Daytona 500 champion and son of racing royalty Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed today through a “throwback Thursday” post on Twitter that his racing career began in none other than Sanford, North Carolina, in 1986.

That’s Junior on the far right, and yes, that’s Senior behind him. In Sanford (or Cameron, if we’re gonna get all technical about it).

So we’ve learned today that racing’s most popular name got his start in our fair burg. We’ll put in the request for the historic marker tomorrow.