Dale Earnhardt Jr. Expresses Pride in Having “Little North Carolina Secret” Sponsor for His Comeback Race

Former NASCAR fan favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr will return to racing for the Late Model Series at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He will be driving a car with the same livery he used in 1993. Not only that, the car will also feature a local sponsor that has stuck with him during his career.

Earnhardt Jr said he was very proud to have Sun Drop back as his sponsor for his special race. In an interview, he said, “I’ve worked with Mountain Dew before and Coca-Cola before that. The other brands I have worked with are nationally recognized names.”

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“But Sun Drop has always been like our home team and our little North Carolina secret.”

He also mentioned how there was always a Sun Drop in his grandmother’s house, which allowed him to hold the sponsor in high regard.

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Earnhardt Jr. is someone who enjoys a hint of the past from time to time. He also has a graveyard full of old wrecks of NASCAR Cup series cars scattered around his property.

Dale Earnhardt Jr was once a Late Model Stock Car racer before the Cup series

Before Earnhardt Jr ventured into the major game and eventually became a Hall of Famer, he used to kick up dirt in his good old Late Model Stock car. He rode in a trailer with a group of friends heading to short tracks.

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LOUDON, NH – JUNE 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on the grid before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010, in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Earnhardt Jr. mentioned that he really misses that time and thinks about those days constantly. He seemed really excited that he was going to relive it all in this race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

In an interview with The Athletic, he said, “I know you can’t do it again, and I’m not trying. But my heart is there.”

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It was definitely a glimpse of the “good old days”, with Earnhardt Jr. to return to the circuit and race again.

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