Dale Earnhardt Jr. is special guest for Chattanooga's Best of Preps banquet
By Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500. AP photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -
Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most iconic sports figures in America,
will be the featured speaker at this year's Times Free Press Best of
The two-time Daytona 500 champion and current Sprint Cup Series
points leader will help honor the area's top athletes and coaches at the
May 29 event. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 dinner.
"This will be my first time in Chattanooga, so I'm looking forward to
it," Earnhardt said. "It's an honor to be invited to the Best of Preps
banquet and recognize the area student-athletes and coaches for what
they've accomplished. This event is about them. It's about what they've
achieved in their respective sports, and it'll be rewarding for me to be
on hand to congratulate them."
Earnhardt has been named NASCAR's most popular driver a record 11
consecutive years and routinely appears in the annual Harris Interactive
poll of the nation's most popular athletes, joining the likes of
Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant.