In a recent Pretty Intense podcast, Danica Patrick has Dale Earnhardt Jr. on for what results in a deeply emotional talk about his own legacy with his legendary father – Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Danica Patrick’s latest episode of Pretty Intense, her popular podcast, cuts to the heart of two racing legends. NASCAR royalty Dale Earnhardt Jr. surprises Patrick, however, when he begins recounting a truly touching story. What’s more – this is a story Jr.’s never told about his father.
A lot of their conversation, however, revolves around Jr.s tumultuous relationship with Dale Sr. He and his father did not always spend enough time together. Like most father and son duos – they, too, sometimes did not see eye to eye. Dale Sr., though, shines through brilliantly in his son’s story, though. And after losing him tragically to a fatal crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001 – it is a welcome surprise. It’s also a must-read for fans of Nascar’s royal family.
Earnhardt Jr:“the most important moment in my life with my dad.”
Junior describes the story he tells to Patrick as “the most important moment in my life with dad”. This happened the same year as his father’s death, too, making him feel “very lucky” to have had it.
“One night, for some reason, I sat down by myself, and I wrote this sort of essay about Dad and what he meant to me. [It] took me no time at all to write this, and it just poured out with so much ease. And I was extremely proud of it.”
“And so I was like, ‘I’m gonna take this, and I’m gonna publish it in this thing…. Everybody’s gonna read it, and everybody’s gonna know how I feel about my dad’. But I was scared to do it without asking him. You don’t do anything about Dad, with Dad, with the use of his name or anything without going to him and saying, ‘Hey, is this OK?’
“So I asked him if I could see him for a second. He’s up in his office at [Dale Earnhardt, Inc.]. I go up there with that piece of paper, and I said, ‘Hey, I got this thing I wrote, and it’s about you. I want to put it in the Winston Cup Scene in a couple weeks, and I just need to make sure you’re OK with it.’Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“I’m so glad you shared this with me…”
“And he takes it, and he reads it, and he stands up, and he starts walking around reading it… It’s only, you know, about a page. He stops at the end, and he takes a minute. And he says, ‘You know, we never tell each other how we feel about each other, but in reading this, I know exactly how you feel.’
“I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘Man, that’s exactly how I feel about you, and I didn’t know you didn’t know that — you know, that I thought you were this great, amazing thing.’
“And he was like, ‘I’m so glad you did this. I’m so glad you shared this with me.’ He doesn’t talk this way.”Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick later reveals that she was tearing up during this talk. Thankfully, she recounts – Dale was doing most of the talking (continues on Page 2) >>>