The namesake of a legend. The heir to the throne.
Dale Earnhardt Jr is the undisputed leader of the Earnhardt Nation. Dale Jr owns the hearts of Earnhardt fans everywhere. He is the one we look to for a championship.
He will get The Earnhardt Nation back to a Sprint Cup Championship.
Dale Earnhardt Jr has flirted with greatness. Dale Jr is much more than a storied name
and a Chevrolet. He is his Dad’s will to win. He is his Grandfather’s
consistency. He is his sports biggest name. He is the face of NASCAR
and to the 30 million people that follow Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974 in Kannapolis, North
Carolina). He is the son of Ralph Dale Earnhardt Senior and Brenda Gee. He has a sister
Kelley, a half brother Kerry and a half sister Taylor Nicole. His nicknames
include “Dale Jr” “Junior”, “Little E”,or “Junebug”. Earnhardt Jr.
began his driving career at the age of 17, competing in the Street Stock
division at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park. His first racecar was a 1978
Monte Carlo that he brother Kerry owned. Within two seasons, the young Earnhardt
had joined the Late Model Stock Car division. There, Dale Jr developed a
feel for chassis setup and car prep, while racing against Kerry and their
Dale Jr. won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships
in 1998 and 1999 over rival Matt Kenseth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. competed
for the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 2000. His primary competitor
for the award was again his friend Kenseth. Kenseth finished
ahead of Junior in the season-opening Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr
came back with wins at the Texas Motor Speedway and Richmond
International Raceway. He also become the first rookie to win the All-Star
exhibition race. Kenseth ended up Rookie of the Year despite Dale’s great
The Earnhardts recreated one Winston Cup milestone in 2000 when Dale Jr competed
with his father, Dale Sr and brother Kerry in the Pepsi 400
at Michigan International Speedway. That was only the second time that a
father had raced against two sons. Lee, Richard and Maurice Petty had previously
accomplished the feat.
In 2001 Dale Jr. came into the season thinking he would face a sophomore
slump, but the year as we all know couldn’t have been worse. After Daytona
and what we know happened there
Dale Jr raced at Rockingham the following weekend, but crashed on
the first lap and finished in 43rd-place. Earnhardt rebounded and
scored victories at Dover and Talladega, as well as an emotional win in The
Pepsi 400 at Daytona, finishing eighth in points for the year. How he did
that can only be explained by he had a copilot dressed in black when he raced.
Those people who say he is not as tough as his Dad might want to remember
that year. Who among us can say they could crawl into a car and race the way
he did after that horrible tragedy that took his father from us. The Talladega victory earned Dale Jr a Winston No Bull
5 $1 million bonus. The season of despair produced nine top-fives and 15
top-10 finishes, as well as two Bud Poles. To live through his dad’s misfortune
and still race is one thing. But to race like that can only be summed up
with one word, Earnhardt.
Dale Jr is the most popular driver in the world. We think
2012 is the year he will prove it by winning the SPRINT CUP.
He has given his new team – Hendrick Motorsports – the most formible
racing stable ever assembled. With his team mates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson
and Kasey Kahne the question will not be, which owner will win the cup?
It will be, which Hendrick’s driver will win the cup?
We believe the answer is Dale Earnhardt Jr.
If you have ever heard the roar of Junior going to the lead – imagine for
one second him with the points lead and taking the checkered in Homestead
for a championship.
It will be the roar heard round the sports world.
2003-2011 NASCAR Most Popular Driver
2004 Daytona 500 Winner ,2000 The Winston Winner, 5
Time Talladega winner
1998/1999 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Champion