Following Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s decision to head into retirement, he has remained heavily involved in NASCAR. Earnhardt Jr.‘s Hall of Fame career has provided him with incredible opportunities over the years. However, there is one scenario he will never give any serious thought, not even for $1 million.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-NASCAR career ventures
Since stepping into retirement from racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has kept more than a pulse on NASCAR.
Earnhardt Jr. has maintained a significant involvement with the sport through a few avenues. The 46-year-old has smoothly transitioned into the broadcast booth for NBC Sports in their coverage during the season.
He has coupled that with his weekly Dale Jr. Download podcast, where he routinely interviews people involved with NASCAR in various capacities. Earnhardt Jr. also co-owns JR Motorsports with his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Rick Hendrick that competes in everything except the Cup Series.
All that has allowed him to keep a steady hand on the sport, where he became one of the most popular drivers it ever had. NASCAR has presented Earnhardt Jr. with many incredible opportunities, but there is one route he will never head if was ever offered to him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will always refuse a coveted TV gig, even for $1 Million
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has stretched his wings a bit in retirement with his involvement in various off-the-track situations.
Much of which has centered on staying around NASCAR in a tremendous capacity. Earnhardt Jr. has also been open to several different opportunities. Still, there is one that he will never do: Dancing With the Stars.
During an episode of The Dale Jr. Download podcast in February 2019 with driver Ryan Blaney, the two-time Daytona 500 winner voiced that not even $1 million could get him to compete in the competition.
‘That’s me and Dancing With the Stars,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I wouldn’t do it for a million dollars.”
Earnhardt Jr. has voiced on a few occasions that he has no interest in participating in the nationally televised program that began in 2005. He is clearly not too keen on the idea of dancing in front of millions watching through their TV sets, let alone judges.
What also hasn’t helped is how former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip looked on the show. His dancing routine that included donning a bikini didn’t exactly leave a strong positive impression on Earnhardt Jr.
The scenario will always be on the table, but it’s crystal clear that Earnhardt Jr. has zero interest in ever gracing the stage for Dancing With the Stars,
Interest lies solely with NASCAR
Beyond dealing with the possible perceived embarrassment that can come with competing on Dancing With the Stars, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s interest lies solely with NASCAR.
Despite stepping into retirement a few years ago, Earnhardt Jr. still holds an unyielding passion for the sport. He continues to remain significantly attached to NASCAR through his various involvements of his own doing.
Earnhardt Jr. runs a tremendously successful podcast that is among the most popular sports weekly shows. Although he will forever remain a fixture through JR Motorsports’ ownership, he has continued to make a strong personal effort to further fuel the Earnhardt legacy.
His latest upcoming venture will feature him driving his dad’s fully restored 1984 Chevy Nova as the pace car for an Xfinity race in May at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt Jr. is staying in this same lane, and Dancing With the Stars clearly has no place in his future.