Dale Earnhardt Jr. is regarded as one of the most famous and successful NASCAR racers of all time. Even those that aren't familiar with NASCAR are likely to be familiar with the Earnhardt name. He is a third generation driver in his family. Earnhardt Jr. grew up on race track sidelines and celebrations in victory lane. He was raised in the NASCAR community and was constantly in the spotlight from a young age.
He followed the path of his late grandfather and late father. As he grew older, Earnhardt Jr. realized he wanted to pursue a racing career. He went on to become a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and a two-time Daytona 500 champion. He raced competitively in NASCAR for almost twenty years and has suffered some serious injuries along the way. His success goes beyond victory lane. He is an excellent entrepreneur, philanthropist, broadcaster, and a beloved sports icon.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up in the NASCAR community. He raced in 19 NASCAR seasons and made a total of 603 starts in his career. At 21 years old, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 1996. In 1998, Dale earned his first Xfinity win. At this time, he was only averaging one win every 53 starts, but earned his first Xfinity Series win in his 16th start. He won the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 1999 as well.
Earnhardt Jr. raked in 26 career victories over his years. He went on to win the historic Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. Only ten other drivers have won the Daytona 500 multiple times. He qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times in his career. Earnhardt ended his NASCAR career in 2017 after suffering many concussions. However, he continues to join NBC Sports Group for NASCAR coverage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has accumulated many accolades over the years. He is tied at 29th on NASCAR's All Time Race Winners list. He is a two-time Xfinity Series champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner. In the NASCAR Cup Series, he recorded 26 wins and 260 top ten finishes. In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he recorded 24 wins and 93 top ten finishes. He has made millions from his successful driving career in NASCAR the past twenty years.
He has been selected 15 consecutive times for NASCAR's Most Popular Driver. Earnhardt Jr. has been a fan favorite among the NASCAR community and has a big following on all social media platforms. Earnhardt Jr. even found his name amongst Harris Interactive's annual survey of America's Top 10 Favorite Athletes. He is a modern sports icon, a best selling author with his book Driver 8, and even a broadcaster for major channels.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was born on October 10, 1974. He grew up in his hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was born into a family of NASCAR champions. He is the son of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnardt Sr., who won many Winston Cup championships. His grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt, was known to be a famous NASCAR car builder. Earnhardt Jr. was raised in a racing family with his older sister, Kelly, and half-siblings, Kerry and Taylor. Earnhardt Jr. eventually became serious about racing as he grew older and wanted to compete!
He is married to Amy Reimann and they welcomed their first child together, Isla Rose, in April of 2018. The family recently announced they are now expecting a second child by the end of this current year. He currently resides in Mooresville, North Carolina and loves spending time on his property known as Dirty Mo Acres with family and friends.
The primary reason Earnhardt Jr. retired in 2017 was due to health concerns regarding his long history with concussions. One of his first serious concussions came in the 2002 season when he crashed at the California Speedway. In 2012, he suffered a concussion and missed two races. He missed 18 races in the 2016 season due to concussion related symptoms. His health is more important than racing, therefore he made the decision to retire.
Earnhardt Jr. has used his large winnings and savings to start new businesses. He has proved to be a great businessman. In 2006, Earnhardt started a production company known as Hammerhead Entertainment. In 2008, he even opened an uptown bar and nightclub, Whisky River, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He continues to have an entrepreneurial mind with his new businesses. Earnhardt Jr. started his own podcast network known as "Dirty Mo Radio" in February of 2013.
On February 18th in 2001, both Earnhardt Sr. and Earnhardt Jr. were racing in the Daytona 500. In the final lap of the race, Earnhardt Sr. died instantly in a fatal wreck on the track. Earnhardt Jr. went on to finish second in the race, but lost his father on this tragic day. Earnhardt Jr. credits all his success on and off the track to his late father who shaped him into a man.
Earnhardt Jr. is very active with many charitable organizations and other philanthropic activities. His organization, The Dale Jr. Foundation, focuses on underprivileged youth and creating opportunities for their future education and career paths. He is heavily involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation and has helped with more than 200 wishes for children battling terminal cancer or other illnesses. He earned the 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award in part for his racing and philanthropic efforts off the track.