I have followed his racing career very closely since I am a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Of course, I am not alone as Dale Jr. is one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR today, which is evident by his nine consecutive Most Popular Driver awards. However, for as much as I thought I knew about him there are some things I have found out over the years that boil down to nothing more than fun facts. But they are fun tidbits of information and there are five in particular that I think are the most interesting.
Fun Fact #1: His Name
Though Dale Earnhardt Jr. is named after his father and he is almost always referred to as Dale Jr., his actual name is Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ralph is the same first name as Dale Jr.'s grandfather and both he and his father have Ralph as a first name and Dale as a middle name. Obviously they both preferred Dale over Ralph.
Fun Fact #2: Third Generation Greatness
Both Ralph Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt raced in the NASCAR ranks, making Dale Jr. a third generation driver. However, what isn't always known is that he is the only third generation NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide Title.
Fun Fact #3: Really Into Washington D.C.
Dale Jr. is really into Washington D.C., but that doesn't mean he is a political nut. Rather, Dale Jr. is passionate about the NFL's Washington Redskins. He often goes out of his way to talk about them while being interviewed about racing, like recently when he talked about the Redskins' new quarterback Robert Griffin III and what he expected of him.
Fun Fact #4: History Buff
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has often referred to himself as a history buff. Recently he took his hobby of history to a whole new level and has begun to uncover the lineage of the Earnhardt family. As well as digging into his family's roots, Dale Jr. is also planning a trip to Germany when he turns 40 so he can feel an even deeper connection with his family history.
Fun Fact #5: Helped Design a Hot Wheels Car
Hot Wheels, the famous company that makes really cool toy cars, asked Dale Jr. if he would help design a car and he was more than willing. A design team came to Hendrick Motorsports and met with Dale Jr. for several hours and when the lead and eraser dust cleared, the Hammerhead Hot Wheels car was born. In another fun fact buried inside this one, Hammerhead was the nickname that Dale Jr.'s father gave him years ago, which is why the car bears the same name.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of NASCAR since he was a child attending races watching Dale Earnhardt run the famous number 3. He still attends numerous races each season and enjoys writing about NASCAR, particularly in regards to Dale Earnhardt as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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