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“I respect the monitor letting me be a small a part of Dale’s final race at a spot meaning a lot to him.” (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his remaining Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection begin at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, a well-known face will lead him and the remainder of the sector to the inexperienced flag. Earnhardt’s spouse, Amy, will function the Honorary Tempo Automotive Driver for the First Knowledge 500.
Whereas driving the tempo automotive shall be a primary for Amy, she is not any stranger to Martinsville, as she was by Dale’s aspect in Victory Lane when he picked up his solely profession win on the historic Speedway three years in the past.
“I used to be very excited when the monitor approached me about driving the tempo automotive,” she stated. “Martinsville is certainly one of Dale’s favourite tracks and seeing how glad he and the staff have been in Victory Lane in 2014 is one thing I’ll always remember. I respect the monitor letting me be a small a part of Dale’s final race at a spot meaning a lot to him.”
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell stated having Amy drive the tempo automotive is a approach to give again to Dale for all he has finished to not solely elevate the profile of Martinsville Speedway, however NASCAR as an entire.
“The Earnhardt household has meant a lot to Martinsville Speedway by way of the years, Dale particularly, and we needed for him to have the ability to share his final Cup race right here with the individual closest to him,” Campbell stated. “Dale has typically talked about how a lot Amy has meant to him and that is one small method by which we will say ‘thanks’ to the each of them; to Dale for what he has meant to the game and to Amy for what she has meant to Dale.”
The First Knowledge 500 is the primary race within the Spherical of eight of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs. If the profitable driver is within the Playoffs, he can be the primary to clinch a spot within the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Final fall, Jimmie Johnson gained his ninth grandfather clock, on the best way to profitable his document-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Collection championship.