MOORSVILLE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sweeping estate is impressive, but someday it’ll be gone. Someday we will all be gone, with our buildings left behind, and relics in our place to tell the stories of who we were and what we accomplished. One such monument to Earnhardt’s past sits through the trees a few hundred yards away from Dale’s house on a hill which overlooks his 300 acre “Dirty Mo” property.
It’s a working, functioning Wild West town, like one you’d find at a Six Flags. It doesn’t get much use anymore outside of corporate events, and like most things on this earth it is destined to deteriorate and be swallowed by nature. That’s perfectly fine with Dale. He’s long moved onto new interests, and he has a healthy respect for nature’s ability to reclaim its territory.
“I’m fascinated with nature taking over,” Earnhardt says. “When we’re gone, somebody’s gonna run into this. When I bought this property this whole area was woods. It’ll probably be woods again someday. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone stumbled onto this?”
A few years back Dale started looking online at abandoned amusement parks and then racetracks. He tracked them down and started visiting as many as he could. Some still have the outline of the track, while others are so overgrown that you can’t tell at all when you’re there. It takes an overhead satellite image to notice there used to be anything there at all.
When he was younger he lived across the street from Dale Earnhardt Inc. and after he and the crew would finish working, they’d hang out. Hangouts led to later hangouts. And those eventually became parties. Junior got tired of cleaning up the next day and having to live in a party house (as we all do), but he still wanted to provide a place for everyone to blow off some steam.