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CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s skeleton-themed racing gloves are just as recognizable to fans as his No. 88 Chevrolet SS.

And once again this season, the driver is using them to support a number of great causes.

The Dale Jr. Foundation’s successful Driven to Give Gloves program returns for 2017 and will again focus on four Patient Champions from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The program kicks off this weekend at Martinsville Speedway with Earnhardt wearing gloves accented in blue, representing autism.

Earnhardt’s race-worn gloves will be auctioned off to raise funds for the hospital’s clinical and research programs.

He will continue to wear the blue gloves for the remainder of the month at Texas, Bristol and Richmond.

Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest pediatric hospital and research center with all care provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.