A lot has been said about Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his career over the years. There's been debates about his success or lack thereof. There's been the constant comparison between his legendary father and himself. And of course, the decision to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. and head for Hendrick Motorsports.
On Sunday at Wakins Glen, there will be something else to talk about as well as celebrate. It may not happen in victory lane, but Earnhardt Jr. will be able to look back on his career and the many memorable moments that it has brought.
The driver of the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet is joining an elite group as he makes his 500th national-series start.
Like many, he came up through the late model ranks before joining the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he's made 115 starts to date. He'll add to that total later this year when he appears in Bristol for a double-header weekend.
After his NNS success, he was promoted to the Sprint Cup Series as Budweiser took a shot on the driver that had captured the hearts of millions in just a few short years. Sunday will be start 385 in the series for the seven-time most popular driver.
Junior Nation will be sure to salute their driver on the milestone day, while others will be ready to talk about their favorite moments. Here are some of the stand out snapshots from career of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that is now 500 starts old.