Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals scheme for Homestead-Miami farewell

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

For his final planned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going back to the beginning.

Earnhardt revealed the paint scheme for his final drive in the No. 88 Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway on a QVC JR Nation Appreci88ion special Wednesday night.

The scheme, sponsored by Axalta, harkens back to the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolets Earnhardt drove in his 1999 Coca-Cola 600 debut. The car is painted red with a black hood and posts. The signature black stripes of his early liveries adorn the side of the car, beginning at the front bumper and running the length of the machine.

The scheme was designed by Sam Bass – the famous artist who crafted many of Earnhardt’s early designs.


Earnhardt, 42, announced in April that he will retire from full-time Cup Series competition at the end of the year. The 18-year veteran has 26-career Cup Series wins, including two Daytona 500 victories in 2004 and ’14

While he will cease to compete full-time in the Cup Series, Earnhardt is slated for two XFINITY Series (NXS) starts in 2018. The Kannapolis, North Carolina native earned two NXS championships in 1998 and ’99.

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