Earnhardt Jr. is racing royalty who made plenty of money in a long career at the Cup Series level. But if anyone has $5 million to spare, Earnhardt has some ideas about what to do with such a donation.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some thoughts for his own racetrack
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been around racing all his life, so he knows a thing or two about tracks.
USA Today’s Jeff Gluck asked Earnhardt in a 2014 interview what the latter would do if someone paid him $5 million to build his own racetrack. Earnhardt quickly responded that he’d re-create Bristol Motor Speedway’s original asphalt layout and put it somewhere in New York.
“We’ve always wanted to have a track around New York City, and to take an asphalt Bristol – a real tight bullring with a lot of action and beating and banging – there’s enough people in that region to sell the tickets. I love short tracks and I feel like we could use a couple more on the circuit.”
Earnhardt said he would also be open to creating a superspeedway, similar to that at Daytona, in California.
“That’s probably the only thing that’s really going to attract those people,” Earnhardt said. “Because they seem to like the IndyCars, and that’s the closest thing we’ve got to it.”
Earnhardt Jr. has money to spend
Dale Earnhardt Jr. would do plenty with the $5 million that you’d give him, but he also has enough of his own money to invest in such a project.
According to Racing-Reference, Earnhardt Jr. made $95 million from 1999-2015 at the Cup Series level. Earnhardt Jr. earned another $5.45 million when racing in the Xfinity Series.
Earnhardt Jr. co-owns JR Motorsports, a stock car racing team that is most prominent in the Xfinity Series and iRacing Series. His sister, Kelly, and longtime NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick are also co-owners.
What is next for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and racing?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming back to NASCAR for one special afternoon, just as he has done in recent years.
Earnhardt Jr. recently confirmed that he plans to participate in an Xfinity Series race this season, and it will be somewhere he’s raced before at that level. The May 8 race at Darlington Raceway (S.C) is the unofficial favorite, although neither Earnhardt nor JR Racing had confirmed that rumor as of publication.
Earnhardt placed fifth at the Contender Boats 250 in Homestead, Fla., last June. The racing legend has recorded a top-5 finish in all three of his Xfinity Series races since 2018.
That will likely be the only time that NASCAR fans see Earnhardt drive in 2021. Earnhardt, who turns 46 in October, is not expected to resume his Cup Series career.
All stats and earnings courtesy of Racing-Reference.