After more than 20 years of racing in NASCAR, you’d expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to accumulate some cars along the way. To no surprise, most of his vehicles are all Chevrolet cars. Can you really blame him?
Chevy has had a ton of good makes and models to choose from over the years, and they’ve been supporting Junior’s motorsports career for a long time. He’s had one heck of a career, and just recently headlined the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame ballot. As the JR Motorsports team owner, NBC Sports commentator, podcast host, and part-time NASCAR driver, Dale Jr. still had time to accumulate one fantastic car collection.
Now, it’s one thing to own a bunch of cars (while you’re here, you should check out Dale’s race car graveyard), and a completely different thing to have a proper taste in the choices of your cars. Without a doubt, I can say Dale Jr. knows how to pick them.
5 Cars in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevy Collection
Dale Jr. clearly loves the classic muscle cars, which I can respect. Another thing I love about this guy is that he has the mentality that the cars were made to be driven. The North Carolina native doesn’t let them sit around as a show piece. He gets his use out of each one.
Just to name a few, Dale’s had Chevrolet Impalas, Camaros, Monte Carlos, and a Chevy Nomad decked out by Gas Monkey Garage before it got sent to the auction block. But, here, we’re going to be diving into just five cars from his collection. He even has a street legal race car, so check it out!
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Dale Jr. owns a super clean ’67 Camaro that he claims could possibly take the prize of his favorite cars in the collection. He owned a ’69 Camaro a while back, but noted that he was getting frustrated with it. He was already thinking about selling the car when he came across this beautiful ’67 classic car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Camaro was owned by a mechanic for one of the racing teams, and Dale loved the car so much he that ended up putting an offer on it and has had it ever since. He threw on a sweet looking set of wheels and tires, and it’s just gorgeous all the way around. According to the NASCAR driver, the ’67 was much easier to use as a daily driver car. Safe to say he probably doesn’t miss his ’69 Camaro.
1948 Chevrolet Pickup
This pickup, nicknamed the “grunge truck,” is pretty much the exact definition of a sleeper. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s essentially a vehicle that looks slow, beat down, and tired from the outside but has the mechanical components underneath to hang with the best of them. That’s exactly what this truck is.
It looks like a rust bucket on the outside, but Junior’s got this thing decked out from head to toe with aftermarket parts to make it run like a brand new race truck. Imagine the looks he gets from people while driving this thing after he puts his foot to the floor. I can easily see why he had to have something like this. It’s more about the fun per gallon. Not only does it have the power, but it still looks fantastic, even though it has a rusted-out body. That unique body style will just never really get old to look at.
24 Hours of Daytona Chevrolet Corvette
Dale Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Sr. actually both drove this car in the 24 Hours of Daytona race back in 2001. After finishing the race, Corvette offered to modify the race car to be street legal. What’s even cooler is that Corvette went on to win Le Mans that year. After the revisions were complete, Dale Jr. now had an awesome race car that could be driven on the street. This car also serves as a memory that Dale Jr. and Dale Sr. shared, before he passed shortly after during the Daytona 500. It would probably make a pretty cool pace car on the track as well.
1988 Chevrolet S10
The Chevy S10 was actually Dale Jr’s first vehicle. Over the years, he’s had numerous amounts of these trucks, but finally landed on the 1988 S10. If you’re wondering, no, this is not the same one as the first one he owned. He totaled that one a few months after he bought it. Luckily, he was not seriously injured in the crash. I had to include this in the list, because it shows that Dale sticks to his roots. Not only that, but the Chevy S10 was actually an awesome truck to have back in the day and still is today.
Holden is an Australian subsidiary of Chevrolet, and the Commodore is an incredible ride. It’s powered by a Chevy motor, and you’re guaranteed to turn some heads while driving this one around.
Dale Jr. was in Australia at the time when he was checking out what Holden had to offer. Now, since Holden only produced cars with right hand drive steering wheels, Dale Jr. actually purchased a Pontiac G8 and sent it to be redone with a Holden shell. He claims that this one is also up there with one of his favorites.
This post was originally published on April 10, 2020.