WATCH: Richard Childress Helps Pull Off Dale Earnhardt Gesture, Winning the Hearts of NASCAR Fans

Published 01/24/2023, 2:09 PM EST

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The Richard Childress Racing team has often been associated with the late great Dale Earnhardt. Now, in his NASCAR career, his car had always been decked out with several sponsors. One of them was Realtree Outdoors, founded by Bill Jordan. Recently, it transpired that Bill’s son Tyler was getting married and wanted his father as his best man. However, little did Bill know what else was planned for him. Apparently, this all started as a groomsman’s gift to his father.

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Then Tyler Jordan had a brainwave and decided to call Richard Childress. Incidentally, Childress happens to be best friends with Bill, so Tyler asked him for some Dale Earnhardt memorabilia. In all honesty, the husband-to-be was expecting something like a helmet or a firesuit. Heck, he wouldn’t have complained even if the gift was a piece of sheet metal. Childress though had other ideas and went above and beyond the call of duty.

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How did NASCAR fans react to the thoughtful Richard Childress gesture?

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His grand plan was for Bill to be gifted the actual car of Dale Earnhardt. The car in question was the #3 RCR machine that he raced in 1999, with the NASCAR 50th Anniversary sticker on it. As it turned out, Bill was friends with both Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt. The best part was that Childress also recorded a personal message for Bill.

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Needless to say, several fans were happy for Bill Jordan. One fan commented on the video on Facebook, saying, “Awesome Awesome Awesome. Well deserved Bill.” Another praised Tyler for the thoughtful gift, saying, “That’s a great gift Tyler for your Dad. Awesome awesome.”  Yet another called the #3 car a “Sweet ride!!”

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Other responses read, “You both are doing it right always thanking those that have helped you along the way!!! Congrats Bill and Tyler!!!”; “So thoughtful! Great gift! I’m over here crying watching ‘Coach Bill’ get choked up! Wonderful man, wonderful family!”; “Such a great gift to an amazing man! Dale Sr. would want Bill to keep this car forever. Great job Tyler and RCR!”

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.
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