Dale Earnhardt Jr. closed his storied career on Nov. 19, 2017 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida with a special-edition paint scheme that was a tribute to the No. 8 Chevrolet that the two-time Daytona 500 winner drove in his first Cup races in 1999.
“The red and black paint scheme is iconic,” said Mike Carr, Axalta President of America’s region. “Cromax EZ did the scheme justice on what is a very special race car for a very historic moment in motorsports.”
Dale Jr. finished 25th in his 631st and final Cup Series race, closing a career that saw the 15-time most popular driver capture 26 wins in NASCAR’s top series.
What did Earnhardt think of the scheme? He liked it so much he decided to keep the car.
“The deal I had with Rick [Hendrick] was if I finished the race with the car in one piece, I’d get the car and he’d get the helmet,” Earnhardt said. “So, yeah, I’m going to take this thing back home.”