Chevrolet Monte Carlo #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr - JR Motorsports - NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr /Hendrick Monte Carlo NASCAR #88
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Body Style
358 V8
Exterior Color
Interior Color

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  • 358 cubic inch SB2 V8
  • Hendrick Motorsports rear end
  • Raced by Shane Huffman
  • 725 horsepower
  • Ronnie Hopkins chassis
  • Part of Dale Jr.’s National Hot Rod Tour
  • Jerico 4-speed
  • NASCAR Nationwide spec
  • AVRA membership included

There are many different kinds of auto racing. But as car enthusiasts, we’re all united by a very basic principle: build something that looks wicked, sounds mean, and provides the performance thrill of a lifetime. You can certainly poke fun at NASCAR about “just turning left”, but you can’t deny that their cars are some of the rawest performance machines ever created. Where else can you wrap a 725 horsepower V8 in lightweight metal and try to scrape the decals off the sides of your closest friend’s cars at 150 MPH? Usually, NASCAR stock cars are either raced to death and scrapped for parts, or cut up for souvenir sales. But every once in a while, a lucky survivor like this 2007 JR Motorsports Chevrolet manages to roll out the doors in full asphalt warrior regalia.

This track-ready Monte Carlo was raced one time on June 30th, 2007 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by JR Motorsports driver Shane Huffman. After racking up a 23rd place finish, and eventually being retired, it was repainted and reconfigured to tour the show circuit as part of Dale Jr.’s National Hot Rod Tour. Recently, the car was sold to a private investor who reset it to racing configuration and logged laps at Carolina Motorsports Park as part of the American Vintage Racing Association. And today, this awesome Chevy presents one diehard NASCAR fan with the rare opportunity to own a complete Busch Series stock car that’s primed for membership in the AVRA.

From its aggressive and aerodynamic front end, to its contoured and angled rear valence, this sinister racer looks like a production Monte Carlo on steroids. The nose of the car has been extended, lowered, given a much more pronounced front bumper and holds two mesh grilles to cool the aluminum radiator, and two mesh grilles to pipe air to the front brakes. At the bottom of that bumper, a riveted rocker cover provides a little more protection for hard dives into corners. At the top of the bumper, Monte Carlo headlight decals provide a bit of commonality to Chevrolet’s production car. Behind those decals a Kansas-flat hood, which is stretched between four pins and finned hinges, rides in front of a small cowl that feeds fresh air to the car’s raucous small block. Moving back further, an original plexiglass windshield still features tear away covers below the car’s original New Hampshire Nationwide Series tech tag, and more recent Carolina Motorsports Park tech tag. At the top of that windshield, a ‘shark finned’ roof holds fully functional flaps above vented plexiglass windows that still houses adjustment points for the car’s low-slung suspension. Below those windows, you’ll find more riveted rocker covers in front of traditional, side-exit headers. And at the back of the car, a standard NASCAR fuel filler and reinforced decklid spoiler front a rounded valence that’s decorated with Monte Carlo tail light decals. It’s important to note that this Chevy’s official Nationwide race career was conducted with U.S. Navy as its primary sponsor. During prep for Jr.’s National Hot Rod Tour, the car’s slippery body was wrapped in JR Motorsports graphics that, by special request, included a picture of Dale Jr.’s dog, Killer, on the trunk lid.

