Dale Earnhardt Jr. Drives New Art Car into Phoenix on Sunday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveils the winning design of the Diet Mountain Dew "Paint the 88" promotion during the first intermission of the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames game on Nov. 12, 2010.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveils the winning design of the Diet Mountain Dew "Paint the 88" promotion during the first intermission of the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames game on Nov. 12, 2010.
Photo Credit: Seth Flateland - GSE Productions.

If you tune in to the NASCAR races this afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), you might catch Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his new, decked-out No. 88 Chevrolet.


His car was recently given a new paint job in conjunction with an art contest sponsored by Diet Mountain DEW.

More event and contest details after the jump ...

Jason Corino's green-and-white design was chosen among 10,000 submissions as part of the Paint the 88 promotion.

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The winner was announced on Friday night during the Phoenix Coyotes game, when Earnhardt rolled his newly painted car onto the ice. Corino, from Colorado Springs, admitted that while he doesn't have a design background, he submitted his design because he's a huge fan of Earnhardt Jr.'s. 

The third-generation driver might not get far from the tracks throughout the weekend; when he's not racing, he mostly hangs out in the bus lot with the traveling motor homes. "It's a bit like a traveling circus," says Earnhardt Jr.. 

You can watch the race up-close and personal on the tracks this afternoon, or you can avoid the whole circus bit and see how the design fares the one-mile oval live from the comfort of your own couch.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event hits the tracks at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. For more pictures of the car, check out Mountain DEW's facebook page or the Hendrick Motor website.


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