Friday, October 10, 2014

Dale Jr turns 40

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.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

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.'
Corey Lowenstein/Staff

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.'
Francisco Kjolseth/Staff

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.'
Todd Sumlin/Staff

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.;
Todd Sumlin/Staff

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.'
David Hinshaw/Staff

 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.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

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.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

December, 2006. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a big draw for fans at the 2006 
Stocks for Tots charity event in Mooresville.'
Christopher A. Record/Staff

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.'
Dana Romanoff/Staff

May, 2009. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage during NASCAR Sprint All-Star practice Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
Davie Hinshaw/Staff

May, 2010. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to climb into his car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday to begin practice.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

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,'
Jeff Siner/Staff

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.
Jeff Siner/Staff

May 23, 2013. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoys time in the garage area prior to practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

 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.'
Davie Hinshaw/Staff


Anonymous said...

Good shots.
Can someone investigate why Jimmie Johnson has been officially blocked by France and NASCAR in Daytona Beach to stop winning championships being tied with Dale ironhead Earnhardt Sr at 7 each?

Sure France wants rough cut hard nosed intimidator guy Earnhardt as his racin' poster boy for blue collar working class lil guy America but does he not realize JJ also grew up poor as dirt in a trailer park in rural San Diego county CA ?

Face reality. The S California Pacific coast is the real birthplace of major auto race stars, show cars, major drag strips, R&R and Western music in Bakersfield NOT Charlotte NC who comes in 2nd place with their Earnhardt guy.

Time for France and NASCAR to "Free Jimmie" who is every bit an equally tough blue collar born racer guy as Earnhardt and equally represents the working guy and gal sport plus a great family oriented self-made and tough as nails like Dale Sr was.

Time to "FREE JIMMIE" !!!

He will get that 8th one if you do plus more.

Newport Beach Ca

Anonymous said...

What exactly do these pictures have to do with Free Jimmie?? Why don't you write France a letter and investigate it yourself. Nobody else cares evidently! Tell him to go back to the trailer park from which he came and do all the racing he wants in CA. Maybe he's being blocked because he has a cheating crew chief that got him where he is in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Johnson is so vastly superior to not only all current drivers but in the sport's history and blocked only because of the Earnhardt factor being unable to tie or go ahead.
Everybody in the racing world and on the Henrick team knows this including little rich kid "junior" who is not even in the same league and had everything handed to him on a silver platter.
His dad Dale Sr is also lucky Jimmie was to young to race before he died at Daytona in Feb 2000 or Earnhardt name would be nothing and NASCAR would be based on the west coast or sin city Las Vegas (preferably)

T Morgan
Henderson NV