There’s nothing like the bond shared between father and son, which is what drove Dale Earnhardt Jr. to buy his dad’s 1984 Goodwrench racecar.
If you consider yourself a fan, you probably know that Earnhardt Sr. drove that car to six victories. Despite being an old race car, this winning streak added to to the hefty price tag.
During his podcast, called the Dale Jr. Download, Earnhardt Jr. recalls the sentimental story.
That Goodwrench No. 8 car was a Pontiac Ventura. Earnhardt Jr. always held a special place in his heart for the racecar, so he carefully kept his eyes on it as it was used in different race events.
In 2019, Earnhardt Jr. got his chance to be the new owner when the car was put up for auction. Check out the car here.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Maintains Bond With Late Dad Through Treasured NASCAR Items
He wasn’t the only one interested in owning a piece of NASCAR memorabilia, especially considering Earnhardt Sr. drove it when he snagged six Cup Series wins.
Here comes the plot twist.
Jr. had doubts that the car at the auction wasn’t the car driven by his father. His uncle even stated the car was real, but he was still hesitant until they placed their bids.
In the end, Earnhardt Jr. was the highest bidder, but it cost him $190,000.
As for the car’s authenticity, he was relieved when it matched the uneven holes in the driver’s side door. He even used a 1986 photo of his dad next to the car.
Since his father passed away, Earnhardt Jr. has spent years and cash in attempts to collect items from his father’s legendary career.
Earnhardt Sr. achieved many accolades along the way in his nearly thirty-year career before his tragic passing in 2001.
In the years following his death, Earnhardt Jr. has maintained his precious bond with his dad by collecting and taking care of the items that meant so much to him. Watch Dale Jr. discuss the car in the video below.