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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. speaks during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on his prospects for the Daytona 500 and the upcoming Sprint Cup season.
DAYTONA BEACH -- Without a doubt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remains the most popular driver in NASCAR, and why not?
The son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt has finished second in the last two Daytona 500 races, along with a win in the big race in 2004, and he's among the drivers expected to be there when the while flag is drop to signify one lap to go a week from Sunday.
Could this be the breakout season for Earnhardt to finally get that first Spring Cup championship? Junior, of course, is always optimistic ands his chances are as good as any, especially as one of the drivers for Hendrick Motorsports.
Earnhardt is one of the drivers in tonights Sprint Unlimited race under the lights at Daytona.
Earnhardt will be among the drivers Headline Surfer® will feature during Speedweeks leading up to the Great American Race -- the Daytona 500.
Did You Know?
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was born "Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr." on Oct. 10, 1974. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He is also the grandson of both NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and stock car fabricator Robert Gee, the half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, the uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, the stepson of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team co-owner Teresa Earnhardt and the older half-brother of Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam.
Earnhardt, Jr. has won the Most Popular Driver Award eleven times (consecutively from 2003-2013). He has an estimated net worth of $300 million. He currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports and drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro for his own team, JR Motorsports, in selected events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
About the Writer
Henry Frederick is the most decorated journalist in greater Daytona Beach-Orlando with dozens of journalism industry awards dating back to the mid-1990s, including the prestigious James K. Batten Award for Outstanding Public Service for a weeklong series on live in impoverished Spring Hill. He's also the top award winner the last two years in the Florida Press Club statewide journalism competition for nine stories, three blogs and top internet website. Among Frederick's NASCAR-related journalism awards:
• Florida Press Club, 1st place, blog writing, "NASCAR Hall of Fame announcement fuels memories of 1979 Daytona 500"
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 2003, 1st place/large newspapers, sports reporting, "Lawsuit monopoly justifies splitting up NASCAR."
* Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, 2003, 3rd place, sports, "Lawsuit: Monopoly justifies splitting up NASCAR."
* Florida Press Club, 2002, 3rd place, excellence in general news writing, "Lawsuit: Monopoly justifies splitting up NASCAR."