Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a semi-retired, professional American stock racing car driver. He’s a team member, journalist and an NBC NASCAR analyst. Earnhardt competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series part-time, driving No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for his JR Motorsports team. He is the son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame of NASCAR. He is the nephew of NASCAR racer Ralph Earnhardt, Kelley’s brother Earnhardt-Miller. Likewise, former driver’s half-brother Kerry Earnhardt, driver’s uncle Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Teresa Earnhardt’s stepson too.
Caption: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr: Early Life, Education, Family
Born on10 October 1974 and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the son of Brenda Lorraine Jackson and Dale Earnhardt Sr. His maternal grandfather, Robert Gee Sr., was a maker of NASCAR vehicles. He has an elder sister, Kelley; an elder half-brother, Kerry, from his father’s first marriage; and a younger half-sister, from his father’s third marriage, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam; Earnhardt Jr. is part of a family of German descent. His parents split soon after he was born. Moreover, he and Kelley lived with Brenda. However, when he was six years old their home was caught fire. The fire destroyed their home.
Caption: Dale Earnhardt Jr in his childhood
Since Brenda had no financial support after the crash, before his marriage to Teresa Houston, she gave up custody of the two children to Earnhardt Sr. Kelley took care of him during Earnhardt Jr’s childhood when their father and Teresa were busy with the seasons of the races. He was sent to a military school by his father and Teresa when he became a delinquent at the age of 12; three weeks later, Kelley left high school to join him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr: Career and achievements
Between 1996 and 1997, Earnhardt Jr. drove nine Busch Series races for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Ed Whitaker, respectively, before driving full-time for his father’s team in the Busch Series in 1998, in which he began the season with an impressive blow over after contacting Dick Trickle and Buckshot Jones at Daytona on the same weekend that his father had his first and only Daytona 500 win. Barely edging Matt Kenseth in 1998 and 1999, Earnhardt won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series championships. He made his first appearance in the Winston Cup Series in 1998, at the Twin Ring Motegi exhibition race held in Japan. He also competed in five Winston Cup races in 1999.
After much debate, on May 10, 2007, Earnhardt announced he would leave Dale Earnhardt Inc., his father’s founding company, to drive for another team in 2008. Earnhardt said his decision was solely based on his desire to achieve his Sprint Cup Championship career target and his obvious conviction that while driving for DEI he would not be able to achieve that aim. He said he was not confident in the organization’s ability to field the elite level equipment which would yield the elusive title unless he could acquire majority ownership, and thus power, of DEI.
After his retirement, Earnhardt began sporadically driving for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. In 2018, after qualifying second, he won the fall Xfinity race at Richmond in No. 88, winning 96 of the 250 laps but finishing fourth after a late restart of the race. In the following year, he challenged the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington, his first Xfinity start on the track since 1999, driving a No. 8 modeled after his father’s 1975 Cup car.
Dale Earnhardt Jr: Personal life and wife
Earnhardt revealed in March 2016 that, when he dies, he plans to devote his brain to concussion science. On 15 August 2019 a private jet carrying Earnhardt, his wife Amy, daughter Isla Rose, and dog Gus from Cessna Citation Latitude was involved in a bounced landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee and caught fire. None of the passengers suffered serious injuries.
Caption: Earnhardt with his wife Amy Reimann
Dale Earnhardt Jr: Net Worth and social media
Earnhardt has an estimated net worth of $400 million. His main source of income is his career as a car racer.
Likewise, talking about his social media availability, he is available on Instagram by the name dalejr. He has almost 833k followers on Instagram. Similarly, he is available on Twitter by the name DaleJr where he has almost 2.5 million followers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr: Body measurements
Talking about his body measurements, his height is 1.83 m and his weight is 81 kgs. His hair and eye color are the same as its light brown. However, any further information regarding his body is not accessible.