Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the first rookie to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, but he apparently missed out on one very important part of the celebration in 2000.
“It was one of the funnest Victory Lanes I can remember, just a lot of raw emotion,” Earnhardt said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I don’t think I ever saw (the check).
“I was driving for Daddy back then, and he got a hold of that one, but I really didn’t care about it.”
Earnhardt said the opportunity to race and pass his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., in the final 10 laps to pick up the win was as important as anything.
“We were thinking bigger than $500,000,” Earnhardt said.
White, a former Miss New Jersey USA, graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2011 with a degree in communication studies. She was a reporter for the college’s news station and heavily involved in the theater program.
Since graduating, White has worked in Philadelphia at QVC, one of the nation’s top home shopping networks, as one of its in-house models.
Others expected to take part among a group of more than a dozen are former Charlotte Motor Speedway winners Buddy Baker, Ernie Irvan and Marvin Panch. The museum opens at 10 a.m., with the reunion starting at 1 p.m. The drivers will sign autographs and pose for photos. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Information: 704-662-3673.
Burton, the 21-year-old son of former Cup driver Ward Burton, finished fifth in the 2013 Truck series standings. He finished eighth at Kentucky last September in his only previous Nationwide start.
Stewart posted a message at 4:27 p.m.: “Ok here it is. I’m doing my part 2 combat global warming because now that I’m officially tweeting, hell is freezing over!”
Sgt. Ray Nuckoles III and his wife, Amanda, will receive a special surprise from Petty and Almirola. The show will rerun at 11 a.m. Sunday.