Tallahassee, FL -- Terry Coughlin was the first in line to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr at his Chevrolet dealership.
"I have some memorabilia signed by his Dad and I've never had a chance to meet or talk with him and I'm an 88 fan all the way," says Coughlin.
He wasn't alone, nearly 400 fans were able to meet the driver of the 88 car. The accesability between driver and fan is something that separates this sport between the others.
"I think we all enjoy that. I think that's what separates our sport from other sports," says NASCAR driver Regan Smith. "I know a lot of sports do a lot of things in the community and are involved with the fans but it seems like ours is more open than most."
"We're very fortunate in NASCAR to have the fans that want to meet the drivers and I have to give the drivers credit, they always take time for the fans," adds Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
It's this relationship that helped make Dale Jr. Day a success.
"It's great to be able to thank the other person and just to be able to thank the employees because they've been working really hard selling a lot of cars," says Dale Earnhardt, Jr. "Things are just going to get better from here on out."
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