If you’re any kind of a NASCAR fan, then you undoubtedly know quite well who the most popular driver ever in the sport is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Although, he’s retired (for the most part) from racing after several life-altering events, he’s still heavily involved in the sport both in front of and behind-the-camera so-to-speak. The first of those events were his marriage to the lovely Amy and the May 1, 2018 birth of their first child, the beautiful Isla. The other was his head injury in a crash during a 2016 NASCAR race that led to a serious concussion. He came back from that crash after undergoing NASCAR’s very strict concussion protocol and raced again but retired shortly thereafter from full-time racing.
So, besides being the son of the late great Dale Earnhardt, who lost his life in a Daytona Speedway crash in February 2001, and the most popular driver in motorsports, Junior is also understandably a multi-millionaire. He owns his own race team and everything that goes with it. Other owners include the former owner of his NASCAR Cup series ride, (the Monster Energy Chevrolet), Rick Hendrick, and Junior’s sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller. It’s called Junior Motorsports (JRM) and the team’s drivers include Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and, on occasion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. himself. JRM has its home base in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Other NASCAR Drivers
Well, it’s obvious how busy and popular Junior is but who knew that he was actually worth $400 million USD? We know that NASCAR drivers are all pretty well off but none seem to have reached that level of prosperity. After all, Jeff Gordon was only worth $200 million USD as of 2017, his friend and former teammate, Jimmie Johnson, was worth $120 million USD as of 2018, and Tony Stewart had a net worth of $70 million USD according to 2016 figures.
How’d He Do That?
The question is, how did Dale Earnhardt Jr. achieve a net worth of $400 Million USD? Starting in 1975 when Junior won the NASCAR Winston Cup and the cash prize was $1,925 until 2000 when he won the same Winston Cup and earned a whopping $2,605,645, (which was actually a little less than the previous year at $2,682,079), he’s basically been getting the big bucks. Now, he’s in the broadcasting biz, too, and his stints in front of the camera on many weekends are in a business suit rather than a firesuit, becoming one of the country’s fave commentators alongside his former crew chief, Steve Letarte.
He earns an annual salary of $26 million USD and $22 million of it comes from endorsements. He’s been called the “Pied Piper of Daytona” because he won the Daytona 500, not once but twice, first in 2004 and then again in 2014. He’s also made appearances in a number of films and TV shows. In addition, he’s appeared in some pretty popular music videos with artists from Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, and Jay-Z to Kid Rock, 3 Doors Down, O.A.R., and Nickelback. He’s competed in 600+ Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, won more than 25 times and placed in the top ten in 250 of them. In addition, he’s competed in 130+ NASCAR XFinity Series races with 90 Top Tens and 20 wins.
Not Just From Racing Either
If you’re a fan pf HGTV and DIY Network, you may have seen Junior and his wife, Amy, an interior designer, on a show that featured the renovation of their fixer-upper in Key West. It was a four-part series that followed the popular couple while they restored their historic home, (150 years old) which BTW, needed a ton of work. They bought it for $1.2 million in 2015 and reportedly sold it after the renovation for $2.6 million. After all, who wouldn’t want to pay big bucks for a house renovated by Dale Junior and Amy Earnhardt that just happens to have been featured on HGTV, right? And, it certainly didn’t hurt that it was absolutely gorgeous when they were done with it. They used their considerable combined talents to turn it into a fabulous 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath masterpiece measuring 1,980 square feet and complete with a sparkling swimming pool and a welcoming backyard entertaining space. Goes to show you that the couple isn’t just good at racing and making beautiful babies!
Although it’s clear that Junior is a star in his own right, he did inherit his famous father’s amazing talent for racing. And, all of us NASCAR fans look forward to seeing Junior both at the track as a team owner and in the booth as a broadcaster. He’ll always be our favorite driver!