What a pair they were, strolling through the darkness and gazing into the empty grandstands at the place where Earnhardt has experienced so much triumph and so much terror.
The son of the Intimidator, the seven-time Cup champion who lost his life on a last lap crash at Daytona in 2001, Earnhardt is the only NASCAR driver today who truly possesses that incandescent shine of celebrity, the only face in the sport that, say, a hockey fan in Duluth could pick out of a lineup.
The couple announced their engagement while vacationing in Germany during an off-week in NASCAR’s schedule.
If you look closely at Reimann’s tweet, you’ll notice an engagement ring right where it’s supposed to be.
The couple, who have been dating since 2009, are in Germany researching Earnhardt's family lineage during an off week for Sprint Cup Series drivers.
The 40-year-old Earnhardt, son of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, has won 12 consecutive NASCAR Most Popular Driver awards.
"She is starting to kind of realize she might of bit off more than she can chew on the driving side of it," he said.
running of the Daytona 500 had long since disappeared into the Florida night -- and the unattended campfires in the infield had burned down to smoldering red-orange embers, which crackled thin lines of smoke into the still, silent night.
She posted the news on Twitter via a photo of the couple in a Lutheran church where Earnhardt had tweeted that his family had attended seven generations and 300 years ago.
Earnhardt Jr.’s older sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, also was on the trip to Germany with the couple, and she was one of several in the NASCAR community to offer congratulations on the the news (including Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt).
That’s not so unusual until you consider that Earnhardt reportedly has a fear of jewelry, both for himself and for people around him. “We’ve talked about it,” he told USA Today in February.
“I’m not going to be held accountable (to wear a ring) and she can do whatever she wants. Hopefully it’s just a good trip,” the NASCAR superstar told SB Nation.
Actually, Reimann made the announcement first on Twitter.