TALLADEGA, Ala. — When you're Dale Earnhardt Jr., you're used to strangeness getting written about you. But even by those standards, this was bizarre: a National Enquirer report that Earnhardt was planning a lavish wedding to girlfriend Amy Reimann at the end of this season at Daytona International Speedway for 2000 guests. Total cost? $2 million.
"I definitely would have a hard time writing that check," Earnhardt laughed on Frday. He shot down the idea that he was even getting married: "We just skipped the engagement, I guess, went right to the wedding."
The Enquirer features an awfully detailed breakdown of the plans for Earnhardt's wedding, ranging from a high-end catered meal to a procession of racing-themed cars around the track, ending at a checkered flag. But fundamentally, considering both the Earnhardt family history at Daytona and the sheer jaw-dropping cheesiness of such an idea, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Plus, Earnhardt said he wouldn't even think of doing such a thing to his friends.
"I would not force everybody to go down to Daytona for my wedding," he said. "I probably would just have it right there in the back yard, but whatever is easiest."
There you go. Still hope for a Talladega infield wedding, but that hope is fading fast.