KANNAPOLIS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - There's no doubt that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a familiar name to NASCAR fans, but what about Kelley Earnhardt Miller? Dale's older sister may not be as well known to fans, but she is the driving force for the Dale Jr. Foundation.
Kelley's been looking out for her brother ever since his younger days when he would show up in her lunch line, without any money left for food.
"And I'd just come up there and go, 'I ain't got it!' Dale Jr. told FOX 46. "And so, she just took care of me, Kelley did."
Older sister is still taking care of him, and a lot of other people in the community. Kelley servers as the Executive Director of the Dale Jr. Foundation.
"We always try to find creative ways to raise money and that can be kind of challenging from year to year. You have to change each program up to try to make it new and make it exciting for folks."
This year, there's a lot to get excited about. Fans have the chance at winning a car driven by Earnhardt Jr. himself, and it's just not any car.
"What's not awesome about a corvette, right? It's got every bell and whistle that you can have," Kelley told FOX 46.
The Foundation also has a strong partnership with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the minor league baseball team named after their father's, Dale Earnhardt Sr., nickname on the track.
Recently the Dale Jr. Foundation announced a $500,000 commitment for the Dale Jr. wish room as part of their partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina.
They don't just keep it all in the family either. During Watkins Glen race weekend, 36 drivers sported Dale Jr.'s signature skeleton gloves. They'll be autographed and auctioned off to raise money for the Nationwide Children's Hospital.
"The guys are competitive on the racetrack, but when it comes to everybody's charities, everyone tries to jump on board and help each other as much as they can," Dale Jr. said.
This charity in particular has a more personal meaning to Dale Jr.
"I've been to Nationwide Children's Hospital five times before I was a dad and I went for the sixth visit as father and you see it completely different."
"You're able to have more compassion and put yourself in that situation and understand it better than when you haven't," Kelley said.
To learn more about the Dale Jr. Foundation, click here.