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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt gets favorite car "Amelia" back for Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The beloved car "Amelia" will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive Sunday.

Earnhardt drove the car he named Amelia Earhart to four wins in six starts over a 13-month period. He was so confident in the car that he used it for the season-opening Daytona 500 rather than have his team build him a new one.

Earnhardt wrecked Amelia in February and thought the car that had never finished lower than third was gone forever, but was thrilled when crew chief Greg Ives was able to repair the car for Talladega.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Toyota Owners 400
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Carl Edwards3312
2Kevin Harvick3241
3Jimmie Johnson3103
4Kyle Busch3025
5Joey Logano2994
6Kurt Busch2797
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.2786
8Denny Hamlin2589
9Brad Keselowski2558
10Martin Truex Jr.24610
11Chase Elliott23412
12Austin Dillon23411

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