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The Best Dale Earnhardt Paint Schemes

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Dale Earnhardt was famous for not only his incredible driving success but also for his incredible paint schemes. While many know his most iconic paint schemes, there are some more obscure paint schemes as well. Today on what would have been Earnhardt’s 73rd birthday, we highlight the best Dale Earnhardt paint schemes.

  • For this list, any Dale Earnhardt Cup Series scheme is eligible. We will also count incredibly similar paint schemes, such as all of the blue and white Wrangler cars, as only one scheme.
  • Dale Earnhardt had some unique paint schemes, particularly towards the end of his career. Unique paint schemes were more common during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Fans love Dale Earnhardt’s iconic paint schemes. However, this list also looks at some of the lesser-known paint schemes.

5. Wheaties (1997 All-Star Race)

There’s no marketing feat quite like ending up on the cover of a cereal box. Dale Earnhardt nabbed a sponsor from perhaps the most iconic cereal box of all, Wheaties. A corresponding orange car was used during the 1997 All-Star Race at Charlotte.

Throughout the late 1990s, Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt used the All-Star Race to experiment with paint schemes, like some other drivers at the time. He finished a solid 4th that night after leading 11 laps.

4. Bass Pro Shops Black and Gold (1998 All-Star Race)

This paint scheme graced the track during the 1998 NASCAR All-Star Race, fresh off of Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 triumph earlier that year. The black and gold paint job is a classic look that was used on many cars in NASCAR’s early days. Unfortunately, the car did not see much action, as Earnhardt crashed out 9 laps into the main event.

According to Lionel Racing, it seems Austin Dillon will throw back to this scheme at Darlington Raceway in May. It was a scheme that started a longstanding partnership between Bass Pro Shops and both Earnhardt and Childress.

3. The Silver Goodwrench Chevrolet (1995 All-Star Race)

For most of NASCAR’s history, drivers didn’t race multiple schemes throughout the season. They found one sponsor with one paint scheme, and it was rare to see alternate schemes except on rare occasions. Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing turned that around at the 1995 All-Star Race with a silver Goodwrench Chevrolet.

It was a scheme no one expected to see. Earnhardt made it race well on-track as well, as he led 4 laps before contact with rivals Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip caused a crash late in the race. The crash ended Earnhardt’s race.

2. The Blue and Yellow Wrangler Chevrolet (1981-1987)

Dale Earnhardt’s car was blue and white for the majority of his early career. Wrangler came on to sponsor in 1981, but, this scheme took off in 1984. That year, Earnhardt moved to Richard Childress Racing, piloting the now iconic Number 3 car.

Earnhardt won back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series Championships in 1986 and 1987. He also won 25 races with Wrangler colors in the 1980s. However, his next scheme took iconic to another level.

1. The Black GM Goodwrench Chevrolet (1988-2001)

In 1988, Dale Earnhardt brought on a new sponsor, Goodwrench, with a new black paint scheme. The scheme fit Earnhardt’s nickname “The Intimidator” perfectly, and he few these colors during some incredible moments.

This included 4 Championships, 45 wins, and the 1998 Daytona 500. Earnhardt’s prime was in the black No. 3 car, and this is the scheme everyone associates him with. It’s become more than just Earnhardt’s most iconic scheme, it’s become maybe NASCAR’s most iconic scheme.

Dale Earnhardt had some incredible paint schemes. Not only his most iconic, but, even the obscure ones.

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