Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is also famously known as Junior, is former American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently works as an analyst on the show NASCAR on NBC alongside part-time racing for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity series. He drives a Chevrolet Camaro numbered 88. He is the son of the legendary stock car race driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. who won a record seven NASCAR Winston Cup Championships and a total of 76 Winston Cup races. The family has entire background of racing, as Dale Sr.’s father Ralph Earnhardt was also a successful stock car racer.
Dale Junior himself has won 26 races in the NASCAR Cup Series and is a two-time Daytona 500 winner winning both of them exactly 10 years apart (2004 and 2014). He is rather known for his success at the Daytona International Speedway, and has earned the nickname “Pied Piper of Daytona”.
He drove for his father’s company Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) for the majority of his career but moved to Hendrick Motorsports in May 2007. Many speculated that the switch was made by Dale Junior in order to get out of the shadow of his father, however he himself stated the reason being he needed to get elite level equipment to win the Sprint Cup Championship and he felt that he couldn’t do that unless he could gain majority ownership at his father’s company.
Dale Earnhardt's Net Worth in 2018
With a career spanning over 20 years, Dale Junior has earned a lot of his fortune through his accomplishments and salaries. Added to that, he was a very successful race driver and two Daytona titles is not your everyday feat. His estimated net worth is expected to be around $400 million making him one of the richest athletes.
His net worth only really shot up his move to Hendrick Motorsports, as he received a major pay rise. Despite a dip in performance, he was still the highest paid racer from 2008 to 2015.
Dale Earnhardt's Earnings
In 2016, he made an astonishing $23.5 million in earnings despite missing the final 16 races due to concussion. He featured in the Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes until 2017 when he was placed #100 on the list. Currently working as an analyst on NBC, he will still be making a steady amount of money.
Dale Junior has quite a presence in the advertising business and makes a lot of money through endorsements. His sponsorship deal with Budweiser used to see him earn a Nascar-high $1 million per race. Also as the most popular driver in NASCAR, his merchandise sales were off the charts and twice as much as any driver.
Dale Earnhardt's Investments
Dale Junior owns a lot of property across the United States and recently renovated a posh Florida property for sale which is expected to be priced around $2.6 million, making him a good profit of $500,000 or more. He also owns a 200 acre property in Cleveland, N.C.
He owns a Learjet 60 private jet.
|Age||Source of Wealth|
|$15 million||$8.5 million|
|Mooresville, NC||Budweiser, Chevrolet, Nationwide, Axalta, Wrangler, TaxSlayer|
|Married||Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Dale Jr Foundation, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation|