Jr. receives Dale Sr.'s 1980 championship car ahead of Talladega race

Dale Jr. unveiling the Chevy Monte Carlo Dale Sr. drove on his way to his 1st championship. The car was given as a gift to Jr. prior to his last race weekend at Talladega. ( | Stu McCann)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a big gift ahead of Sunday's race at Talladega.

After a news conference Friday, Dale Jr. was presented with the Chevy Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove during his 1st championship season in 1980. He also drove the car during his rookie season in 1979.

The car is described as being on "permanent loan to Dale Jr."

The gift was on behalf of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the State of Alabama.

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