Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American semi-retired professional stock car racing driver, team owner, author and is currently an analyst for NASCAR on NBC. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for his team JR Motorsports. He is the son of late NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the son of Brenda Lorraine Jackson (née Gee; born January 2, 1952, died April 22, 2019) and Dale Earnhardt Sr. His maternal grandfather, Robert Gee Sr., was a NASCAR car builder. He has an elder sister, Kelley; an elder half-brother, Kerry, from his father’s first marriage; and a younger half-sister, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam, from his father’s third marriage. Earnhardt Jr. is of part German ancestry. His parents divorced shortly after he was born, and he and Kelley lived with Brenda until their house was destroyed in a fire when he was six years old.
Earnhardt Jr. attended the high-performance driving school run by Andy Hillenburg and began his racing career at the late age of 17 with his father, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord, North Carolina’s Motorsport Park. His first race car was a 1979 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with Kerry. By age 19, after two seasons of driving Street Stock Division, Earnhardt Jr. had honed his driving abilities to the point of joining the Late Model Stock Car Division. He competed on the North and South Carolina short tracks driving a No. 3 Buick.
In 2016, Earnhardt was a guest analyst in NASCAR Cup and Xfinity race broadcasts on Fox and NBC. Earnhardt joined the NASCAR on NBC broadcasting team as a colour commentator for the 2018 season. He made his debut on NBCSN’s NASCAR America on March 12, 2018, joining Leigh Diffey, Jeff Burton, and his former crew chief Steve Letarte. In his debut at the 2018 Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, he coined his catchphrase: “Slide job!” when Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson battled for the lead on the final lap.
Earnhardt owns Hammerhead Entertainment, a media production company that created and produced the TV show Back in the Day, which aired on SPEED. Hammerhead also produced “Shifting Gears”, a show on ESPN2 that chronicled his 2008 team switch.
He was partners with a group of investors who were building Alabama Motorsports Park, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speedway. The track was to be located near Mobile, Alabama and would feature stock car racing, kart racing and a road course. This would have joined with his partial ownership of Paducah International Raceway.
On June 17, 2015, Earnhardt announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann. After winning his 14th Most Popular Driver Award in 2016, he announced their marriage would take place on New Year’s Eve. They tied a knot at Richard Childress’ Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.
In March 2016, Earnhardt announced that he plans to donate his brain for concussion research when he dies. In October 2017, Earnhardt revealed that he and Amy were expecting their first child, a girl, due May 2, 2018. Their daughter Isla Rose Earnhardt was born on April 30, 2018.
On April 22, 2019, Brenda Jackson, Earnhardt’s mother, died at the age of 65 after years of battling cancer. She had served as an accounting specialist for JR Motorsports since 2004.
- Full Name: Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Date of Birth: October 10, 1974
- Age: 44
- Birth Place: Kannapolis, North Carolina
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
- Weight: 5 lb (81.0 kg)
- Car no., team: No. 8 (JR Motorsports)
- Spouse: Amy Reimann (m. 2016)
- 2018 position: 50th
- Children: Isla Rose Earnhardt
- Net Worth: $400 million
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