The No. 88 Chevrolet, a car so good on the tracks that it earned its own name, has been restored from a Daytona 500 wreck. According to team crew chief Greg Ives, she’ll be back on the track this weekend and everyone is excited to see her go once again.
Amelia, also known as Chassis No. 88-872 has been Earnhardt Jr.’s primary car for the past five races at Daytona and Talladega. In 2015, Earnhardt Jr. won twice, one win at Daytona and one at Talladega. He finished third at Daytona and second at Talladega.
Having a car that allows such victory becomes a controversial subject. Is it the car that gaining the victory, or is it the driver?
Earnhardt Jr. was set to say goodbye to his car as he was charging toward the front of the field when his car whipped around on him and smashed the inside barrier, crumpling sheet metal and denting the frame.
“We’re going to have Amelia, I’m excited about that,” Earnhardt said in this week’s “The Dale Jr. Download” on Dirty Mo Radio. “We know how she ran last year. We’ve just got to run Talladega like we have to win it, just like we did the last time we were there. We did a good job.”
If such a “great racer” has to rely on a car for victory, who is actually winning?