepers Casino 400, the trucks drove through the middle of the infield.

“Ain’t never done that before,” Earnhardt Jr. said in his post-race Periscope after finishing ninth. “That was pretty cool. I imagine they’ll do that every week next year, everywhere.”

Fans were lined up along the roadway as drivers waved from the trucks, with campers and RVs close behind.

“The fans sure loved the hell out of that,” Junior continued. “There’s tons of them in the infield looking for us, lined up. That was pretty awesome.”