DALE EARNHARDT 1998 CUP DAYTONA 500 RACED WIN 1:24 ARC DIECAST
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Nineteen times, Dale Earnhardt fired the engine of his NASCAR Cup Series® car with visions of winning the DAYTONA 500®. A victory in the biggest race had eluded its biggest star in each of those 19 attempts. While Earnhardt had championships and the most race wins of any driver in history at DAYTONA®, and numerous wins in other events at other race tracks, he had yet to cross the DAYTONA 500® victory off his already legendary status. That all changed on February 15, 1998. The 1998 DAYTONA 500® marked the beginning of the 50th Anniversary season of NASCAR®. Earnhardt, driving the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Richard Childress Racing, started the race from the fourth position. As he had many times at DAYTONA®, Earnhardt raced in the lead pack and spent time at the front of the field on several occasions. A caution flag with just 26 laps remaining saw all of the leaders hit pit road. Earnhardt’s ultra-fast pit crew got him back out in front for the restart that came with 22 laps to go. Earnhardt remained out front with just two laps remaining, but two competitors were riding in his tire tracks as cars went crashing behind them. In the era where drivers could race back to the caution flag, Earnhardt not only had to keep the competition in his rear view mirror, but also had to negotiate lapped traffic to get to the white and caution flags that were flying simultaneously. Like the DAYTONA® master that he was, Earnhardt remained in the lead, took the white and caution flags, and eventually cruised beneath the checkered flag to the adoration and excitement of the tens of thousands of NASCAR® fans in attendance at DAYTONA®. Earnhardt’s DAYTONA 500® win not only brought a highlight to his incredible career, but it was celebrated throughout the garage. Nearly every pit crew member of every race team congratulated Earnhardt with high-fives as he drove down pit road en route to Victory Lane in what has become one of the most memorable moments in NASCAR® history. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earnhardt’s DAYTONA 500® victory, as well as the 75th Anniversary of NASCAR®, Lionel Racing is excited to offer the official Raced-Win die-cast of Earnhardt’s DAYTONA®-winning No. 3 Chevrolet as part of its NASCAR® Classics line. Each unique die-cast will feature the NASCAR® 75th Anniversary logo under the hood. Produced in 1:24-scale on Lionel Racing’s authentic 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo tooling that features an opening hood and trunk, this diecast will feature all the markings that the legendary No. 3 had as it sat in DAYTONA®’s Victory Lane. Lionel Racing’s die-cast artists have recreated every decal, scratch, scuff, and more to create a die-cast that reflects all the emotion and excitement of Earnhardt’s DAYTONA 500® win. Celebrate this incredible moment in motorsports history with this official NASCAR® Classics die-cast offering from Lionel Racing.
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- Racing Series: NASCAR Cup Series
- Driver: Dale Earnhardt
- Model Year: 1998
- Car Make: Chevrolet
- Car Model: Monte Carlo
- Scale: 1:24-scale
- Finish: Standard
- Est. Ship Date: 12/31/2023