Dale Earnhardt Jr, is a semi-retired professional stock car racing driver, team owner, and is currently an analyst for NASCAR on NBC. He also hosts The Dale Jr. Download - Dirty Mo Media Show.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a third-generation driver in a family forever connected to the sport of stock-car racing, and while his innate ability behind the wheel comes from Earnhardt DNA, his competitive driving style and business savvy are all his own. His common-sense charisma and flair for originality have helped propel him to become one of the most popular figures in sports. Race fans have selected him a record 15 consecutive times as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver. Earnhardt tops all NASCAR and IndyCar drivers on MVPindex’s social media power rankings. His appeal is not limited to loyal race fans, as Earnhardt has appeared on Harris Interactive’s annual survey of America’s Top 10 Favorite Athletes, frequenting the list with such names as LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning and Derek. In April, Earnhardt announced that 2017 would be his final full-time season of NASCAR Cup Series competition. Beginning in 2018, the native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, will join NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage. Earnhardt’s role with NBCUniversal will allow him a wide range of opportunities in the company’s media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas.Through the end of his full-time career, Earnhardt amassed 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s. His 26 victories tie him for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winners list. He also has 13 pole positions and eight non-points wins (five in the Daytona 500 qualifying Duel, two in the Clash and one All-Star Race victory). Even though he was sidelined for the second half of the 2016 season with a concussion, Earnhardt still managed to find success, scoring a victory in his preseason Daytona 500 qualifying Duel and earning four runner-up finishes through the first 18 races. Overall, Earnhardt has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).Earnhardt is the only third-generation NASCAR champion, achieved when he won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series titles. He follows his legendary father Dale Earnhardt Sr., a seven-time Cup champion and winner of 76 races, and his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt, the 1956 NASCAR Sportsman champion. In October 2009, Earnhardt Sr. was selected as a posthumous inductee in the inaugural 2010 class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In 2007, Ralph Earnhardt was inducted posthumously into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Both his father and grandfather were selected among NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers of all time in 1999. The three Earnhardts combine for 10 NASCAR championships. Until 2008, Earnhardt Jr.’s career as a full-time driver was solely within the confines of the family-owned business, Dale Earnhardt Inc., where he accumulated 39 victories in the Xfinity and Cup Series from 1998-2007. But the 2008 season marked one of significant change, as Earnhardt made the boldest decision of his young career by signing with NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Rick Hendrick to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.Earnhardt’s role as a team owner and businessman continues to enjoy its own ascent separate from his driving career. JR Motorsports employs more than 140 people and fields four full-time entries in the Xfinity Series, in addition to two late model stock cars competing regionally in the Southeast. From its inception in 2006, JR Motorsports has scored 40 Xfinity Series wins. Chase Elliott earned the company’s first Xfinity Series championship in 2014 with teammate Regan Smith completing a one-two sweep of the top spots in the driver standings. Josh Berry secured track championship honors for the JRM late model program racing at Motor Mile Speedway (2012) and Hickory Motor Speedway (2014). William Byron added a second Xfinity Series title to the team's stable in 2017.Earnhardt’s first turn at ownership began with Chance 2, a team started in 2002 and jointly operated with Dale Earnhardt Inc. With that team, Earnhardt was co-owner of the 2004 and 2005 Xfinity Series championship teams with driver Martin Truex Jr.Fans and media selected Earnhardt as one of the top-three Xfinity Series drivers of all-time in a 2006 NASCAR poll. Earnhardt’s 24 victories rank him tied for 10th on the all-time series wins list. His two championships, in 1998 and 1999, introduced him to the NASCAR history books, and his accomplishments throughout the ensuing decade reinforced his place. On July 2, 2010, Earnhardt scored a popular victory at Daytona International Speedway in a throwback blue-and-yellow No. 3 Chevrolet made famous by his father in the mid-1980s. It was Earnhardt’s sixth Xfinity Series victory at Daytona, which ranks second all-time behind Tony Stewart and Earnhardt Sr. with seven each. On April 23, 2016, Earnhardt Jr. scored his most recent Xfinity Series victory, and his first in a JRM entry, at Richmond International Raceway.With crossover appeal that stretches beyond his accomplishments as an athlete in NASCAR, Earnhardt continues to garner media attention worldwide. He has appeared on more than 150 magazine covers and has been featured in high-profile publications such as Maxim, Rolling Stone, GQ, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Fitness and TV Guide. In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Earnhardt seventh overall on its list of “Most Influential Athletes.” In January 2013, BusinessWeek magazine named Earnhardt to its top 100 most influential people in sports. The Charlotte Observer listed him sixth among the top-25 most influential in NASCAR in 2014. In July 2014, Harris Poll rated Earnhardt tied for fifth in its “America’s Favorite Sports Star” rankings, and rated him tied for eighth in the category in September 2015, marking his 11th appearance in the top 10. In May 2016, ESPN ranked Earnhardt as the most famous auto racing driver in the world. Earnhardt tops all NASCAR and IndyCar drivers on MVPindex’s 2016 social media power rankings. He has a following of more than 5.2 million across his three main social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Earnhardt’s business sense extends beyond the track. In 2006, he started Hammerhead Entertainment, a one-stop-shop production company that produces shows for multiple national television networks. In April 2008, Earnhardt extended his entrepreneurship into the Charlotte, North Carolina, entertainment scene, as he opened Whisky River, an uptown bar and nightclub located in the EpiCentre. In May 2015, Whisky River expanded to include a location at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Earnhardt launched “Dirty Mo Radio,” a podcast network, in February 2013, which features race recaps as well as behind-the-scenes insight from Earnhardt, team members, family members and others. The free podcasts can be found on dalejr.com and other outlets such as iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes