Retired NASCAR drivers, Xfinity Series team owner, and NBC Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr is among the newest class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The father of two little girls also finds himself among the members of the newest class to the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.
Steve Kinser is also among the 2021 class of NMPA Hall of Famers.
Due to the ongoing issues with the Covid-19 pandemic, an official induction ceremony has been postponed until 2022.
A third generation driver, Earnhardt spent 19 years as a driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. His 26 career wins include 149 top five finishes with two Daytona 500 wins. As a driver in the Xfinity Series, he has collected 24 checkered flags. A 16 time Most Popular driver, Earnhardt has gone on to win three Xfinity Series championships as a car owner with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Tyler Reddick – all who have gone on to drive in the NASCAR Cup Series (Elliott is the most recent Cup Series champion).
When not joining fellow retired driver Jeff Burton and former crew chief Steve Letart in the broadcast booth, Earnhardt also has his Dale Jr Download podcast/television series and most recently created the program “Lost Speedways” where he explores and investigates old race tracks.
Steve Kinser is a 20 time World of Outlaws champion with 577 wins. He holds the record for the most wins at the Knoxville Nationals with 12 (the equivalent of winning the Daytona 500 in NASCAR). His Sprint Car wins total 755. He has also made five Cup Series starts.
The NMPA Hall of Fame is located at Darlington Raceway.
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