Under this Monte Carlo’s track-ready sheetmetal, you’ll find a Dale Earnhardt Inc. built, 358 cubic inch SB2 V8 that produces roughly 725 race winning horsepower. With only two or three hours on its rebuild, this fully sorted small block is an all-business monster that sounds spectacular from idle all the way to full throttle. At the top of the motor, a Polyken 557-wrapped carbon fiber air cleaner funnels wind into a Holley 4-barrel carburetor that supplies a steady stream of race fuel. Below that Holley, a high rise aluminum intake centers an MSD billet distributor between aluminum JRRE Racing Engines valve covers. Below those valve covers, Federal Mogul Automotive Performance plug wires snake around custom fabricated NASCAR headers that exit under the sides of the car. At the front of the engine, a high performance water pump, CV power steering pump and Race Proven alternator are spun by fresh NASCAR belts. And a C&R Racing Radiator, which is complete with an electric fan and engravings from all four tracks it was used at (the last being New Hampshire), sends coolant through a full assortment of braided and spiraled hoses. The buff Chevy powerhouse fires without drama, idles well, and makes killer noise breathing through its NASCAR-spec side pipes. And, although the engine bay is intentionally sparse for the sake of saving weight, there’s still a fair amount of cool detailing; like DEI branded brackets and a full set of mandrel bent fittings.

Naturally, a top notch short track and road course motor needs an excellent foundation to deliver its full, race-winning potential. And the Ronnie Hopkins chassis riding under this Monte Carlo is first-rate in every way. For those of you not familiar with NASCAR, Ronnie Hopkins Engineering has been a long-time staple for some of the sport’s most successful teams, and was even benchmarked by various OEMs as a reference for their in-house engineering efforts. This particular chassis, the tenth ordered by JR Motorsports and the first to be raced by the team — hence its 0010 and 001 designations, was purchased from Ronnie Hopkins and modified in typical NASCAR fashion. In the middle of the well-built chassis, a Jerico 4-speed sends power to a 9-inch Hendrick Motorsports rear end that’s equipped with 4.00 racing gears. At the corners of the chassis, tubular control arms combine with a sturdy truck arm to make good use of Bilstein shocks and a 16:1 steering gear. Fade-free braking is provided by four discs that utilize large, JR Motorsports-branded calipers to squeeze slotted rotors. G-force inducing grip is provided by 15-inch NASCAR-spec wheels that wear 27.5×12 Goodyear Eagle Radials. And, like its engine bay, the bottom of this racer is a no frills, function-over-form piece that frames world class hardware in a sea of Machine White paint.

You’ve undoubtedly looked at the pictures of this Chevy’s sparse and well used interior, which should put to rest any creeping thoughts that this isn’t a true race car. A complete, NASCAR-spec roll cage wraps around a tight fitting race bucket that was fabricated by The Joie of Seating and equipped with a Simpson 4-point racing harness. To the right of that seat, you’ll notice a tough Long shifter and extinguishers for the car’s functional fire suppression system. In front of the driver, a detachable, NASCAR-spec steering wheel spins below a simple instrument panel that hangs “JR” branded ignition switches beside a full assortment of silver Auto Meter gauges. On the right side of the dash, two MSD Power Core HVC coils send fire through Scott wires to two MSD HVC Professional Race Ignition boxes. Above the dash, a wide rearview mirror provides a full frame of the track, in the event that any intimidating cars should appear. And when you open the would-be trunk, you’ll find an Aero Tec Laboratories fuel cell that’s equipped with braided hoses and aluminum fittings.

Are you a rabid NASCAR enthusiast? Loyal to the Chevrolet family? Forever an Earnhardt fan? This track-ready Monte Carlo presents the perfect opportunity for a diehard collector to own an authentic Nationwide racer that’s pedigreed by one of the biggest names in the sport!


Secondary Make
Model Name
Monte Carlo
Secondary Model
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr - JR Motorsports - NASCAR
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Competition Car

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Engine Size
358 V8
Engine Number
Fuel Specification
Racing Fuel
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Transmission Number


Entertainment System Type
No Radio
Battery Location
Behind left rear wheel
Battery Shut Off
Center of dash
Battery Charger
Power Steering
Air Conditioning


Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console


Body Style
Safe Body Color
Paint Type


Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Truck Arm
Axle Specification
RHE 9"
Front Wheel Specification
Rear Wheel Specification
Front Tire Specification
Rear Tire Specification
Front Brakes Specification
Rear Brakes Specification
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type


Restoration Status
Mileage Since Restoration
Awards Summary
Historical Documents Summary

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