FORT WORTH — Her name was Lil’ Dale.
Lil’ Dale was a goat.
Born in 2002, Lil’ Dale had a spot of fur shaped like the white No. 3 that appeared for years on the car of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. The Nubian goat, owned by Laura and Jerry Pierson, drew many enthusiasts to their home in Interlachen, Florida.
Lil’ Dale passed away in December at the age of 13.
Eddie Gossage had to have her.
The president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway struck an “undisclosed deal” to purchase the goat, which was unveiled in the TMS media center Friday. Lil’ Dale will be put on permanent display in the track’s Speedway Club.
“We plan to permanently display Lil’ Dale and adopt her as part mascot, part good luck charm and to enjoy this magical creature,” Gossage told the assembled media.
The goat will be introduced to fans this weekend through a 30-second animated video depicting the “legend” of Lil’ Dale. Fans will be able to visit her year round in the Speedway Club.