NASCAR fans can soon bid on one of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s former race cars.
A Chevy driven by the champion driver between 2012 and 2014 is being sold at auction by RM Sotheby’s. Designed for race courses, the bow-tie-badged No. 88 car took Earnhardt Jr. to a third-place finish at Sonoma in 2014.
The car’s four other outings were less successful, though. It placed 28th at its inaugural race at Watkins Glen in 2012, 12th at Sonoma in 2013, and 30th and 11th at Watkins Glen in 2013 and 2014.
While the car originally wore Chevy Impala bodywork, it later adopted the SS-like looks it sports today. A thorough rebuild after its retirement brought the stock car back to its prime. It has also been installed with a replacement Chevrolet R07 V-8 engine, certified by Hendrick Racing.
Earnhardt Jr’s old road-racing Chevy saw continuous use even after leaving NASCAR. He would regularly take it out for rides around local road courses. How much the authentic NASCAR machine sells for at auction remains to be seen, though. Sotheby’s will auction the car off at its Elkhart Collection event, scheduled for October.
Earnhardt Jr. is a two-time Daytona 500 winner (2004 and 2014). He was given the “Most Popular Driver Award” 15 consecutive times from 2003 to 2017. He is, of course, the son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr, who won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500.