2020 Daytona 500 is going to start on Mon, February 17, 1:30 AM. There always have someone who is mostly invited as an Honorary Starter to be opening the pre-race ceremony. However, in the pre-race, the national anthem is played first. Dale Earnhardt Jr is named as the honorary starter for the 2020 Daytona 500.
Who is Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American professional stock car racing driver, Dale was born on October 10, 1974, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Dale grew up in North Carolina.
Early Life of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
After he was born, his parents divorced. After that, he lived with his mom for a short time. Later on, he lived with his dad and his stepmom, whose name is Teresa. Dale’s father, Dale Earnhardt, was an American professional auto racing driver. As his dad was a professional racing driver, he got the sprite from his dad. Stepmother Teresa raised him.
Racing Career of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale’s successes are huge at Daytona International Speedway. Dale’s achievements throughout his career at Daytona International Speedway, he earned a nickname called “Pier Piper” of Daytona. He has won the Daytona 500 twice precisely ten years apart from 2004 and 2014. Dale has won the Most Popular Driver Award fifteen consecutive times from 2003 to 2017. 2000 was Dale’s breakout year in the Winston Cup Series. He has gained numerous popular awards and recognition throughout his career.
Broadcasting Career of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. appeared as a prominent guest on a TV channel and other popular media. In 2006, Dale also joined as a guest analyst in NASCAR Cup and Xfinity race; those were broadcasted on Fox and NBC. Dale then joined the NASCAR on NBC broadcasting team as a color commentator for the 2018 season. He made his first appearance on March 12, 2018, on NBCSN’s NASCAR America by joining Leigh Diffey, Jeff Burton, and Steve Letarte.
Media Appearance of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale featured in the video “Playboy” as a Celebrity Photographer in 2003, where he photographed “The Dahm Triplets.” He was also seen in the 2006 film called “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” In the movie scene, he was seen talking to Will Ferrell for giving his autograph to him, where he said to Will Ferrell not to tell any other driver about it. The No. 8 was also viewed on the “Herbie: Fully Loaded” in the final race, where Herbie overtook him. He has many other film records too.
Dale hosted “Back in the Day,” a show that took about the races in the 60s and 70s with detailed information. The show then brought down to the Speed Channel on February 6, 2007. Dale also appeared in an episode on a TV show called “Yes, Dear.” He was also shown in two episodes of MTV Cribs. He was present in many TV shows, such as one episode in “Shaq Vs,” “Fast N’ Loud,” and on DIY Network “Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. and Amy,” etc.
Dale’s best voice acting includes “video game Scarface: The World is Yours,” “Disney/Pixar’s movie Cars,” and “an episode of the Disney Channel’s Handy Manny.”
The band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was named after Earnhardt. Earnhardt was a noted fan of The Dangerous Summer and made a music video song called “Ghosts.”
Some Notable Records of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- In 1998, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 24 years old, he won the Busch Grand National Series points championship for the first time.
- In 1999, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second Busch Series points title.
- In 2000, he earned his first Winston Cup victory at DirecTV 500 in Fort Worth, Texas.
- In 2001, when his father died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500, he won the Pepsi 400.
- In 2004, he earned his first Daytona 500 title precisely six years to the day after his father’s lone Daytona 500 championship.
- In 2012, he earned his first Sprint Cup victory since 2008.
- In 2016, he was named NASCAR’s most popular driver for a 14th consecutive season despite missing half the year due to concussion-like symptoms.
- In 2017 on April 25, he announces that he is going to retire at the end of the season.
Dale was a successful person throughout his career. Despite a professional racing driver, he has been successful in other fields with his dedication and participation.