Nathan Tower’s 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS stood out at the car show in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick last fall. Not only because of the glistening black paint but because of the car’s livery – a heartwarming tribute to Dale Earnhardt.
Fans of NASCAR will know what that number 3 is on the back window of Nathan’s Chevy and why we are featuring the car as an East Coaster today. Today is the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death in a sudden last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.
Earnhardt was an American professional stock car driver and team owner. His racing career spanned 26 years, starting in 1975, in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now called the NASCAR Cup Series), driving the No. 3 Chevrolet.
Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races, including four Winston 500s (1990, 1994, 1999, and 2000) and the 1998 Daytona 500. He also holds a record, with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson, for seven Winston Cup championships. He was dubbed ‘The Intimidator’ because of his aggressive driving style. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.
Nathan’s 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS is number 938 out of the 4000 built at the Oshawa Assembly Plant in Ontario.
The hot Earnhardt-tribute 240-horsepower Monte Carlo is powered by a 3.8-litre supercharged V6 engine, mated to a four-speed automatic, and is pretty much stock.
See you next summer, Nathan!
*Some photos provided by PinkBowtiePhotography (@pinkbowtiephotography on Instagram)