- Not to be confused with the voice actor.
|Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (race car)|
Red, with white decals
Piston Cup Racer
Dale Earnhardt Jr., also known as Junior or Dale Jr., is a Piston Cup race car.
Racing sensation Dale Jr. has wasted no time gathering victories and creating a commanding track presence since winning Piston Cup Rookie of the Year honors in 2000. His drive and charisma have scored with fans too - he's earned the Piston Cup Most Popular Driver Award four years running! But when it's all said and done he's just a shy guy, who enjoys quiet time with friends and family.
In Cars, Dale is first seen during the race at the Motor Speedway of the South, as one of the competitors. He is later seen in an interview about Lightning McQueen falling out of his trailer, and again at the final race, wishing The King good luck.
At the very end of the film, Dale is touring the racing museum with Lynda Weathers and The King, wondering where Doc went.
Dale is painted maroon, with the number 8 painted in white on his doors and roof. He has the Budweiser logo on his hood, as well as his fenders, and several Piston Cup sponsor stickers on his doors.
Junior is an Axxelo Fission, which is identical to the NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
Dale is a famous Piston Cup racer that has won several awards, such as the Piston Cup Most Popular Driver Award.
- Dale is based off, named after and voiced by of the real life NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
- Junior is depicted in the film sporting the number 8 and a red and white color scheme (based on the Budweiser beer logo, but with a customized logo instead to prevent controversy over the product placement of alcohol in a G-rated film), but in real life, the year after the film was released, the real Dale Jr. changed his number to 88 and recolored his cars green and white (to resemble the Mountain Dew logo, the current sponsor he now races for).
- "I just hope Lightning's okay. I sure would hate to see anything bad happen to him."
- —Junior's worries about Lightning McQueen
- Junior: "Hey King, good luck in your last race. You've sure been an inspiration to me."
The King: "Thanks, Junior. Appreciate it."
- —Junior and The King, before the tie-breaking race
- Junior: "Wow, unbelievable, that many wins in a single season."
The King: "He's the real deal, Junior. The Hudson Hornet was my inspiration."
- —Junior and The King