Bobby Earnhardt appearance canceled

PARKERSBURG – A member of a famous racing family will no longer appear in Parkersburg following a severing of agreements, an official said on Friday.

Bobby Dale Earnhardt, the grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr., was scheduled to appear at the Wood County Habitat for Humanity Restore on Seventh Street on Aug. 28, but the event has been canceled,” said spokeswoman Lisa Collins.

“At the moment there is no rescheduling,” Collins said. “The partnership between Bobby Dale Earnhardt and the national Habitat for Humanity has been discontinued, which canceled our local event.”

Earnhardt recently moved to Charleston, W.Va., from his hometown of Rockingham, N.C., to race in the ARCA TRUCK series and had announced his intention to help Habitat for Humanity. He had been visiting West Virginia cities with a ReStore, including Morgantown.

ReStores are where used and donated construction materials, hardware and furniture are sold to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

It is unknown if Earnhardt’s Aug. 12 arrest in Charleston on a misdemeanor charge of first-offense driving under the influence of alcohol was a reason behind the break in ties with Habitat for Humanity.

At the time of his arrest, Earnhardt’s blood alcohol level was 0.193, more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and a maximum $500 fine.

“We had heard about people planning to take the day off and make a day of the event, so we wanted to let them know the appearance event will not happen,” Collins said.