Since stepping away from his NASCAR racing career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has embraced the family life with his wife Amy and their two children. Earnhardt has dove headfirst into fatherhood with his two daughters. The life-changing experience has quickly helped him realize why he doesn’t want a son.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s connection to his dad
Growing up, Earnhardt Jr. didn’t possess the strongest of bonds with his father.
Despite that, he greatly respected his dad and pursued a racing car driving career because of the desire to strengthen their bond. Dale Jr.’s life has become engulfed with the sport beyond his 20-plus year career as a NASCAR driver and part-owner of JR Motorsports.
He also works in the broadcast booth to cover races while he runs a highly successful podcast, Dale Jr. download, to keep him attached to the sports and maintain his father’s prominence in the sport.
As he progresses into his life, off the track into fatherhood, he’s quickly concluded that he doesn’t want a son.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits to a selfish reason why he never wanted to have a son
Earnhardt‘s life changed paths after having his first child, Isla.
As he ventures further into fatherhood with two daughters, he holds happiness that he hasn’t had a son. During a recent interview on the Bussin’ With The Boys podcast, he revealed why he doesn’t want a boy.
“No, because I was thinking about my own life and thinking about growing up in my dad’s house,” Earnhardt said. “How much people expected [out of me] and thought ‘Man you’re just automatically thinking you’re going to be this rockstar race car driver. You are going to follow right into your dad’s footsteps and do everything he did and more.’
“I might not have been as self-aware of that when I was a kid, but I didn’t wouldn’t want to have to watch my son be a subject to that. So I didn’t want a son. I wanted another girl the second time. If it was going to be a boy, it was going to be fine but I’m selfish. People are not supposed to wish for one or the other. You just want a healthy baby.
“My wife is badass and my first girl is giving me all this love. I’m like ‘Damn I’ll take some more of this. I’ll take more of this.’ My house is just bubbling over with [love] and I think a little boy would come in there and be like a Tasmanian devil and create all kinds of difficulties.”
It’s clear that Earnhardt is perfectly happy with being a girl dad and wouldn’t want any other way.
Dale Jr. wouldn’t burden his son by naming him Dale
Although Earnhardt has had two daughters, there remains the possibility of his next child being a boy.
If his family were to expand to his first son, the 46-year-old noted that he wouldn’t burden him with the Dale name.
“No, hell no,” Earnhardt exclaimed. “I was worried that I would screw up the boy. I felt like I wasn’t parent material to teach them right and wrong and manners. In my mind, I am thinking I don’t have that ability. I have never parented. I am probably going to be pretty bad at this.”
The two-time Daytona 500 winner is well aware of the pressure of being the son of a NASCAR driver. It certainly didn’t help his case that his father is one of the greatest in the sport’s history.
Earnhardt isn’t comparing himself to his father or his NASCAR success, but he’s well aware that having a son will pressure him to drive and continue the family legacy.
At this point, he’s avoided the potential hurdle, but it’s something he’s given strong thought toward.