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Jeffrey Earnhardt honors grandfather Dale Earnhardt with helmet design

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Xfinity Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt is honoring the “GOAT” in his family with a helmet he’s debuting this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

The “GOAT” – or “Greatest of All-Time” – is his grandfather, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt.

The helmet, which you can see below, bears an image of the seven-time Cup champion riding a horse while shirtless and wearing a cowboy hat.

Next to the image is the text, “Just a goat on his horse!”

Earnhardt will have the helmet today as he starts on the front row of the Xfinity Series season opener (2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1). Earnhardt finished 15th.

It is the first of nine Xfinity races he’ll start for Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

MORE: Jeffrey Earnhardt ready for challenge of winning in Xfinity

Cup Series helmet designs for 2019

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Here’s a look at the helmets – or “brain buckets” as Bubba Wallace likes to call them – that Cup Series drivers will be wearing this season.

There were no available pictures of helmets for Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon or Matt Tifft.

Kurt Busch

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Brad Keselowski

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Austin Dillon

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Kevin Harvick

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Ryan Newman

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Daniel Hemric

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Chase Elliott

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Aric Almirola

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Denny Hamlin

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Clint Bowyer

 

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Kyle Busch

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Martin Truex Jr.

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Erik Jones

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Paul Menard

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William Byron

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Corey LaJoie

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Michael McDowell

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Chris Buescher

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David Ragan

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Daniel Suarez

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Kyle Larson

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Bubba Wallace

Ryan Preece

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Jimmie Johnson

Alex Bowman

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Matt DiBenedetto

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. on skeleton helmet design: ‘Make everybody think I’m a little crazy’

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CONCORD, North Carolina – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a one helmet kind of guy.

The reason is simple. They’re kind of expensive.

“When people come asking for helmets, it is kind of hard to give them away because that is the only helmet I have from that season,” Earnhardt said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I like to keep it myself and store it away. So, I don’t have a whole lot of helmets floating around. I know that Tony (Stewart) was really smart wearing a different one each week, I probably should have done something like that. The Stilo’s (brand of helmet) I’ve got are $3-5,000 apiece and I ain’t buying them. So, I just wear the same one all year.”

Since he only has to worry about one helmet, the 14-time most popular driver has made sure it counts. Each helmet has a special skeleton-themed design created by Nick Pastura.

MORE: A look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s helmets through the years

So what’s up with the skeletons? Besides being creepy.

“When I started racing in the Xfinity Series in ’98 or ’99, I think, we started getting helmets from Nick Pastura and he used to paint backdrops for rock and roll tours like Guns N’ Roses and so forth, so I figured he could paint a mean skull,” Earnhardt said. “So, I just told him to put something on the back that would make everybody think I’m a little crazy (laughter) and make all those drivers wonder about me. And we just never have changed the theme.

“I don’t know what else I’d put on there anyway. I think it was more about ‘Hey Nick, you just have fun with this and do whatever you want to do.’ I like skulls and pirates and all that good stuff. So, just have fun with it. And he just does something new every time. And he’s done an amazing job.”

But Pastura will get to design one more helmet for Earnhardt before he retires from full-time Cup competition following this season.

Pastura will design the helmet Earnhardt will wear in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Earnhardt’s final start. Earnhardt didn’t provide any details on the helmet, but it will be in addition to driving a paint scheme based on the first Budweiser car Earnhardt drove at the beginning of his Cup career.

Once the race is over, Earnhardt will give his helmet to team owner Rick Hendrick.

“If the car makes it through the race, I’m going to take the car and Rick can have the helmet. That is our deal,” Earnhardt said. “That is the same deal he had with Jeff (Gordon) is that Jeff gave him the helmet and Jeff got the car.  And so, I think that is the same deal I’m going to get with Rick.”

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Jimmie Johnson honoring Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip with new helmet design

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Jimmie Johnson is once again honoring NASCAR legends with his racing helmet this weekend and he hopes it pays off like it did last week.

Johnson, fresh off his 83rd Cup Series at Dover International Speedway, will sport a special helmet honoring NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison

Johnson is one win way from tying the two drivers on the all-time wins list with 84.

Last week, Johnson tied Cale Yarborough while using a specially designed helmet honoring his childhood hero.

Johnson will start 19th in Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. He has three wins at the 2.5-mile track.

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Red 5 Standing By: Brennan Poole will wear ‘Star Wars’ inspired helmet

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Brennan Poole has officially won the unofficial “Best Helmet in Daytona Award,” (as judged by this writer) and second place isn’t even close.

Poole, who drives the No. 48 for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series, will wear a Star Wars-themed helmet for this weekend’s Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

The helmet, designed and hand painted by Jason Beam of BEAMdesigns, is based off the helmet Luke Skywalker wore in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope during the pivotal Battle of Yavin.

The red symbol displayed on the front of the helmet is the logo of the Rebel Alliance, which Skywalker joins to fight the Empire as he pilots his X-Wing fighter with the designation “Red 5.”

Beam is also responsible for the helmet designs for Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney.

The Xfinity Series opener is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1.

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