Fans feeling mixed emotions about Dale Earnhardt Jr. making his final Monster Energy Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway have reason to smile with news of the speedway's latest promotion, which is sure to leave avid supporters shaking their heads in delight.
For every two adult tickets purchased for the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 - Earnhardt Jr.'s final chance at an elusive Monster Energy Cup series victory at his home track - buyers will receive a commemorative keepsake bobblehead of NASCAR's 14-time most popular driver, while supplies last.
The speedway commissioned the bobbleheads to help fans celebrate one of the sport's biggest names and his career at the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway, where he captured the 2000 NASCAR All-Star Race win in his rookie season and has wowed race fans for nearly two decades since.
"We wanted to do something special to celebrate with our fans all that Dale Jr. means to our sport," said Greg Walter, executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "These keepsakes will be a must-have for collectors and avid fans alike, and a tremendous way to commemorate his last home race here in Charlotte."
Qualifying ticket purchasers will receive a voucher to pick up their commemorative bobblehead during the Bank of America 500 race weekend. The promotion runs through Oct. 1 or while supplies last.
The Bank of America 500 on Oct. 8 marks the final start for Earnhardt Jr., a native of nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina who often reminisces about how many of his early childhood memories at the track revolve around watching his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, race. His grandfather owned a home less than a quarter of a mile from Turn 1 and Earnhardt attended school in Mooresville, North Carolina, dubbed Race City USA.
Despite having already amassed a Hall of Fame worthy career of his own, Earnhardt Jr. has said tasting victory at his home track remains on his bucket list.
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