Dale Earnhardt Jr. put together a respectable NASCAR career together. Along the way, he picked up several traditions on and off the track. Earnhardt Jr. has taken one of those rituals from his racing career into the broadcast booth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent more than two decades on the NASCAR track.
He experienced many memorable moments that helped shape his Hall of Fame career, such as a pair of Xfinity Series championships and two Daytona 500 victories.
In retirement, Earnhardt Jr. remains a prominent figure in the sport through his various workings. Along the path, one of his racing rituals has stuck with him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought his tasty NASCAR racing ritual with him to the broadcast booth
Over the years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become an open book to NASCAR fans.
Through his various social media platforms, the 46-year-old has shared many of his favorite things. Among those is his affinity for eating pickles.
Earnhardt Jr. voiced on the Dale Jr. Download in July 2018 that his love for the food has followed him into retirement in the broadcast booth.
“I have been counting calories to try to cut some weight, and I got up to 186 (pounds),” Earnhardt Jr. said via For the Win.” I am usually in the 170s, and I wanted to get back down to 172, which is what I was when I was in my 20s. And so I use this app called Lose It!, where you count calories, and I have been ordering these meals — premade meals — to eat for lunch and dinner for the last two months. …
“This morning, when I got on the scale, I was 172. I have to be particular, and I get a system of what I’m going to eat. And I’m gonna eat that, that, that and that, and that’s the way it’s going to be. I have to get up in the morning and have a protein bar for breakfast, I have one of those meals with a couple pickles for lunch, and I have one of those meals with a couple pickles for dinner.”
All that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Earnhardt Jr.’s strong admiration for it. His love for the food led the Phoenix Raceway to present him an entire barrel of it from his favorite Arizona-based pickles place, Max’s Dill Pickles, as a retirement gift.
Pickles are part of his daily healthy diet to remain at his preferred weight and don’t expect it to change anytime soon.
Future remains bright in the broadcast booth
Beyond Earnhardt Jr.’s strong love for pickles, he’s quickly become a staple in the broadcast booth.
Since his first season in 2018, he’s quickly latched onto the role without much of a hitch. The 46-year-old has voiced that he envisions spending at least the next 10 to 15 years in the booth.
“Even I was young I got to think about what I wanted to be,” Earnhardt Jr. said via Axalta World of Racing. “Well, I got to be that for 20 something years. I still got a lot of life and still got something that I want to be, and I think it’s being a broadcaster. I would really love to be a broadcaster for 10 to 15 years.”
Ultimately, Earnhardt Jr. will go as long as he wants due to his strong work in his post-career craft.