Known as the “Pied Piper” of Daytona, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most beloved race car drivers in the world. Number 88 has made a career racing, but he’s about to add TV star to his resume, as his new reality show with his wife, Amy, premiered in June. A country boy at heart, his massive 200-acre property holds lots of hidden treasures, including an old-west-type town replica!
Let’s take a closer look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s house.
Where does Dale Earnhardt Jr live?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. lives on a huge plot of land about 40 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Cleveland. He purchased the property in 2007 and built his home there in 2008.
The property is massive – with 200 acres and an entire life-sized replica of a Western town called Whisky River. It has a bank, barber shop, post office, sheriff’s office (with jail), church, and general store. It even has some mannequins. It’s kind of creepy if you ask me!
The property also has a vintage Union 76 gas station, complete with a Unocal ball that once stood on top of Talladega Superspeedway. Inside the gas station is where Dale Jr. stores all of his go-karts, which he races on his very own dirt go-kart race track! It’s right next to his nine-hole golf course.
And what racer’s home would be complete without over 40 stock cars scattered about the property?
And his property is truly a family affair since both his sister and mother have homes on the grounds.
Dale Earnhardt Jr House Key West
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, bought a 150-year-old dilapidated home in Key, Florida in 2014 with the intention of cleaning it up. The couple decided to film their renovation process and the series, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy premiered on DIY Network on June 2, 2018.
The home, located in the Old Town District, now has a swimming pool and back deck. Dale Jr. said, “When you go down to Key West, you want to enjoy yourself and be out on the back deck and in the pool, and that place has to be right, you know?”
Yes, I do know, and I’m totally jealous!
Dale Jrs Whiskey River Restaurant
Yes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns his own restaurant called Whisky River Beer and Wings.
According to the website, dalejrswhiskyriver.com, “At Whisky River, our unique blend of unpretentious charm, feel-good music, and enticing food has made us the South’s favorite spot to unwind. Owned by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Whisky River has cemented itself as nightlife royalty in a short period of time.”
The menu offers your standard bar fare, like burgers, wings, sandwiches, and of course, beer. You can find Whisky River in Charlotte, North Carolina, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and if you’re passing through the Charlotte Douglas and Raleigh-Durham International Airports.
Where is Dale Earnhardt Jr. from?
Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose real name is Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr., was born on October 10, 1974, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. His mother is Brenda Lorraine Gee Earnhardt and his father was Dale Earnhardt Sr. He was also raised in Kannapolis.
Dale Jr. has a sister, Kelley King Earnhardt, who is two years older than him. He also has an older half-brother, Kerry, born in 1969.
What year did Dale Earnhardt Jr start racing?
To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. was destined to be a NASCAR driver is a bit of an understatement. Racing is pretty much in his blood. His grandfather, Robert Gee Sr. used to build cars for NASCAR. And his father is, of course, Dale Earnhardt Sr., one of the most famous NASCAR drivers of all time.
After attending a high-performance driving school, Dale Jr. began his racing career in 1991 at age 17 with Dale Sr. in the Street Stock Division. He began driving for his father’s team in the Busch Series full-time in 1998.
He won a ton of races and championships over his 27-year (and counting) career.
• Busch Series Champion: 1998 and 1999
• Daytona 500: 2004 and 2014
• The Winston: 2000
• Budweiser Shootout: 2003 and 2008
• Can-Am Duel: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2015, and 2016
• Talladega Superspeedway: 4 straight wins from Fall 2001 – Spring 2003
• NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion: 2004, 2005, 2015, and 2017
Dale Jr. has also won a bunch of awards over the years, including:
• Bill France Award of Excellence (2017)
• Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (2017)
• Monster Energy Cup Series Most Popular Driver (2003-2017)
• Busch Series Most Popular Driver (1999)
Did Dale Earnhardt Jr get married?
Yes. Dale Earnhardt Jr. married Amy Reimann on New Year’s Eve 2016. But let’s dive into their love story a little deeper.
In the fall of 2008, Dale Jr. was building a new house in Mooresville, North Carolina. One of the interior designers was Amy Reimann. Amy was married but separated at the time. While there was some speculation that she was interested in Dale before her separation, they didn’t become an official couple until after her first marriage was over.
The couple became engaged in 2015 and married on December 31, 2016. The wedding was held on fellow NASCAR driver Richard Childress’ Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.
The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isla Rose, on April 30, 2018.
Does Dale Earnhardt Jr have Twitter?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. does have his own Twitter account and tweets pretty regularly. His Twitter handle is @DaleJr and he has been a member since December 2008.
How did Dale Earnhardt Die?
Dale Earnhardt Jr’s famous father, Dale Earnhardt died on February 18, 2001 from crash-related injuries he sustained during the race. He was racing at the Daytona 500 at Dayton International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. Dale Jr. was also racing that day and took second place.
On his final lap of the race after colliding with two other drivers, he drove into the retaining wall, head-on, at 155-160 mph. The driver of other vehicle involved in the crash, Ken Schrader, walked away from the crash and immediately went to Dale Sr. to check on him. Upon seeing him, he knew he needed a doctor right away. Dale Sr. was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of his death was blunt force trauma to his head and a fatal basilar skull fracture on impact.