Dale Earnhardt Jr. blogs about his 2013 National Guard paint scheme
- Nov 15, 2012
- 88 Team
With the offseason ahead, we typically start asking ourselves what we think about our paint schemes. We discuss if there is anything that could be better or changed, and the National Guard was up for some changes so we reviewed the blue-and-white look the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet currently runs. And then we reversed it. It’s a pretty unique scheme and definitely a fun way to continue our relationship into the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The scheme we ran last year, I really liked a lot. I was really fond of it, so this changeup isn’t a big move away from that.
I will be driving this new-looking No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and I’m pretty excited about it. You’ll probably notice the obvious changes, like the door number. It’s a great-looking car, but keep one thing in mind. This No. 88 Chevy won’t look exactly the same next year because we’re changing models. We’re running the Impala this year, but next year we’ll move into a new Chevrolet model – the SS. Haven’t seen it yet? Don’t worry. Very few people have, and the ones who have likely helped build it. Chevrolet plans to unveil it during champion’s week in Las Vegas – that also will be worth tuning in to see.
Man, 2013 can’t get here fast enough for me. We’ve had such a good season. We struggled a bit in the Chase, but we’re hungry to keep racing, and I wish this season wasn’t coming to an end. This year has been great, and I think a lot of that has to do with our team, with the relationship I have with crew chief Steve Letarte. Like I was telling the media just last week in Phoenix, we have a confidence in each other that we’re going to show up and do well. That confidence is critical. When he’s on top of his game, and I’m on top of my game, we’re a really competitive team. I think that competitive edge is a part of the momentum we’re carrying into Homestead and then into the new season.