Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced he will pace the XFINITY Series field at Darlington Raceway in his father's restored Chevy Nova. Image Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to pace XFINITY field at Darlington in restored Chevrolet Nova

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took his father’s newly restored Chevrolet Nova racer out for a spin Friday as the black and silver No. 8 rumbled back to life. The sound should be sweet music when the car takes a more public drive in two months, right back at home at Darlington Raceway.

The No. 8 Nova has undergone a painstakingly thorough restoration at the JR Motorsports fabrication shop, a process that Earnhardt Jr. has documented in great detail on social media. He indicated that the car was once bodied as a Pontiac Ventura, and confirmed its authenticity through the use of archival photos.