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Stuffed goat with Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 becomes track mascot

The deceased goat will be permanently displayed at Texas Motor Speedway

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A brown goat with a white marking that bears a striking resemblance to one of NASCAR's most famous car numbers will have a permanent home at Texas Motor Speedway.

Named Lil' Dale, the goat gained national attention after it was born on a Florida farm in 2002 with a marking on its right side that looked like the iconic No. 3 Dale Earnhardt raced for the majority of his career. When Lil' Dale died in December, TMS President Eddie Gossage acquired him from owners Jerry and Laura Pierson.

The stuffed Nubian goat will be exhibited in the track's Speedway Club where he will serve in various capacities. Gossage introduced Lil' Dale Friday with a short animated video that featured the goat being held up over the track, a reenactment of the opening scene from "The Lion King" that included the same music.

"We plan to permanently display Lil' Dale and adopt her as part mascot, part good luck charm and to enjoy this magical creature," Gossage said.