NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Explains Why He’s ‘Terrified’ of Upcoming Event

by Madison Miller

Although Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long been “semi-retired” from the fast-paced world of professional racing, he has always been willing to make an appearance.

He retired from being a full-time racer in 2017. Despite his slight pull away from the sport, Earnhardt is still very much involved in racing.

He joined NBC as a NASCAR commentator in 2018. He and his sister co-own their own NASCAR Xfinity team called JR Motorsports. Earnhardt also keeps up with his very own podcast, the “Dale Jr. Download” alongside Mike Davis. He’s now a full-time dad and husband as well. He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters together — Isla and Nicole.

What some fans look forward to most is getting to see the 15-time “Most Popular Driver” race once a year for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

He has been teasing his reappearance as an announcer, which will start up this weekend. After a little ways away, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a little uneasy about the situation. He said in an episode of his podcast that he’s “terrified” to get in the booth this weekend.

“I’m going to host the Countdown to Green with (country singer) Brad Paisley. I have not a lot of experience hosting … We do the podcast, and aside from this part, it’s not live. The Countdown to Green will be live. NBC is coming back to be your host for NASCAR for the next several months, so I’m a little nervous about that,” Earnhardt said.

Earnhardt and Brad Paisley are teaming up for “Countdown to Green.” This is a pre-race show that will discuss anything from news to analysis to different generally fun conversations. Although there are few people who know NASCAR as much as Earnhardt, he’s anxious about being a good host more so than the actual announcing part of the gig.

“I’m more nervous about that than anything else. Calling a race or being a part of the broadcast booth is easy, and it’s fun. I’m looking forward to that. The hosting part I’m a little bit nervous about,” Earnhardt said.

Earnhardt and Brad Paisley in Nashville

The two are heading into the booth in Nashville. The sport has had a 37-year hiatus from racing in the Music City. The country music superstar and racing legend are there to start NBC Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR season from the Peacock Pit Box at the Nashville Superspeedway.

The first Xfinity race will be on Saturday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Then the Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Earnhardt, as well as millions of others, are thrilled to see racing return to Nashville. He said in a press conference, according to the Tennessean, that racing in Music City would be quite the dream and would keep him coming around.

“If they run Xfinity Series here, I’ll be here. I’ll run once a year. I’ll probably do that as long as I can and there should be a few more years of that. Hopefully we can get the Xfinity here soon; the next couple of years because I’d love to come out here and compete,” Earnhardt said.

Although he isn’t competing, Earnhardt did have his way with NASCAR and Nashville.

Perhaps he’ll take on the Nashville Superspeedway next year?