Bristol Motor Speedway amps up its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a specially designed paint scheme featured on the car of NASCAR’s most popular driver at the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 27.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., helps celebrate the iconic track’s 50th anniversary by driving a golden Amp Energy/National Guard car that also features Bristol Motor Speedway’s anniversary logo.
Earnhardt Jr., who grew up watching his father, Dale Earnhardt, race and win nine times at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, and who swept the weekend races in August of 2004, looks forward to helping Bristol celebrate the special occasion.
“I just love that race track,” he said. “Every time I go there I feel like I can win. There’s no other place like Bristol – I’m always amazed that somebody hasn’t tried to build another one – not that you could. I can’t wait to get back there in a couple of weeks. This car is going to look so cool under the lights.”
Jerry Caldwell, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Bristol Motor Speedway, feels he couldn’t have asked for a better way to cap the track’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“The Earnhardt name has played a very significant role in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Caldwell. “Dale Earnhardt won a lot of races here and while he was winning in the earlier years, Dale Junior was watching, and learning, from the infield. When he won both August night races in ’04, he did something here that no driver had ever accomplished at that point – including his dad – and that was a weekend sweep.
“It’s a very big weekend for us, and for NASCAR, because we’ll have one of the largest crowds of the year here for the IRWIN Tools Night Race. And we’re extremely honored that Dale Jr. and the folks at Amp wanted to be part of our 50th anniversary celebration in such a significant manner.”