Dale Earnhardt Jr. finds a job after his NASCAR career ends


Just because he will be “retiring” from NASCAR after this season doesn’t mean Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be riding off into the sunset in an RV.  We already know that NASCAR’s most popular driver will race in at least two Xfinity series races, and he’s open to perhaps appearing in the Daytona Clash, but Tuesday the world found out that he and new wife Amy will take on new roles: that of home renovators.

HGTV and Earnhardt announced that he his wife, Amy will star in a special home-improvement series on the DIY Network early next year.

Amy is an accomplished interior designer. In fact, the she and Earnhardt met during the building of his North Carolina home when she was an interior designer with the Atlanta-based architectural firm of Wakefield Beasley & Associates. The two were married on New Year’s Eve 2016.

“Amy is a fantastic designer,” said Earnhardt. “She has creative ideas and a strong work ethic. We love DIY projects around the house, so I expect this to be challenging but fun.”

That house won’t be in North Carolina however, it will be near the southernmost point in the United States, Key West Florida.

The limited series will follow the couple as they restore a classic but dilapidated home in the historic Old Town district of Key West, transforming it into a contemporary seaside retreat. But to create their idyllic tropical getaway, Dale Jr. and Amy face some of the challenges common to renovating and restoring old homes, including structural issues and antiquated wiring and plumbing.

“Amy and I are excited to take on our first home renovation-project together,” he said in a statement. “Amy is a fantastic designer. She has creative ideas and a strong work ethic. We love DIY projects around the house, and so I expect this to be challenging but fun.”

“We’ve seen how Dale Jr. races a car, so we’re confident that with Amy’s help he will easily navigate the typical trials and tribulations of a home renovation,” says John Feld, senior vice president, original programming and production, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. “Fasten your seat belts because this one is sure to be a thrilling, unpredictable ride.”

The new DIY Network series is slated to premiere in early 2018.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.