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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 18, 2006 on FOX

DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO UNVEIL SPECIAL
FATHER’S DAY PAINT SCHEME FOR 3M PERFORMANCE 400 AT MIS

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Father’s Day paint scheme

Source: Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. –To pay tribute to the lives of his famous grandfather and father and to recognize the three generations of Earnhardt racing tradition, Earnhardt Jr. will unveil a special paint scheme honoring his famous family for the June 18 running of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it® Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway. The special Father’s Day design is based upon the No. 8 cars driven by grandfather Ralph Earnhardt and father Dale Earnhardt during their NASCAR careers.

The cream-colored car, Earnhardt Jr.’s second tribute car of the 2006 season, will feature the bow-tie Budweiser logos that were first used in 1956, when Ralph Earnhardt won the title in the NASCAR Sportsman Division - the predecessor to the modern-day NASCAR Busch Series. Earnhardt Jr.’s first tribute car of the season, fielded at Talladega, was painted black as an homage to his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

“I love that era, and I like the look of the car,” said Earnhardt Jr. “If I can’t go back in time and race in the 1950s, at least I can drive a car that looks like it’s from the ’50s. I’ve always liked bold, simple paint schemes, and it’ll be cool to drive a car that looks so similar to what my dad and grandpa drove.”

Ralph Earnhardt drove the No. 8 to six top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sportsman point standings and more than 350 NASCAR wins. While most associate Dale Earnhardt Sr. with the No. 3 car, it was the No. 8 that he drove before his entry into NASCAR’s premier series in 1975.

The Earnhardts have a long history of racing success at MIS. Earnhardt Jr. won a NASCAR Busch Series race in 1999 and has made 18 starts at the two-mile oval dating back to 1997 in the NEXTEL Cup, Busch, and International Race of Champions series. Earnhardt Sr., a veteran of 63 MIS starts from 1979 to 2000, won two races in both the NEXTEL Cup Series and IROC. On August 20, 2000, Earnhardt Jr., Earnhardt Sr. and Kerry Earnhardt all raced in the NASCAR Cup Series race at MIS. It was the only time in history that all three raced together in NASCAR competition. They finished 31st, 6th and 43rd, respectively. With this feat, the Earnhardt family became the first since August 1960 to field three drivers for a Cup race.

Tickets for both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, the June 18 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it® Picture Paper and the August 20 GFS Marketplace 400, are currently on sale at MIS’ official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. Tickets to all other events, which include the IRL IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Busch Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the ARCA RE/MAX Series are also now available.


For tickets and information regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.

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