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Encyclopedia > Dale Earnhardt, Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (bottom) battles teammate Michael Waltrip at the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 in 2004.

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (born October 10, 1974 in Kannapolis, North Carolina) is the son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. He currently drives the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo. NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, next to Concord and northeast of Charlotte. ... Drivers practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was cofounded by William France Sr. ... Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. ... This article is about a brand of beer brewed in the United States. ... Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile, now part of the General Motors group. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a large coupe version of a sedan model. ...


Earnhardt Jr. began his professional driving career at the age of 17, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park. His first race car was a 1978 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with older brother Kerry. Within two seasons, the young Earnhardt had honed his driving abilities to the point of joining the Late Model Stock Car division. There, he developed an in-depth knowledge of chassis setup and car preparation, while racing against Kerry and their sister Kelley. Earnhardt Jr. won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 & 1999. With his father's guidance and his own experience on the short tracks throughout the Carolinas, he was ready to take a bold step forward. Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ... Kerry Earnhardt is the older son of late stock car racing legend Dale Earnhardt. ... The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ...


Before his Winston Cup rookie season in 2000, many thought Earnhardt Jr. was the front-runner for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. It didn't pan out that way, as frequent challenger Matt Kenseth outran Junior in the Daytona 500, and never let up in his run to the title. Kenseth ultimately scored a 42-point victory in the rookie race. The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... Categories: Stub | 1972 births | NASCAR drivers ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile, NASCAR race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...


Earnhardt's close relationship with his cousin, car chief Tony Eury Jr., crew chief Tony Eury and his crew, was both a blessing and a curse. The continuation of his Busch Series success into Winston Cup created an atmosphere that was too distracting and disruptive for the operation's success to continue. The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ...


Junior did have a part in recreating one Winston Cup milestone in 2000 when he competed with his father and brother Kerry in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway. That occasion was only the second time that a father had raced against two sons. Lee, Richard and Maurice Petty had previously accomplished the feat. The Pepsi 400 is the current name for the 400 mile (approx. ... Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3. ... Richard Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a renowned former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and is now a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series owner. ...


Dale Jr.'s driving style is very much like his father's ("The Intimidator").


In 2001 Earnhardt Jr. came into the season assuming that the biggest obstacle he would face would be a sophomore slump, instead the year proved to be one of the most tumultuous and memorable seasons the young driver has experienced.


The first major event of the season occurred in the final corner of the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500--Junior's father crashed. As Junior finished second, his father died on impact with the wall. Just as his father would have done, Junior raced at Rockingham the following weekend, but crashed on the first lap and finished in 43rd-place. He didn't stay down for long, though. Junior scored three emotional victories and came back to finish eighth in points.


The first win came when the series returned to Daytona, the same track where Junior's father had died a few months earlier, for the Pepsi 400. The second victory came at Dover, Delaware, in the first race after 9/11 and the third was in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega--the site of his father's final victory. That Talladega victory earned Junior a Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus. The season of emotion produced nine top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes, as well as two Bud Poles. The Pepsi 400 is the current name for the 400 mile (approx. ... Dover International Speedway is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks carried out in the United States on September 11, 2001. ... Talladega Superspeedway is now the official name of a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, that was formerly Alabama International Motor Speedway. ...


In 2002, Junior had a roller-coaster season. He struggled after enduring a concussion at Fontana in April -- an injury he did not admit to until mid-September. In the three races following Fontana, Earnhardt Jr. finished no better than 30th. Still, Junior rallied to score two more wins at Talladega, a pair of Bud Pole Awards and an 11th-place finish in the final standings. Head injury is a trauma to the head, that may or may not include injury to the brain (see also brain injury). ... The California Speedway is a two-mile D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles on the site of the former Kaiser Steel mill. ...


In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500, 6 years to the day after his father won his only title in the "Super Bowl Of Motorsports". In July, during on off-weekend from NASCAR, Dale Jr. crashed the Corvette he was testing for an American LeMans Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The car burst into flames with Junior still inside. He suffered second and third degree burns on his neck, chin, and legs. The burns prevented him from finishing two races where he was replaced by Martin Truex, Jr. (driver for Chance 2 Motorsports, co-owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his stepmother Teresa Earnhardt) and his DEI team mate (John Andretti) in the middle of the races. The burns did not affect Junior in the long run. In the fall, Junior became the first driver to sweep the weekend meet at Bristol by winning both the Busch race and Cup race in the same weekend. C5 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the Memphis Motor Speedway, 2004 The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car first manufactured by Chevrolet in 1953 and is built today exclusively at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... Le Mans is a city in France, located at the Sarthe River. ... Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a road course and drag strip in the golden hills of northern California, near Sonoma, north of San Francisco. ... Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track located in Bluff City, Tennessee, near Bristol. ...


He was able to qualify third for the NASCAR ten-race playoff, and won his fifth Nextel Cup win of the season (a career high) was also his fifth win at Talladega (another record). However, he was penalised 25 points for use of an obscenity during the television broadcast, in violation of a NASCAR edict prohibiting participants from using obscene language. That incident, combined with two consecutive DNF's in the playoffs, eventually dropped him out of the running, and finished fifth in the 2004 Nextel Cup playoff.


Earnhardt as an owner was more proficient. Truex went on a charge late in the 2004 Busch Series season, and clinched the championship at Darlington, with a strong finish, making Earnhardt the winner of both a driver's championship (1998 and 1999) and an owner's championship (2004). Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. ...


At the close of the 2004 season it was revealed that Tony Eury, Sr. would be promoted to the team manager position for the DEI corporation, while Tony Eury, Jr. became the crew chief for the DEI #15 driven by Michael Waltrip for the 2005 season. Peter Rondeau, a Chance 2 employee who also helped Earnhardt win the Busch Series race at Bristol in August, became the crew chief for Earnhardt in 2005.


On February 20 2005, Dale fell short of winning back-to-back Daytona 500 races, placing third after struggling with an ill-handling car for much of the race. At one point he was as far back as 29th. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Dale Jr.'s looks have helped his media presence. He has expressed interest in pursuing an acting career. Dale Jr. has appeared in print advertisements for Drakkar Noir Cologne, one of the sponsors of his race car, and in the video for Sheryl Crow's song "Steve McQueen", which pays tribute to the late film star famous for his car chase scenes. He was also featured in a commercial for Wrangler jeans that used the aforementioned song as its background music. Coincidentally, Wrangler was the initial sponsor of his father's #3 Chevrolet from 1980 until 1987. The Very Best of Sheryl Crow album released October 2003 Sheryl Crow (born February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri, USA) is an American blues rock singer, guitarist and song writer. ... Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930–November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor and one of the most popular and highly-successful box-office superstars of the 1960’s and 1970’s. ... A Brief History Wrangler is one of the oldest and most popular jeans brands in the world. ... Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile, now part of the General Motors group. ...


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External links

  • Career statistics at Racing-Reference.com (http://www.racing-reference.com/driver?id=earnhda02)

 
 

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