Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets emotional over family’s legal battles Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
DOVER, DE - JUNE 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2017 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

In recent years, a brand new love and eventual marriage have seemed to soothe the rough edges of Dale Earnhardt Jr. both on and off the track.

But mess with his family?

Well, that’s a whole other story.

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Indeed, the NASCAR superstar still has a fiery side that seemed to flame up on July 27, when an ESPN story reported an update about some of the family’s recent legal troubles.

“Teresa Earnhardt won a small victory in court today as the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board must reconsider its decision that allowed Kerry Earnhardt to license the term ‘Earnhardt Collection’ for custom homes built by Schumacher Homes,” the story read.

NASCAR fans will recall that Teresa Earnhardt was married to Dale Jr.’s father, Dale Earnhardt, at the time of his death in 2001 after a last lap crash in the Daytona 500. Kerry is her stepson, and they have been embroiled in a trademark battle over their shared last name since 2012.

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“This shit again?” Dale Jr. quickly responded in a follow-up tweet. “Damn, I hate this for my brother. He’s a good soul and my father would be proud of him and what he’s accomplished.”

Dale Jr.’s half brother, Kerry, also weighed in, saying “No ‘victory’ to be had in this situation WHATSOEVER! Our FAMILY is much better than this. We will continue the ‘good’ fight, because we MUST.”

Here’s to hoping things get smoothed out soon between all of the parties involved!

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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