Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Jr. visits Detroit to help promote LifeLock 400

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If anyone ever thought that Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t NASCAR’s most popular driver, you better think again.

Earnhardt Jr. was the featured guest at a rally for over 700 auto workers and National Guardsmen at the Motor City Casino’s Sound Board Theater in Detroit on Thursday. Earnhardt Jr. attended the event in support of the auto industry and National Guard and also to help promote the much anticipated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400, which will be held at MIS on June 14.

Earnhardt Jr. is the defending LifeLock 400 race winner, his only Sprint Cup victory at Hendrick Motorsports thus far.

“This was a great event for a number of reasons,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “To be able to come to Detroit to support the auto industry, the National Guard and Michigan International Speedway is something I enjoyed doing. I won the June race at Michigan last year so we are all looking forward to coming back in a couple of weeks and trying to defend our race win.”

Earnhardt Jr. received great fanfare from the fans in attendance at the rally. Also attending the event in support of MIS was new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and players Jared DeVries, Casey FitzSimmons and this year’s No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford. The group presented Earnhardt Jr. with a Lions helmet before the rally began.

“I collect helmets so this will be a great addition to my collection,” Earnhardt Jr. said.

Earnhardt Jr. also met with members of the national and local media before the event. The hot question was his reaction to the replacement of his crew chief Tony Eury Jr. before this weekend’s race at Dover. Lance McGrew will be Earnhardt Jr’s crew chief during the LifeLock 400 at MIS.

“It’s a tough decision to make, but we’re not running real well this season,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Hopefully this will be a positive change and we can get back on track before the LifeLock 400 in a couple of weeks. I rank MIS as one of my favorite tracks to race at so it should be fun.”

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Tickets are on sale by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com. Michigan International Speedway — It’s your speed!

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