Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s connection to NASCAR goes much deeper than his passion for racing stock cars. His journey on that road featured an unwavering desire to foster a stronger relationship with his father. Since his dad’s tragic passing, Earnhardt Jr. still shines a light on his dad’s legacy through a short heartfelt phrase.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s relationship with his dad strengthened through NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt Jr. followed in his dad’s footsteps by pursuing a professional racing career.
The pathway toward that was primarily fueled by his desire to garner a closer relationship with his father. Earnhardt Jr. received just that as
the sport only strengthened their relationship well beyond the track.
Their time together as NASCAR drivers was short-lived, but it included many memorable moments. It has now been two decades since Dale Sr. died, but Earnhardt Jr. continues to honor him through a simple phrase.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses four words to honor his dad’s NASCAR legacy
Throughout his NASCAR career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. embraced any opportunity to honor his dad.
One of those situations came in the simple phrase, “Raise Hell, Praise Dale!” that further endeared his father to fans. During an interview with CBS Sports, Earnhardt Jr. voiced that he took on the saying to have a constant daily reminder of his father.
“For me, it’s like a shoutout to my dad,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “It is sort of a rally cry for all those Dale Earnhardt Sr. fans. That’s the way they sorta, their mantra, if you will. They’re gonna live life, they’re gonna raise hell and they’re gonna support and celebrate my father and his legacy.
“That’s kinda what that always has meant to me and I love hearing it. When people say it I think of my dad immediately and know that he would really appreciate people, years after his death, that still really celebrates his life.”
The catchphrase is one that Dale Sr. fully adopted as his passionate fan base embodied the message. It helped fuel his strong reputation by underlining his commitment and personal drive to get the most out of his time on the track.
The saying served a greater meaning and purpose for Earnhardt Jr. after his dad passed away. It connected him to his father and embraced the strong legion of fans Dale Sr. had. It may be a simple phrase, but it continues to hold a special place in his heart.
Continues to honor the Earnhardt legacy
Dale Jr. has made it a life mission to honor his father’s NASCAR legacy through his involvement with the sport.
In retirement, his efforts remain strong as he has found other means to shine a greater light on his dad. His weekly podcast, Dale Jr. Download, routinely features guests connected to his father.
Earnhardt Jr. has also ramped up his commitment to collect various items from Dale Sr.’s iconic NASCAR career. He’s currently set to drive his dad’s fully restored 1984 Chevy nova as the pace car for an Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway next month.
The 46-year-old has continued to keep himself in the mix with the sport in various capacities that maintains relevancy around his family’s name. All of that is something that will never change and will only grow stronger as time passes.