Born: October 10, 1974 in Kannapolis , NC
Lives: Mooresville NC
Drives: #88 AMP Energy Drink/National Guard Chevrolet
For: Hendrick Motorsports
Teammates:#5 Mark Martin#24 Jeff Gordon#48 Jimmie Johnson Crew Chief: Tony Eury Jr.
Best Finish: 2003 Finished third in series points
Career Wins: 18
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was born in North Carolina on October 10, 1974. Even though he was the son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Jr. wasn’t always destined to race. It was not until the age of fifteen when he decided that he wanted to be like his father. The Intimidator was known for doing anything to win a race and the passion Dale Jr. saw in his father made him want to race.
His first car was a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that he owned with his brother Kerry. That 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was the first step in his racing career.
At seventeen Dale Jr. began racing professionally, getting his start at Concord Motorsport Park. He first competed in the street stock division and later went to the Late Model stock division of the races at Concord Motorsport Park. At the start of his career he raced against both his brother and his sister Kelly.
He won back to back Nationwide Series titles in 1998 and 1999. Dale Jr. won his first Sprint Cup race on April 2, 2000 when he won the DIRECTV 500 at
Texas Motor Speedway.
In 2000 he would race against both his brother and his legendary father Dale Earnhardt in the Sprint Cup. In 2001 he finished second at the Daytona 500 but his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed in a crash on the final turn of the final lap.
In May of 2007 Dale Jr. announced his intentions to leave Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and join
for the 2008 season.
Dale Jr. is more than just a race car driver. Besides racing Dale Jr. also owns a media production company known as Hammerhead Entertainment. He is also a partner in the building of the Alabama Motorsports Park. He has done cameos in music videos, on the radio and in television shows and several advertisements. Earnhardt Jr. is also the owner of JR Motorsports and co-owner of Chance 2 Motorsports. In the spring of 2008 he became a bar owner when he opened Whiskey River.