In the cover story for ESPN The Magazine, "All Grown Up," Dale Jr. The further away from it I get, the more I understand how I went through it." "I didn't talk about it because it wasn't something I wanted to preach.talks in depth publicly for the first time about the pain of losing his dad, who was killed in a crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001. 'Oh, I lost my Daddy, woe is me, and I gotta go through life without him.' I didn't want that message." On his stepmother: "I ain't got nothing against her.Writer Marty Smith reveals that since Junior left the family business, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. She might have something against me, I don't know." On himself: "I am striving to be the total package.
"We had won six races in 2004 and in a matter of just a few weeks at the end of the season our relationship deteriorated and I had the audacity that I thought that I knew what was best for me at the time and make the choice -- or was part of making the decision -- to work with someone else, which was ridiculous." Earnhardt Jr. Like I say, we'd won a lot of races together and he had been a big reason why I even got in the Xfinity car to begin with.Rondeau was fired after 11 races, with Steve Hmiel taking over for the next 15 -- helping him win at Chicago -- before Earnhardt Jr.'s cousin, Tony Eury Jr., assumed control to end the year. Though he still believes moving to Hendrick was a personal and professional revelation, Earnhardt Jr.said he does allow himself to wonder what would have become of the team had his father not perished on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.joined HMS for 2008, finding a career opportunity and a father figure in Rick Hendrick.A decade later, there are no regrets, Earnhardt Jr. But there were some decisions that he would like to have made differently. whatever the hell I was thinking when I thought that I didn't need to work with Tony (Eury) Sr.Teresa Earnhardt (née Houston; born October 29, 1958) is the third wife and widow of Dale Earnhardt.She is the biological mother of Taylor Nicole Earnhardt (born December 20, 1988) and she is the stepmother of Kerry Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.Sadly, in the same race, her husband was killed during the final lap.Teresa Earnhardt with her husband Dale Earnhardt Sr.She also headed for two Craftsman Truck Series Championships in 19. Earnhardt also collected enough amounts as a team owner.Her first ever Daytona 500 win came in the year 2001 driven by Michael Waltrip won.