Being just a “regular guy” and partying with his friends are two things that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser, likes to do when he has time off from his NASCAR racing schedule.
Outgoing and fond of being out in public, another of his favorite things to do is to hang out with his friends at the local Wal-Mart store. Doing these types of things, the up and coming star of the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit can relax and feel like just a normal every day type person for awhile.
Dale Jr. (also affectionately called “Little E”) has his own Club House of sorts where he and his friends can get together and can party down. Their place is called “Club E” and it’s located in the basement of Junior's house, which incidentally is located on his dad's property in the state of North Carolina. Dale claims that it’s the only place to be and that “Club E” is decked to the hilt with a big screen television, speakers as high as the ceiling and plenty of refrigeration for the main ingredient of any Dale Jr. party - the beer!
Though it would seem that because of who his daddy is, Dale Jr. would have been popular in high school, that wasn’t how it was. He hung out with a small group of friends who pretty much hung tight and away from the so called “in crowd”. Needless to say, his popularity status has since changed and all of the recognition he now gets, still catches him off-guard at times. Though he has many fans, he doesn’t see himself as anyone “special” though he doesn’t mind all the attention he gets from the girls now!
Being the son of the infamous driver of the #3 Goodwrench Chevy, one might think that that Little E would have had an advantage when it come to pursuing a career in NASCAR Racing. Instead of having things handed to him, he got there by starting at the bottom and proving himself all the way up through the ranks to the Winston Cup Circuit.
After high school Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to college and earned a two year automotive degree, after which he was hired to work as a mechanic in his father's Chevy dealership where he made only a little over $15,000 a year.
At the age of 17, Dale Jr. began racing in the street stock division at Concord Speedway. It was two seasons later that he moved up into the NASCAR Late Model Stock Division, where he would compete for three seasons. Proving himself by capturing 12 Bud poles in the Late Model Stock Division, Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed himself and everyone else that he was ready to go to the NASCAR Busch Grand Nationals, which he did in 1996. By the start of the 2000 season Dale Jr. was ready to move up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and to pursue the title of Rookie of the Year.
Little E is a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack and he has showed that he has what it takes to be a winner. Though his father is a seven time Winston Cup Champion, Dale Jr. has done twice what his father has never done, and that is to win the Busch title!
Fun loving and a party animal off the track, when he straps himself into his race car on Sundays, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is all business. Though unlike his father in a lot of ways, when it comes to racing, Dale Jr. shows that he can be every bit as aggressive of a driver as his dad is.
"I don't really think about carrying on the family racing name," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I'm just so proud of my family and real proud to be involved with my father in racing. It's a good relationship. I'm proud of my father and grandfather and what they've done.
"I'm so happy to be a part of this team. We have a great unit, and that's what it takes. It takes a lot more than just a driver. The guys taught me a lot last season, and I'm sure I'll keep learning about racing for many years to come."
QUOTES FROM FANS:
Dale Jr. is beautiful in many ways. He has been so strong in these past few months since the tragedy with his father. He has taken more than most of us could take and still he does it with a smile on his face. He never once stopped racing just because things got tough. He has put his heart and soul into racing for his fans as well as his self. He is beautiful and strong on the indside and the outside. ~Krista
Dale Jr is the type of guy that doesn't let money change who he is and forget where he came from. He has stayed true to himself and loved ones when some people would have just seen the money and never looked back. He is a great athlete and is a great role model for many. He has shown strength through the hardest thing he will ever have to face..whish is more than a lot of people could have done. He gives his fans a reason to come to the race and not forget the Earnhardt and he continues to keep the legacy alive. He is one of 43 drivers who risk their life in every turn, on every track in every race in front of a lot of cheering fans. If that is not a good enough reason then I don't know what is! To me that is beautiful! ~ Ashley
Dale is obviously sexy visually; but he is also a man of substance and grace as he has dealt with personal tragedies publically amongst media and fans. He is very brave to continue doing what he does and has viewed what most would consider immobilizing as motivating. That speaks for Dale better than simple vanity ever could. ~Hiep
Dale has a beautiful personality above all things and that is the most important thing in life. This makes him a winner no matter what and he has a fighting spirit. He has overcome many adversities just in the course of this year and that is why I nominate him for this award. He is a gorgeous person inside and out and is wonderful on and off the track. I wish him the best of luck in life and follow your dreams Bud. Enjoy life to it's fullest and all of your fans are cheering you on....or voting you on in this case:):):)!!! ~Amy Riffel
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