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Reviews: 4

Matt
 Sep 6, 2019
Really entertaining, obviously not for the non-racing fan. Jr and Crew do a really good job keeping the interviews fun and enlightening.

Sully
 Sep 2, 2019

Duane
 Aug 6, 2019
One of my two favorite podcasts and I listen every week. I grew up a Ford man, an Elliot fan, and a diehard Earnhardt hater. Hearing Jr. talk about his past though offers me a new insight into both you and your father. And while he may not be one of my favorite racers, I have certainly come to respect the man and how he went about his business. Keep up the great work. I love the show, and Leah needs her own segment.

Cory
 Jun 30, 2019

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NASCAR’s 15-time Most Popular Driver and winner of two Daytona 500s, Dale Earnhardt Jr., hosts his very own podcast, The Dale Jr Download on Dirty Mo Media. Earnhardt and co-host Mike Davis raise the bar with unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and fascinating, first-person insight into the life of a broadcaster, celebrated racer.

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350 - Josef Newgarden: Inflection Point
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Dale Earnhardt Jr brings two-time Indycar Champion Josef Newgarden to the studio for a conversation that turned out to be one of our favorites of the season. Why? Because the American open-wheeled racer is a dynamic personality in the sport on and off the track. Dale Jr. gets Josef to tell us about his forbidden desire to become a racer and how his first shot at racing came in sanctioned international scooter racing. From starting with scooters, how did a Nashville, Tenn.,-area native take a path through Europe to end up an IndyCar driver? It's a story that doesn't make much sense to some but is certainly intriguing. Newgarden credits his father's influence, belief, and sometimes "hands-off" approach to making him into the racer he is. Oh, plus he played a role in introducing Josef to a Disney princess, who then became his wife. Oh yeah, it's that interesting of a story! He talks about a Team USA racing scholarship that paved the way to success overseas. However, that success was met with challenges and at one point depression admits Newgarden before coming back to the states at the low point of his career. Then the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself and the determined young racer seized it. Fast forward a few years and he's a two-time IndyCar Champion racing for one of the biggest teams in the sport, Penske Racing. Newgarden opens up about the turning points that happened in this incredible journey. Newgarden and Dale Jr. go over the new street circuit in the downtown streets of Nashville and the excitement building up to the Nashville Grand Prix. How will the surface, layout, and the big bridge over the river affect the event? Will a diving team be on hand? The 30-year old driver talks about how one of his favorite drivers, 7-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson, has transitioned to the IndyCar ranks and what challenges he has faced in the process. That and so much more in this dynamic interview between a stock car racer and IndyCar driver. Aside from Josef's visit, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis get into a good discussion following the viral impact of the discussion about beer and if you count it when keeping track of your calories. Dale also admits to a recent slip-up in using terms he uses with his children. From tee-tee to tinkle, it might make you giggle. Plus we find out if Dale Jr. "really" loves the Dale Jr. Download team. Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity gets the five-ring treatment as fans inquire about Dale Jr.'s opinions on the Olympic games. He also lets us in on his mindset as his only race of 2021 approaches, the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Speedway in Virginia. What's Dale's rib preference? Does our host like 'em dry or sauced? Get your napkin ready for the answer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Bonus: Brand New Podcast by Dirty Mo Media
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From the creators of The Dale Jr. Download, Door Bumper Clear, and Lost Speedways, comes the brand new racing history podcast, "Glorious, White-Knuckled, God-Fearing, Spun-Out-And-Half Turned-Over Racing Stories." Veteran racing journalist Rick Houston brings his archival interviews and stories back to life with a fresh new design. Here's a preview of what to expect from Dirty Mo Media's newest endeavor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
`349 - Leonard Wood: Loyalty and Innovation
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NASCAR was only two years old the first time the Wood Brothers took to the track in 1950. 71 years later, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets the chance to sit down with a true pioneer of the sport, the great Leonard Wood of the famed Wood Brothers Racing Team. Wood talks about his beginnings in the sport in 1950 and how they grew from some street racing, lumber hauling kids to one of the most respected teams in auto racing. Leonard tells Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis about early tales from their first racecar catching on fire, racing with Curtis Turner, and one-on-one match races on the beaches of Daytona. Leonard and his brothers are widely known for their innovation in the sport. He shares the story of the washing machine engine go-kart that started it all. Whether it was pulling an engine off a Ford assembly line and modifying it for stock car racing, or trick spindles, the Wood Brothers' minds always led to advancement. They even got the invite by Henry Ford to pit a car in the Indianapolis 500. So how did a bunch of Virginia stock car boys do? Well, they won the race and revolutionized the pit stop along the way. Leonard opens up about some of the best drivers they ever had in their racecars, including greats like AJ Foyt, Cale Yarborough, and David Pearson. He also reveals why the split with Pearson really happened and what regrets he has over it. The rivalry between Pearson and Richard Petty pretty much defined an era of American Stock Car racing. Dale Jr also gets the answer he was seeking from Leonard about the origins of their famed number-21 and how it came to be. He also finds out why the little race team from Stuart, Virginia has always remained loyal to the Ford Motor Company. Before Leonard entered the studio, Dale, Mike, and producer Matthew Dillner talk about losing weight and the app that helps do it. But, when counting calories... does beer count? In the Ask. Jr. segment, Dale Jr. answers fan questions about running "The Boot" at Watkins Glen and if Lewis Hamilton would entertain running Stock Cars. We also learn that Dale is a fan of terrestrial radio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
348 - Chipper Jones: Just Win
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Two Hall of Famers sit-down, one who held a steering wheel, the other, held a bat. Dale Earnhardt Jr welcomes baseball legend, Chipper Jones, to the Download. . The two athletes waste no time getting to know each other. and share their interest in the other's sport. Before flashing the leather, Chipper was a huge race fan, growing up attending big races like the Daytona 500. He was even there when the King captured win number-200. The two compare coming up in the minor leagues on the diamond with striving to the top-level of NASCAR through the Xfinity Series. The Earnhardt family is known for being big Atlanta Braves fans. Chipper talks about the day Dale Sr. invited him into the hauler at the races. The big and bold Jones gets real about some of the biggest topics surrounding the sport of baseball today, including the use of foreign substances on baseballs by pitchers. He details the use of pine tar on bats and shares his true thoughts on the advantages. The former third-baseman talks about how he was able to tip pitches and shares details of his battles against pitchers like Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Chipper talks about his intensity on the field and off and how it translated into occasional issues such as fighting with teammates. Speaking of teammates, Jones reveals who the biggest prankster in baseball was and tells the tale of one truly disgusting prank pulled in the Braves locker room. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis talk about the controversy surrounding the upcoming reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway and their take on the NASCAR drivers' very public reaction to the matter. Dale talks about what he sees in the new-and-improved Kurt Busch. Has he finally got rid of the grump? Since we had a baseball guest it was only fitting that a fan on Ask Jr presented by Xfinity brought up Dale Jr.'s big game-ending play in a charity baseball game. Dale goes down memory lane about a game he didn't even know he was going to play in. Oh... and we talk about Dale Jr.'s bright pink outfit on the NASCAR on NBC broadcast and how it sparked an unexpected "Woo!" from an old friend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
347 - Jimmy Means: Racing to Survive
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Dale Earnhardt Jr gets an opportunity to sit down with his favorite driver of all-time, a scrappy independent NASCAR driver named Jimmy Means. Growing up as a child Dale Jr was friends with Jimmy's son Brad. While running around the track, Dale became a huge fan of Jimmy Means and still is to this day. Dale finds out so much about his hero from his humble beginnings through the dirty-fingernail journey of a weekend warrior low-budget driver and car owner in the upper ranks of racing. How humble? His racing story started as a paperboy. The Alabama driver discusses his start on the local short tracks and how he took a junkyard car to the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway. He discusses what it was like going wheel to wheel with some of the sports' biggest stars while on a sliver of the budget as the big teams. That created challenges on and off the track that included buying what he still thinks was a "hot" car, rooming 14-guys in a hotel room, sharing pit crews, and putting a racecar engine into the hauler to make it home from the track. Jimmy tells us how he got the nickname Smut in the first place and how it stuck. Jimmy opens up about his big opportunity to fill in for an ill Tim Richmond at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the disappointment that followed his one-and-done chance in top-notch equipment. Dale Jr. also reveals how emotional of a moment it was for both he and Jimmy's son. Means discusses how he filled in for Richmond but couldn't fill a certain area of his driver's suit. From that chance came real tears then relationships that helped Means along the way. He explains how Rick Hendrick, years later, was as generous of a person in the sport as any. Means towed on the road with a volunteer crew much of his racing career. That led to many fun moments and some that could've been really bad. He tells a story of a headache powder remedy gone wrong that has Dale and co-host Mike Davis in shock. Dale Jr. comes into the studio hot with a lot to talk about. Does Road America work a 4th of July replacement for Daytona? Were the cautions too long and should NASCAR make changes to lengthy road course yellows? Dale and Mike disagree about possible solutions. We also learn that Dale Jr likes "supportive emojis" and that he set off a fire alarm in his house at 1 AM. In AskJr presented by Xfinity, we get insight into what shooting an episode of Lost Speedways is like and answer fan questions about specific episodes of the Peacock TV Original show. We also learn who Dale's road racing mentors were helping him learn the nuances of left and right turns. That and a fun extra Jimmy Means story that we were able to squeak into Last Call. This episode of The Dale Jr. Download is packed full of tasty treats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
346 - Clint Bowyer: Shake Things Up
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Can you contain Clint Bowyer? Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis attempt to do so in a fun conversation with the NASCAR driver turned broadcaster. Bowyer discusses Jeff Gordon's recent departure from the NASCAR on Fox booth and looks ahead to what may be next for the network's team. He also keys in to what life working alongside a former rival was really like. Both Bowyer and Dale Jr. discuss what it is like going from the view out the front windshield of a 200mph stock car to the elevated window of a television booth and how that adjustment has gone. From production meetings, wearing suits to forgetting notes before the biggest race, Bowyer, as always, has the whole room in stitches. He even admits to some of his short-comings and a mistake his network made in not showing Dale's nostalgic Nova during the pre-race show at Darlington Raceway. What does the Kansas native think of the sport now and the direction it's headed? He shares those thoughts and more from the technical side to activation between sponsors and race fans. With his young son Cash Bowyer sitting on the studio couch, Dad opens up about racing with his little boy and shares some fun about what it's like to be alongside other racecar driver dads like Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson in the local dirt track scene. Ask Jr. gets Dale to open up about the recent premiere and excitement surrounding the launch of season two of Lost Speedways on Peacock TV. He also shares his thoughts with race fans about double-header weekends and where it may or may not work? The two-time Daytona 500 winner also speaks to the recent ramping up of the Charter market in the NASCAR Cup Series and admits how out of his range the prices have become. Oh yeah... and about that boat Dale Jr? Mike and Dale try to find middle ground about the great boat debate of 2021. They also share what had steam coming out of their ears this weekend at the track and the golf course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
345 - Jimmy Spencer (Part 2): I'll Whip Your Ass
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One of the most outspoken drivers in NASCAR history lets it fly with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in part two of this much-anticipated conversation. "Mr. Excitement" Jimmy Spencer opens up to Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis about the big 2003 incident with fellow driver Kurt Busch that left Busch bloodied and Spencer suspended. We find out that even after 18-years, the feelings are still strong about what happened after the Michigan race. Jimmy and the gang share some laughs about junkyard races in Pennsylvania and the ultimate "No Bull" prank that Dale Earnhardt pulled on him. Dale Jr. gets Jimmy and Mike Davis to reminisce and share hilarious stories of their time working in NASCAR together from almost getting Mike fired during his first race and the time he got punched out at a Jimmy Spencer autograph session. The two long-time friends also share their favorite Henry Benfield prank stories. The conversation turns emotional when Jimmy shares details of the impact his sister – who passed from cancer – had on his life. He also reveals to Dale Jr. that he suffered many concussions that left him with broken helmets and fears the effects of the head injuries have started to surface. A once outspoken and opinionated broadcaster, Jimmy shares why he no longer is on the TV screen and what he’s been up to lately. In Ask Jr., Leah and fans get to the bottom of what it was like for Dale Jr. to host the NBC pre-race show with country superstar Brad Paisley. He also shares his thoughts on NASCAR going back to Nashville and why he may have been too critical. Dale and Mike get into a spirited debate throughout the show about their venture into buying a pontoon boat and how recent developments have Davis soured. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
344 - Jimmy Spencer (Part 1): Clearing the Air
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After 20 years, it's time to clear the air. Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites former NASCAR driver and TV personality Jimmy Spencer to the studio for an interview to discuss animosity that had been under the surface for years. In the first of this two-part interview, Earnhardt opens up about the critical comments that Spencer had after Jr.'s 2001 Daytona win that raised a lot of eyebrows in the racing world. Spencer, a polarizing figure in NASCAR, opens up about his pathway from a junkyard in Pennsylvania to the pinnacle of American Motorsport. He shares never before told stories of his family roots in racing and a special relationship that led to an early peek behind the curtains of America's top racing league. Spencer reveals details about his relationship with Bill France and how he once gave Spencer 10-thousand dollars to not race at Daytona. The former NASCAR Modified Champion talks about making it to the big leagues and how big leaguers like Buddy Baker and Bobby Allison shaped his successful career. Jimmy also talks about run-ins and good times with Dale Earnhardt. Dale Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis talk about going in together on a pontoon boat, a recap of a JR Motorsports family yard sale, and their recent family camping adventures that ended in soggy memories. Ask Jr presented by Xfinity is back and so are the fan questions. From SRX to RFK, the fans spur some interesting thoughts from Dale Jr. That and more on this edition of the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
343 - Ward Burton: Loyal to a Fault
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Ward Burton – a social media darling, snake wrangler extraordinaire, southern linguistic aficionado, and one of The Dale Jr. Download’s most highly-requested guests – sits down at the table for a deep dive into his career and life with Dale Earnhardt Jr. After Ward’s brother Jeff Burton’s appearance on the show in 2019, the crew has eagerly been anticipating this conversation with Ward. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis quickly learn that Jeff's episode has recently been on Ward’s mind as well. Find out what realization Ward came to with his brother ahead of this interview. The three Burton brothers experienced three completely different upbringings in South Boston, Virginia. Hear Ward’s perspective on his life as a child, why he was sent to military school and the impact their parents divorce had on each brother. Ward details where his life turned once he became an adult and how a few years later, he ended up living alone in the woods for two years. Find out where he stayed, how he ate, where he bathed, and why he finds peace outdoors. Upon his return to society, racing became an interest of Ward’s. Learn how he got into racing, why it quickly became a priority in his life and the difference between his path and Jeff’s. Hear about the night Ward beat Jeff and what that meant to the eldest Burton brother. As Ward ascended the racing ranks, he tells Dale Jr. about his late model days, moving to the Busch Series and the race at Charlotte that garnered him the attention of the sport. Hear how his first Cup Series opportunity came about and the decision behind leaving his first team to partner with Bill Davis Racing. Then Ward shares about his time driving for Bill Davis, when they peaked and what ultimately led to the team’s downfall. The two Daytona 500 winners trade memories of the emotion winning that race brought them and what it feels like in the moment. While Ward won the 2002 running, hear why he believes he would have been a player in the 2001 Daytona 500 finish and what he admits his team did to gain an advantage that day. For the first time, Dale Jr. and Ward discuss their infamous run-in at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2002. Dale first shares his side of the story and Ward recalls what was running through his mind that night. Then he provides insight into his decision not to throw his helmet and why he wishes his car restarted. Next, Ward tells Dale and Mike about getting fired from Bill Davis Racing and why his loyalty cost him a shot at other rides in the sport through the years. He shares what he learned through that experience and what he needed at that time in his career to continue racing. Then he recalls his decision to call it quits. Now Ward enjoys other endeavors in his life, including helping his son Jeb Burton grow his racing career. Ward gets deep talking about times helping Jeb brought him to tears. Lastly, he explains how racing has given his full-time life a voice. Hear why he started a conservation organization and the emotional rollercoaster he went through growing the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. In a special edition of Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale takes questions from Xfinity Series drivers. Hear who asked a question, what Dale Jr. says about Matt Kenseth on and off the track, and what advice he has for young racers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
342 – Ty Norris: Nothing is Off Limits
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Former Dale Earnhardt Inc. Executive VP and GM Ty Norris sits down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a conversation packed with honesty and emotion about their time together at DEI and beyond. Along with co-host Mike Davis, Dale Jr. first gets into Ty’s current role as President of Trackhouse Racing. Ty explains what he has been doing to build this new team with Justin Marks and their vision for the organization. Ty shares his career path leading to his prominent roles in the sport, how he aspired to be a sports writer and worked at Dover International Speedway for years before getting an opportunity with RJ Reynolds in his first public relations role. Then he details building a relationship with Dale Sr. and how The Intimidator saved his job at one point. After RJ Reynolds, Ty explains what he learned about race team culture while working for Felix Sabates as the team’s GM – a role he said he was nowhere near qualified for. Ty served as a spotter for multiple drivers in his career but hear how his first time spotting for Kyle Petty went. Then Ty transitioned to working as a loyal lieutenant for Dale Sr. at DEI. Hear how Dale laid out his vision and what kind leader he was as Ty assisted him in building the organization. After Dale’s death in 2001, Ty explains why he described the company as splintered and who he thinks could have saved it. Dale Jr. weighs in on when he lost faith in DEI following his father’s vision. Hear the story of what Dale Jr. did when he and teammate Michael Waltrip hadn’t been paid in months and how it ultimately led to Ty’s dismissal from the organization after being offered a bad deal. Davis inquires about when Ty and Dale Jr. believe DEI was in its golden years and what made the team so successful. Ty compares the company’s trajectory to the sports rise and how that got to the team’s heads. Find out what Bill France Jr. told Ty that changed his approach to help lead the team and how it unfolded. Learn about Ty’s business relationship with Teresa Earnhardt before and after Dale Sr.’s death in 2001. Ty explains his perspective on her leadership and trust issues, and his experience working closely with her. As Dale Jr.’s spotter early in his career, Ty was on the roof for the 2001 Daytona 500. Hear about the finish from his vantage point, what he was thinking in the closing laps and what he anticipated unfolding before the unthinkable happened. The table conversation shifts to Ty’s role as EVP and GM at Michael Waltrip Racing. Ty played an integral part in the 2013 Richmond race scandal and was suspended as a result. He tells all about what happened that night, taking accountability for his actions and explaining deeper innerworkings involving many teams in that race. Hear why he thinks NASCAR had to do something after that event and his reaction to taking the harshest penalty in the sport’s history. Ty leaves us with more stories from his time at DEI. Hear why so much beer was delivered to Dale Jr.’s house. Why Dale Jr. tried to fire a guy on his team that he didn’t want to invite to a party. The time when Ty visited Dale’s house after a party one morning and the scene that he and Dale Sr. saw. Then Dale Jr. tells the story about the greatest conversation he ever had with his dad. Hear what happened when Dale Jr. wrecked at Charlotte and went home while his team fixed the car at the shop. Ty fills in details about the story that Dale Jr. didn’t remember, including hearing Dale stand up to his dad. It’s an open and honest conversation about the good, bad and ugly of Ty’s career. Both Dale and Ty tell stories of The Intimidator’s faults that show he was an imperfect human, like us all. In a special edition of Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale Jr. fields questions from JR Motorsports employees, discussing big wins for the team, good vs. great drivers and someone’s freakish strength. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
341 – Kerry Earnhardt: Accepted or Rejected
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes his brother Kerry Earnhardt on for a long-awaited conversation at the table about Kerry’s childhood, meeting his father and living with Dale Jr. Along with co-host Mike Davis, the crew first discusses NASCAR’s inaugural weekend racing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and shares their opinions on racing in the rain. Hear what Dale Jr. thought about the lack of visibility the drivers faced, changes he’d like to see NASCAR make when racing in the rain and his reaction to what the drivers said afterwards. North Carolina’s governor announced a proposed plan to provide $10 million to Charlotte, Rockingham and North Wilkesboro speedways last week. Dale Jr. weighs in on his ideal vision for North Wilkesboro’s future, why it may have renewed purpose now and the shift in thinking on where NASCAR wants to race. Kerry Earnhardt then enters the studio and fills in the gaps about his childhood that Dale Jr. never knew. The eldest Earnhardt son details his family situation from a young age, when Dale Sr. left the picture and what life was like growing up with no knowledge of his other family. Hear how he found out about his Earnhardt side, how he met his grandmother and why it took so long to meet his dad in person. Learn how long it took Kerry to build up the courage to go out back of Mammaw’s house and greet his dad. Hear how the interaction went and what happened at the front door when Kerry went to see his dad and meet Dale and Kelley for the first time. Then Kerry details how his young adult life went, sharing about being too young when he first got married and had kids. He continued to grow closer to his Earnhardt side around the same time, eventually living with Dale Jr. in the doublewide trailer across from their dad’s shop. Find out what Dale did in the middle of the night that pissed Kerry off. Who caused the phone bill to be so damn high? They explain. When Kerry didn’t pay his share of a bill once, you won’t believe what Dale Jr. did and how Kerry responded. Stories about working together at the dealership start rolling next and we get both sides of the story about Dale Jr. getting fired. Plus, hear about their days racing street stocks and late models together. Find out how involved their dad was working on their cars and how much success they found on track Then Kerry details how he ascended up the racing ranks quickly, going from Concord to Daytona. Hear the legendary story of what Kerry did at Daytona one time and how Dale Jr. was relieved of his spotting duties for his brother. Plus, a special story about Kerry’s Victory Lane celebration at Pocono. As Kerry then secured an opportunity to race at Dale Earnhardt Inc., find out how it all came shockingly crashing down the night of his father’s death. Find out what Kerry has been up to since moving on from his racing career, including details about the legal battle he faced trying to use the rights to his last name with his Earnhardt Outdoors brand. The guys then crack open some cold ones to end the show and promote the launch of Kerry’s new beer. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale talks about convincing Mike Helton to run his 2014 Daytona 500 winning paint scheme and answers a question about how teams will cheat given the Next Gen car. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2021
340 – Andy Petree (Part 2): The Earnhardt Years
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In Part 2 of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s conversation with championship winning crew chief Andy Petree, they dive into Petree’s time at Richard Childress Racing and his relationship with Dale Earnhardt. Before that, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis cover a lot from Dale’s busy week. Dale took a long-awaited pilgrimage to Dawsonville, Georgia to interview the Elliott family. After Chase Elliott’s appearance on the Download in 2019, Dale and Mike took heat for comments made about Dawsonville. Dale clears the air, shares details about his trip and explains why he visited. It was not a happy morning in the Earnhardt household. Find out what big problems Dale came across in his home that have him stressed. He then discusses his weekend working on restoring a Nova Wagon that he posted about on social media. Find out where he got it from and what his plans are for it. Dale also made a trip to Nazareth, Pennsylvania last week to speak with Marco Andretti. Hear about his time with Marco and what peculiar passion Dale reveals. Then, a hint at what is coming soon on Lost Speedways season two. Part two of Dale and Mike’s conversation with Andy Petree picks up with Petree discussing leaving Leo Jackson and Harry Gant’s team. Hear his reason for departing, why it was one of the most difficult things he has ever had to do and what Gant revealed to him years later. Petree goes into detail about his transition to taking the ‘premiere crew chief job in the sport’ for Dale Earnhardt at Richard Childress Racing. Find out how the first meeting with Dale and Childress went and the buzzword that motivated the trio. Once at RCR, Andy shares the reaction from the team seeing him walk in and the resistance he initially faced. Early on, a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting between Dale, Richard and Andy forced the driver and crew chief to bond. Hear why they needed that and what happened later in the season when Andy brought the first car built under his direction to the race track. In 1994, Andy got to race Dale Sr.’s Busch Series car at Martinsville Speedway. Find out how the deal came together and the rival crew chief who performed the role for Petree. Both Dale Jr. and Andy were present at a test at Talladega Superspeedway in the mid-90s and both got time behind the wheel. Hear the advice Dale Sr. gave both of them and how Dale Jr. took it literally. Petree ultimately made the decision to leave the No. 3 team three years into his tenure as crew chief. Listen as he explains the one time offer he had to contemplate, the risk he was taking by leaving and if he regrets the choice he made. In his role as owner, Andy explains the challenges he faced and what ultimately happened to the organization. Then, he discusses leaving the sport for a handful of years before returning as a broadcaster. Hear how he got the opportunity and, what it was like jumping back into a competition role at Richard Childress Racing after ESPN left the sport. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale shares an interesting Next Gen car analogy, talks about the deep thought he put behind joining Twitter and tells us why he wasn’t always a fan of in-car cameras. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2021
339 – Andy Petree (Part 1): Key to Cheating
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with long-time crew chief, car owner, and broadcaster Andy Petree for part one of a conversation filled with epic tales about Petree’s rich history and innovative practices in the sport. Before Petree joins them at the table, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis relive a busy weekend for Dale. First, he tells all about his trip to Darlington Raceway to pace the field with his restored Chevrolet Nova that his dad once raced. He talks about the whole experience including telling old racing stories with family during the car ride down, seeing the industry’s reaction in the garage, and what it was like getting on track. Both Dale and Mike then address the disappointment of NASCAR on FOX not showing the Nova on track. Dale Jr. fills everyone in about his trip to the Nashville Fairgrounds last Friday. He clears some things up about his future racing plans there and Speedway Motorsports’ efforts to bring NASCAR back. Hear what the Nashville community needs to know about Marcus Smith’s plans. Next, Andy Petree enters and the stories about his career in racing start rolling. He shares what initially interested him about racing and his plans to drive a car he built with a friend before a NASCAR Hall of Famer walked in and took the seat. Hear what happened next and how it set Petree’s career path. Another NASCAR Hall of Famer helped Andy get his first job in NASCAR, performing a role he had no experience in. Find out what happened and how that team ultimately won the Cup championship that year. Petree’s path then paired him with Benny and Phil Parsons. Hear what tricks he had up his sleeve when he won his first Cup race as a crew chief with Phil in 1988. Crew chiefs often search for physical advantages on the cars but mental advantages prove just as important. Listen for the stories about mind games he played with his drivers to make them believe they had an upper hand. You won’t believe the results. Andy was Harry Gant’s crew chief when he won four races in a row in 1991. Find out how the car was built differently than most. Hear what competitive advantages Gant had and the rulebook loopholes Petree attacked. Then, the story of how one ‘competitive advantage’ ultimately led Petree to take it off the car after qualifying during race weekend for fear of being caught. Part 2 of Dale Jr.’s conversation with Petree continues next week as they dive into his years working with Dale Sr. for Richard Childress Racing. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale details the ride-a-longs he gave the I AM ATHLETE crew last month and their reactions. He and Mike then discuss the changes expected with the Next Gen cars. Finally, hear what Dale thinks about the potential for street course races in NASCAR.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2021
338 – Bentley Warren: Wicked Desire
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes American badass, accomplished racer and good-time haver Bentley Warren onto the program to learn more about his colorful career on and off the race track. Ahead of the interview, Dale Jr. shares the story behind Isla receiving a go kart as a birthday gift with co-host Mike Davis and the crew. What happened after the video Amy posted stopped? Dale fills us in and details Isla’s third birthday. Plus, the guys try to figure out what to do for their wives on Mother’s Day this weekend. How did Dale end up talking with Washington Football Team’s first round draft pick Jamin Davis just a day after the team drafted him over the weekend? He tells us about that and the reason why coach Ron Rivera made Dale part of the welcoming committee. Dale also reveals some of the things he has shot it straight with team owner Dan Snyder over the years. Then Warren enters the studio to tell all about his life that’s seemingly fresh out of a movie scene. Dale shares how he came to know Bentley and his connection to the Oswego Classic. Oswego holds a special place in Warren’s heart and he explains exactly why, including a spite he had with the track for a short period of time. Most racers have scars and death-defying stories to go along with them. Bentley is no different. Hear how he was badly burned while racing an IndyCar in Argentina, what happened in the hospital afterwards and his recovery process. In a completely separate racing story, he details how he convinced a doctor to not amputate his foot. Earnhardt Jr. and Davis then dive deeper into his racing career. He discusses all the different kinds of cars he has raced and how he made it to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hear his reaction to walking through Gasoline Alley for the first time and seeing the car for the before taking it out onto the track and qualifying for, and competing in, the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" twice. Bentley at one point in his life ran outlaw races illegally. Hear how he flew under the radar in these events and what ultimately happened after he got injured. No good old-school racing story is complete without some run-ins with the law. Hear about Bentley’s unique relationship with many chiefs of police, how he dragged raced an officer and why he left his Oswego Classic after party in the back of a cop car. Now, Warren runs multiple successful businesses, most notably his bar Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, Maine. Hear why he got into business while still racing. Plus, learn about the legendary Saloon that Dale Jr. is dying to visit, what’s unique about it and Bentley’s role in the establishment. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale fields questions about his plans to run an Xfinity Series race in 2021, his reaction to the Texas All-Star Race format and the time he played the role as a spotter.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2021
337 – Greg Ives: The American Dream
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Greg Ives are reunited on this episode to tell the story of how Ives made it in the sport and share previously unheard reflections on their time working together. Before Ives joins the program, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis react to the weekend’s events at Talladega Superspeedway. Hear what Dale told race winner Brad Keselowski about tying his track wins record. As a known “big ass spoiler” critic, Dale weighs in on Joey Logano’s comments following his flip. What direction does he hope to see superspeedway racing go? The answer may surprise you. Isla Earnhardt will turn three-years-old this week. What birthday gift did her dad buy her that may have her making left turns soon? Hear what bug Dale may have been bitten by. Next, Ives sits down at the table and the former teammates go all the way back to his childhood. Learn about Ives’ family’s involvement in racing, when he first took an interest and how he snuck into the track as a kid. As he began racing more and finding success, college remained the goal for the Bark River, Michigan, native. Find out why he initially pursued medical school. Then he shares why his driving career didn’t work out and how falling in love with the mechanical side of racing quickly changed his plans. Dale Jr. is often asked to explain how someone can make it in racing and Ives serves as the perfect example for him to share. Hear the steps Ives took to establish himself and gain experience in the sport before getting to NASCAR. An interaction at a family reunion ultimately set Ives up for the rest of his life. He details what happened, getting a call from Hendrick Motorsports and his first interview with the organization. Then hear what he had to do to make it to Daytona in order to meet the No. 24 team during Speedweeks. Ives then talks about getting a job offer from Hendrick Motorsports and how once there, doors opened quickly and his willingness to volunteer elevated his career. He shares how he became Jimmie Johnson’s lead engineer during his five consecutive championship run and the influence Chad Knaus had on him. When Ives began contemplating his next career move, learn why he committed to staying in the HMS family and how he became a model for the working relationship between the Hendrick Cup program and JR Motorsports. Dale Jr. shares his perspective on the partnerships’ early days and where it is at today. Multiple victories and a championship with Chase Elliott later, Mr. Hendrick called Ives with his big break at the Cup level. At the request of Dale Jr., hear how Ives was selected as his next crew chief. Dale details the process behind picking a crew chief and what he was looking for after Steve Letarte left. Ives then discusses what it was like coming into the No. 88 team. When Dale suffered another concussion in 2016 and missed most of the season, Ives was thrown one of the greatest challenges of his career. He and Dale openly discuss the warning signs both of them saw and what Ives was thinking a year later when Dale decided to retire. Two weeks following Ives’ latest victory with Alex Bowman at Richmond Raceway, hear Ives discuss the ups and downs of the last three plus seasons with Bowman. They both applaud Bowman’s maturation process and the changed mindset that Ives believes is helping elevate the team. Lastly, Bowman will run a Darlington throwback scheme resembling a late model scheme Ives ran in the 90s. Hear the story behind the car, the races it ran and how Bowman shocked Ives when revealing it to him during a team meeting. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale tackles topics including his thoughts on the current state of superspeedway racing and how drivers and crew chiefs study film.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
336 - Brandon Marshall: Breaking the Stigma
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall onto the show for a conversation intertwining both athletes’ careers and lives after competing professionally. As two recently retired competitors, they answer whether or not they miss suiting up to play and race. Then Brandon expands upon the dynamics of playing wide receiver in the NFL and his mentality taking big hits and making big plays. What do football players compare themselves to in NASCAR? Hear the answer that surprises Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis. Could Brandon Marshall be on the comeback trail? He shares what position he would play if he tried to return. Plus, hear why he credits his strength that propelled him to great heights among all receivers. Life after stepping away from full-time competition is a critical juncture in an athlete’s life. Both Marshall and Earnhardt Jr. have recently faced that crossroads and emerged from it with new purpose. Brandon explains the moves he made before leaving the game that set up his post-career transition. Then, the two broadcasters touch upon what it took to make it in the TV world and how they approach criticizing their former competitors behind the microphone.   Jay Cutler threw touchdowns to Marshall when he played for both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. Mike asks Brandon whether the criticism Cutler receives is fair. Marshall provides insight into working with Cutler and how he impacted his life to this day. Plus, why he thought they could have won multiple Super Bowls together in Denver. When the duo reunited in Chicago, Marshall explains why they wanted to get back together and how divine intervention played a role in leading him to the Bears. Every athlete searches for advantages in their respective sport. Dale Jr. inquires about what professional football players do with their equipment to find an edge and how playing conditions impact their performance. After being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011, Brandon has been transparent about his experience in an effort to help others with mental health. He shares his story with Dale Jr., including why he initially refused help, what he was like at his worst and the breakthroughs that allowed him to stop pointing the finger at others. The 2012 Pro Bowl MVP then talks about starting House of Athlete, where he’s helping other people with their mental fitness. Plus, its specific focus of working on the mental side of being an athlete. Hear how he broke the mental health stigma in the NFL and his hopes to see it further ingrained into the professional sports environment. Next comes a question we’ve all wanted an answer to – who are the biggest $hit talkers in the NFL? Hear Brandon’s unique response and how he describes the battle between receivers and defensive backs. Brandon’s legendary 21-reception game in 2009 is still an NFL record. He shares details about that game, why he didn’t realize what he was doing and how the feat almost fell short. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale suggests what Richmond Raceway could do to improve the racing and shares his favorite Office characters and moments. Plus, the story of why he missed an opportunity to visit the set.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
335 – Josh Berry: It Changed My Life
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Josh Berry won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway! Dale Earnhardt Jr. dedicates the entire show to reliving this emotional and heartfelt victory for JR Motorsports. Before Josh joins the show, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis share what seeing Berry win meant to them and the company. Dale talks about Josh’s rise through the racing ranks, his success with the JRM late model program, and how the opportunity to put him in an Xfinity Series car came to fruition. Dale gets deep talking about the pressure to perform and how he handled it during his career. He shares what he learned from seeing Chase Elliott 'enjoy the opportunity' and how he thinks Berry is currently handling it. After the No. 8 car crossed the finish line on Sunday, Dale openly admits to crying tears of joy. He talks through the reasons for those emotions overflowing and makes a revelation we didn’t see coming. Then Josh joins the show and the crew hears what it has been like since capturing the biggest win of his racing career. Dale relives how he discovered Berry as a driver in a very unconventional way. Berry shares his origin story, discussing how losing his mom at a young age completely changed his life. Then how he and his dad racing helped them overcome the tragic loss. Josh shares how he ascended from racing at the local level to getting bigger opportunities. Plus, he explains how his path to this victory involved a decade of work in the shop. Find out why the 30-year-old almost gave up on his chances of making it in NASCAR last year while wrestling with big life and career decisions. Then hear how everything changed a day after coming to that realization. Six races into his Xfinity Series stint in 2021, Josh talks about feeling like a highlight reel and why he was down on himself after his crash in the grass at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hear what he did over the off-weekends to reset and prepare for Martinsville Speedway. Mike asks Josh to breakdown the finish of the race. Hear what was going through Berry’s mind as he got passed by Ty Gibbs and how he got back around him. Then Dale tells us why he’d give the free pass to someone using the chrome horn in that situation. Dale Jr. admits that he couldn’t watch the finish to the race and talks through the emotions he was wrestling with as the checkered flag neared. Josh reminisces about his feelings in the final laps and what the victory felt like afterward. Josh sticks around for Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity. Fans inquire about the post-race phone call between Dale and Josh, who would win in a head-to-head late model race and Dale explains his comments about JR Motorsports’ Cup Series interest.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
334 - Dick Berggren: In the Pits
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Legendary NASCAR pit reporter Dick Berggren joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a conversation that covers Berggren’s racing career, rise as a journalist and pit reporter, and New England racing history preserver. It’s a special episode as Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads off the program with a big announcement, that includes Berggren himself. After sharing the exciting news, Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reveal it’s a two-interview episode as Bill Lester joins later in the show. Berggren enters the studio as if he was fresh off of TV from pit road, wearing his iconic cap and all. He explains the story behind his hat and how Ken Squier influenced his decision to wear it. Dale Jr. first explores Berggren’s racing career. Hear how he got involved racing in his native New England and why it influenced him to get a PhD in psychology. Then hear why he pursued a job as a college professor and what happened when he brought his race car on campus once. As he transitioned to a journalism career, he details the phone call that led him to becoming Stock Car Racing magazine’s editor. He shares the story of how he helped it turn around and how it helped grow his career. Plus, he explains how he got his start in photography and what motivated him to write about racing. A magazine rivalry? Berggren shares the story of two rival publications from his early days in the sport. As the editor for the magazine, he talks about seeing Cup drivers read his work and why he took so much joy from working around his heroes in racing. One crash ended Dick’s racing career. He shares details of why seeing people everywhere while flying through the air made him quit racing forever.  How did Berggren get his start as an announcer and reporting in the pits? He explains how he got his first announcing gig at Arundel Speedway in Maine and what the Easter bunny had to do with it. Then, find out which famous Daytona 500 marked his MRN reporting debut. Hear how he developed respect and gained credibility among the characters in the garage. In a conversation surrounding racing’s legendary voices, Berggren shares his Mount Rushmore of announcers and brings Dale Jr. to broadcasting school as Dick shares his approach to the craft and makes suggestions to help Dale grow. Did Berggren ever dread an interview? Find out his answer and why it’s a name you may recognize. After leaving NASCAR on FOX, Dick channeled his passion into developing the North East Motor Sports Museum located at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He explains why he decided to build the museum and how it all came together as a way to honor the region’s rich motorsports history. Afterwards, Bill Lester joins Dale Jr. to talk about his book “Winning in Reverse.” Bill shares his unconventional path to racing’s highest ranks, how he overcame obstacles and why he stepped out of his comfort zone in his Truck Series return last month at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In Ask Jr., Dale reacts to the rain tire test at Martinsville Speedway, Daniel Ricciardo’s special deal if he earns an F1 podium and what Marcus Smith and Marcus Lemonis may be up to.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
333 - Marcus Smith: Out of the Box
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Following the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt race in over 50 years, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Marcus Smith joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. after hosting the dirt race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Smith delves into many exciting projects surrounding his portfolio of race tracks including the latest on Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, plus promoting NASCAR’s inaugural trip to Circuit of the Americas. Dale Jr. along with co-host Mike Davis have a lot of questions about what went down in Bristol and what could be coming down the pipeline for Smith and SMI. Smith details the next-level weather challenges Bristol faced over the weekend. He explains how his team adapted and overcame the curveball Mother Nature threw at them in their first attempt to host the Cup Series on dirt. He then explains the origins of the idea of covering Bristol with dirt, why he initially turned it down, and how it eventually all came together. Plus, what lessons were learned from Bristol’s original dirt attempt in the early 2000s? He shares those and why some dirt from that track was used again. Crafting a brand-new dirt track was no easy task and Smith details the process of preparing the surface and the intricate details that made it work. Then, Dale Jr. shares his hopes for when the dirt is removed from the surface later this spring. The dirt race weekend will return in 2022 and Smith explains how that decision came together over the weekend and the unique way it was announced during Monday’s Cup race. Now a year into the pandemic, Smith reflects on the circumstances his company has faced trying to host large-scale entertainment events. He shares what he believed the pandemic taught the sport and how things will look once a sense of normalcy returns. After Dale Jr. and Smith took a trip to Nashville for a visit with the mayor, Smith explains the progress his team is making in their effort to get the contract to renovate Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. He lays out what his plans are, how noise concerns will be addressed, and why this project will be beneficial for Music City. Marcus addresses what the future looks like for Atlanta Motor Speedway and what he hopes to see happen in the state of Georgia that hopefully could transform the speedway property. This leads to a discussion about shifting the schedule around for his speedways, why changes were made for 2021, and what could possibly change in future years. How did SMI take interest in hosting a race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX? Smith explains and shares how Texas Motor Speedway reacted. Smith leaves us with some major news drops including a proposed innovation for Bristol Motor Speedway and why a favorite track of Dale Jr.’s can’t be written off quite yet. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale talks about his reactions to the Bristol dirt action, testing with a radio in his race car, and his thoughts on iRacing’s Chicago Street Course.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
332 - Dave & Ryan Blaney: Can't Have a Plan
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites father-son duo Dave and Ryan Blaney to the table to learn more about the Blaney racing legacy and hear about Ryan’s Cup Series victory on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. First, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis address an eventful Xfinity Series race for JR Motorsports in Atlanta. Commenting publicly for the first-time following Noah Gragson backing into Daniel Hemric’s car on pit road and his team’s involvement in a post-race altercation, Dale explains his stance exclusively on the Download. He shares his reaction to both cars over shooting their pit stall late in Saturday’s race and the actions each team took to complete the pit stop. Was it done intentionally? Hear what Dale thinks, what he said to Noah and how he felt hearing Gragson’s jab at Hemric after the fight. Plus, co-team owner Dale shares more insight into the 22-year-old’s approach to racing and how Noah reacts to controversial situations. This and more from Atlanta including his thoughts on Justin Allgaier’s impressive win and Josh Berry’s car being destroyed by the grass. There’s no better time to be joined by the Blaney’s than following Ryan’s first win of 2021. He shares how he enjoyed it and why the focus is shifting quicker than usual to the next cup race. Dave’s father Lou Blaney was the first Blaney to climb behind the wheel of a race car. Hear how his interest in racing started and how it blazed a trail for his family. Did you know a Blaney was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers? Hear the story of how Dave’s brother Dale turned away from a professional basketball career to race. As a Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, Dave’s most success in racing came in a sprint car. Hear him reminisce on his biggest triumphs on the World of Outlaws tour and how the demanding schedule kept him away from home and his young children. When Ryan showed an interest in racing, Dave was ready to teach his son the ropes. However, it wasn’t always a pleasant experience. Find out how hard Dave pushed Ryan and what Ryan thought of his dad’s approach. Not every driver that races has the “it” factor. However, Ryan does and Dave noticed it early on. He tells the story of the night when he knew Ryan could make a career in racing. During his 2012 Xfinity Series debut race at Richmond, Ryan’s strong run put him on the industry’s radar. Hear what Dale noticed about him in that race and how it ended up leading to conversations and opportunities with Team Penske and Brad Keselowski. Many remember Dave leading when the 2012 Daytona 500 went under a red flag following the jet fuel fire. Dale and Dave laugh about that night and reflect on the bizarre situation, and how it almost handed Dave the victory. In his 2019 appearance on the podcast, Ryan admitted he got a speeding ticket and never told his dad. Well, he rehashes the story on this episode and we hear Dave’s reaction for the first time. What did Ryan experience after spinning Dale Jr. out at Martinsville in 2017? He shares what fans said to him leaving the track that day and Dale can’t believe it. Lastly, heading into the Bristol dirt race, the table discusses their expectations, the length of the event and track changes that fans should expect on Sunday. Dave leaves us with funny stories about what Dale Jr. and Dale Sr. have said to him after a couple of run-ins with both of them respectively. In Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity, Dale shares his experience broadcasting the 12 Hours of Sebring and why T.J. Majors is surprisingly stronger than he looks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
331 – Bobby Labonte: Begged, Borrowed & Stole
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Bobby Labonte joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on this week’s episode to dive deeper into the NASCAR Hall of Famers family history, successful career and current racing endeavors. Much of Labonte’s NASCAR career is well publicized but Dale Jr. is curious about the path that led the Corpus Christi, Texas, native to rise from the shadow of his older brother Terry Labonte to assert himself as a NASCAR champion. Dale Jr. along with co-host Mike Davis are shocked to learn that the Labonte racing heritage isn’t rooted in Texas. Find out where their father was raised, how he started racing and what led to him coming to Texas. Bobby’s story starts in his childhood, growing up with a tough dad. Bobby shares the lessons he learned from watching Terry skip school and face the consequences. As Terry began racing in Texas, Bobby was there to watch until the family got barred from their local track. Find out what led them to having to race elsewhere in Texas. Around the same time, Bobby began helping out his brother Terry’s team in the shop. He worked under “Suitcase” Jake Elder and even earned a nickname. Find out what his role was and why the name was so fitting. This eventually led him to full-time work on a Cup team where he learned a variety of skills by building and working on race cars. As he progressed as a mechanic, he was on his brothers 1984 championship team. Hear how these experiences shaped his later career and the turning point that changed everything. Now as he began racing himself, Dale inquires about the details of his late model career and how he ascended up the ranks to eventually buying a Busch Series car with his dad. Find out how, like most guests, Robert Gee factored into the equation. Once Labonte emerged on the national scene, Dale Jr. remembers taking notice. Bobby opens up about riding his brothers coattails to get to that point, how he dealt with the pressure and then trying to establish his own footprint in the sport. A few years into his Cup career, opportunities with other teams emerged. Hear how he landed the Joe Gibbs Racing ride, the role Dale Jarrett played in it all, the offer he got from Robert Yates, and what Dale Sr. told Joe Gibbs. Bobby recalls the special day at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1996 when he won the race and Terry won the championship. He talks about how everything came together that day and why something like that may never happen again. Stories from the 1998 Daytona 500 continue to emerge this year on the Download. Hear Bobby’s perspective as the second-place finisher that day and what he thought about his chances leading into the race. Dale Jr. and Bobby recall times racing each other, including an epic battle at Pocono in 2001. Hear their recollections of the race and if they ever had any problems with each other on the track. Plus, find out how Dale Jr. cost Bobby a shot at $1 million dollars at Talladega in 2000. One of the greatest things Dale Jr. said he learned from Bobby was the art of the escape after a race. Hear Bobby’s best ways of getting out of the track and the time Dale Jr. dressed up as a Labonte fan after a race. Fresh off his first start in the SMART Modified Tour, Bobby talks about why he continues to race and how he got into modified racing. Plus, hear his expectations as a driver for Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham’s Superstar Racing Experience this summer Before Bobby joins the show, Dale talks about the rough day for JR Motorsports at Phoenix Raceway and his reaction to Josh Berry’s double bird. Plus, how a close friend is entering a truck at the Bristol dirt race and a Dirty Mo Media sponsored car is making laps around Bristol this week. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale dishes on tracks using traction compound and Martinsville removing its grass. Lastly, hear where Dale Jr. will be in the booth to call a race this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
330 - Todd Parrott: Being Honest
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by two-time Daytona 500 and 1999 NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Todd Parrott for an emotional and heart-felt conversation about Parrott’s triumphs and struggles. Ahead of this interview, Dale Jr. fills us in on the latest developments for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. He details what he learned traveling to Nashville last week with Marcus Smith and meeting with both Tennessee's Governor and the Mayor of Nashville. Hear how the project took a major step closer to bringing NASCAR back to the short track. Todd Parrott’s career fascinates Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis. They dive deep into his 50 years in the sport, covering both the good times and challenging circumstances Parrott faced. Idolizing his father Buddy Parrott, Todd knew he was destined for a career in racing. Hear how he landed a job on Richard Petty’s team early in his career and helped The King win his final two races. Starting with Petty, Parrott worked for some of racing’s greatest talents including Tim Richmond, Rusty Wallace, and Dale Jarrett. He details his career path that ascended him from a mechanic and tire guy to championship-winning crew chief. Dale Jr. loves hearing the ‘speed secrets’ from back in the day that crew chiefs used to get an advantage over the field. Parrott shares some of the best innovation stories from the garage we’ve heard yet including how he altered a NASCAR inspection template. Parrott formed a special relationship with Rusty Wallace while working on his team. Learn what it was like working for that group and where the saying “Rusty is God” came from. Before departing Wallace’s team for Robert Yates Racing, Parrott recalls the emotional decision to tell Rusty about the new opportunity. You won’t believe what Wallace handed Parrott as the two pondered Todd’s future. Parrott’s greatest successes as a crew chief came during his days at Robert Yates Racing. He explains what happened on his first day on the job, working with Ernie Irvan and then Dale Jarrett starting the next season. Parrott tells us what his relationship with Jarrett was like, growing close with each other and winning their first race together. That was followed up with a Daytona 500 victory, where Jarrett held off Dale Earnhardt. He explains the hard work and long hours it required to achieve the amount of success the No. 88 team did in the late 1990s. On the night before the 1998 Daytona 500, Parrott shares a special story about a conversation he had with the Intimidator. Plus, find out why Parrott was singled out in Dale Sr.’s victory lane interview. He shares what their relationship was like and what they did for fun on the lake. Learn how one comment led to the breakup with Jarrett and the fallout afterward. Following a couple of seasons with Elliott Sadler, Jarrett and Parrott reunited and delivered on a promise they made Robert Yates. Parrott’s career then experienced a lot of change in the following years, working with a variety of teams and drivers. It came to a head in 2013 when personal struggles led to a failed drug test. The North Carolina native gets personal about the low point in his life and how he was determined to turn it around. He shares about his road to recovery and his next opportunities with Tommy Baldwin and Richard Childress Racing. Before leaving, Parrott says he’s ready for another shot to crew chief again and explains why. Plus, he fills us in on why he gave Dale Jr. the nickname “powder.” In Ask Jr., fans inquire about Dale’s Nova hitting the streets, his thoughts on Kyle Larson’s victory and Hendrick Motorsports’ rise, and why he sometimes goes by the name Anna. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
329 - Dr. Jerry Punch: Saving Lives
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The life-saving trauma doctor and legendary NASCAR and college football TV broadcaster, Dr. Jerry Punch, joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a dive into Dr. Punch’s storied medical and commentating career. From his days growing up in Newton, N.C., in the shadows of Hickory Speedway, Dr. Punch’s racing roots run deep. He shares about his childhood when he helped legendary drivers work on their cars and also getting behind the wheel himself. After playing football at NC State under coach Lou Holtz, Dr. Punch pursued medical school. He tells Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis what made him want to become a doctor and how he spent his mental health days away from school and at the race track. Ned Jarrett was like a second father to him and helped jumpstart his broadcasting career. Find out how Barney Hall missing an announcing gig at Hickory Speedway led to Dr. Punch’s first opportunity behind the microphone. Plus, learn about legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway PA announcer Bill Connell. How did Dr. Punch balance medical school and a broadcasting career? He explains how one night his two careers intersected at Hickory Speedway when the world lost one of his heroes, Bobby Isaac. Then you won’t believe what almost happened next. Dr. Punch is credited with saving the lives of drivers involved in accidents on the race track. He shares intense details of an accident involving Don Marmor in an ARCA race at Atlanta. Later, he walks us through the scary ordeal when Rusty Wallace flipped at Bristol Motor Speedway. Find out how Dale Earnhardt helped the situation and what he said to Dr. Punch afterward. The Intimidator and Dr. Punch were close friends. However, their friendship didn’t necessarily start out on the best terms. Hear how Jerry tried to confront Dale Sr. one day at Martinsville. Dr. Punch shares incredible stories of the side of Dale Earnhardt many people never saw. Hear how he offered to help Dr. Punch’s pregnant wife on a snowy North Carolina night. Also, a story not many know about the Intimidator making a dying boy’s wish come true. After the Talladega accident that broke Dale Sr.’s collarbone, he called Jerry. Hear how the doctor's office visit went, details about the weekend he tried to race at Indianapolis, and the bone-chilling story about qualifying at Watkins Glen. As Dale Jr. clinched his 1998 Xfinity Series championship, Dale Sr. joined Dr. Punch in the booth. Hear about the emotional moment for the proud dad. Then hear who was terrible at karaoke during the after-party that Dale Jr. doesn’t remember.  Dr. Punch was integral to the filming of Days of Thunder. He talks about the day Tom Cruise and Robert Towne shadowed him at Watkins Glen. Plus, how his input helped cast Nicole Kidman and shaped the medical scenes of the movie.  Hear insight about the relationship Bill France Jr. had with Dale Sr. Dr. Punch remembers a special moment they shared after the 2000 Daytona IROC race and the time Dale Sr. called France during an interview.  Memories from The Intimidator’s 2000 Talladega win are told as Dr. Punch broadcasted the race. He shares his perspective from the booth and what Benny Parsons said about the race while leaving the track.  After Noah Gragson's late-race incident at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dale Jr. puts his co-team owner hat on and addresses the situation. Plus, find out why Dale’s heart hurt hearing Steve Letarte stepped back into the crew chief role for one race. Hear why it brings back memories of when Dale found out Letarte was leaving the No. 88 team, which he shares openly in this therapy session with co-host Mike Davis.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
328 – Jerry Glanville: Still a Badass
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The one-and-only former NFL head coach and NASCAR racer Jerry Glanville is in studio for an interview that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been eagerly anticipating. Glanville rose to fame as head coach for the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons in the 80s and 90s, and then turned to NASCAR and broadcasting as he competed across multiple different series. He befriended racing legends along the way, including Dale Earnhardt Sr. His stories are wide open from the gridiron to the race track. Plus, his status as a cultural icon in the 90s landed him in movies and music videos. He tells all about his incredible life and how he balanced his two passions – football and racing. Glanville details what led him to become a football coach and how he quickly rose the ranks to land high-profile NFL coaching gigs. Hear how he became known for turning programs around and his secret to success. The former Falcons head coach is remembered as the man who drafted Brett Favre. Dale Jr. Download co-host Mike Davis brings up Glanville’s Wikipedia page and asks how much is actually true about his time coaching Favre. Learn why he wasn’t sold on the future superstar off the field and how that led him to make a trade. When the name of another high-profile NFL coach that’s in racing is brought up, Glanville shares why he isn’t on good terms with Joe Gibbs and the one playoff game that caused the bad blood. Like Dale Jr., Glanville is a big Elvis fan. He famously left tickets for Elvis at a pre-season game between the Oilers and Patriots. He tells that story and explains why he left the tickets. While most football coaches enjoyed golf in their spare time, Glanville chose the adrenaline rush of racing. Hear how he transitioned from coach to racer and how he landed his first opportunity behind the wheel of a Cup car. As he raced in multiple different series from late models up to Xfinity, Glanville recalls some of the sports biggest names he competed against as they climbed the ranks. Many NASCAR stars stepped up to help Glanville in his racing career. Hear what the Intimidator taught him and what happened in their first race together on track. