Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s final ride will include a familiar look.
And there will be diecasts.
Lionel Racing unveiled a line of replicas for Earnhardt’s last race and it includes a nod to the paint scheme that he helped make famous in the years before he added an “8.”
A number of NASCAR legends’ autographs can be found on some legendary diecasts as part of a series of replicas with an appropriate name.
It’s called the University of Racing.
On the track, we should all know Jimmie Johnson was king this past season in NASCAR, driving his No. 48 to a record-tying seventh championship.
In the ballot box for fan voting, there were no surprises as Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the most-popular driver award for the 14th consecutive year despite missing a chunk of the season with concussion issues.
But who’s tops when it comes to NASCAR diecast sales? Well, Lionel Racing has that covered.
When Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the track at Darlington in September, he’ll be driving the No. 32 ford with a paint scheme that long-time Earnhardt fans should recognize.
Dale Earnhardt fans, that is.
The No. 88 Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will carry a special paint scheme for one race in July and the sales of its diecast replicas from Lionel Racing will help collectors help a good cause.
And maybe a young fan or two.
The 58th running of the Daytona 500 is a week away and, while NASCAR collectors won’t have new trading cards to commemorate their new season, there are already plenty of diecasts available and more on the way.
Rookie Chase Elliott won the pole for the race on Sunday — he’s the youngest driver to ever take that honor — and he’s one of some new faces in new cars as he’s behind the No. 24 Chevy previously run by four-time champ Jeff Gordon.
Elliott is the 20-year-old son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott and had 53 top-10 finishes in 66 Xfinity Series races — four of those wins — before making the jump to NASCAR’s top level.
If you don’t remember seeing anything about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice on TV or anywhere else, you might need to check your pulse.
One more place you’re going to be seeing more of the DC Comics powers before the movie arrives is on the NASCAR track and on diecast cars from Lionel Racing, which teased the forthcoming cars this week. The No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ and NASCAR’s Clark Kent, Jimmie Johnson, will take on the role of Superman.