Without a doubt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a first-ballot NASCAR Hall of Famer. Even without a pair of Daytona 500 triumphs, two Xfinity Series championships or his 26 career Cup victories, Junior would have earned that distinction. Sure, the achievements will go a long way toward ensuring his enshrinement when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in 2020, but trophies were never this retiring NASCAR driver’s most meaningful contributions to the sport, anyway. Earnhardt was simply an ambassador and a humanitarian in the highest esteem, and he was there when the sport needed him most. He was immediately and unwittingly forced into the role after his legendary racing father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., died as the result of a crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Just over a year into his NASCAR Cup career, Junior was expected to become the face of a sport. The expectations on the track to succeed his father—a seven-time NASCAR Cup … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 2018 Autoweek Achievement – The Denise McCluggage Award
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A rare opportunity to acquire the race cars driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. at Watkins Glenn is available on eBay starting November 9th, at 6 P.M. Pacific Time (PST) and running for 10 days. The cars are viewable at www.ebay.com/dubshop. With bidding beginning at $1 million, interested parties need to prequalify with Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high profile eBay events. Partnering in the effort is DUB Magazine, the leading, authoritative voice in urban automotive lifestyle that recently launched its store on eBay Motors. Owners of the cars, Jay Hansen and Wade Whitaker, are donating 50% of the final sales price to charity to aid Hurricane Katrina victims, meaning a minimum $500,000 windfall for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, based in Shreveport, LA. This story starts from the vision of a 5 year old girl named Hanna. After learning in her kindergarten class about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Hanna decided to empty out her … [Read more...] about Earnhardt Race Driven NASCAR Cars Listed on eBay for $1 Million
Winning the Busch Grand National Championship in 1998 and 1999 has raised a lot of expectations about what I can do in the Winston Cup Series this year. Obviously, I want to do well, but I’m being careful not to set too many lofty goals with X-number of top 5s and top 10s. Instead, I’m going to concentrate more on running where the car is capable of running. When I was racing in the Busch Grand National Series, we never set too many of those types of goals. After a while, I knew I could win a championship if I worked hard at it, but I didn’t really say how many races I wanted to win or how well I wanted to do. We receive a large amount of pressure from a lot of of areas, so that just continues to add to it. Like I said, I tend to measure success based on finishing where the car is capable of running in relation to the rest of the field. In one of the five Winston Cup races I entered in 1999, we ran 10th at Richmond. I was really happy with that finish because I felt … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Busch Grand National Champion – Where He’s Been And Where He’s Going
You knew it was a big deal, this first official function at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated new “Garage Mahal.” Inside what looked more like a ballroom than part of a 133,000-square foot race shop, there were uniformed caterers and tables of fancy hors d’oeuvres. There were car-parkers outside in the rain and pretty girls in red shirts directing guests along corridors to the press conference. Dale Earnhardt had done many things in racing, but hosting a press conference was a first-this time as a father and car owner. A few of us who have covered Earnhardt throughout his long driving career couldn’t help but reflect on the seven-time Winston Cup champion’s humble start, which was in his racing father Ralph’s two-bay garage with one race car at their modest home in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Talent and determination far exceeded money. Racing became a struggle for Earnhardt after his father, as good a short-track driver as there ever was, died … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr – Little E. Makes The Big Time – Stock Report
Have you heard the latest…that Dodge might yet be coming back to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series next season…with quite a shake-up resulting from a rumored switch by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing from the Bowtie to Dodge? Come on in for more… We saw this item online at http://www.WorldMotorsports101.com, posted just after the test sessions at the Texas Motor Speedway before qualifyiung for last weekend’s Sprint Cup race. Interesting that it names some possible Dodge drivers for ’14, and why they & their teams (especially the Earnhard Ganassi Racing team) might be changing manufacturers. Here’s the item (which is also available online at www.worldmotorsports101.com): ——————————————————————————– John Menard/Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Rumor Screams One Word: Dodge Posted online at … [Read more...] about NASCAR, Dodge, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, comeback in ’14?
Today’s date, February 18, is a date no devoted NASCAR fan will ever forget for as long as they live. It was 15 years ago today that Dale Earnhardt Sr. “The Intimidator,” one of the greatest NASCAR drivers in history, died at the age of 49 years old. Unbelievably it happened in a last-lap crash in the 43rd running of the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. I’ll never forget the circumstances where I was when I heard the news. I’d flown in from California early that morning on assignment to cover Blooddrag, a custom car show in Palm Beach, Florida. The show promoter was a local guy named Eddy Cebreco that suggested we’d go to a little bar and grill in West Palm Beach after the show for steak sandwiches and beer. Fully aware the Daytona 500 had concluded earlier in the day I asked Eddy why there was full-sized cardboard cutout of Dale Earnhardt inside the place. Eddy replied Dale Earnhardt was building a new house around the corner, and we were in … [Read more...] about It’s 15 Years Today Since Dale Earnhardt’s Fatal Crash At Daytona
F1 where numbers are assigned based on how the team did in the previous season. But even in American oval-track racing, it's a bit of a rarity. CART retired Greg Moore's number 99 after he died in a crash in 1999, but the number resurfaced after the Indy merger. NASCAR has only ever officially retired a number once – the number 61 that Richie Evans used until he died in 1985 – and that was in the Whelen Modified Tour, not in one of the stock car championships. But Richard Childress has singlehandedly kept the number 3 out of circulation for the past dozen years.That was the number Dale Earnhardt, Sr. raced under, right up until his final passing maneuver at the Daytona 500 in 2001. Team owner Childress has paid the fee to keep the number ever since, but has kept it out of use in Earnhardt's memory. His successor Kevin Harvick has raced in the Sprint Cup under the substitute number 29 ever since, and the number 3 was being kept out of use in the Nationwide and Camping World … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt’s legendary No. 3 headed back to NASCAR?
It's been almost 13 years since Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500, but the famed No. 3 will be making its return to the sport at that very track next month with NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon behind the wheel. We first heard reports of this back in August, but Richard Childress Racing has made the news official this week.There is no doubt the No. 3 will bring some extra attention to Dillon next season, but ESPN reports that team owner Richard Childress, and Dillon's grandfather, said that he's received overwhelmingly positive feedback from series fans this year. That report also indicated that the neither of the two paint schemes planned for 2014 (with major sponsorships coming from Dow and Cheerios) will have any resemblance to Earnhardt's trademark black, red and white GM Goodwrench design.With Kevin Harvick – Earnhardt Sr.'s successor – leaving RCR at the end of this past season, Dillon was named as his replacement in the three-car team, … [Read more...] about Earnhardt’s No. 3 returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2014 [w/poll]
From the mid-80s on, this has been an Earnhardt track.There's a picture in the hall from 1983 of Senior with Bud Moore celebrating Earnhardt's first win on the 2.66-mile track in a Ford. His move to Chevrolet came one year later. Earnhardt drove the yellow-and-blue Wrangler Jeans car for Richard Childress until 1988, when Earnhardt transitioned to the hallmark black No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy. He and Childress won nine Talladega races together.After his 10th-career victory at Talladega — the 76th and final win of his career — Earnhardt was still beaming days later at a Nabisco press conference at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Unlike fellow competitor Mark Martin, the driver of the No. 3 would have never wondered publicly whether each win would be his last.On the other side of the Talladega media center is another photo of Earnhardt from later in his career, with clear goggles and an open-face helmet with Goodwrench printed across the top. Forget putting a full-face helmet on the … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. remembers his father on his 65th birthday
RK Motors will be holding an auction in Charlotte, NC from October 31 to November 3, that is sure to get fans of both historic production and racecars really excited.The production metal on offer is wildly impressive, including a pair of Hemi 'Cudas (one of which is an ultra-rare convertible), one of just six Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Roadsters, a Mercedes-powered Lotec, a 600-horsepower, NASCAR-engined 2010 Camry Coupe and a 1951 Crosley fire truck. Are we the only ones excited about there being a fire truck up for auction?Old hook-and-ladder trucks aside, the racers that will cross the block are a lot more intriguing. RK Motors is calling it the "Legends of Motorsports" collection, and with cars driven by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and James Hunt set to cross the block, who are we to argue? the late Dale Earnhardt's 1977 Chevrolet Nova NASCAR, which the Intimidator used to great effect in a number of races. This multi-race winner is from the old school of NASCAR, with the lot … [Read more...] about Andretti, Earnhardt Sr. and Hunt racers head ‘Legends’ auction