Dale Earnhardt Jr Gives 7-Year-Old NASCAR Aspirant ‘Non Championship Winning’ Memorabilia as She Gets “VIP” Treatment

Published 02/21/2024, 4:01 PM EST

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Who would not want a pair of the infamous skeleton gloves that were launched by Dale Earnhardt Jr? The sick-looking gloves are often donned by Cup Series drivers during the races, but unfortunately, they are not official merchandise. This means there’s no way for fans to get a pair for themselves through a purchase. However, a seven-year-old budding racer was lucky, as she was gifted the gloves by Dale Jr himself.

Ashlyn, a young racing phenom, arguably had the best day of her life at the Kelly Clarkson Show. A second-grader was joined by NASCAR Cup Series champion, Ryan Blaney and racing icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Impressed by her driving skills, both Blaney and Dale Jr decided to give her a surprise. She was rewarded with championship gloves by Team Penske’s star driver, while she managed to grab a pair of famed skeleton gloves by Dale Jr.

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The gloves are more than just regular apparel that drivers wear during the races. These gloves serve a special purpose, and that’s why they’re hard to come by for any fans looking to get their hands on them. The gloves are part of the Driven to Give program, which is backed by the Dale Jr Foundation. Every year, NASCAR drivers sign these gloves, and these are then officially auctioned to fuel a Nobel cause.

Dale Jr even took a subtle dig at Blaney in handing out the gift to Ashlyn during the show. It was Blaney who first took the opportunity to gift the surprise. He said, “We have got a couple of pairs of gloves. These are actually the gloves I wore at Phoenix when I won the championship.” What made it better was that Blaney had even signed the pair of yellow gloves.

However, Dale Earnhardt Jr then went on to hand out his special gift, saying, “I brought you a pair of my skeleton gloves as well. They aren’t championship-winning gloves.” However, the gifting bit was not done yet, as she was also offered four VIP NASCAR tickets for her and the entire family.

While on the show, Ashlyn sure made the most of her opportunity and even sought out some racing tips that would come in handy.

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Dale Jr also shared some important racing tips with the up-and-coming racer


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Being in the presence of two of the biggest names in the sport right now, Ashlyn naturally wanted to know some tips and tricks they two had pulled off while racing on a new track or venue. She asked, “When you guys go to a different race, how do you know to put the pedal down, like go full throttle, or lift in the corners?”

It was a good question put up by the little racer. In reply to this question, Dale Jr said, “I think, you know just taking your time, working yourself up to the speed at a new track. Maybe going around and asking some of the veterans how they drive the track and getting some help from them. Just going out there and working yourself up to speed and getting that confidence.”


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Ashlyn surely had one of the most memorable moments of her life at the show. Not only did she get the skeleton gloves, but also some invaluable racing wisdom from the legend Dale Jr himself.


Written by:

Chintan Devgania


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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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Ranvijay Singh