Is Dale Earnhardt Jr really about to turn 40 years old?

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Can you believe it? Dale Earnhardt Jr. is actually about to celebrate his 40th birthday this month. Yep, you read that right. “Jr.” is turning forty years old.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup driver is reaching out to his fans as only Dale Jr. could with a party at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

The driver, who is constantly voted the sport’s most popular driver by fans, is going to hold a birthday party in a very typical NASCAR fashion. That means music, fans, and a Q&A session with Dale and Jimmie Johnson. Oh, and you can’t have a NASCAR style birthday party without sponsors! The party is officially presented by BI-LO and Ragu!

And the best part for fans is that everyone is invited provided you have a ticket. In true NASCAR style you have to call the ticket office at Charlotte Motor Speedway or check out their website. NASCAR fans are used to getting tickets this way for a race. Doing so for tickets to Dale’s birthday bash is a given!

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Earnhardt says that having a birthday party with his fans is the thing to do. After all, they support just about everything any driver does in a fan and sponsor driven sport.

"Fans play such an integral part in everything I do," Earnhardt said. "So to be able to give them the opportunity to be directly involved in this milestone birthday will be meaningful to me."

I remember When…

Any fan of NASCAR and stock car racing in general will be able to offer up a Dale Earnhart Jr. story and often those intermingle with tales about his father the late Dale Earnhardt. When the reality sets in that the son of the famed driver is about to turn forty you have to ask, “How are you feeling?” Earnhardt says that he’s actually feeling younger than he has in a while.

"I feel physically and mentally 10 years younger than that (40 years old)," Earnhardt said. "I still enjoy what I do and had the best time driving race cars this year," he said. "[That] surprised me because I hadn't been having a good time several years ago and I didn't know if that was ever going to change."

The Championship Chase

Turning forty is a big deal with anyone but so is competing for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Don’t be fooled by the candles and cake! Earnhardt knows what else is going on in the world of racing.

After a resurgent season Earnhardt finds himself in a Championship fight after surviving the first round of the revamped Chase format. Four drivers were eliminated from Championship eligibility after the first three race of the ten race chase and Earnhardt says that his team will have to do better during round two following the Dover race weekend.

“Seventeenth was as good as we could run. That’s not good enough to win a championship. But we get to move forward and start from scratch on the next weekend. Trust me, we’re going to go to work and try to find everything we can to get better. We’re concerned. It’s not been a good couple of weeks. We need to find something quick.”

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