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Do you ever wonder what ever happened to some NASCAR drivers of the past? Remember, the late Dale Earnhardt had two sons, and not long after Dale Earnhardt Jr. became a regular fixture on the Nationwide (then-Busch) Series circuit, his older half brother, Kerry, started racing full-time in the series for Curb-Agajanian. After that ride was gone, Kerry appeared in both the Nationwide and Sprint (then-Winston) Cup series here and there, making a start whenever someone would offer him a ride.
Kerry’s NASCAR career never quite took off, even though his younger half-brother and father’s namesake became the face of the sport so-to-speak. So what ever happened to Kerry Earnhardt?
Aside from helping oldest son Jeffrey get his racing career off the ground, the older Earnhardt brother worked for awhile in an away-from-the-track-type role with his father’s Dale Earnhardt Inc. race team. Well, that team is pretty much no more. Earnhardt’s name is still part of what has become Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and step-mother Teresa Earnhardt does still have an ownership interest in the team, but really, at this points, the team’s run by Chip Ganassi, making it pretty much a Chip Ganassi Racing team in which an Earnhardt just happens to have an ownership interest.
So what’s Kerry up to now? Aside from enjoying the great outdoors, the somewhat forgotten Earnhardt is designing homes. The Earnhardt Collection is a signature series of homes from Schumacher Homes, designed by Kerry and his wife, Rene Earnhardt.
The collection includes 22 homes, and according to a release from his brother’s JR Motorsports, “Each home was inspired by the strength and beauty of the outdoors and represents the affordable, quality construction that’s made Schumacher Homes the largest custom homebuilder in America.”
Apparently, Kerry and Rene have a knack for this home design thing. The Blue Ridge floor plan in the collection won an award for Best Architectural Design from the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders.
A lot of drivers look to continue their involvement in racing when their driving careers end, from become team owners to driving coaches, etc. Meanwhile, Kerry Earnhardt is paving his own path in his own way.