Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s journey features many critical moments that shaped the person he is. In retirement, Earnhardt remains a strong fixture around NASCAR while balancing his family life. The pathway has also led him to garner a distinct approach to his lifestyle.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career
Earnhardt began his NASCAR racing career with back-to-back Xfinity Series championships.
It quickly led to him embarking on a 19-year run as a full-time Cup Series driver, where he experienced plenty of highs and lows. Earnhardt won 26 races, including the Daytona 500 twice that helped him earn a NASCAR Hall of Fame induction. However, he never won a Cup Series championship.
Since stepping into retirement, Earnhardt has garnered a clear mindset concerning his approach to life.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned traumatic events into a definitive philosophy: ‘My destiny is already chosen’
Earnhardt‘s life journey on and off the track has featured many highs and lows.
It’s played a significant part in shaping the person he’s become, especially in fatherhood. He embraced a deeper life perspective, allowing him to live without fear.
“That’s the way I feel,” ‘Earnhardt said during an interview on Bussin’ With the Boys podcast in April 2020. “I feel like my destiny is already chosen. I live that way because I don’t want to live in fear. I don’t want to avoid opportunities or avoid experiences out of fear. I certainly don’t want to imprint this fear on my child and creating fears and unrealistic things for her.”
As a parent, he’s put himself in a different position with his actions shaping the people his daughters become. Earnhardt’s life experience has provided him the perspective to better value his life by living it to his fullest with each opportunity and situation.
He went through personal tragedy with his father’s passing at the 2001 Daytona 500 to his mother dying after a long battle with cancer in April 2019. Earnhardt, his wife Amy, and daughter Isla nearly lost their lives in a frightening plane crash in September 2019.
“I am just now getting free of the plane incident,” Earnhardt voiced. “That for me has subsided pretty good. It affected me in my day-to-day. It took a while and we would tell each other every five minutes “I just thought about it. I just thought about that moment.’ We were doing it all day long every day and we don’t anymore.
“My mom’s death is starting to subside a little bit. That worrying of dying and that fear of “Did I take care of my body and do the things that I needed to do give myself the opportunity to see my child grow up and be who she can be?’ All that worry has subsided a little bit.”
The path toward this mindset featured bumps along the way, but he’s hit a spot where he holds a crystal clear understanding. His quest now is to make the most of his life ahead without fear.
Future forever intertwined with NASCAR
Earnhardt changed mindset has led him toward a fulfilled life that involves a strong connection to the sport he loves.
The 46-year-old remains a fixture with NASCAR through his various ventures beyond his part ownership of JR Motorsports. Since 2018, he’s been in the broadcast booth for NBC Sports, covering the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, he’s operating a highly successful podcast, Dale Jr. Download, where he routinely interviews guests associated with his father’s career and NASCAR abroad. He’s also continuing his retirement tradition of competing in at least one Xfinity Series race a year through JR Motorsports.
Earnhardt Jr.’s journey in retirement has led to him a happy balance of staying involved with racing while flourishing with his family life.