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The National Enquirer and other sources say Dale Earnhardt Jr. is planning to marry interior decorator Amy Reimann.

A source tells the tabloids: “Dale’s done his share of partying, and he’s finally ready to settle down. When he won his second Daytona 500 (in February), he took it as a sign that this was the year to get hitched. His wedding ceremony will be at the Speedway – led by a procession around the track in racing-themed cars and ending with a checkered flag at the finish line! Dale plans to have nearly 2,000 guests, and he won’t spare any expense. “The catering will cost $500 a head for steak, lobster, shrimp, smoked brisket and ribs all washed down with cham­pagne and top-shelf liquor. “For the afternoon events, Dale’s working on getting chefs from a favorite show of his, ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ to set up on the track’s infield parking areas. There will also be a music stage and a dance floor, along with fully stocked bars. Dale hopes to get acts from the 2003 tribute concert for his dad – including Sheryl Crow, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney – to perform. Dale’s wedding will be legendary and so will the cost – at least $2 million. But when you’re worth north of $300 million, that almost seems reasonable.”  Although he is denying these reports, sources stand firm behind the story at this time.

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Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been named winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year Award for 2014 by the DOTY Foundation.

In addition to his win in the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Earnhardt Jr. has five top-five finishes -- including three runner-up finishes and a third-place result -- and six top-10s. He sits fifth in the points standings.

"I'm pretty blown away that we've won the First Quarter 2014 Driver of the Year Award," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It's an honor and really humbling to be chosen. The members that vote on this award are a credible group, and it's an award that's meant a lot to different drivers. It's one that I'm proud to have been voted for."

Dale Earnhardt claimed the Driver of the Year Award in 1987 and 1994. If Earnhardt Jr. were to win the title, he would join two other father-son winners in earning the prize: Al Unser (1970) and Al Unser Jr. (1990) as well as Mario Andretti (1967, 1978 and 1984) and Michael Andretti (1991).

"Hopefully we can keep up the good season with our National Guard team and keep ourselves in the conversation for the rest of the year," Earnhardt said.

The driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports had seven first-place ballots and totaled 88 points according to the Driver of the Year points system. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Kevin Harvick and Australia's Will Power of IndyCar tied for second place with 80 points.

"Dale and his crew chief, Steve Letarte, are in the groove," Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said. "It wouldn't surprise me to see them at the Sprint Cup Championship table later this year."

A total of 20 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting from a panel of 17 U.S. journalists and broadcasters. Points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis. Earnhardt will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a race weekend to be determined. The award is in its 48th season.

 

Showbiz Spy claims Gwyneth Paltrow has never gotten over Brad Pitt.

A source tells the site: “Gwyneth never got over Brad. She still talks about that period as te most fun and stimulating of her life. He was the coolest guy she’d ever met and their sexual chemistry was off the charts. But she was only 24 when they got engaged, and she says it was overwhelming at such a young age. Gwyneth would run back to brad in a heartbeat, but he has obviously moved on with Angelina Jolie. He’s a big believer that there’s never any point in going back, so even if he and Angelina did split up, he wouldn’t be interested. The truth is that in Gwyneth’s eyes, nobody ever compared to Brad.”

 

Showbiz Spy claims Jerry Seinfeld was shocked that he wasn't asked to replace David Letterman.

A source tells the site: “Jerry was stunned by the news. He had been taking it all very seriously — and his wife Jessica was loving the idea of ‘The Late Show Starring Jerry Seinfeld’. The couple already live in New York, where they’re raising their kids, and it would have been the perfect gig for him. No one had expected the network to make their decision so fast, so Jerry barely had time to mull the idea… when BAM!.. Colbert was hired for the job. He just never saw it coming!”

 

Rascall Flatts Tornado Damage

 

When tornados struck earlier this week in the mid-west, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney was one of the first country stars to tweet out his thoughts for the victims and with good reason. Rooney's hometown on Picher, Oklahoma was all but destroyed by an EF4 tornado in May of 2008. That same year, Joe Don visited his hometown to tour the damage and it affects him to this day:

 "I don't know what a bomb looks like when it goes off but I can tell you this, it's gotta look something like that because it was just so terrible looking. I mean, just trees uprooted and just slabs of foundation of the only thing left of anything of a house standing. So it really opened my eyes to going, 'Oh my God…' So, anything there's a storm something that goes off I mean my family I'm taking cover even here in Nashville. I mean, absolutely I'm not gonna chance that after seeing what I saw it definitely affects you and knowing this past week, my mama and dad there was one that kinda went past their house and my sister and my brother that live back in Oklahoma luckily everybody's okay in my family but um, I know there was a lot of people through Oklahoma and Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas got hit really hard and I mean all of our thoughts and prayers are with all those people."

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