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Mike Tyson Impressed Dale Earnhardt Jr. With Some Very Basic NASCAR Knowledge

Mike Tyson had NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast and it didn’t appear the former heavyweight champion had a whole lot to say. Co-host Eben Britton did most of the talking while Tyson chimed in here and there. Although he didn’t say a whole lot, Tyson did seem to impress Earnhardt Jr. with some very basic NASCAR knowledge.

Mike Tyson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are icons in their sports

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Both Mike Tyson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are known for being very successful in their respective sports. Tyson was once the most dominant boxer of his time. Earnhardt Jr. followed his father’s footsteps and created a legacy of his own in the NASCAR world. Both Tyson and Earnhardt Jr. are Hall of Famers.

Tyson struck fear into his opponents. He packed a powerful punch and was known for his knockout ability. Of Tyson’s 50 victories, 44 came via knockout. He won the first 37 of his professional fights and the first 19 of them were by knockout. Twelve were in Round 1. Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at 20 years old.

In 631 races in a 19-year Cup Series career, Earnhardt Jr. finished in the top 10 260 times. He finished with 26 Cup Series victories. Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 two times, finishing first in 2004 and 2014. He was inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2017 and is a 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee.

Earnhardt Jr. joined Tyson on his podcast

Other than major success in their respective sports, there isn’t a whole lot in common between Mike Tyson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When Earnhardt Jr. was a guest on Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson, Tyson didn’t do a whole lot of talking. He left that to co-host Eben Britton.

Earnhardt and Britton, a former NFL player for the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, had a lot in common. Both battled injury through their careers. Specifically, Earnhardt Jr. and Britton suffered through several concussions and spoke about how the head injuries affected their respective careers.

Earnhardt’s 2016 season was cut short due to concussions. He missed the second half of the year because of the injuries. That year, he even said he would be donating his brain to concussion research when he died, according to USA Today.

Tyson says little but impresses Earnhardt Jr.

While most of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s time on the Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast was spent speaking with co-host Eben Britton, Tyson did jump in here and there. The former heavyweight champion chimed in every once in a while but did seem to impress Earnhardt Jr. with some very basic knowledge of NASCAR.

In the very early portion of the podcast, Earnhardt Jr. brought up his late father, who was killed on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. “My dad was a big deal,” Earnhardt Jr. said. Tyson interrupted and said, “The Intimidator,” referring to the elder Earnhardt’s nickname.

“I love that Mike Tyson knows his nickname,” Earnhardt Jr. said with a smile. Tyson continued, “I can see him with the glasses on, looking at people, psyching them out.” That appeared to be the end of Tyson’s NASCAR knowledge for the remainder of the podcast, but it sure made Earnhardt Jr.’s day.