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Age: 27
Height: 6 ft.
Status: Never married

Residence: Mooresville, N.C.

Education: Automotive mechanic diploma from Mitchell Community College in Mooresville.

The scoop: In only two years on the NASCAR circuit, the son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., who was killed in a crash last year, has won $10 million -- and a fervid fan base. "At almost every autograph session we get at least one gal that comes up and is either weeping or shaking or unable to speak," says Jade Gurss, friend and coauthor of Driver #8, Earnhardt's memoir of his rookie season.

In his own words: When it comes to racing, he says, "part of me has to have that risk and that danger and that element of not knowing. That sets me aside from most men."

The ideal woman: "She has to be real tough and career-oriented, but I also want her to be with me and want to be at the races. If I see just a hint of a lack of interest, it won't work."

What a catch: Says Earnhardt, "I've done my own laundry since I was 10."

Picture and article from the upcoming People Magazine
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will appear in People Magazine's "Most Eligible Bachelors" that goes on sale at newsstands this week. With a distribution of more than 40 million copies, this special edition of the magazine is one of the most visible and widely distributed publications of the year.  His selection was kept highly confidential before being revealed Tuesday evening on "Dateline NBC."

The interview for the feature took place at Dale Jr's own "JR Motorsports" offices in Mooresville, NC, and the photo shoot took place in turn four of Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, where Junior posed in front of one of his No. 8 Budweiser race cars.

This marks Dale Jr's sixth appearance in People Magazine. His first appearance was in October, 2000 when he was selected to appear in the "Sexiest Men" issue. His poise and accomplishments during a very difficult and emotional 2001 also garnered him a mention in the magazine's "Most Intriguing People of 2001."

Dale Jr. will also be a visible component of this weekend's programming on MTV. Saturday and Sunday is the "MTV True Life Marathon," where the most popular episodes of the "True Life" documentary series will be shown. Dale Jr's one-hour documentary will air with some new interview footage taped recently at California Speedway.