#3 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR
A legend from the very start, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is undoubtedly one of the best NASCAR drivers to ever grace the blacktop. Synonymous with the all-black #3 race car under the Richard Childress team name, Earnhardt would go on to win seven Cup Series Championships, tying “The King” himself, Richard Petty. A part of that coveted race history includes this tribute Monte Carlo #3 Earnhardt race car.
The son of a successful short track racer, Ralph Earnhardt, Dale would develop a love for cars at a very young age and would find himself dropping out of school in the ninth grade attempting to get his own racing career started. In May of 1975, Earnhardt would make his stock car racing debut in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway finishing 22nd. This would be good enough to land him a Winston Cup contract for the 1979 season. That year, Earnhardt took the NASCAR circuit by storm by becoming the first driver to win over $200,000 in his rookie year and winning NASCAR’s coveted Rookie of the Year award. From then on, Earnhardt would find himself using his rearview mirror more and more, as the competition would often be found in it. In the next season, Dale would win the points championship, proving his rookie year was no fluke at all. Throughout his career, he would come to be known as “The Intimidator” because of his aggressive style of driving and overtaking, but it would prove to be a game changer. Earnhardt would go on to win 22 Cup Series Poles and an amazing 76 Cup Series wins and 21 Xfinity Series wins, and with a win at the AC Delco 500 in his home state of North Carolina in 1994, Earnhardt claimed his seventh Winston Cup Championship, tying the legendary Richard “The King” Petty for most career titles. Earnhardt’s run would come to an end doing what he loved most, racing, as he would pass away in a racing accident on the final lap of the 43rd Daytona 500 on February 18th, 2001. NASCAR would finally create a Hall of Fame in 2010 and Dale Earnhardt Sr. would be among the inaugural group to be inducted.
A tribute car to the legend himself, this Monte Carlo #3 Earnhardt race car is turnkey-ready to light up the track. The exterior livery mirrors that of which Earnhardt drove on the track while racing for the Richard Childress race team. Draped in all the correct race sponsors, this Goodwrench Service #3 car even wears the correct Goodyear #1 Eagle racetrack tires. The pin-locked hood contains a stock Chevy blazer 400-cubic-inch engine that releases a menacing sound from the exhaust and tells its onlookers it means business on the track. Meeting track standards, the cockpit is outfitted with a Richardson Racing Products race seat, a full roll cage covered in BSCI energy impact system covers, and a six-point race seat belt.
Built to represent one of the greatest NASCAR drivers in history, this #3 Dale Earnhardt race car is sure to bring a smile to anyone that sees it quietly sitting in a museum setting reminding visitors of the greatness the #3 car carried with it during its historic and unforgettable time on the NASCAR circuit.
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