A few years back in 2017, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the decision to quit a full-time stock car racing career and step into the NBC Sports broadcaster’s booth, and its one that certainly ended up being quite the lucrative decision for the 43-y-o.
But, here we take a look at his net worth, and you’ll see that the son of late NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt isn’t doing the broadcasting job for the cash.
With an estimated net worth of over $400 million, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not only one of the richest NASCAR drivers in the history of the sport, but he also one of sports richest athletes of all time.
Racing Career – With around 20 years behind the wheel, Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (did you know Ralph was actually his first name?!) naturally earned a lot of money from his career as a NASCAR driver. In 2016 alone, Dale Jr. made around $23.5 million in earnings, with $15 million of that in salary and winnings. That’s a far cry from his slightly over $1 million salaries back in 1998, but hey, even the son of a NASCAR legend has to start somewhere.
Take a look at Junior’s accomplishments, and you’ll see how he turned a pretty penny from racing. He’s a two-time Daytona 500 winner. As a Monster Energy Cup Series driver, he had 26 wins, 260 top-10 finishes, and 15 poles. As a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, he had 24 wins, 91 top-10 finishes, and 10 poles. Not to mention he won Most Popular Driver award a whopping 15 times.