In a surprising announcement 42 year old Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of NASCAR’s most endearing personalities, and son of the late legend Dale Earnhardt, will retire after the 2017 NASCAR season closes November 19. Missing 18 races in the 2016 season from a severe concussion gave him time to consider that when he did decide to retire he wanted it to be his decision and not have it made for him due to injuries or lack of being competitive, he told ESPN. While he’s had quite a successful driving career as well as winning 14 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Most Popular Driver awards, he lacks winning a Cup Championship, which his father did seven times. The closest he came to winning was a 3rd in points in 2003. This season he’s had one top-10 finish and currently sits in 24th place. In all he’s snagged 26 victories in 603 starts, with Daytona 500 wins in both 2004 and 2014. For his own Xfinity team he plans on running two races next year, so he’s not entirely out of … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement From NASCAR
Last year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. married his sweetheart, Amy. This year, he’s in the midst of his last season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For each of the last 14 seasons he has been voted the series’ most popular driver. Of course you know all about his father. Dale Jr. will turn 43 this October. That ought to make you feel old. HRM] What do you think you’ll be doing in a year? DEJ] I don’t know. Good question. HRM] So you’ve made no plans? DEJ] Nope. Not really. HRM] Do you usually like to go with the flow? DEJ] Well, I’m trying to make a plan. But we’re still sort of in the figuring it out phase, I guess. HRM] Is there anything you’ll be glad to be rid of when you retire from driving? DEJ] A bunch of little stuff. Little things around me. But they don’t come to the top of my mind right now. HRM] Okay. What do you think you’re going to miss the most? DEJ] The camaraderie and friendships. Working with the team and … [Read more...] about HOT ROD Interviews Famed NASCAR Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NASCAR drivers are used to racing at speeds approaching 200 mph, which means driving on public roads is likely an excruciating exercise in restraint. Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently proved this while driving to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway when he was pulled over by authorities for speeding. According to CBS News, Earnhardt was fortunate–he received a warning instead of a costly citation. His fiancée Amy Reimann was riding shotgun and decided to document the incident on Twitter where she posted a photo and called Earnhardt her “little speed racer,” accompanied with the hashtags “WheelingIt” and “warning.” Earnhardt appears to be driving a Buick Enclave crossover. Earnhardt also took to Twitter for some light-hearted tweets. When one fan asked how fast he was going when he got caught, Earnhardt replied, “not fast enough.” Earnhardt stopped competing in this season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back in September after … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Clocked for Speeding in a Buick
25-car pileup at Talladega last weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races, and perhaps the rest of the NASCAR season. That crash marked Earnhardt's second concussion of the season; the first happened after a failed tire test in Kansas on August 29.Earnhardt, who currently holds the 11th spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, admits that he didn't report symptoms suffered after the first incident for fear that he would be removed from the championship hunt.Said Earnhardt, "I remember everything about that accident, everything after that accident. But I knew I didn't feel ... you know your body and how your mind works. I knew something was just not quite right. I decided to push through and work through it." The driver said he was feeling "100 percent" before the race at Talladega.The two-race setback, which will almost certainly eliminate him from championship contention, comes as a real blow to Earnhardt, who was having a bit of a comeback season. The driver broke a … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. concussion at Talladega puts him out two races [w/video]
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?
Batman and NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Junior.Why? Probably because there is no territory marketing departments won't fearlessly course through. The Batman seat features a cape and arm rests styled after the Dark Knight's own arms, complete with hands for cup holders. The Earnhardt Jr. example looks less like the racer himself and more like a generic helmet-clad hot shoe. Still, the treatment doesn't make the product any less creepy.If you disagree, you can head over to the KidsEmbrace site for a closer look. The seats can be had for around $149 or so. Just don't be surprised if your kid isn't that excited about climbing into a legless crime fighter's lap for a trip to the grocery store. … [Read more...] about Batman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. car baby seats are kind of creepy, kind of cool
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
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the latest athlete to announce that he will be donating his brain to researchers studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE has been linked to repeated concussions and has become a hot-button issue in athletics, particularly in contact sports like football, hockey, soccer, and wrestling.While NASCAR isn't a contact sport in the traditional sense, its participants are no strangers to concussions. Dale Jr. has had several of them over the course of his career. He actually raced while concussed, following a 2002 crash at Fontana. More recently, he sat out two races following an October 2012 wreck at Talladega. And there's evidence that CTE has been ravaging the NASCAR ranks for far longer than Junior's been making left turns. Road & Track has an excellent profile on former racer Fred Lorenzen, who's suffering from dementia believed to be induced by CTE. With any luck, Junior's announcement could mark the start of a trend among NASCAR … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will donate his brain to CTE research after death
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS, will miss the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. According to a statement from Hendrick Motorsport, Earnhardt has not yet been medically cleared to drive. Earnhardt has already missed six Sprint Cup races in 2016 due to a concussion he suffered in June."To say I'm disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career," Earnhardt said in a statement. Hendrick Motorsport owner Rick Hendrick is just as focused on Earnhadt's health, saying, "We want him back, but we want it to be for the long haul."The No. 88 car will be driven by Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman for the remainder of the 2016 Sprint Cup season. "We know they're not only capable of running up front and giving us a chance to win, but they'll help us get better," said Earnhardt. This weekend, Gordon will race for Hendrick Motorsport at Darlington Raceway.Related Video: … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the rest of the 2016 NASCAR season
Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to retire from the NASCAR Monster Cup series at the end of the 2017 season.The 14-time Most Popular Driver has 603 starts - 26 victories - over a career that began at age 24 in 1999. Among his accomplishments are two Daytona 500 crowns (2004, 2014) and two championships (1998, 1999) in what has become the NASCAR XFINITY Series.Earnhardt Jr., 42, is not having the season he planned after missing 18 races recovering from concussions in 2016.So far in 2017, Earnhardt has led only eight laps and his best finish was fifth in Texas (April 9). He's currently 24th in the NASCAR standings.He finished 38th Monday at the rain-delayed Bristol race and was victimized by crashes and unfinished races at Daytona and Martinsville, where he finished 37th and 34th.Following Jeff Gordon's retirement at the end of last season, Hendrick Motorsports will continue to be reshaped. Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson are carrying the four-car team in 2017, but Johnson said in February that … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of NASCAR season