1984 Chevrolet Nova #8
The #8 Goodwrench Chevy Nova was built and driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1984 to race in the NASCAR Busch Series. The car was used sporadically by Earnhardt from 1984 to 1988. It originally started off as Pontiac Ventura, which is effectively the same as a Nova, but the front nose was changed to a Nova .
“We restored it from top to bottom,” Robert Gee Jr., Dale Sr.’s brother-in-law, said. “It’s back to original. We cut everything that wasn’t original off, and made it all back to original. It could be raced the way it is today. We even cut parts of the chassis off. It had been modified. We took the whole rear clip off because it had been modified for a quick-change rear end. We ran a 9-inch rear end. We did a lot of work on it.”
Earnhardt Jr. took the iconic silver & black Chevy to Darlington and drove it as the pace car for the “Steakhouse Elite 200” Xfinity Series race earlier this season.