Brenda Lorraine Gee, the ex-wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, passed away on April 22, 2019, at the age of 65. She had been battling cancer for a long time and fought it until her last breath.
A Daughter of a NASCAR Pioneer
Brenda Lorraine Gee was born on January 3, 1954, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Robert Gee and Hazel May Overton. Her father was a renowned NASCAR car builder, who worked for teams such as Holman-Moody, Junior Johnson, and Richard Childress Racing. He built cars for drivers such as Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Brenda inherited her father’s passion for racing and was involved in the NASCAR community since her childhood.
A Former Wife of a NASCAR Icon
Brenda married Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1972, when he was an aspiring racer. They had two children, Kelley, born in 1972, and Dale Jr., born in 1974. However, their marriage did not last long, as they divorced in 1979. Dale Sr. went on to marry Teresa Houston in 1982 and became one of the most successful and popular drivers in NASCAR history, winning seven championships and 76 races.
Brenda remained on good terms with Dale Sr. and supported their children’s racing careers. She also remarried to William M.
A Mother of Two NASCAR Stars
Brenda’s children, Dale Jr. and Kelley, followed their father’s footsteps and became successful NASCAR drivers and team owners. Dale Jr. won 26 races and two Xfinity Series championships as a driver, and is now a broadcaster and co-owner of JR Motorsports, along with Kelley and Rick Hendrick. Kelley is also a NASCAR executive and a businesswoman, who oversees the operations of JR Motorsports and other ventures.
Brenda was very proud of her children’s achievements and often attended their races and events. She was also a grandmother to several grandchildren, whom she adored.
A Beloved Member of the JR Motorsports Family
Brenda joined JR Motorsports, the racing team founded by Dale Jr. and Kelley, as an accounting specialist in 2004. She quickly became a favorite among her colleagues and friends, thanks to her wit, charisma, and humor. She was known for her sarcastic musings and straightforward approach, which added a touch of fun and laughter to the workplace. She was also a devout Christian and a member of St.
Brenda’s death was mourned by her family, friends, and fans. JR Motorsports posted a tribute video for her on Twitter, saying: “Miss Brenda, we thank you for the all memories and the laughter. The office won’t be the same without you.
Brenda Lorraine Gee was a remarkable woman, who lived a life of love and adventure. She left behind a legacy of creativity and excellence, through her children’s racing careers and her own artworks. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, a caring mother, a proud grandmother, and a loyal friend.