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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Why I Quit Racing

THE NASCAR SUPERSTAR OPENS UP ABOUT HIS CONCUSSIONS, RETIREMENT AND LIFE AWAY FROM THE TRACK: ‘I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT EVER COMING HOME HURT’
Champion Dad Since daughter Isla was born, Earnhardt (at home with her and wife Amy) says he can hardly stand to leave her: “I would rather be at home.”

The first time Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt scared in a race car—really, truly afraid—was Aug. 29, 2012, as he was about to slam into the wall at nearly 200 mph. He’d been driving in a tire test at Kansas Speedway when his right front tire blew, sending his car barreling toward the barrier ringing the track. “I bounced off the wall and came to a stop and got out, and I was messed up,” he says, even now having trouble describing the sensation. It was like shell shock, like cobwebs: a “foggy feeling” and nausea not dissimilar to being drunk. It stuck

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