Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving Nationwide Insurance car at Richmond (Photos)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel of the No. 88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet SS for the first time on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

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“I’ve worked with Nationwide for years, but never as a primary sponsor,” said Earnhardt, whose family has been insured by Nationwide for more than 35 years. “Having them on board with Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 88 team is a big opportunity, and I really appreciate them inviting me to help design the car. I’m excited for the fans to see it and look forward to kicking off the relationship at one of my favorite racetracks.”

Earnhardt has three career wins at Richmond, the last of which came in the spring of 2006. When the Sprint Cup Series raced at Richmond earlier this year he led seven laps and finished seventh.

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