- Kelley Earnhardt Miller
- Co-Owner / Vice President / Business Manager
- Birth Date
- Aug. 28, 1972
- Kannapolis, N.C.
Considered one of the most prominent businesswomen in NASCAR today, Kelley Earnhardt Miller is the backbone to JR Motorsports, as she oversees the company’s race team, management team, and business ventures for her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Coming to JR Motorsports in 2001 as general manager, the company has flourished under her leadership. With teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen All American Series for local late model cars, JR Motorsports now boasts more than three championships, all captured since Earnhardt Miller became part of the ownership group with her brother and Rick Hendrick. Two of those championships came in 2014, as Chase Elliott became NASCAR’s youngest champion ever at the age of 18 by driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 Chevrolet to the 2014 XFINITY Series title, and Josh Berry drove his No. 88 late model to a title at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway.
The daughter of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt Miller graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1995 with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in production and operations management. Out of college, Earnhardt immediately landed at Action Performance, the souvenir sales company that became the benchmark in NASCAR merchandising. Her many roles during a six-year span there included vice president of sales and vice president of procurement.
Earnhardt Miller’s move to JR Motorsports in 2001 was significant in the career of her racing brother, who had burst onto the NASCAR scene with XFINITY Series championships in 1998 and 1999. He then became one of the sport’s most publicized figures when he surged into full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2000. His immediate success on the track further catapulted his popularity, and it beckoned for savvy leadership that could maximize his immense appeal. Earnhardt Miller instantly began expanding her brother’s business portfolio, landing corporate deals that would intensify his reach as both a racer and businessman.
In 2007 Earnhardt Miller was the recipient of the Top 25 Women in Business Achievement Award by Charlotte Business Journal. In an Associated Press article in April 2007, Earnhardt Miller was referred to as “one of the most powerful people in the sport of NASCAR.” In December 2009, Earnhardt Miller was listed as the third-most powerful woman in NASCAR by ESPN.com columnist Ryan McGee.
In February 2010 Earnhardt Miller was named Opportunity Award winner by Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation for her part in bringing Danica Patrick to NASCAR. With numerous teams vying for Patrick’s attention, it was Earnhardt Miller who lured Patrick to JR Motorsports, giving the company one of the most recognized driver tandems in NASCAR with Earnhardt Jr. and Patrick.
Her most recent accolade came in 2015, as she was named one of SportsBusiness Journal’s Game Changers/Women in Sports Business for her impact on the motorsports industry.
Aside from duties as general manager at JR Motorsports and agent for her brother, Earnhardt Miller is on the board of directors for The Dale Jr. Foundation. In 2015 the foundation raised $833,045 and distributed that money to more than 75 different charities to help give underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education.
Earnhardt Miller also serves as chairman of the board of Blueharbor Bank, she is on the board of trustees for Iredell Memorial Hospital, and she is a prominent member of the North Carolina Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council.
In addition to her various leadership roles, she is currently on her third season of hosting the popular podcast, titled Fast Lane Family with Kelley Earnhardt Miller, on Dirty Mo Radio – the internet home of audio entertainment for JR Nation. Since its debut in 2014, Fast Lane Family has received more than a half-million downloads.
Earnhardt Miller is married to L.W. Miller. She is the mother to three kids – Karsyn (15), Kennedy (10), and Wyatt (4).