Dale Earnhardt drove the #15 Jeans Machine Thunderbird for Bud Moore in 1982 and 1983. Dale Earnhardt shook up the racing world for two consecutive years, 1979 and 1980. During those two seasons, he accomplished what no other stock car driver had ever done before. Dale won the Champion Spark Plug Rookie of the Year award and the NASCAR Cup Championship in succession. In two years he won six races, which helped him secure the lucrative sponsorship of Wrangler Jeans at the end of the 1980 season. Then, suddenly, the big success story came to an abrupt halt. For the entire 1981 season, Earnhardt won neither a pole nor a race. Late that year, he announced he would join Bud Moore’s Ford Thunderbird team in 1982. Dale began his drive back to the front by winning a pole for the 500 in Atlanta in March of 1982, his first number one starting position since September 1979 at Dover. In April, He stopped his winless streak at 39 races when he narrowly beat Cale Yarborough to the checkered flag for the Rebel 500 at Arlington. His last previous win came at the National 500 at Charlotte in 1980. In victory lane, Dale Earnhardt thanked his sponsor for staying with him, then praised Bud Moore and his crew, who had made the #15 Jeans Machine undoubtedly the strongest stock car on the field. This win marked Earnhardt’s return to championship form.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Next Level 3900 Premium Women’s tees, aka ‘the boyfriend tee, one of the softest, best-wearing women’s t-shirts available today. We utilize state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it both comfortable and flattering while the feminine fit and shorter sleeves add a special touch to this classic missy cut tee.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. The Next Level 3900 is a fitted women’s t-shirt, so if you are looking for a roomier fit, we suggest going up a size or with the unisex Bella + Canvas 3001 we print our men’s t-shirts on as they are the same super soft ring-spun cotton that feels like an old favorite. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
*Heather colors are 90% ring-spun cotton and 10% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.