PARKERSBURG - A member of a famous racing family will be in Parkersburg later this month, officials said on Friday.
Bobby Dale Earnhardt, the grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 will be at the Wood County Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Seventh Street, spokesman Lisa Collins said. ReStore is at 1448 Seventh St.
Earnhardt moved to Charleston, W.Va., from his hometown of Rockingham, N.C., to race in the ARCA TRUCK series.
He wanted to help Habitat for Humanity and has been traveling West Virginia in support of the organization, said Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity.
Earnhardt is visiting West Virginia cities where there is a ReStore, where used or donated construction materials and hardware are sold to benefit Habitat, Phillips said. He'll next go to Morgantown, Phillips said.
Earnhardt will not bring a racing vehicle because of the costs in transporting, Phillips said.
"It's too expensive," Phillips said.
However, he will be available for autographs and photos, Phillips said. The event is free and open to the public, he said.
"Just like ReStore," Phillips said.
Earnhardt has been developing sponsorships in preparation of developing a NASCAR racing team.
Among sponsors are CompuPro in Hurricane, W.Va., the Drive-In Barbershop in Charleston and the All in One pawn shop in Charleston.
Earnhardt comes from a racing family, but says he wants to build his career on his talent, not because of the name on his driver's license
"I'm working to raise the money on my own and start in the development series like everyone else; I'm no different than anyone else," he said on his website.