Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be done with NASCAR, according to, well, himself.
After finishing fifth this last weekend in the Hooters 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his first race since August whilst racing for his own team, JR Motorsports, he sounded very uncertain about his future in his post-race interviews.
“I think right now, it’s just going to stay the same,” Earnhardt told reporters. “I don’t want to do any more, that’s for sure. I can say that with confidence. I don’t know how many more of these I’ll do. This might be the last one. And this ain’t no tease or anything like that. I’m not trying to be annoying about that. It’s a lot of a commitment, and I just, I don’t know.”
“I don’t know if it’s getting to the point where I’ve gotta decide whether I’m helping things or I’m not helping the team. How can I help the team in other ways? I don’t know. I really enjoy it. I really do. But I think there’s gotta be a point to where I decide to make the change to broadcasting entirely, and with that said, though, being in the car today, I certainly learned a ton that’s going to help me in the booth. I’ve just gotta think about it, you know? I certainly don’t want to run more. One is plenty.”
Earnhardt is now a 45 year old veteran in NASCAR, which is sometimes hard to grasp for some of us, but the reality is that no one will play their sport of choice forever, even the less physical ones.
Dale actually did retire from the NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season, but has continued to participate in the Xfinity series race once per season.
“But I really underestimated. It’s harder than I thought. It’s more anxiety than I would have imagined, and so I was a little difficult to be around the last couple days, just having the anxiety of it.”