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NASCAR Cup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a piece of family history

Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the No. 2 Rod Osterlund-owned 1979 Chevrolet with which Dale Earnhardt won 1979 Rookie of the Year and the 1980 championship in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on Oct. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the No. 2 Rod Osterlund-owned 1979 Chevrolet with which Dale Earnhardt won 1979 Rookie of the Year and the 1980 championship in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on Oct. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

To honor the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr., Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway presented Earnhardt Jr. on Oct. 13 with the No. 2 1979 Chevrolet owned by Rod Osterlund that his father, the late Dale Earnhardt drove to 1979 NASCAR Winston (now-Monster Energy NASCAR) Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors and the 1980 championship.

“This car is a 1979 Monte Carlo. Dad drove this car his rookie season, and probably his championship season in 1980,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “They ran a Monte Carlo here in 1979 but they ran an Oldsmobile 442 in 1980. This is the kind of car he drove at Bristol and some of the short tracks as well as the mile-and-a-half tracks.”

Ownership of the car wasn’t transferred to Earnhardt Jr., but he was loaned the car for as long as he wanted to do whatever he wanted with it. The car is owned by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, operated by the state of Alabama and located on Talladega Superspeedway property.

“I’m pretty surprised. I didn’t think I was going to take home a race car from this weekend. I just have to thank Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama,” Earnhardt Jr said. “They have been really good to me. Hopefully we can get them a win this weekend.”

After the presentation, Earnhardt Jr. drove the car for two laps around the 2.66-mile track. NASCAR legend Donnie Allison, then, drove the car during the pace/parade laps prior to Sunday’s green flag of the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega.

Earnhardt Jr. also was given a bottle of wine from the same case as the bottle with which he celebrated his first Talladega win in Oct. 2001 and a bottle from the same case as the bottle his father celebrated his last Cup Series win the previous year.

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