The Dale Earnhardt, Jr. celebrity doll depicts him as himself, a NASCAR driver. The doll was made by Hasbro in 1998 as part of a Starting Lineup Winner’s Circle set for the 50th Anniversary of NASCAR. This figure was package as a set with a doll of his iconic racing father, Dale Earnhardt Sr..
1998 was a good year for the Earnhardts, Dale Jr. had just procured the No. 3 AC Delco Car and won his first NASCAR race, the Grand National Coca-Cola 300; while his father Dale Sr. won the Daytona 500 after nineteen tries. Sadly Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Dale Jr.’s career has included the 1998 and 1999 Busch Series Champion and winning the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500. He was also named NASCAR Most Popular Driver from 2003-2017, fifteen straight years. Earnhardt, Jr. retired from NASCAR in 2017 and has pursued broadcasting, restaurants, and television. In 2018, Vanilla Ice style, the DIY Network launched a limited series home renovation show with Earnhardt and his wife Amy in Key West, Florida. It is called “Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy”.
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The Earnhardts share a racing family dynasty. Just as 1956 Sportsman champion Ralph Earnhardt raised son Dale on the roar and spirit of the North Carolina tracks, Dale now guides son Dale Jr. with same expertise and admiration for the sport.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Full-time Grand National Division competitor, Dale Earnhardt Jr. officially joined the Earnhardt racing legacy in 1998. Procuring the No. 3 AC Delco car from alumnus Steve Park, Dale Jr. is already living up to the Earnhardt legend. The Earnhardt mantle of racing was officially passed on to Dale Jr. on April 4, 1998, when he won his first NASCAR race, the Grand National Coca-Cola 300. This was Dale Jr.’s 16th Grand National race. Coincidentally, Dale St. won his first NASCAR Cup victory at his 16th start as well.
Dale, Jr. started driving professionally at the age of 17, with the guidance of his famous father. It is evident that with each successive race, Dale Jr. is a quick learner and survivor on the track. A second place win at the Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas and third place at the Bell South Mobility/Opryland 320, are testimony that his skill and competitive zeal are genuine. At his first Grand National race in Myrtle Beach in 1997, Dale Jr. claimed an impressive 13th place finish following his 17th place start. That season, he also captured the pole at the Bristol Motor Speedway. With his father’s mentoring, this third generation Earnhardt driver emerges as one the Grand National Division’s promising young talents.
The doll is fully articulated at ankles, knees, hips, waist, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The head only moves side to side. It comes outfitted in a endorsement covered white one piece racing suit with blue racing boots, but no socks or underclothes. It does have a white knit turtleneck dickie under the collar of the suit. Accessories include a black racing helmet with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and sponsor decals on it.
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