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(born October 10, 1974), known professionally as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jr., or just Junior, is a retired American professional stock car racing driver, team owner, and is currently an analyst for NASCAR on NBC. Earnhardt retired with 26 wins in the Cup Series, a total which put him in the top 40 in NASCAR history.

He also competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr. (DEI), his father's team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, for much of his early Cup career, he moved to Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. and began his racing career at the late age of 17 with his dad Dale Earnhardt, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord, North Carolina's Motorsport Park.

However, Earnhardt rallied to sweep both Talladega races (leading a dominating 133 of 188 laps in the spring race), a pair of Bud Pole Awards and an 11th-place finish in the standings with eleven Top 5's and sixteen Top 10 finishes.

In 2003, he became a true title contender, scoring a record-breaking fourth consecutive win at Talladega, after being involved in a 27-car crash on lap 4.

for fewest starts by a driver to earn his first victory in NASCAR's "modern era" by winning in his 12th start, and also at Richmond International Raceway.

Later in the season, Earnhardt made a comeback, beginning with an emotional win at the Pepsi 400, which was also the first race held at Daytona since his father's death.

Earnhardt had the dominant car of the race, leading 115 out of 160 laps.

He finished the 2001 season eighth in the points standings with three wins, nine Top 5's, and fifteen Top 10's, as well as two poles. He struggled after enduring a concussion at the Fontana race in April – an injury he did not admit to until mid-September.

In the three races following Fontana, he finished no better than 30th.