From the three fingers that were held in the air to honor one of NASCAR’s fallen legends, to the victory that followed 97 laps later, NASCAR fans were treated to one of the most memorable, and emotional wins the Nationwide series has ever witnessed.
It all began when JR Motorsports, Richard Childress, and Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced they would team up with Wrangler to bring back the famous blue and yellow No. 3 for one race in July.
The venue which was chosen, is the same one that took the life of one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. honored his father by taking the checkered flag during the running of the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola, at Daytona International Speedway on July 3rd.
The victory brought many tears from the fans, as well as many fond memories when Dale Earnhardt Sr. piloted that same paint scheme, during his legendary years running in what was called the Winston Cup Series.
Earnhardt Sr. would end up winning seven championships, along with 76 trips to victory lane, before tragedy struck on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 which resulted in his untimely death.
Earnhardt Jr., who has only driven an RCR prepared car twice in his career, will allow the Hall of Fame to display the winning No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet Impala until September 19.
The car was run in order to honor, and pay tribute to Earnhardt’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.