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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 October 1974Concord, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameRalph Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nicknames Junior, Little E
Junebug
Junior
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Being just a "regular guy" and partying with his friends are two things that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser, likes to do when he has time off from his NASCAR racing schedule.

Outgoing and fond of being out in public, another of his favorite things to do is to hang out with his friends at the local Wal-Mart store. Doing these types of things, the up and coming star of the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit can relax and feel like just a normal every day type person for awhile.

Dale Jr. (also affectionately called "Little E") has his own Club House of sorts where he and his friends can get together and can party down. Their place is called "Club E" and it's located in the basement of Junior's house, which incidentally is located on his dad's property in the state of North Carolina. Dale claims that it's the only place to be and that "Club E" is decked to the hilt with a big screen television, speakers as high as the ceiling and plenty of refrigeration for the main ingredient of any Dale Jr. party - the beer!

Though it would seem that because of who his daddy is, Dale Jr. would have been popular in high school, that wasn't how it was. He hung out with a small group of friends who pretty much hung tight and away from the so called "in crowd". Needless to say, his popularity status has since changed and all of the recognition he now gets, still catches him off-guard at times. Though he has many fans, he doesn't see himself as anyone "special" though he doesn't mind all the attention he gets from the girls now!

Being the son of the infamous driver of the #3 Goodwrench Chevy, one might think that that Little E would have had an advantage when it come to pursuing a career in NASCAR Racing. Instead of having things handed to him, he got there by starting at the bottom and proving himself all the way up through the ranks to the Winston Cup Circuit.

After high school Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to college and earned a two year automotive degree, after which he was hired to work as a mechanic in his father's Chevy dealership where he made only a little over $15,000 a year. At the age of 17, Dale Jr. began racing in the street stock division at Concord Speedway. It was two seasons later that he moved up into the NASCAR Late Model Stock Division, where he would compete for three seasons. Proving himself by capturing 12 Bud poles in the Late Model Stock Division, Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed himself and everyone else that he was ready to go to the NASCAR Busch Grand Nationals, which he did in 1996. By the start of the 2000 season Dale Jr. was ready to move up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and to pursue the title of Rookie of the Year.

Little E is a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack and he has showed that he has what it takes to be a winner. Though his father is a seven time Winston Cup Champion, Dale Jr. has done twice what his father has never done, and that is to win the Busch title!

Fun loving and a party animal off the track, when he straps himself into his race car on Sundays, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is all business. Though unlike his father in a lot of ways, when it comes to racing, Dale Jr. shows that he can be every bit as aggressive of a driver as his dad is.

Before he was the face of NASCAR's new generation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was very proud of his skills as an oil changer at his father's car dealership in North Carolina.

His career began meekly, as he and brother Kerry sold a go-kart for $500 so that they could buy an old Monte Carlo racecar for $200. Legend has it that Junior later sold that car to current Busch Series driver Hank Parker Jr.

Earnhardt Jr. took his first green flag at the Concord Speedway in the street stock division at the age of 17. He garnered three feature victories from 1994-96.

Just two years later, Earnhardt Jr. dominated the Busch Series, winning 13 races and two series championships in 1998-99. His first title in 1998 made him the first third-generation NASCAR champion, joining father Dale Sr. and grandfather Ralph. His maternal grandfather, Robert Gee, was a well-known NASCAR fabricator and mechanic.

Junior wasted no time making an impact in NASCAR's elite series when he entered in 2000. He won at Texas in his 12th career start and at Richmond in his 16th start. He also became the first rookie to win NASCAR's all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

It also didn't take long for Junior to become the unofficial poster boy of the sport. He's appeared on countless magazine covers, numerous television talk shows and was the focus of two MTV documentaries: "Cribs" and "True Life, I'm a Race Car Driver."

Junior is also a co-owner of "Chance 2 Motorsports," a Busch Series race team.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Outlaw

Dale Jr. has been driving the number 88 car since the beginning of the 2008 race schedule. Dale Jr. now drives the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports, and drives in the Nationwide Series part-time for the #5 car for his own team, JR Motorsports. Dale Jr. co-owns JR Motorsports, a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina which is co-owned by the owner of his Cup ride Rick Hendrick. It fields the #5 and #88 Chevrolet Impalas in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. JR Motorsports began in a shed on the property of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 1998 with just one employee, as the marketing division of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s race team. The original intent of the business was to help Earnhardt, Jr. sell t-shirts and negotiate sponsorship deals. It wasn't until 2002 that Earnhardt, Jr. turned the business into a race team, when T. J. Majors drove street stock division at Concord Motorsports Park, in North Carolina. The first win for the team came at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA, in 2004.

