Dale Earnhardt Jr Biography

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Quick Facts Of Dale Earnhardt Jr

Celebrated Name Dale Earnhardt Jr
Age 44 Years
Nick Name Little E
Birth Name Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr
Birth Date 1974-10-10
Gender Male
Profession Race Rider

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr., professionally known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American semi-retired professional stock car racing driver, team owner, author. He is currently an analyst for the NASCAR on NBC. He also currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for his team JR Motorsports. He has recorded 26 wins, 260 Top 10s, and 15 poles over 19 years in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. He is the recipient of NMPA Most Popular Driver Awards for record-15 consecutive times. 

What is Dale Earnhardt Jr Famous for?

The son of later NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Recipient of the record-15 consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver Awards. 

Where was Dale Earnhardt Jr Born?

Dale Earnhardt Jr was born on 10 October 1974. His birth name is Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. His birth place is in Kannapolis, North Carolina in the United States. He holds American nationality. He was born to a father, Dale Earnhardt Sr.,. and a mother, Brenda Lorraine Jackson. He has an elder sister, Kelley, an elder half-brother, Kerry, and a younger half-sister, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam. He is of part German ancestry. His parents divorced shortly after his birth. His father, and stepmother, Teresa Houston sent him to a military school when he was 12. He attended the high-performance driving school. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Driver

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Racing Career

He began his racing career at the age of 17. 

He competed in the Street Stock division at Concord, North Carolina's Motorsport Park. His first car was a 1979 Monte Carlo.

He later competed on the North and South Carolina short tracks driving a No. 3 Buick. 

He captured the pole for the Greenville Merchants 300 in October 1994. 

He also worked as his father's dealership as a mechanic while he went to Mitchell Community College to earn an associate degree in automotive technology. 

He ran nine Busch Series races between 1996 and 1997 for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and Ed Whitaker. He then drove for his father's team in the Busch Series full-time in 1998. 

He won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 and 1999. 

He broke his father's record for fewest starts by a driver to win his first victory in NASCAR's "modern era" by winning the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in his 12th start in 2000. 

He became the first rookie to win The Winston.

His father died due to a basilar skull fracture sustained during the 2001 Daytona 500 race. 

He finished the 2001 season with three wins, nine Top 5s, and 15 Top 10s, as well as two poles. 

He sustained a head-collision injury at the California race in April 2002. 

He finished the 2002 season with eleven Top 5s and sixteen Top 10s. 

He finished the 2003 season with thirteen 5s and twenty-one Top 10s. 

He also won the NMPA Most Popular Driver award for the first time in his career. 

He suffered second and third-degree burns on his neck, chin, and legs while his car crashed and burst into flames during warm-up for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway.  

He finished the 2004 season with 6 wins, sixteen Top 5s, and twenty-one Top 10s.

He also won his second consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver Award. 

He won his 3rd consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver Award in 2005. 

He won his fifth consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver Award after the 2007 season. 

He left his father's company, Dale Earnhardt Inc. and signed a five-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports in June 2007. 

He changed his number from 8 to 88 after joining Hendrick Motorsports. 

He finished the 2008 season 12th in the points. 

He finished the 2009 season winless. He finished the season with career-low 25th in the standings. 

He finished the 2010 year with eight Top 10s, 1 pole and 21st in the standings. He also won the NMPA Most Popular Driver award for the 8th consecutive time. 

He signed a 5-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports in September 2011. 

He finished the season 7th in the final points standings and won the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 9th consecutive time. 

He finished the 2012 season 12th in the final standings winning NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 10th consecutive year. 

He finished the 2013 season 5th in the standings with 2 poles, ten Top 5s, and a career-high twenty-two Top 10 finishes. 

He broke Bill Elliot's record of 10 straight NMPA Most Popular Driver Awards winning the award for the 11th consecutive year. 

He won the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 12th straight year finishing the 2014 season 8th in the standings with 4 wins, 12 Top 5s, and 20 Top 10s. 

H won the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 13th straight years.

He missed the second half of the 2016 season after he was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms. 

However, he managed to win the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 14th consecutive time. 

He finished the 2017 season 25th in the final standings with only 1 Top 5, 8 Top 10s, and 2 poles.  

