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Earnhardt Jr. laughs off lavish wedding talk

May 02, 2014, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com

Tabloid speculated driver had $2 million plan in the works

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a good laugh at a recent tabloid report of an impending "$2 million wedding extravaganza" at Daytona International Speedway that would include 2,000 invited guests and be led "by a procession around the track including racing-themed cars and ending with a checkered flag at the finish line."

Earnhardt, 39, admitted Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway that he read "The National Enquirer" story and that the details were certainly news to him. And a source of amusement. 

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"So we just skipped the engagement I guess, went right to the wedding," said Earnhardt, who was just named the winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year Award for 2014 by the DOTY Foundation.

The notoriously frugal driver shook his head at the reported cost of his imaginary nuptials to longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann and smiled.

"I definitely would have a hard time writing that check," he added.

According to the article, Earnhardt whispered his marriage intentions in Reimann's ear in the immediate celebration of his second Daytona 500 victory in February. The story gives robust details of the day -- although no date -- including a menu of lobster, steak, shrimp, brisket and ribs "washed down with champagne and top-shelf liquor."

The venue, "the luxurious Daytona 500 Club" with additional partying scheduled for the parking lots, also didn't jibe with anything he had imagined for his big day.

"I would not force everybody to go down to Daytona for my wedding," Earnhardt said. "I probably would just have it right there in the back yard, but whatever is easiest.

"That was funny. I read that and it was a roller coaster of an article. Pretty good."

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