Mike Hembree, Special to USA TODAY
Published 2:48 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has solely two races left earlier than he finishes his racing profession and heads into tv broadcasting.(Photo: Chris Trotman, Getty Images)
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Only two races from writing the end to his driving profession, Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted Friday that his feelings are constructing as the top nears.
“I feel like I almost need to apologize because I’ve got a pregnant wife, I’m retiring and I just feel like I’m going to break down any minute,” he mentioned. “I really feel like each reply that I’ve has some type of unhappy undertones and really emotional temperament.
“It’s beginning to actually sink in. I hadn’t felt a lot. I went by Talladega. That was an emotional weekend, no matter what number of races have been left within the yr. I’m not positive that I’m able to be going by all of that emotion that I’ll have in Homestead, however it’s coming.”
Earnhardt mentioned that his spouse, Amy, “is tearing up at the drop of a hat” and that each one the buildup to his ultimate race “makes you feel so good in your heart.”
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Junior’s most up-to-date Cup victory occurred Nov. 15, 2015, at Phoenix Raceway in a rain-shortened race. He mentioned the crew celebrated as if it is likely to be his final win.
“I felt lucky that we were running good enough to win the race,” he mentioned. “Greg (crew chief Greg Ives) had done some pit strategy that cycled us into the lead at the particular point when the rain came. And I was thinking, ‘Man, that is how it’s supposed to work.’ Your crew chief is supposed to have that vision and, man, he had it that day. So we partied hard after that Phoenix win, and it was fun.”
Earnhardt was requested about escaping the shadow of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., who received seven Cup championships.
“I really don’t know when that started to happen,” he mentioned. “I badume it’s taking place now. I’m going to go do one thing else (broadcasting) after I’m completed driving. Hopefully, I’m simply as happy with my accomplishments within the sales space as I’m on the race monitor.
“I might love for that profession to be a hit, and that may positively be out from below his shadow. But it’s not one thing I actually put quite a lot of thought into. I simply miss him so dangerous and want he have been right here at the moment to see all this taking place. I believe you’ll all the time be in comparison with him a method or one other for higher or for worse so long as I’m round, I badume.”
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