Dale Earnhardt Jr. experienced his fair share of success as a NASCAR driver, helping garner quite a financially comfortable life. Through that, Earnhardt Jr. has created many memorable moments on and off the track. One of those memories that haven’t escaped him is his first purchase with a NASCAR paycheck.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made millions of dollars on the NASCAR track
Dale Earnhardt Jr. put together a highly respectable run behind the wheel as a NASCAR driver.
Earnhardt Jr. finished with 26 Cup Series wins along with 24 Xfinity Series race wins and two Xfinity Series championships. He also won the Daytona 500 twice and earned the Most Popular Driver Award 15 consecutive times.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Earnhardt Jr. earned around $25 million to $30 million per year from his driving contracts, including around $22 million annually in endorsements. He became the highest-paid NASCAR driver from 2008 to 2015.
He reportedly retired with more than $410 million earned in endorsements and winnings. In retirement, he has remained heavily involved through JR Motorsports along with his broadcast duties with NBC Sports and his weekly podcast. All of these factors have guided him to a net worth of around $300 million.
Through that all, Earnhardt Jr. still holds a clear memory of what his first big purchase was with his first NASCAR check.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. never forgot his first big purchase after cashing his first NASCAR check
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned plenty of money throughout his NASCAR racing career.
Earnhardt Jr. has garnered quite a stable life from his involvement with the sport over the last two decades. However, his first purchase with money from a NASCAR paycheck is something that he hasn’t forgotten.
During an episode of the Dale Jr. Download podcast, he revealed that it came when he was still living with his roommate Josh Snyder. As the two went to pay their electricity bill, Earnhardt Jr. saw an entertainment system that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy. (H/T Racing News)
“So, when I got some money. Me and him actually went to the Power [company] to pay our power bill,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Instead of mailing it in, we’d drive over to the store in the strip mall and pay it.
“We’re standing there, getting ready to pay our power bill. I turn around, and there’s this nice entertainment system sitting in the corner.”
Earnhardt Jr. couldn’t help himself by splurging on something that drew his attention at the moment. In the many years later, it’s something that he still has fond memories toward.
Spendings now involve his father
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has made many significant purchases, but what he’s choosing to buy now has changed.
Over the last several years, his spending has shifted toward things that connect to his father. In 2019, he elected to pay $190,000 to secure a 1984 Chevy Nova that his dad drove during his NASCAR career.
Earnhardt Jr. pulled more money out of his pocket to fully restore the vehicle. He is now in line to drive it as the pace car for an Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway in May.
He has worked his way toward adding to his collection of items from his father’s illustrious NASCAR racing career. Many of which he didn’t purchase, but it hasn’t stopped him from spending to acquire more memorabilia associated with his dad.
Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t been foolish with his money by any means, but he isn’t afraid to drop some cash to add to his growing collection.