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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacts to return of No. 8 car

Daniel Hemric announced Tuesday that he will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts for Richard Childress Racing this year.

The No. 8 hasn’t been on the track in the Monster Energy Series in nearly a decade. It was made famous, so to speak, by Dale Earnhardt Jr. from 2000-07, when he won 17 races in the red Budweiser paint scheme.

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Hemric, who grew up in Kannapolis, North Carolina, much like Dale Earnhardt and drove by the old Dale Earnhardt, Inc., building on his daily commute, told NASCAR.com he had not spoken to Junior about the news.

Well, Junior has chimed in.

Judging solely by exclamation points and emojis, we think he approves.