"Went right to the wedding."Earnhardt has been dating Amy Reimann for several years but said he doesn't have any wedding plans yet.And if he did, the wedding wouldn't take place at Daytona International Speedway as the suggested."Of course not," he said.Pop the question already,'" Dale told reporters at NASCAR Media Day in Daytona Beach, Fla., in February. I figure if we ever get to that step in life, I owe her that much.

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The tabloid also said Sheryl Crow and Brooks & Dunn would perform.

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This makes him NASCAR's most important figure, and there's no one -- not the six-time champ Jimmie Johnson, not Danica Patrick, not even NASCAR chairman Brian France himself -- who is a close second.

Earnhardt understands this intimately, feels the ever-tightening noose of pressure that accompanies being voted the sport's most popular driver 11 straight seasons.

is the face of NASCAR, so it only makes sense that there's more than just a little interest in the woman who's been by his side along the way. and his long-time girlfriend Amy Reimann officially took the next step, announcing their engagement in June 2015.

"I'm completely overwhelmed with love & joy," Reimann posted on social media shortly after news broke. " The racing star echoed Reimann's sentiments, adding, "Looking forward to the rest of my life with this amazing girl." Now, with the NASCAR season set to get underway, the spotlight on Earnhardt Jr.She can often be seen at Earnhardt Jr.’s side following a race or at industry award ceremonies.Earnhardt laughed when asked about the report Friday at Talladega Superspeedway and said he didn't know he was getting married."We just skipped the engagement, I guess," he said.This was why Earnhardt was savoring, quietly, those early-morning moments in February at the place he's been coming to since he was a small towheaded boy: Hours earlier he had won his second Daytona 500.With the victory, he essentially clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase with 25 races left in the regular season.and Reimann, and their soon-to-be-nuptials, is brighter than ever.