Born in 1974 the second son of a would-be NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. carries an appreciation for the history of the sport like few others in today’s Sprint Cup Series garage.
Junior, who as a young boy and teenager attended a number of races with his father, the late Dale Earnhardt, holds a rare nostalgia for past eras and longstanding NASCAR traditions such as Martinsville Speedway’s famous grandfather clock trophy — which he finally won last October on his 30th try.
Earnhardt Jr. (whose grandfather Ralph was a short-track racing legend in his own right) also possesses a strong affinity for paraphernalia from years gone by.
In fact, the 40-year-old driver recently suggested on Twitter that NASCAR should work with its merchandising partners to institute a line of throwback hats and T-shirts featuring some of the sport’s greatest drivers of all time.
.@NASCAR needs a line of retro shirts/hats. Remakes of stuff from the 70s, 80s, 90s. What are you waiting for NASCAR? No seriously. What?