Today the team operates out of a 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) race shop near Mooresville, North Carolina. Upon Earnhardt, Jr.'s signing with Hendrick Motorsports the Hendrick and JR Nationwide Series teams were merged.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stavro

Trade Mark (1)

#8 red Budweiser Chevrolet

Trivia (30)

Scored his first Daytona victory just 5 months after his father was killed there in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
First Rookie to win "The Winston" All-Star Event
2-Time NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Champion
He is going to be racing a #3 Monte Carlo in two Busch Cup races for the 2002 season.
Has one older sister, Kelley Earnhardt; one younger half-sister, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt; one older half-brother, Kerry Earnhardt.
Made People's 2002 50 Most Eligible Bachelors list.
Son of legendary 7-time Winston Cup champion, Dale Earnhardt.
Became first driver, since Bill Elliott at Michigan 1985-6, to win four straight races on one super-speedway, doing so at Talladega, October 2001 through April 2003.
Entering July 2003, had won the following races in Winston Cup - 2000 Texas 500 and Richmond 400, 2001 Firecracker 400, Delaware 400, and EA Sports 500, 2002 Alabama and EA Sports 500s at Talladega, 2003 Alabama 500.
Has one older half-brother, Kerry Earnhardt (from dad's first marriage); one older sister, Kelley Earnhardt (second marriage); one younger half-sister, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt (third marriage).
On February 15, 2004 he won the Daytona 500. His father won that race six years prior on the same day.
Joins the Allisons (Bobby Allison and Davey Allison) and the Pettys (Lee Petty and Richard Petty) as the third father and son combination to win the Daytona 500.
Has 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories. The most of any driver who has entered the NEXTEL Cup Series within the last four years.
Owner of the #8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, piloted by Martin Truex Jr., in Busch Series competition.
Only driver in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup history to pull off a Bristol Sweep in one weekend (won both busch and cup race). [August 2004]
Younger half-brother of Nascar driver Kerry Earnhardt.
Grandson of dirt track racing legend Ralph Earnhardt.
His mother's name is Brenda; his stepmother is Teresa Earnhardt.
Burned in a Corvette race at Sonoma; started the next two race still in bandages, but was unable to complete either. John Andretti and Martin Truex Jr. were his substitute drivers.
He's named after his paternal grandfather and father, both NASCAR racers. His father, Dale Earnhardt, started DEI (Dale's place of employment) and his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt, now owns it. His 2000-2004 crew included two uncles and a cousin (Danny Earnhardt, Tony Eury Sr. and Tony Eury Jr.).
Beat out Jeff Gordon to win 2005 NASCAR's Sexiest Driver (an event by FOX that the fans voted on every week).
Is second in Talladega victories with 5, trailing only Dale Earnhardt Sr., who had 10 victories at the track.
Finished the 2001 Daytona 500 in second place, behind team mate Michael Waltrip; it was the same race where his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., was killed in.
Good friends with Chris Cooley, tight end for the Washington Redskins, and Gary Allan.
Jr.'s first win for Hendricks Motor Sports in the 88 Amp Mt. Dew/National Guard car was in Michigan on June 15, 2008. This was his first win in 76 races. His car ran out of gas as he crossed the finish line and he had to be pushed to Victory Lane.
Uncle of Jeffrey Earnhardt.
Will attempt to pull off the Daytona Double and win the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 in the same year. The last drivers to accomplish the feat were Bobby Allison (1982), 'LeeRoy Yarbrough' (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and 'Fireball Roberts' (1962). [July 2004]
(February 15) Won his first Daytona 500 six years to the day his father won his first and only Daytona.
He is preparing for the up and coming 2004 Nextel Cup season. Began testing in early January at Daytona. [January 2004]

Personal Quotes (3)

I don't really think about carrying on the family racing name, I'm just so proud of my family and real proud to be involved with my father in racing. It's a good relationship. I'm proud of my father and grandfather and what they've done.
I'm so happy to be a part of this team. We have a great unit, and that's what it takes. It takes a lot more than just a driver. The guys taught me a lot last season, and I'm sure I'll keep learning about racing for many years to come.
If I wasn't racing, I'd be working at my dad's Chevrolet dealership. It was only a couple of years ago that I was the fastest oil-change man in the place.

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