CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a statement announcing his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) | Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a statement announcing his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr only interested in Cup charter under the right circumstances UPDATE

UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Jr spoke to Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass and was asked about his interest in a charter:

“We’re out of the charter business right now. … The sale of a charter, I would call it a cycle, right? Well, we missed this last cycle. We’ll see what comes down the road. I’m almost feeling like that if I were to ever get involved in the Cup side, it would be like an investment — my personal monetary investment in something current. I would be open to talking to team owners about putting money into a particular singular charter and saying, “Hey, I’m going to park an investment here in this charter. I’m leaving that for my generations down the road, my girls and what have you.” It wouldn’t be anything other than that. So I don’t know if we’ll ever have JR Motorsports physically owning charters, running a race team operating every facet of that. I think that that ship has sailed.”

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ORIGINAL POST 6-8-2024: It is going to take the right set of circumstances and partners for JR Motorsports to expand into the NASCAR Cup Series someday but Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is not completely shutting the doors to the idea.

Earnhardt has made it very clear where his previous expansion missteps were made and why nothing has changed on that front. Speaking on his Dale Jr Download podcast on Tuesday, Earnhardt says the buy in price for him to even have a single car on the grid just doesn’t make sense for him and his family.

Earnhardt has expressed regret over not acquiring a charter when the buy-in price was in the single digit millions but that time has long passed. Now, Earnhardt just isn’t willing to spend $30 million for the reasons he was not willing to spend a couple million several years ago.

Family.

“Personally, I would rather do something else with that money for the benefit of my girls,” Earnhardt said of daughters Isla and Nicole. “And so I can take that and … there’s a lot of investments and opportunities, right? … I’m not buying a charter and putting millions of dollars away into something that I can’t then recoup or sell for a profit. …

“Kelley (Earnhardt-Miller, sister) and I have talked about getting into it and we’ve seen some opportunities to do that but it didn’t work out,” Earnhardt said. “We’re still at the table, talking to different teams about maybe partnering or investing.

“We’re always open to hearing what someone thinks about our idea of a partnership, but none of them have been like, ‘that’s it, that’s a perfect match man.’ That is what we’re looking for.

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