- United States
- Full Name
- Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr
- Kannapolis, NC
- Date of Birth
- First Year
- Last Year
Dale Earnhardt Jr is a retired American stock car racing driver. He is son of 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt. His family has a rich racing heritage, as his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt, borther Kerry Earnhardt, and nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt have all made Cup Series starts. His grandfather on his mother’s side is former team owner Robert Gee, his uncle is former crew chief Tony Eury, and his cousin is crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Currently he works as an analyst for NBC during their coverage of the series.
He began his NASCAR career running for his father’s team, Dale Earnhardt Inc. After a few starts in 1996 and 1997 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Earnhardt ran full-time in 1998 and 1999, picking up the championship in each year.
In 2000, he and his team graduated to the Cup Series, where he not only won twice, but won the All Star Race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best season was in 2003 when he placed third in the final standings. The next season he won six times, which including the Daytona 500.
After the 2007 season he moved to Hendrick Motorsports, where he spent the remainder of his 19 year career. His best season at Hendrick coming in 2013, where he finished fifth in the final standings.
Concussion issues caused him to miss two races in 2012 and half of the season in 2016, culminating in his retirement following the 2017 season.
Cup Career Highlights
- 2000 NASCAR All-Star Race Winner
- 2003-2017 NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver (15x)
- 2003, 2008 Daytona Clash Winner
- 2004, 2014 Daytona 500 Winner
- 1998, 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
- 1998 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver
|Season||Team||Start||Pole||Win||Top-5||Top-10||DNF||Laps Comp||Lead Lap Fin||Laps Led||Races Led||DNQ||WD|
|1999||Dale Earnhardt Inc||5||0||0||0||1||1||1363||0||1||1||0||0|
|2000||Dale Earnhardt Inc||34||2||2||3||5||7||9645||13||426||10||0||0|
|2001||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||2||3||9||15||4||10302||23||767||16||0||0|
|2002||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||2||2||11||16||3||10344||23||1068||22||0||0|
|2003||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||0||2||13||21||4||10505||24||1046||24||0||0|
|2004||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||0||6||16||21||4||10588||27||1131||19||0||0|
|2005||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||0||1||7||13||6||9608||19||169||7||0||0|
|2006||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||0||1||10||17||3||10358||30||444||18||0||0|
|2007||Dale Earnhardt Inc||36||1||0||7||12||9||10014||24||433||17||0||0|