Police seek large stolen Earnhardt memorabilia collection

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If you collect NASCAR memorabilia and someone approaches you in the coming days with a deal that seems too good to be true – especially if it involves merchandise related to either Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Dale Earnhardt Jr. – it probably is.

Police in Phenix City, Ala., not far from Talladega Superspeedway, are investigating the theft of a large NASCAR memorabilia collection worth more than $20,000, according to the Opelika-Auburn News and OANow.com.

Officials from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident, which occurred on Sunday.

According to Sheriff’s Office Capt. Van Jackson, the stolen collection contained a number of items related to Dale Earnhardt, but he wasn’t sure if it the memorabilia was of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. or son Dale Jr.

“This victim was in the process of moving from one place to another and had came back to move some more stuff,” Jackson told OANow.com. “He then discovered that someone had been into that residence and stole those items.”

It’s possible that the thief may have made his getaway and carried away his loot on a Honda Recon 250 all-terrain vehicle, which was also among items stolen in the theft.

“This is not common that we would have a volume of these types of items that were stolen at one location,” Jackson said. “We’d be very interested if someone was approached about trying to buy some, sell some or anything like that.”

If you’re approached by a potential seller, sheriff’s officials ask that you call them at 1-334-749-5651. Or, you can leave an anonymous tip at Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

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Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.