HOMESTEAD, Fla. - NASCAR gave Dale Earnhardt Jr. a proper send-off during driver introductions before his final Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
Earnhardt was the last one brought out before the four championship contenders. It was moments after a video aired about Earnhardt’s impact on NASCAR, which was narrated by "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley.
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As the video closed, Hartley said of Earnhardt: "Talent is a gift. Character is a choice."
Earnhardt was then brought on stage, where he tried to high-five as many fans as possible as he crossed to a separate stage. There, he signed dozens of autographs, then had a lengthy embrace with NASCAR security director Mike Lentz.
NASCAR’s most popular driver then hopped into the back of a pickup truck, flipped his baseball cap backward and waved to the crowd during his final trip pre-race parade around the track.
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