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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car catches fire (Video)

The Duck Commander 500 was held on Monday at Texas Motor Speedway thanks to some nasty weekend weather in the Lone Star State. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his day cut short on just the 13th lap of the race when he lost a tire, hit the wall and his car caught fire.

A dramatic angle of the fire was shown on Fox that showed the sides of Earnhardt Jr.’s car engulfed in flames. Fortunately, he was able to escape without injury. His car was extinguished and towed off the track. Here’s what was left of it:

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Dale Jr. was in 17th at the time of the accident. It goes without saying that he did not finish the race.

Video via For the Win
Photo: Twitter/Sunoco Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Twitter after winning Daytona 500

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You know how some people conveniently join Facebook the week of their birthday so they can experience all the Facebook birthday wall post love? Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled a similar move after winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday night when he joined Twitter.

After a decade of respectable finishes and close calls at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr. was able to take home the second checkered flag of his career at the season’s opening race. He then hopped on Twitter to feel the love and had already eclipsed the 350,000-follower mark by Monday morning.

“Tonight seemed like as good a night as any to join Twitter,” Dale Jr. wrote. “How is everyone doin?”

Not as well as you, Dale…not as well as you.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Roy Helu’s touchdown run (Video)

Want to a know unique way to spice up a preseason football game broadcast? Have a NASCAR driver step in and provide some guest commentary. During Wednesday night’s game between the Redskins and Buccaneers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined ESPN980′s Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. At one point, Jr. grabbed the reins and took over the play-by-play while the Redskins were inside the red zone. It turns out he was good luck.

As soon as Dale Jr. stepped in, Roy Helu took a handoff and turned the corner for a 15-yard score. Earnhardt played it as cool as you would have expected him to, but he seemed fully confident in labeling the play a touchdown even though Helu hit the pylon and it appeared borderline. That type of certainty could only come from a man who drives 200 mph for a living.

H/T Eye on Football

Dale Earnhardt Jr. now owns Juan Pablo Montoya’s jet dryer crash car

The fiery crash we witnessed at this year’s Daytona 500 was one of the most breathtaking sights in NASCAR history. There have been countless wrecks and blazes over the years, but never has a car slammed into the track jet dryer and caused that type of explosion. The man who was driving the car that slammed into the jet dryer was Juan Pablo Montoya. Naturally, the car was rendered useless after the collision — in racing terms that is. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the hunk of steel has become the latest addition to a collection of more than 50 cars.

Earnhardt Jr. was given the No. 42 Target car by Montoya’s crew chief Chris Heroy, who worked on Dale’s crew last season.

“He’s a buddy of mine and he gave it to me,” Dale Jr. said. “I got about 50 or 60 cars out there and I didn’t buy any of them. He calls me and I get my property manager, Sonny, to go over there and load it up and bring it over. We get a forklift or a tractor with a forklift or frontend loader and just carry it into the woods and just set it out there somewhere.

“That one’s good. That one ranks right up there. I’ve got the car (Dennis) Setzer flipped when he was driving for Keselowski at Talladega so that was pretty cool, but it ranks right up there. It’s one of the top two or three.”

It looks like more than just the Tide company benefited from the fiery wreck. As cliche as it may sound, one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says Matt Kenseth Owes Him $2,500 From Facial Hair Bet

If Matt Kenseth is a man of his word, he had better get Dale Earnhardt Jr. the $2,500 he owes him sometime in the near future.  The two drivers recently agreed upon one of the manliest man bets you can think of.  According to the L.A. Times, Kenseth showed up to Earnhardt Jr.’s 70s-themed New Year’s Eve party rocking a beard.  Apparently Dale Jr. saw the beard and had to bet Kenseth $2,500 that he wouldn’t keep it until the Daytona 500 test sessions.  The first of those test laps took place on Thursday.

“We actually sent a few texts back and forth to confirm the bet, and he shaved his beard,” Earnhardt said. “I told him to go to the bank, but maybe he forgot. I want my $2,500.”

Kenseth downplayed the bet, saying he would have kept the beard if not for all the photo shoots and interviews he was told he had to do this week.  Well isn’t he just a celebrity?

“(I was told) you’ve got to do a photo here and you’ve got to do this interview and do a photo shoot there,” Kenseth explained. “So I guess I lost. I’ll try to scrounge (the money) up somewhere, I guess.”

The bottom line is Dale Jr. is still rocking a burly man beard, so if there was a gentleman’s wager Kenseth needs to square up.  If there are two things men don’t screw around with, they are gambling and facial hair.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Girlfriend Amy Reimann Attends Nascar Awards (Pictures)

NASCAR held its awards ceremony Friday night in Las Vegas, and it was notable for one big reason: Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a public appearance with his girlfriend, Amy Reimann.

You may recall the story we posted last April saying Earnhardt Jr. and Reimann began dating while she was still married to former Kentucky football player, Tommy Cook.

Dale Jr. denied that report, but he reportedly said in an interview Friday night that he and Amy have been dating for a couple of years. To the best of our knowledge, Reimann and Cook were married in 2006 and divorced either in 2008 or 2009. You can do the math.

AMY REIMANN AND DALE EARNHARDT JR PICTURES

Thanks to my man Jay Busbee at From the Marbles for the heads up

Dale Jr. Wins in #3 Car for Daddy

Anything less than a trip to victory lane would have been coming up short for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who accomplished just that as he raced his father’s No. 3 Wrangler car to the win on Friday at the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jr. decided to pay tribute to his father by driving the throwback vehicle in commemoration of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. being inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s safe to say that Dale Jr. has had a rough time over the last couple of years. The race was Dale Jr.’s first victory since the 2008 Sprint Cup Series in Michigan, and he knew it was a must-win:

I was so worried that I wasn’t going to win, because nothing but winning was good enough. If you didn’t win, what a waste of time. I worked hard to try to win it, not only for Daddy, I am proud of him going into the Hall of Fame, and he would be proud of this, I’m sure.”

Now as heartwarming as this story is, my first instinct was to assume that this was all about the money like so much else in NASCAR often is. However, after taking a look at Ed Hinton’s blog over at ESPN.com, I feel free to be more optimistic, at least for the moment. This was a race that Dale Jr. wanted to run, and something that could have only been accomplished through the cooperation of, as Hinton lists, “Hendrick Motorsports (engines), Senior’s longtime car owner Richard Childress (rights to the number), Dale Jr. and Kelley’s JR Motorsports, and Teresa Earnhardt.” Dale Jr. showed real maturity in this race, and it’s safe to say he did justice to sending the No. 3 and his father into the Hall of Fame.

Sources:
Dale Jr. nets Daytona Nationwide win in father’s No. 3 [AP/SI]
Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images