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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pizazz for inventiveness and judgment have propelled him to become one of the most well-known sport’s figures in the world. He is now retired, but was voted a record 15 times as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver (2003 – 2017). Dale amassed 26 victories and won the Daytona 500 twice. He has also amassed 24 triumphs in the XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series.

Earnhardt is a third generation driver. He takes after Dale Earnhardt Sr., his father, who has won the championship cup seven times. Dale Sr. won 76 races. On the other hand, Ralph Earnhardt, his grandfather, was a champion in his own right. Two generations have been chosen among NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers ever.

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Image credit: “Dale Earnhardt Jr car2006” by Eagle Shooter

Earnhardt is businessman and heads JR Motorsports, which employs more than 120 individuals and fields three full-time cars in the XFINITY Series. Additionally, he oversees a Camping World Truck Series car and two, late-model stock cars contending locally in the southeast. JR Motorsport’s drivers, Chase Elliottand Regan Smith, earned the organization’s first XFINITY Series title in 2014 finishing first and second in the standings.


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The media chose Earnhardt Jr. as one of three most influential XFINITY Series drivers ever in a 2006. Earnhardt’s 24 XFINITY Series wins ranks tenth on the win list for this series. His two titles in 1998 and 1999 acquainted him with the NASCAR history books, and his achievements all through the following decades fortified his position. 

With a quality unmatched by some other competitors, Earnhardt Jr. keeps accumulating media interest around the world. He has been featured on countless magazine covers.

Earnhardt Jr. has also been highlighted in many video productions.  In 2002, he was a moderator on the MTV Music Awards. In 2004, he was the voice of Chase Crawford, one of the focal characters in Disney Channel’s Convenient Manny. In 2009, Earnhardt showed up on country music’s greatest stage as a moderator at the 43rd Annual Country Music Awards. In 2012, he was included in Note to Self, and composed a letter to his 16-year-old self about his association with his dad, his racing profession, and building confidence. In 2013, Earnhardt collaborated with Diet Mountain Dew and the Discovery Channel to restore and tweak a 1956 Chevy Nomad, which drew 2.7 million viewers.

Earnhardt turned into a top of the line, video creator in 2001. In 2006, he began Hammerhead Entertainment, which is an organization that creates shows for various, national telecom companies.

While the commitments of being a driver and group proprietor take up a lot of his time, Earnhardt is dynamic in philanthropies and non-benefit associations. In 2017, he started The Dale Jr. Foundation a philanthropy group committed to giving underprivileged people, with an emphasis on youth, the assets to enhance their confidence. He additionally is active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In acknowledgment of his profession, accomplishments as a champion driver, group proprietor, and philanthropist, Earnhardt was named the beneficiary of the 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award.  The prestigious honor is for individuals who have made exceptional commitments to race cars driving.

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Header image credit: “Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – Stierch 02” by Sarah Stierch – Own work.

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