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The Jeans Machine

The original Wrangler Jeans Machine only ran one race. That one race took Dale Earnhardt to the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship – his first of seven. It was the final race of the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup season – The L.A. Times 50 0 at the long-gone Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California. Many people have never seen a photo of that car design, which was the same design Osterlund ran during the year with Mike Curb and Curb Records as sponsors. Thanks to the search I was doing for a Terry Labonte 1979 Riverside Western 500 photo responding to a posted request, I stumbled across these photos by RR member, Scott Baker on bakerracingpix.com of a driver, track and sponsor no longer with us. This is the one-of-a-kind, one-race only, original Dale Earnhardt/Wrangler Jeans Machine – the car that took Dale Earnhardt to his first Winston Cup Series Championship… read more >

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