Racing to the Finish: My Story


It was a seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 that ended the day early for Dale Earnhardt Jr. What he didn’t know was that it would also end his driving for the year. He’d dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakes—no two are the same. And recovery can be brutal—and lengthy.

As a third-generation driver in a family forever connected to the sport of stock-car racing, how could Dale Earnhardt Jr. sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else take their laps? It was one of the toughest seasons of his life—one that changed him forever.

In this gripping narrative from one of professional sports’ most beloved figures, Dale Jr. shares stories from his journey: how his career and his injury have transformed him, how he made the decision to retire at the end of the 2017 season after eighteen years behind the wheel, and what lies ahead for him in the next chapter of his life. There’s no second-guessing and no regrets from Driver #88. He simply wants to go out on his own terms and make the rest of his life off the racetrack count. Junior says, “I don’t want these last races to be just about me but rather the people who made my success possible: my fans, the folks who pack the grandstands rain or shine, my teammates and crew members through the years, industry colleagues, track volunteers, friends, family, sponsors. They’ve all played a role. I couldn’t have done it without them.”


This is Dale Jr. A story about a crash at Michigan and how that would lead to his eventual retirement from racing. His concussion from that race and then from others would also at times affect the way he raced as well when he came back for he would see cars bunching up and could see an accident happen. One time it did not and he and the team finished poorly which he would later apologize to his fans and to his team. He is very honest about the racing, and the difficulties he had in coming forward, but first with the support of his wife and then others he was able to make the decision to retire. He takes you through his doctor’s visits and he talks about what he was feeling personally being the son and grandson of two race car legends and the words that he had been hearing since he was a little boy. Now he wasn’t so sure about getting inside of a race car even though he wanted to. This book is not about his family’s history in racing but his own family today his wife and daughter, wanting to be there for the two of them. Also about the strength of his wife who after listening to different interviews he gives her a lot of credit helping him to be strong and even before this got him to quit smoking. It was sad to see him leave the track but the reason why is understandable. A very honest book about concussions and the damage that can be caused by them. An outstanding book. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars Follow us

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