NASCAR's most popular star gets proper send-off

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, gets standing ovation

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A 'Thank You' message for Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, is displayed on a flag towed by a pickup truck during pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at…

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.

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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