Earnhardt gears up to drive Guard-sponsored cars

As he drives its sponsored race cars at NASCAR’s top auto racing competitions this year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes to learn more about the National Guard.

“It’s going to be a year-long introduction of myself to the Guard (and) how I can be an asset to them,” Earnhardt said here Jan. 23.

With the 2008 NASCAR auto racing season less than a month from its first competitive laps, Earnhardt said he has hopes for a successful racing season with a new lineup of team members and sponsors, including the National Guard.