Nationwide reveals Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s new helmet for 2015

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And here it is: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s new helmet for 2015.

Nationwide Insurance is taking on a bigger role in sponsoring the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2015.

This helmet then poses something of an interesting juxtaposition – a skull and crossbones on the same helmet as an insurance company and its logo.

Or it could be a case where the message is, if you don’t have Nationwide, you could end up as a skull and crossbones.

Either way, this new lid is a conversation starter.

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in Pennsylvania race crash

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YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett died after a crash Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.

The 49-year-old Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pa., was the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993 and went on to win 20 World of Outlaws races. He won the opening night this year at the Knoxville Nationals.

“Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said.

A statement was posted on Hodnett’s racing website, saying: “Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers.

“Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”

Several NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to express their condolences: