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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Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”