At a press conference today, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Childress, Teresa Earnhardt, and Kelley Earnhardt unveiled the No. 3 Wrangler Chevy that Dale Jr. will be driving in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in July in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
There was talk about things maybe being awkward between the Earnhardts, mostly between Dale Jr., Kelley and Teresa. Since Dale Jr. did leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. (and didn’t get to take the no. 8 with him) I’m sure it’s not all roses and kittens, but let’s all take a moment and think about it this way: Are they really all that different from us? The answer is no. Take five seconds and think about your own family’s issues and I’m sure you’d agree that we’ve all got our own stories, tensions and baggage. The only difference is they have to answer reporter’s questions about said baggage.
Anywhooo, besides all of that it was very cool to see all of Dale Sr.’s children together, Taylor and Kerry were also on hand for the unveiling. I think this — the No. 3 at Daytona — will be an awesome way to remember him.
(Left to right) Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. share a smile Thursday during a news conference at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. unveiling the No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series car that Earnhardt Jr. will run July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands next to the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. Thursday. He will run the car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway on July 2.
(Left to right) Taylor Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Childress, Craig Errington with Wrangler, Teresa Earnhardt and Kerry Earnhardt pose for a picture with the No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series car at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. on Thursday.
(Second from right) Kelley Earnhardt talks during a press conference Thursday at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. as (left to right) Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Childress and Wrangler VP of Marketing Craig Errington look on.
Host Winston Kelley begins a news conference Thursday at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. unveiling the No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series car that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.
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