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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals father-inspired paint scheme for Darlington

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has unveiled his paint scheme for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Aug. 31 at historic Darlington Raceway when he returns to the track.

Earnhardt Jr. will honor his late father, Dale Earnhardt, by sporting a Hellmann’s Chevrolet with designs inspired by a paint scheme Senior ran for his first premier series start, the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt finished 22nd that day, but that historic start was only the beginning of his legacy.

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The look that Junior will display in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet includes the vintage style No. 8 and a blue and yellow paint job that offers a modern look of the car that his father piloted almost 44 years ago.

This will be the fourth time that Junior has run a special paint scheme to honor an Earnhardt family member.

“This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” Earnhardt Jr. said in a press release. “We had the perfect opportunity with the Darlington throwback race and I couldn’t pass up the chance. Hellmann’s has been completely supportive from the beginning and the whole concept aligns well with their core values.”

Earnhardt Jr. retired from full-time racing following the 2017 season. He competed in one Xfinity Series race last season, a fourth-place effort at Richmond in which he led 96 laps.

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