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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As soon as Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced in April that he will retire from full-time racing at the end of the Cup Series season – the last race is Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – it was a given that the NASCAR world was going to come up with as many ways as possible to honor him.

Tradition for the most successful or popular drivers – and Dale Jr. is king in that category – the race tracks give the driver a retirement gift, often paying tribute to his accomplishments there.

Earnhardt knew this would happen, so he made one thing clear as the gifts started to roll in with his final races at each track. He encouraged them to make charitable contributions to their communities rather than give him a traditional gift, saying:

“I’ve got a great life, I don’t need anything. But to have something that’s going to impact someone else or a group of folks long term is the best thing.”

Many of them listened and donated thousands of dollars to different causes, ranging from concussion research to food banks to children’s hospitals. Just last week, Phoenix Raceway gave $100,000 to Childhelp– a nonprofit that helps victims of child abuse.

Financial donations in Junior’s name are obviously wonderful. But the No. 88 Chevrolet driver still got a lot of fun, wacky and sentimental gifts too – some of which were still charitable. So monetary contributions aside, here are Earnhardt’s 10 best retirement gifts, ranked.

10. Daytona International Speedway: A Painting

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The sport’s most famous track gave Earnhardt a painting that honors his many accomplishments there. The center car is the No. 8 Chevrolet Earnhardt drove to victory in the 2001 Pepsi 400, while depicted in the foreground is the No. 88 Chevrolet from his second 500 win in 2014. The No. 3 car in the background is from his win in the 2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 in the XFINITY Series.

9. Darlington Raceway: A Career collage

8. Kentucky Speedway: A Jukebox

The race winners at this track are also give jukeboxes.

7. Kansas Speedway: Royals’ manager Ned Yost tribute

The Kansas City manager was good friends with Dale Earnhardt Sr., and he shared some fond memories he has of the Earnhardt family. Wishing Junior the best of luck in retirement, he said:

“It’s been a wonderful experience sitting back and watching you accomplish what you’ve accomplished, but what you’ve accomplished is kind of hindsight to what you’ve become to me. You’ve become an outstanding person, you’ve become an outstanding man. It’s just been a fantastic career.”

Earnhardt also received a jersey with his name on it.

6. Michigan International Speedway: A Family photo

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They dug up a photo of Dale Sr., Dale Jr., and older brother Kerry Earnhardt from the only race all three competed in together, the 2000 Pepsi 400, which happened to be at the track.

5. Phoenix Raceway: So many pickles

Who doesn’t love pickles, right? Turns out, Dale Jr. loves this specific brand of pickles from Phoenix, so the track gave him an entire barrel.

4. New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Revolutionary War musket

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The track gave Earnhardt a patriots (lowercase P) hat and a Revolutionary War musket that he was so geeked about. It transformed him into Musket Dale Jr., which is an excellent Dale Jr. He said:

“I tried to tell (his wife) Amy, I said, ‘You’ve gotta see this freaking musket! I can’t wait to bring it home, and we’re gonna hang it on the wall somewhere.’ And she said no. I was like, ‘Well you gotta see it first.’ So I brought it home. She had no idea what to expect. This thing’s like 7-foot tall. So I showed it to her, and she was really impressed. But I still don’t think she wants to put it up anywhere.”

3. Texas Motor Speedway: A horse

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Well, the Texas track didn’t give him a horse, but it donated a horse in his name to Victory Therapy Center, a therapeutic horse ranch that helps people with disabilities, veterans and first responders. It also gave him and Amy a customized stroller since the couple is expecting their first child in the spring.

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2. Talladega Superspeedway: His dad’s car

The Alabama track is also known as Earnhardt Country because Junior and his dad combine for 16 wins there. So it gave Dale Jr. a car– the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Senior drove in his 1979 rookie season and in 1980 during his first Cup Series title season. It technically belongs to Motorsports Hall, which is on track property, but it’s on permanent loan to Junior.

1. Sonoma Raceway: Service puppies

Puppies obviously win. The California track donated three puppies – named Dale, Amy and Junior – to Paws As Loving Support Assistance Dogs on Junior’s behalf.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s top-10 retirement gifts include puppies, pickles and a musket