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.
What do you do on your last weekend before you go back to work after a long offseason?
If you’re Dale Earnhardt Jr., you go on a field trip.
Earnhardt and his wife, Amy, spent time Saturday at Ryan Newman’s Rescue Ranch. The 87-acre facility in Statesville, North Carolina, was founded in 2012 by Newman and his wife Krissie. The ranch is dedicated to educating people about “animal, agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation.”
Earnhardt got a close up look at the animals the program works with, including birds, hedgehogs, cows, and of course, giant rabbits.
Here’s a look at the Earnhardt’s day at the ranch. Beware of snakes.
and on Facebook
Eighteen months after he proposed to her in Germany, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fiancé Amy Reimann are married.
The 14-time most popular driver and Reimann are taking a page out of the playbook of Kyle and Samantha Busch and tied the knot on New Year’s Eve.
The couple has been dating since 2009. Earnhardt proposed to Reimann during a trip to Germany in June 2015 that culminated in a visit to a Lutheran church that Earnhardt’s relatives attended centuries ago before migrating to North America in 1744.
Check back for more on the wedding.
Whenever Dale Earnhardt Jr. has his bachelor party, he’ll have to go a long way to top fiancée Amy Reimann’s bridal shower.
Reimann, who will marry Earnhardt on December 31, took to Twitter on Friday morning to thank her bridesmaids for her bridal shower.
It must have been one heck of a party, as Reimann and her bridesmaids had an 18th century Marie Antoinette (who lived from 1755 to 1793) theme going on, complete with white wigs, long gowns – and from the photo Reimann attached to her tweet, plenty of good food.
Check it out:
The 2017 season for NASCAR’s premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) doesn’t begin for 82 days with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.
That’s a lot of time and the stars of the sport have to keep themselves busy. Here’s a look at what some NASCAR drivers are doing with 82 days until the first points race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is busy going through production days for sponsors that will be on his No. 88 Chevrolet when he returns after missing the last 18 races of 2016 with a concussion. When he arrives at Daytona, he’ll also be a married man after he ties the knot with his fiance Amy Reimann on Dec. 31.
So any commercial that debuts next season needs to reflect reality.
While the Daytona 500 will likely mark Dale Jr.’s return to racing, it will also be the debut of Stewart-Haas Racing with Ford. It will also be the first race for Clint Bowyer with SHR after his lone season with HScott Motorsports (which has announced it wouldn’t compete in NASCAR in 2017)
And Bowyer expressed his excitement and possible shock at how quickly things are changing for him with a picture of a new Ford truck.
Keeping it in the Stewart-Haas Racing family, Danica Patrick has officially announced a book she is writing that will be released in January 2018 titled “Pretty Intense.” As part of the project, Patrick has also made available a 90-day health and nutrition plan she has tested herself.
Meanwhile, Casey Mears still doesn’t have any plans to announce for the next season after he was replaced at Germain Racing by Ty Dillon. Mears spent seven years in the No. 13 Geico Chevrolet.
Greg Biffle doesn’t have any plans announced for next year either, but he’s not sitting around for a phone call. The 19-time Cup winner is hanging out with Kurt Busch in the Glamis sand dunes.
As the offseason really gets going, a few drivers are taking part in a small basketball league called “The Hoop Group,” which you can follow along with on Twitter. Drivers in the league include Denny Hamlin, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney.