Perhaps the most touching tribute was made-- or driven, by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who drove this black-painted replica of his father’s famous No. 3 car in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. Though the Chevrolet still sported Jr.’s own No. 8, the resemblance was remarkable, and no doubt sparked nostalgia for those racers who were lucky enough to trade paint with Earnhardt.
Unfortunately, the paint job didn’t help Junior take the checkered flag – his engine failed with about 37 laps to go.