At 39-years-old, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no longer NASCAR's fresh-faced cover boy. He's a seasoned professional who readily admits that the strategy that won him the 2014 Daytona 500 (skipping a refuel and emptying the tank) was a gamble. That's the thing about experience, it teaches you when to go for broke. It also makes you a connoisseur and – though he'd use a different word – Earnhardt is precisely that when it comes to cars. Unsurprisingly, he's got a lot of them, but not the spit-shined sports cars and tricked-out Escalades one might expect. The man likes classic American muscle and models that remind him of his late, great father.
He may not be old yet, but Earnhardt is sentimental, prone to looking in the rear view. Cars are personal to him and it's clear he feels strongly about the ones he keeps.
"My favorite car that I own is a '67 Camaro," says Earnhardt. "It's silver and it has an aluminum head small block V8." As a racer, he loves the muscle car because it's small and mean and fast. He says it's simple to drive – for him anyway – and steers well. He uses it to drive around when he's home. "That car is reliable," he says. "Every time I get in it, it's ready to go."