Video: Dale Jr. gets coolest gift yet at Talladega

Ever since NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from full time racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he’s been receiving gifts from each of the tracks.

Friday, Talladega Superspeedway officials and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame along with the state of Alabama, gave Earnhardt Jr. possession of the 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo his father drove to the Rookie of the Year title that year. He also got to take a few laps.

Simply giving Earnhardt Jr. the car wasn’t enough; he was allowed to take a few laps with it on the 2.66-mile Superspeedway.

“That was great,” Earnhardt said. “The state of Alabama owns this car. They are going to let us take it to Mooresville, North Carolina and show it off in our shop, so it is going to be great for the guys. I got to take it for a couple of laps. That was fun. Drove it through the garage so all the guys on the team can see it. Pretty neat trying to imagine what it would be like running one of those around here at 180/190 mph.

The legendry Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the first of his seven Cup titles in 1980 while racing for team owner Rod Osterlund. MORE>>>