Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had plenty of reasons to celebrate during his life. As a two-time Daytona 500 winner and 15-time Cup Series Most Popular Driver, the former NASCAR driver (he still races every now and then) had an illustrious career on the track. He’s also the owner of JR Motorsports, is a NASCAR commentator on NBC Sports, has a successful podcast in the Dale Jr. Download, and runs a number of other business ventures. On Thursday, Junior had yet another thing to celebrate. He turned 45 years old.
As an incredible gift for the big day, Dale’s wife Amy got him a portrait of his dad, the late Dale Earnhardt. You can see in the below picture that Dale and Amy’s daughter Isla especially seemed to enjoy the painting of Grandpa.
“Wife got me this amazing piece of art by Sean Wales for my birthday,” Dale Jr. wrote in the caption. “Isla loves it too.”
For an early birthday celebration last week, Amy Earnhardt also took Dale to the Thirsty Beaver Saloon, a dive bar right around where the Earnhardts live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Considering what the Earnhardts went through nearly two months, it’s great to see the family in good spirits. On August 15, a private jet carrying Dale, Amy, Isla Rose, and the family dog Gus was involved in a bounced landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee and caught fire. Thankfully, no one was injured in the plane crash, but it was definitely a terrifying experience for the entire family. Fortunately, they were able to put all that behind them and can enjoy celebrating even more birthdays together.