UPDATE: (Jan 25, 2017) Earnhardt Federal Court Case – Earnhardt Collection Appeal to be Heard This is not the first time an issue like this has come to the surface.In the past she has prevented Dale Earnhardt from using the #8 car.He was quoted multiple times that it was built for his son Dale Earnhardt Jr.Dale Earnhardt is not happy with his stepmother – again."The people we interact with on Twitter are, ' When are you going to do it? "She gets it more than I do: People telling her all the time I need to put a ring on it. People are like, ' Man, your time is running out. '" He added: "I'm not going to be held accountable (to wear a ring) and she can do whatever she wants.I figure if we ever get to that step in life, I owe her that much.Earnhardt told me as part of an exclusive Charlotte Observer interview Thursday, that he was siding with his half-brother over his stepmother in a legal dispute.The issue: Whether Kerry Earnhardt can use his last name to market homes that he and his wife, Rene, helped design as part of a series of houses to be built by Schumacher homes.
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)– A messy legal battle over how the Earnhardt family name is used just got more complicated.According to Courthouse News, Kerry Earnhardt, the eldest child of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., received a setback in court after his stepmother Teresa Earnhardt successfully challenged a trademark decision that allowed him to use the family name for his custom home design service.Partnering with Schumacher Homes, Kerry initially licensed the business as “Earnhardt Collection” in 2011, reports ESPN, and was eventually granted the right to use the name in 2016. The athlete, 40, added: "Looking forward to the rest of my life with this amazing girl." PHOTOS: 2015 celebrity weddings Earnhardt Jr. PHOTOS: Stars who date athletes "I'm completely overwhelmed with love & joy. I love you so much @Dale Jr," Reimann captioned a pic of the couple.