The reigning DAYTONA 500® champion paid tribute to the great Dale Earnhardt from the moment the No. 3 American Ethanol e15 Chevrolet rolled off the hauler at Darlington Raceway for the 2018 Bojangles’ Southern 500.
As part of The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR®, Austin Dillon’s standard American Ethanol livery has been re-designed to replicate one of the first special paint schemes in NASCAR® – Earnhardt’s famous “Quicksilver” Chevrolet. The silver scheme was created just for the 1995 All-Star Race. Earnhardt even kept it a secret from his own team, who first saw it when they unloaded the car at the track.
“We finished the car, 100 percent ready to go and right before painting they told us to go home, so we all left,” said Danny “Chocolate” Myers, Earnhardt’s then gas man. “They rolled the car into the body shop and painted it that night.”