America's Crew Chief, Larry McReynolds, to the show to uncover how the heck a Birmingham 'Baby Boy' became one of the most recognizable and trusted names in NASCAR. Larry Mac gives us the low-down on why he was nicknamed "baby boy" early on in a journey to NASCAR that was filled with more ups and downs than an amusement park. From Super Late Models at Birmingham International Raceway, he turned wrenches for the best of them and became one of the most famed crew chiefs of his time. From Dave Mader III and Mike Alexander to Mark Martin, Ernie Irvan and The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt, success came with multiple periods of unemployment and doubt in between, McReynolds doesn't hold back about the rocky road that got him there. He also shares his candid thoughts on what made Davey Allison one of the more special drivers he ever crew chiefed for. Oh yeah, throw in the fighting nature of the Blue Max racing team and hot shot young driver Tim Richmond into this tale and you know it's a ride. Dale Jr. and Mike Davis find out about how he got the opportunity to build Kenny Bernstein's King Racing team. and the unexpected plot twist of how he became the crew chief of the operation. Learn how a handshake and a humble apology led to the start of Larry's relationship with Robert Yates Racing. The move nobody expected was Larry McReynolds as Dale Earnhardt's crew chief. Larry shares some funny moments and unbelievable pranks that happened during those years.The DJD gang discuss the first dominoes falling in NASCAR's silly season and the news of Bubba Wallace being tabbed to drive for a new team owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. Will it be more or less pressure for the young driver? We dissect the move of Ross Chastian to the Cup Series in the Ganassi Racing No. 42 ride. And speaking of silly season, Dale, Mike and producer Matthew Dillner noodle the remaining rides and most desirable free agents on the NASCAR market.The fans bring it with some great questions in AskJr presented by Xfinity. We find out that Dale like Nashville Fairgrounds as a track for Cup, Xfinity and for lunch.We shake the pelvis with a story of Elvis and a short tracker's far fetched dream of partnering with the King of Rock and Roll. Plus, the DJD attempts to answer the biggest question on everyone's mind at this time of year... is September too early for pumpkin everything? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Back at the table, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings in one of his drivers, Justin Allgaier, who brings truth and transparency like we've never heard from the driver hungry for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series title. Allgaier opens up about his run-ins with JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson and discloses what had him most upset about the situation. What had him ready to fight in Daytona? We uncover the source to his recent chippiness in 2020 and how it has been received.Dale and Justin talk about the new style of racing from young drivers and how back in the day it would result in being sent "oil tank deep" into the wall.The Illinois driver has seen his ups and down this year. His kind approach and generous way of life has resulted in both good and bad, but he remains steadfast and as determined as ever. Allgaier is fresh off a two-race sweep of action at Richmond Raceway and has his #7 JR Motorsports team trending in the right direction at the right time. The win also gave Dale Jr. his first victory as a car-sponsor. With Phoenix as the 2020 season finale, Allgaier knows he must battle through the anxieties and unknowns to make it to the Final Four just to have a shot at the title that has eluded him..Allgaier details his early days in the sport and how his full-time opportunity in the Cup Series took a mental toll. Dale and co-host Mike Davis get the truth about his close-knit relationship with his sponsor Brandt and how other drivers could take note. Justin gives us insight into the other aspects of life., from family to his secret love of graphic design, He also gives us a peek into his life as a test driver and what doing simulation for the upcoming Gen-7 car is like, including the new wheel and tire combination.In Open Segment, Dale talks about his first weekend hosting in the NASCAR on NBC booth and what has him appreciating his colleagues more. Leah brings some great questions in AskJr presented by Xfinity. Dale lets us in on his Ancestry and introduces us to how he learned about his World War II veteran Uncle John. The DJD gang also learns about Adirondack Dinosaurs. Well, not really... but you'll understand what the heck we are talking about as soon as you hear it.That and more as we welcome a driver in-studio for the first time in months for a special Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Legendary NASCAR racer Ernie Irvan lived to tell his story, barely, and joins the Download for a tell-all interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Irvan discusses his California racing roots and how his missing father led to a journey to stock car country in North Carolina. From welding bleacher seats to daring the local short track scene, Ernie quickly made a name for himself. As quick as he found success in NASCAR's Cup Series, he found criticism and controversy. Irvan discusses his aggressive approach and how it led an apology that was a turning point in his career. That career and a life almost ended in a horrific practice crash that left Irvan with severe head trauma and a 10 percent chance to live. He shares details of his bloody crash and the pocket-knife tracheotomy that saved his life.After rehabilitation, Irvan beat the odds again to not only come back, but to come back and win. A journey that came full circle in victory lane at the track that nearly stole his life, Michigan International Speedway. The same track that a few years later saw Irvan with another major head injury and subsequent retirement from racing.Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis get deep with the former racer who doesn't shy away from the trials and tribulations that shaped his unbelievable racing career.All clear...the DJD also discuss the Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott incident at Darlington and the art of a driver clearing himself on track. They also react to the big news of the day, California's Auto Club Speedway's announced reconfiguration. A change that sets Dale Jr. off into a state of beaming excitement. Will this move start a landrush of more short tracks for the sport? Also, Mike shares his Darlington experience watching Ross Chastain's Dirty Mo Media #77 and how it gave him new perspective on the battle within a race that most don't ever see.The Download finds out about Dale's yummy experience with a food he can't pronounce, a Bolgagi bowl. We learned about the original character known as Suitcase Jake and why beer was once considered healthier than water. All of that and more on the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Oct 10th, 1974
Location
Mooresville, NC, USA
Episode Count
331
Podcast Count
10
Total Airtime
2 weeks, 7 hours
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 188432