Tragedy Strikes for Dale Earnhardt Jr and his Family as his Grandmother Passes Away

Published 12/26/2021, 2:35 PM EST


The last couple of months have been pretty tough for the NASCAR community. Back in October, IndyCar legend, Al Unser passed away. Earlier this month, the Keselowski clan bid a tearful farewell to their patriarch, Bob Keselowski. Now, Dale Earnhardt Jr and his family have announced that their grandmother, Martha Earnhardt, passed away on Christmas Day.

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A statement from Kelley Earnhardt read, “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Martha Earnhardt passed away Christmas evening. As we grieve her loss and begin to imagine life without our beloved ‘Mamaw’, we find solace in knowing she is at peace in eternal glory. And in joyous reunion with her husband Ralph and sons, Dale, Randy and Danny. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for loving our Mamaw as if she were your own. She was not just the matriarch to our family, but she was the matriarch to multiple generations of race fans.”

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It is tragic that she passed away on Christmas Day.

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, reacts on pit road after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

The Dale Earnhardt Jr clan received condolences from the community

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In light of the news, Brad Keselowski also offered his condolences. Others included Kyle Petty, former Xfinity driver Jimmy Means, and several other personalities and fans. For now, the Earnhardt family will have to forge ahead from this loss and remember Martha for what she meant for them.

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