Matt Kenseth, left, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pose by their cars after qualifying for NASCAR's Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth are teaming up for a final farewell.
Earnhardt and Kenseth came into the NASCAR Cup Series together in 2000. And Earnhardt wants to make sure they also go out together at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR's most popular driver set up a photo with Kenseth following qualifying Friday night and also asked the sanctioning body and the track to give Kenseth similar pre-race treatment for the finale Sunday. So Eanrhardt and Kenseth will have their cars cordoned off and well away from the rest of the field so fans can get an up-close (but not too close) look before their finale.
Both drivers also got special paint schemes for their final Cup race.
"It is something that he and I have been talking about trying to organize to be able to do sometime," Earnhardt said. "I've known about his paint scheme since Dover, and he's like, 'Man we should get a picture together.'"
Earnhardt also set up a photo session with everyone who has ever worked with him during his 18-year career.
"I don't know how they organized that," he said. "I'm interested in how many people show up and who shows up."
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