Long before special paint schemes were common practice for the NASCAR All-Star Race, NASCAR Hall of Fame members Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress were leading the charge with different colors on the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
The trend began in 1995 with a silver No. 3 Chevrolet, while the 1996 version of the All-Star Race car honored the 100th Olympic Games with patriotic red-white-and-blue colors.
However, for the 1997 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt’s No. 3 Chevrolet transformed from its traditional black-and-white GM Goodwrench colors to the orange-and-white Wheaties colors. During that exhibition event, Earnhardt’s No. 3 Wheaties Chevrolet started second, led 11 laps and finished the 70-lap race fourth.
Along with the special paint scheme, Earnhardt was featured on the iconic Wheaties cereal box in 1996, becoming the first NASCAR driver in history to earn that honor. Earnhardt became the first NASCAR driver to appear on the Wheaties box twice when he graced the cover in 2010 after being named to the inaugural class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The iconic Wheaties car now lives in the Richard Childress Racing Museum located in Welcome, North Carolina, however, throughout the month of May, the car will be on tour throughout the Carolinas.
Fans will also have the chance to see the Wheaties car, along with a host of other vehicles and artifacts, at the RCR Museum when they take part in the “Ride to the Race: All-Star,” trip scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The package includes a guided tour of the RCR Museum by Chocolate Myers, tailgating at the RCR Museum, all you can eat BBQ lunch, chartered bus ride, tour and wine tasting at Childress Vineyards, Q&A session with Chocolate Myers, grandstand ticket to the NASCAR All-Star Race, Fan Vision for use during the race, pre-race pit tour, and a meet and greet with an RCR driver.