Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Nextel Cup Car Dale Earnhardt Jr
A fan favorite from the beginning of his racing career, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. may have benefited from his racing lineage, but he has certainly forged his own path in one of the most colorful and popular forms of motor racing. As only the third driver to have been selected by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for five consecutive years since 1956, Dale Jr. is currently in his ninth season of competition in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. With 18 wins in the elite NASCAR series, including victory at the prestigious 2004 Daytona 500, Earnhardt has racked up nearly $57 million in earnings to date.
While Earnhardt earned his sole victory of the 2006 racing season at the Crown Royal 400 in May at Richmond, Virginia, a number of other strong Top 10 finishes elevated him to fifth place overall in the season’s NASCAR points championship. True, there were a few disappointments along the way, including an engine failure at New Hampshire, followed by a crash in the second turn at Pocono. Nonetheless, with steady top-level performances and maturity that belies his youth, Dale Jr. continues to be a living legend among race fans. Additionally, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a successful racing team and track owner who has also lent his talents to the silver screen, with cameo roles in the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights as well as the animated hit Cars.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo-bodied car offered here is a very interesting artifact from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s 2006 season, which continues to display some relatively light damage due to side-contact with another vehicle, as well as the effects of a minor off-track excursion under braking at Watkins Glen in August. In fact, the Watkins Glen event was the final race for this particular chassis, which was sold by DEI immediately thereafter, thereby confirming its authenticity. The car continues to display its trademark number 8 and red livery, as well as all sponsor logos and its custom racing seat, instrumentation and racing harnesses. The engine and drivetrain, as well as the radio and communications equipment have been removed from the car and consequently, it will make a perfect museum vehicle.
DEI NASCAR Nextel Cup chassis with race-prepared suspension and brakes.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel