Dale Jr. talks family, concussions and his new book on the Dan Patrick Show

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels “liberated” to tell the story of his history with concussions and racing in his upcoming book, “Racing to the Finish.”

Earnhardt talked about the book and more in an appearance Wednesday on NBCSN’s “The Dan Patrick Show” ahead of his first weekend as an analyst on NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage.

“When I was racing I didn’t want to spend my final season trying to tell everybody this story,” Earnhardt said. “I just wanted to enjoy one last year and not let it be dominated by headlines of concussions and things I had maybe hid from people and not shared with people openly. Finally once I got out of the car, I’m like, ‘You know what? I can finally try to tell this story. Not everybody’s going to be real happy with me, but hopefully it helps people understand if they’re making the same mistakes that I made.'”

Earnhardt also discussed his new life off the track with his wife Amy and their first child, Isla Rose.

“Those type of things have a way of maturing you super fast and forcing you to change your lifestyle and the way you think,” Earnhardt said. “I really am frustrated with myself that I didn’t do this sooner, that I didn’t get married sooner, that I didn’t have children sooner. I know I had a lot of fun in my 20s and in my 30s. I realize now how great these experiences are. Frankly, I wish I could have started sooner and enjoyed those at a younger age.”

Watch more from Earnhardt’s appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” in the videos above and below.