Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been through a lot in his Sprint Cup career. And along the way, he has been able to run some pretty special paint schemes.
I myself love to collect all the special paint schemes that Earnhardt Jr. has run over the years.
I'm still waiting for one that was ordered months ago! So for those of you who also like to collect, you may have missed some.
Here are the best of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s paint schemes from when he entered the Sprint Cup Series to 2009, where he will once again roll out the best.
During his rookie season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 8 Olympic Budweiser Chevrolet.
He drove this car in the 2000 Winston All-Star Race, where he became the first rookie ever to win the event.
In the 2001 Daytona 500 Dale Earnhardt Sr. lost his life.
When the series returned to the track in July, Dale Jr. was not only looking for redemption, he was looking sharp in a white Baseball All-Star car.
He went on to win the Pepsi 400 with teammate Michael Waltrip right behind him. The most memorable picture came when Earnhardt Jr. and Waltrip embraced on top of their cars.
The All-Star car was brought out again in 2002 at Daytona for the Pepsi 400.
Both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and then teammate Michael Waltrip took turns leading the event, however when Jr. jumped out of line with a few laps to go, he faded to a sixth-place finish.
In keeping with tradition of running an All-Star car, this one debuted not at Daytona but at Chicagoland in July 2003.
However, he was in an accident and finished 38th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is known for his partying and hard rock ways.
Which didn't make it surprising when he started driving cars with rock bands names on them.
The first of which was the Budweiser True Music car that ran at Richmond in 2003 for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
He finished 17th.
Perhaps the more popular and better looking car was the debut of the Budweiser Born on Date car in 2004.
Earnhardt Jr. ran this car in the Daytona 500, which he went on to win.
The Matthew Good Band, which Jr. has numerously said is one of his favorite bands, got their name plastered on his car at California in 2004.
Just like the previous black music car a year earlier at Richmond, this one faired no better.
After wrecking Earnhardt Jr. finished 34th.
The 2004 Born on Date car went to victory lane in the Daytona 500, so in 2005 they brought it back for the Great American Race.
This time Earnhardt Jr. would finish third behind Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.
Earnhardt Jr. has done plenty of things with the rock band Three Doors Down, such as appearing in one of their music videos.
In return, Earnhardt Jr. put them on his race car.
He finished 20th that night and missed the Chase for the Championship for the first time.
Earnhardt Jr. ran another Baseball themed car at Lowe's in 2005, this time in honor of the World Series.
On lap 61, Earnhardt Jr. was in a wreck and finished 42nd.
The comparisons between Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will never go away. Many say that Jr. should be more like his father
In 2006 fans got a glimpse at what it would be like if Jr. was his father when he ran an all black Chevrolet in honor of his dad at Talladega.
His engine expired with 30 laps to go, resulting in a 31st place finish.
Earnhardt Jr. has said on many occasions that he is very much interested in the history of the sport.
A part of the history of racing runs in his family, including his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt, to whom he paid tribute to at Michigan in June 2006 with the car he drove to a third-place finish.
In what can only be a sign of things to come, Earnhardt Jr. teamed with the Nation's troops for a Desert Camo car that ran during Memorial Day weekend at Lowe's.
He would finish eighth that night.
Earnhardt later signed with Hendrick Motorsports and now drives the National Guard Chevrolet.
This is by far one of the best painted cars in recent memory. And one of the best that Earnhardt Jr. has run.
The Stars and Stripes car ran at Daytona during the July race which takes place around the 4th of July.
He was involved in a crash on lap 11 and didn't have a chance to bring the car to the front.
In August 2007, all the Chevrolet teams honored Chevrolet at Michigan with Retro 1957 cars.
Earnhardt Jr. would finish 12th in his while a Dodge of Kurt Busch would win the event that took was supposed to run on Aug. 19 but was run on a Tuesday because of weather.
Fond of fine music, he keeps a piano in his house, Earnhardt Jr. ran an Elvis themed car at the September Richmond race.
The car was revealed at Graceland where Earnhardt Jr. brought his grandmother to accompany him.
On race night he was in contention for the win before his engine expired with a few laps to go once again missing the Chase for the Championship.
Now with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. will certainly have the freedom to continue to run special paint schemes.
This was another popular car of Earnhardt Jr.'s and certainly a favorite with former Mountain Dew driver Darrell Waltrip.
The Retro Mountain Dew car was broken out at Darlington in May. He finished fourth that night.
Once again, history buff Earnhardt Jr. broke out a favorite in Buddy Baker's Grey Ghost scheme.
The car ran at Lowe's in May for the All-Star race, but it was no help to Earnhardt Jr. as he didn't take home the $1 million bonus.
The National Guard and everyone in the military is currently defending our freedom overseas.
So, at Daytona during the 4th of July, the Defending Freedom car was run in honor of the National Guard and its heroes.
By far the most dominant car of the night, Earnhardt Jr. faded in the late going and finished 11th.
Ever wanted to get on board a race car?
For Dale Jr. fans, including myself, got their chance during the October Talladega race with the special Ride with Dale Jr. car that featured 73,000 names on it.
Unfortunately, with just laps remaining Carl Edwards triggered the "Big One" that collected Dale Jr. and Jr. Nation.
With new flavors of AMP Energy drink coming out, including AMP Relaunch with an orange can, the AMP car was relaunched at Lowe's in October with an orange as the primary color.
Orange also happens to be Earnhardt Jr.'s favorite color, but the race probably wasn't a favorite when he blew a right front tire that ended his night.
Coming this season, Earnhardt Jr. will run another Mountain Dew car at Darlington during the May weekend.
When Earnhardt Jr. was with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and had Budweiser as a sponsor, they didn't like when he was not in a red Bud car.
Now with Hendrick Motorsports, expect many great schemes to emerge in the coming year. And be sure to head out and pick them up, because if Earnhardt Jr. gets to design them, they'll be pretty cool looking.