.@RCRracing is announcing that it will change the No. 31 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season back to the No. 8 once used by the Earnhardt family, who like pilot @DanielHemric are from Kannapolis, N.C.
➖ The No. 8 is close to sold out for '19, per team execs. pic.twitter.com/AipwSnZa6w
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) December 14, 2018
Teresa has to be big mad right now.
Daniel Hemric and Richard Childress Racing unveiled the #8 Chevy Camaro which will replace Ryan Newman’s #31. Hemric brings the #8 back to NASCAR on a full-time basis for the first time since 2008. Mark Martin and Aric Almirola split the seat the year for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
Of course, the #8 was made famous by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and weirdly enough RCR now fields two Cup cars made famous by the father & son duo. Austin Dillon brought the #3 back to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2014 and has seen mild success with the number.
Hemric is fittingly a Kannapolis, North Carolina native the same as the Earnhardts. It only makes sense for a kid that grew up dreaming of doing what his hometown heroes did brings the number back to NASCAR full time.
Notice the block #8 font for the number. There is no way Teresa Earnhardt would allow the slanted #8 to make a comeback because she’s a bitter wench living off the royalties that are slowly drying up. She’s probably big mad that the #8 is back on track full-time and she doesn’t get any of the royalties. Sad!
It is a little strange that RCR won’t get away from the Earnhardt name. Dale Sr. has been dead for 17 years, Dale Jr is entering his second year of retirement and yet RCR seems to be living in the past. NASCAR has a rich history that everyone loves and romanticizes about but at what point do you move on and write new chapters?
Regardless it’s cool to see a “new” number on track and a young guy behind the wheel. The series has seen a refreshing over the last couple of seasons and that’s never a bad thing.
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