Fitting with the JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour theme, Nationwide gave fans the chance to pick Dale Earnhardt Jr's paint scheme for this weekend's race at Martinsville. When the votes were tallied, fans selected the "Grey Ghost" as the #88's scheme - fitting for Halloween weekend considering the orange and black colors.
In 2016, Earnhardt was scheduled to run the sleek, silver scheme on his #88 Nationwide Chevy for the throwback race at Darlington Raceway, but Jeff Gordon ended up filling in as Earnhardt missed the final half of the season due to a concussion. It's only fitting that Earnhardt will get to race one of his all-time favorite schemes before he retires from full-time Cup Series racing.
Earnhardt will be making his final Cup start at Martinsville while his wife, Amy, will lead the field to the green. She will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, which will be her first time behind the wheel of the pace car.
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