By Jenna Fryer
AP Auto Racing Writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. — The beloved car “Amelia” will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive on Sunday.
Earnhardt drove the car he named Amelia Earhart to four wins in six starts over a 13-month period. He was so confident in the car that he used it for the season-opening Daytona 500 rather than have his team build him a new one.
Earnhardt wrecked Amelia in February and thought the car that had never finished lower than third was gone forever.
He was thrilled to learn that crew chief Greg Ives was able to repair the car for Talladega.
Earnhardt leads all active drivers with six Talladega wins and is the defending race winner. His late father holds the track record with 10 victories.