Racing to the Finish - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Racing to the Finish

By Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Release Date: 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors

Description

“My book … details the living hell that was my experience with concussions. The majority of this story was kept from even my closest relationships. It wasn’t easy, but it’s time to tell it.” – Dale Jr.

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.”

Reviews

  • Not what I expected

    5
    By Bruce, Hayesville NC
    As a NC native and NASCAR fan I’ve followed Jr from the start. I’ve read his first book, nearly met him a few times when I had Hot Passes, and can remember most of the racing incidents described in the book. I remember thinking in his final years he was gonna hang it up because performance seemed to elude him. What I took away from this book was that Dale is as true a racer that has ever lived, I had no idea what was really happening as did no one else, and how large of an impact he will undoubtedly have on racing as the history books are read years from now. Dale’s contribution to the sport continues to grow much more than any trophy or stat could ever measure. I feel like I know him, if I could ever meet him I’d tell him how much I’ve enjoyed watching his story over two decades. Thanks Dale!
  • Eye Opening - Could change NASCAR

    5
    By Yount73
    Great read and honestly think this could change things for the better in racing and other contact sports.
  • Thank you.

    5
    By kburkholder
    When friends and family hear me use the word concussion, I feel like they don’t understand. The truth is they don’t. I have suffered 4 treated concussions. The two that changed my life were handled at the UPMC Sports Center. The first coming from go-kart racing that would take everything a 10 year old was doing and bring it to a dramatic stop. And the fourth one during a game of tag football at school that left me medically unclear to do anything for over eleven months at 15 years old. I put a lot of symptoms in the concussion bin in the last 8 years and just figured that this was my life. Doctors told me I would never race again when I was 10, and at 15 I decided that I didn’t feel healthy enough to do anything that would take any chances to re-injure myself. My life for the past 8 years has been very low key. I still suffer a lot of the symptoms that I didn’t know how to explain to anybody until now. Thank you Dale. You have been my hero since I can remember and reading this book taught me that it’s time to grow up and get over my pride and get help. Your saving my life.
  • A Must Read

    5
    Honest, painful, heroic...I was not a part of Junior Nation before I read his book. But now I am. Thank you, Dale, for bravely reliving all of those painful times to tell your story and in turn send a message to anyone who has suffered a head injury. Get help. Don't suffer in silence.
  • Great book!

    5
    By Crazy in Kalamazoo
    Thank you Dale for sharing your journey! I suffered from concussions from the age of 5 to 20 and just thought my symptoms were normal. Back in the 1960’s you didn’t even go to ER so now that I am 66 my life long dizziness makes sense. I am so happy for you and Amy and your little blessing Isla!
  • Great read

    5
    By Jordan414
    Such an eye opener. Very relatable book for myself, kept me interest. Glad it was published!
  • Great read!

    5
    By Carissa30
    I've been waiting for this book for a while. Thank you Dale for bravely and candidly sharing your very personal story. I too hope this continues to improve protocols and treatments for others that are silently suffering. Great read!

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