Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s mother dies after cancer battle

Brenda Jackson, mother of retired Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, died at the age of 65 after battling cancer. JR Motorsports, the NASCAR Xfinity Series team co-owned by Earnhardt, Miller and Rick Hendrick announced Jackson's death Monday.

"I’m glad her suffering has ended and she can be at peace,” Earnhardt [@DaleJr] tweeted. "She would be in tears of happiness over the words of support and remembrance she’s been shown today. Our family appreciates it as well. She will live in our hearts forever."

Jackson also was a daughter of the late Robert Gee, a legendary NASCAR race car fabricator, and was married to seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer, the late Dale Earnhardt between 1972 and 1977. She was an accounting specialist at JR Motorsports from 2004 until 2019.

Jackson is survived by two children, Earnhardt Jr. and Miller; husband William Jackson Jr.; step-daughter Meredith Davis; two brothers, Robert Gee and Jimmy Gee; and six grandchildren.

"My mom, my biggest advocate and my friend...at peace that she’s at peace. No more suffering & no more pain...made new in the arms of Jesus, reunited w/ones she loves & as a believer I’ll be reunited w/ her one day,” Miller [@EarnhardtKelley] tweeted. "Thank you to all that are offering your prayers, hugs & support.”

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Piedmont Animal Rescue or Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell.