Happy Birthday to Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is 40 on October 10!
Here are some local photos of our local driver over the years.
1998. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr., talking to his father in 1998, said their relationship changed once he showed promise as a driver.'
1999. 'Dale Earnhardt, Jr., left, mixes it up with fellow NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace, right, in the pits after going our for a test run on the track in Charlotte.'
May, 2000. 'Like father like son, Dale Earnhardt, left, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. briefly hang out together before the start of Friday night's qualifier at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'
May, 2001. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Humpy Wheeler stand together during a news
conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Earnhardt
says he supports NASCAR as it investigates his father's fatal crash.'
May, 2002. 'Ryan Newman leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. on turn two onto the backstretch on the last lap of The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday.;
May, 2003. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others pit under green for the first time during
The Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
October, 2004. 'NEXTEL Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway during a break in the action.'
May, 2005. 'NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip talk in the garage area prior to running laps on the newly smoothed track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'
December, 2006. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a big draw for fans at the 2006
Stocks for Tots charity event in Mooresville.'
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May, 2007. 'NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers (L-R) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle talk in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday following the afternoon practice.' Jeff Siner/Staff
2008. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to the media about his new bar Whisky River which is located in the EpiCentre on Trade Street. Jr. says he's dreamt of opening a bar for the last five years and looks forward to having a place to hang out with friends.'
May, 2009. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage during NASCAR Sprint All-Star practice Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
May, 2010. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to climb into his car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday to begin practice.'
October, 2011. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway as members of their crews make adjustments to their cars during practice,'
October, 2012. 'NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his crew chief Steve Latarte listen to a question during a press conference where it was announced that Earnhardt Jr. will sit out the next two Sprint Cup Series races after being diagnosed with a concussion. Earnhardt Jr. and his team made the announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driver Regan Smith will substitute drive for Earnhardt Jr.
May 23, 2013. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoys time in the garage area prior to practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
2014. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to get in his car before the start of the 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'