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Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes walk on wild side at Ryan Newman's Rescue Ranch

One of the best things about NASCAR is that virtually every driver is involved in at least one significant philanthropic or charitable venture.

For Richard Childress Racing veteran Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie , their pet project -- pun intended -- is Rescue Ranch in Statesville, N.C., about 40 miles north of Charlotte.

At Rescue Ranch, which is open to the public, the Newman family and their colleagues do a lot of great work. In fact, Dale Earnhardt Jr. stopped by the other day and was dutifully impressed by all he saw at the facility.

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Of course, in about two weeks, it will be back to business for both drivers, as Newman will try to win his second Daytona 500 and Earnhardt his third. The Great American Races takes place Feb.26 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

Giant rabbit! @RescueRanchNC pic.twitter.com/DVlptiqIeu

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2017

More animal fun @RescueRanchNC. Go see the great work they are doing for animals and students. pic.twitter.com/F8jVbBxlFr

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2017

Don't let the slow pace fool you. He'll git yer toes! @RescueRanchNC pic.twitter.com/QgMK7NYnHy

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2017

This little guy looked annoyed so I didn't bother messing with him much. @RescueRanchNC pic.twitter.com/ZJiN3Ks2yW

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2017

This python was found in the closet of an apartment by new tenants. Now lives at @RescueRanchNC pic.twitter.com/Fi5ur195LH

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2017