He also won his 15th consecutive and final NMPA Most Popular Driver Award after the end of 2017 season. 

He won 26 Sprint Cup regular-season victories. 

He has also won 9 exhibition races, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2015, and 2016 Budweiser Duels, 2000 Sprint All-Star Race, 2003 and 2008 Budweiser Shootout, and the 2012 Sprint Showdown. 

He finished second in the 1999 IROC race from Michigan International Speedway. He lost to his father. 

He also raced in the NASCAR Thunder/Motegi 500 in Japan. 

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Team Ownership

He is the current co-owner of JR Motorsports, a NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series Team. 

The team won their first NASCAR national championship in 2014. 

Earnhardt and his stepmother Teresa founded Chance 2 Motorsports in 2003. The company went out of business in 2006.

Broadcasting Career

He was a guest analyst in NASCAR Cup and Xfinity race broadcasts on Fox and NBC in 2016. 

He later joined the NASCAR on NBC broadcasting team as a color commentator for the 2018 season. 

He made his debut on NBCSN's NASCAR America in March 2018. 

He hosted a tv show, Back in the Day in 2007. 

Business

He owns a media production company, Hammerhead Entertainment. 

He was one of the partners of the group, who were building Alabama Motorsports Park, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speedway. 

He partnered with NY Eye Inc to create his own line of eyeglass frames. 

He opened Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick-GMC-Cadillac in Tallahassee, Florida in 2012. 

He co-owns the Whiskey River Beer Wings restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Airport, and a branch in Jacksonville, Florida. 

He is also the co-owner of FilterTime. 

Accomplishments

1998, 1999 Busch Series Champion

2004, 2014 Daytona 500 Winner

2000 The Winston Winner

2003, 2008 Budweiser Shootout Winner

2003, 2004, 2008, 2015, 2016 Can-Am Duel Winner, 4 straight wins at Talladega Superspeedway (Fall 2001-Spring 2003), 5 times NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion as owner: 2004, 2005, 2014, 2017, 2018

Awards

Bill France Award of Excellence (2017)

Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (2017)

2003–2017 Monster Energy Cup Series Most Popular Driver (15 times)

1999 Busch Series Most Popular Driver

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Who is Dale Earnhardt Jr Married to?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a married man. He is married to his longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann. The couple got engaged in June 2015 and later tied a knot to each other 2016 New Year's Eve. The couple has a daughter, Isla Rose Earnhardt, born in April 2018. 

Earnhardt, his wife, and their one-year-old daughter survived a plane crash on 15 August 2019. Both the pilots in the Cessna Citation Latitude survived as well. The plane caught fire after it ran off the runway upon landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabeth, Tennessee. Earnhardt sustained minor cuts and burns. 

How tall is Dale Earnhardt Jr?

Dale Earnhardt Jr stands at a height of 1.83 m i.e. 6 feet tall. He has a body weight of 178.5 lbs i.e. 81 kg. He has an athletic body build. 

What is Dale Earnhardt Jr Net Worth?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns from his professional racing career. He has earned quite a fortune from his racing career. He also owns a racing team and has several business ventures. His net worth is estimated at $400 million. 

Did You Know?

  • His grandfather Robert Gee Sr. was a NASCAR car builder.
  • His mother's house was destroyed in a fire when he was 6 years old.
  • He was featured in the video Playboy: Celebrity Photographers in 2003.
  • He appeared in the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
  • His No. 88 car appeared in Herbie: Fully Loaded and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • He has also appeared in several tv series.
  • His voice is featured in the video game Scarface: The World is Yours.
  • He voiced himself in Disney/Pixar's movie Cars as a No. 8 car.
  • He has also appeared in several music videos.
  • He hosted a radio show, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Unrestricted on Sirium XM Radio.
  • He also has a podcast, Dale Jr Download.
  • He has been featured on the cover of NASCAR-themed video games.
  • He is an avid fan of Washington Redskins.
  • He owns a Learjet 60 private jet with the tail number N8JR.
  • He owns a graveyard of wrecked race cars on a property in North Carolina.
  • He announced in March 2016 that he plans to donate his brain for concussion research when he dies.
  • He is a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • His nickname "Pied Piper" of Daytona came following his success at Daytona International Speedway.

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