Junior Nation wept last season when we heard he was leaving the company his dad built and losing the sponsor that adorned the red #8 Chevrolet for seven years. A new team? A new sponsor? A new paint scheme? A new number?! We protested.
What a difference a season and a change of scenery makes. In 2008, we've embraced the new team (ok, not that hard) and celebrated a win, seven top 5s and eleven top 10s. We've doubled our love for the number eight and have even come to appreciate the new #88 paint schemes--perhaps more than the old one.
And do we get anything in return for our loyalty? Indeed we do. We get a chance to go to victory lane with our favorite driver! Thanks to Junior's new sponsor, 70,000 members of Junior Nation will have their names featured on the special No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet "Ride with Dale Jr." paint scheme scheduled to run at Talladega Superspeedway.
But ... but ... Junior Nation is bigger than 70 thousand fans. What about me?!?!?
No worries! The rest of your names will be featured on the #88 car cover, the walls of the team's pit stall and other areas around the track.
To get your name on the car, visit www.AMPEnergy.com and enter the code found on the bottom of any AMP Energy can. If you're quick, you can still enter with promotional code DALEWINS, but that's only good through today.
Quoting Dale Jr. on this...
"My fan base at Talladega is incredible, so it's a fitting place for this program. I'm proud of my sponsor, AMP Energy, for giving my fans an opportunity to ride along with me and my team for the AMP Energy 500 in October. It's a great promotion, and I can't wait to see how many people sign up to ride along with us."
So, it pays to be a Junior fan. But do the fans get anything out of reading this site? Besides pure enjoyment, you mean? But of course.
Two lucky Answer this... readers can enter to win an AMP Energy baseball cap. For your chance to win, enter your name and email in the comments along with an explanation of why you deserve the hat more than the other members of Junior Nation. Readers will have the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite fellow reader (or themselves) to win.