It’s a sad day in the NASCAR community as they mourn the loss of Brenda Jackson.
Brenda Jackson, a longtime employee at JR Motorsports and mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has passed away following a battle with cancer. She was 65 years old.
According to JRMRacing.com, Jackson became an instant favorite to her friends and colleagues at JR Motorsports when she joined the company as an accounting specialist in 2004. Her sarcastic musings and straightforward approach injected a brand of humor at JR Motorsports that became part of its fabric as it grew into a full-time NASCAR racing operation in 2006 and a championship-winning organization in 2014.
She married NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1972.
Man, this tears me up! I'll never forget the time YRB and I go over to Dales to have a few and she just starts giving me the hardest time. We laughed, and then fast forward to Dale & Amys wedding where I got the pleasure to share a dance with her. Rest in peace love! https://t.co/qdcrZgp3WI
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) April 22, 2019
This is great. Special lady that will be very missed. Thinking of Brenda’s family and friends… rip https://t.co/XReQw1qz3V
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) April 22, 2019
Miss Brenda was truly one of a kind. A wonderful lady. She brightened everyone’s day who crossed her path. Thinking of her and her family today. https://t.co/0EUTajJFUX
— Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) April 22, 2019
— Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) April 22, 2019
Miss Brenda, we thank you for the all memories and the laughter. The office won’t be the same without you. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/CtPxq6VNWH
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) April 22, 2019
Back in 2017, SportsCenter asked Dale Jr. to write a Mother’s Day letter to his mom, and then surprised him when she was actually in the building when he read it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Earnhardt family.