Here’s why NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. rarely carries a wallet
Sometimes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is so relatable that it’s hard to remember that he’s an everyman trapped in a famous body with an even more celebrated pedigree.
But then the 42-year-old let it slip on his weekly Dale Jr. Download podcast that he rarely travels with a wallet. Pressed for an explanation by a veteran NASCAR journalist during his media availability on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, the third-generation driver made light of his unique lifestyle.
“Sometimes, I just forget,” the 14-time most popular driver award winner said with a laugh. “I have a gas tank at the house, so I don’t buy gas from the store. We buy gas in bulk, it’s a little cheaper.”
This was a tactic taught to him in 2003 or 2003 by veteran NASCAR racer turned television analyst Kenny Wallace who said it was both more affordable and easier to live in obscurity that way.
“He was like ‘get you a gas tank and buy it in bulk, it’s cheaper and that way you ain’t got to go anywhere to get gas, you just pull out of the driveway, pump it right there and get on down the road’ so that’s what I do with gas,” Earnhardt said.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 17th in Friday’s rain-shortened practice at Talladega.
The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion said he usually asks his friends to foot the bill when they go out to eat, something that isn’t a problem because he’s always ‘good for it.’ In fact, the affable veteran said he intentionally leaves his wallet at home roughly 50 percent of the time.
“It’s a pain in the butt because I go over to JR Motorsports and I don’t have my key to get in the door and have to get somebody to come down there and get me in,” Earnhardt said. “Which is a little embarrassing for the boss or the guy that owns the building. But, you know, I don’t really spend money. I don’t really go buy stuff.
“Usually, when I’m out and about I am going to do something as far as a responsibility with my team, going to the team meeting or something like that, I’m not really hardly in a store to physically purchase anything.
“I guess that is why I keep forgetting it is because I don’t hardly need it.”
It must be nice to have ‘people’ for that kind of thing.