Once again, Dale Jr. proves rather chatty as a talking race car (VIDEO)

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Before winning yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he’d brought on personal sponsor Goody’s Headache Powder as a new backer for his JR Motorsports outpost in the NASCAR (soon-to-be) XFINITY Series from 2015-2017.

As part of the new three-year deal, which will see Goody’s take over his No. 88 Chevrolet for one XFINITY race annually, a new commercial has dropped that involves the citizens of Davidson, North Carolina finding said car in the town center – and getting a surprise when the car starts “speaking” in Earnhardt’s southern tones.

“Hey, don’t sneak up on me like that!,” he says to a woman that leans inside the cockpit.

An astonished young boy declares that the car is his new friend, to which it replies, “That’s right! We’ve become fast buddies.”

Then there’s another lady that passes by with her dog, to which the car tells her to “just keep him away from my tires please.”

Eventually, the townspeople catch on and Earnhardt – the human version – comes out of the sound booth where he’s been giving voice to the car and greets them.

Now, if you have youngsters at home that love Disney and Pixar’s Cars franchise, then you’ll know this isn’t the first time Earnhardt’s played a talking car.

In the original film, Earnhardt voiced “Junior,” a cameo character whose look was based off of his longtime Budweiser No. 8 paint scheme from his days of driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. – albeit with DEI marks replacing the Budweiser signage.

An IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Talladega? Drivers have discussed it

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is interested in an IndyCar iRacing event on an oval, he might like the latest idea being kicked around by NTT Series drivers.

“I personally would want to run at Talladega, but I don’t think that’s an option,” Arrow McLaren SP driver rookie Oliver Askew told NBCSports.com in a Friday interview about his simulation work for the second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “IndyCar drivers have a group chat with iRacing, and someone had the idea of running at Talladega, and I thought it was brilliant.”

It actually would be a throwback of sorts as a USAC-sanctioned race with Indy cars at Talladega nearly happened 40 years ago.

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be running its second consecutive road course Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN or streaming here).

Of the four remaining races in the six-race series, there’s a chance that three of them could be ovals: A Drivers’ Choice track April 11; a “Random Draw” April 18 and a non-IndyCar “Dream” track May 2 (the April 25 race will be at Circuit of the Americas).

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IndyCar drivers are voting on next week’s track, and the options include high-speed ovals such as Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.

A multicar crash at Talladega last October. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Talladega apparently isn’t on the list for next week, but surely it could be considered for a future race if it meant having Earnhardt in the field. The 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver is a six-time winner at Talladega, and the NASCAR on NBC analyst’s family is synonymous with the 2.66-mile oval where his late seven-time champion father won a record 10 times.

“I hope he can make that happen,” Askew said of racing against Earnhardt. “I hope IndyCar can grant his wish on that.”

The addition of Earnhardt would fit well with an IndyCar iRacing Challenge that already features champions from NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson) and Supercars (Scott McLaughlin).

Will Power would like to see more of that.

“I think that would be great if we can get big-name drivers from other series,” Power said. “Getting a couple guys from Europe would be cool.”