Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr., was in a cheerful mood after the world learned that her son proposed to girlfriend Amy Reimann while vacationing in Germany earlier this week.

Asked by Patrick if he was "engaged yet," the third-generation driver replied: "Not yet. get a tattoo of his girlfriend’s name on his ring finger.

Me and Amy are doing great, though, and we’re heading in the right direction." Pressed on what that meant exactly, Earnhardt Jr. "If I want to get engaged, I don’t want to spoil the surprise on Dan Patrick’s radio show," he said. added, after Patrick joked that asking for Amy’s hand in marriage on the air might be a good way to surprise her. did rule out the possiblity of any kind of NASCAR-themed proposal.

Former backup fullback for the Mooresville Blue Devils varsity soccer team.

Aspiring competition BBQ Pitmaster.”This season has been a mixed bag for Earnhardt.

"I’m very excited for both of them," said Jackson, the second wife of the late Dale Earnhardt. I know Dale (Jr.) is real excited, and him and Amy love each other very much." Already a grandmother to the three children of Dale Jr.’s sister, Kelley, Jackson is eagerly anticipating the day when Dale Jr. "I am just looking forward to a wonderful future for the both of them, and hopefully a grandchild for me," she said with a big smile.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 41, competes in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Earnhardt will get married shortly after NASCAR season ends in November Earnhardt sides with half-brother over stepmother in dispute over usage of Earnhardt name NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., center, is surrounded by fans as he walks to the garage signing autographs prior to practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday. enters Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 closer to the end of his career than the beginning, thinking not only about winning races but also about his impending marriage to Amy Reimann. long ago climbed out from under his father’s enormous shadow.

During our exclusive interview Thursday, he took his half-brother Kerry Earnhardt’s side in Kerry’s ongoing legal dispute with Teresa Earnhardt about the usage of the Earnhardt surname for business purposes.“Obviously, I’m in support of my brother,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. But he has never won a Sprint Cup points race at CMS and will try to do so once again Sunday night in the longest NASCAR race of the season.“I’d like to get a win here in a points race,” Earnhardt said as we stood inside his No. “We won the all-star race when I was a rookie, but I haven’t won a big race here.

It’d be awesome to do that since it’s our local track.”Earnhardt has all sorts of things on his mind these days. Earnhardt and his fiancee, Amy Reimann, have been engaged for almost a year (and together for much longer than that). It’s all really new to me, so I don’t really know what to expect and what comes tomorrow. But having a child and raising a child would probably the coolest accomplishment and proudest thing you could do. Earnhardt told me he was siding with his half-brother over his stepmother in a legal dispute.

NASCAR's most popular driver proposed to longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann while vacationing Wednesday in Germany.