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October 9, 2017

Brad Keselowski’s throwback tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jeff Zelevansky
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Brad Keselowski will run a throwback paint scheme, but at Talladega, not Darlington — and it’s honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Brad Keselowski's Talladega paint scheme

Keselowski announced Monday via his blog that he will run a No. 2 Miller Lite Team Penske Ford that resembles the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet he drove for JR Motorsports in what is now the XFINITY Series from 2008-2009. Keselowski had six wins and 33 top-five finishes in that stretch.

In conjunction with the announcement, Keselowski republished his first blog entry, which was a history of his friendship and personal relationship with Earnhardt. He added, “Dale, there’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ll excel at whatever it is you do next, but it’s not going to be the same out there without you. I’m going to miss racing against you, my friend. I’m going to miss seeing you out there in the 88 on Sundays.”

This weekend’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the last race at the superspeedway for Junior, who has six wins at the track.

Brad Keselowski drives the No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives the No. 5 DELPHI Chevrolet during theAaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2008. Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR