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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 (inches)|
"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 wasnt easy, but its 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 didnt know was that it would also end his driving for the year. Hed dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakesno two are the same. And recovery can be brutaland 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 lifeone 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. Theres 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 dont 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. Theyve all played a role. I couldnt have done it without them."
Dale Earnhardt is an American professional stock car racing driver, champion team owner, and businessman. He began his racing career at seventeen years of age with his dad, Dale Earnhardt Sr. He won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. Dale, and his wife Amy, are expecting their first child and live in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Ryan MGee is a senior writer for ESPN, a regular contributor to SportsCenter, and E:60, and the author of The Road to Omaha and ESPN Ultimate NASCAR. In addition to his reporting and writing, he is co-host of the popular "Marty and McGee" program that airs on ESPN Radio on Saturday mornings. Ryan has been named National Motorsports Press Associations Writer of the Year five times and is a three-time Sports Emmy winner. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Erica and daughter Tara.