Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses Twitter to make ‘serious’ plea to NASCAR

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.

Clearly not ready to let his voice go unheard, Earnhardt followed up on Friday with a second tweet — this one featuring pictures of some retro shirts from his personal collection.

So will Junior get his wish?

Stay tuned.