A note from Tommy: Today’s episode is a recut version of the conversation I had with Dale Earnhardt Jr. last March. We’ve done some editing and reshaping so it might sound a little different, but we thought it might be a good time to re-air it with the Daytona 500 coming up on Feb. 17. You’ll hear Dale Jr. talk about his mixed emotions about retiring as a race car driver, and his relationship with his legendary dad, Dale Sr. He also talks about getting ready to become a father, which happened just a few weeks after our talk; he and his wife, Amy, had a baby girl named Isla on April 30.
Dale Jr. has a heightened sense of awareness. That was a useful thing on the track in his long and successful career as a NASCAR driver, and now as a broadcaster for NBC. But off the track, it made him nervous and anxious and sometimes hard to be around. He has spent the last few years doing a lot of growing up – partly in response to a series of concussions that led him to retire, partly because he fell in love and wanted to start a family. He’s one of the most open and honest people I’ve ever interviewed.
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- The Amazon link to Dale Jr.'s recent memoir, "Racing To the Finish"
- The story I wrote about him for ESPN the Magazine
- The Instagram feeds for Dale Jr. and his wife, Amy
- His Dale Jr. Download podcast (with links to other Dirty Mo Radio podcasts)