Dale Jr. on Dan Patrick Show: Retirement plans, how concussion changed him


While Dale Earnhardt Jr. anticipates racing for several more years to come, one thing could stop that goal cold – winning the NASCAR Cup Series championship.

“If I won the championship, I’d retire on the stage in Vegas. Hell yeah,” Earnhardt said.

Asked by Patrick if he would.

“Probably. Wouldn’t it be the best way to go out on top?”

Earnhardt went on to say that he wants to talk to those who retired and how they knew it was time to leave the sport.

“I haven’t had that conversation yet,” he said.

Earnhardt and wife Amy appeared Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show on NBCSN. Among other topics Earnhardt discussed was how he thought his father, Dale Earnhardt, likely would have continued to race for maybe one or two more seasons had he not been killed in a last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.

The younger Earnhardt also talked about his love for the NFL’s Washington Redskins, how Amy has made him a better person, social anxiety, his recovery from concussions that caused him to miss the entire second half of the 2016 season and all that he went through during that time.

Earnhardt will be going for his third career win in the Daytona 500 in this Sunday’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

Check out excerpts of Earnhardt’s interviews at the top of this story and also below.

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