This car from Dale Earnhardt Jr’s race car graveyard features bullet holes
NASCAR has a high turn-over rate of race cars. What happens to the old race cars? Some are destroyed, some are placed in team owner storage and a select few land in the woods at Dale Earnhardt Jr’s house.
It’s a redneck paradise. Famous and not-so famous NASCAR race cars are hidden all over the property. Weeds and trees begin to claim them. Such is the case for this weeks feature.
The No. 8 JR Motorsports/Action Performance/Dirty Mo Posse Chevrolet Monte Carlo from Daytona. The car was simply a backup from July 4, 2003. Today, it features bullet holes. Read it’s story below.
Dirty Mo Acres – No. 8 Dirty Mo Posse
If you’re looking to find the familiar orange and black No. 8 JR Motorsports/Dirty Mo Posse Chevrolet Monte Carlo that led all 100 laps of the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway in the summer of 2003…you’ll have to keep looking, because this one isn’t it.
It is, however, the backup to that car and was in the hauler while its sister car was whooping everyone else that weekend, and it’s one of the first residents of the Racecar Graveyard.
“This is just the shell of the backup car,” Earnhardt Jr. explained. “When it came home from the track, they (Dale Earnhardt Inc.) decided they were going to cut the body off it because they thought they could improve it. I had them build a wooden rack for it, which doesn’t seem to be working all that well.”
Indeed, the wooden rack the car body sits on has since deteriorated, given the aggressive nature of North Carolina fauna on objects that do not move. The woods around Earnhardt Jr.’s property have begun to reclaim the car at a rapid clip.
The stylized flame paint job is still visible and still cool, but the sheer number of bullet holes—yes, you read that right—sort of makes it look “lived in.” Earnhardt Jr. and his buddies used the body as a convenient target for whatever was the flavor of the day for plinking. Closer examination will also reveal the original JR Motorsports flame logo on the hood and Chance 2 branding on the car’s decklid.
There it sits to this day, likely still reveling in its brush with greatness and sinking farther and farther into the loam.
—Dirt Mo’ Acres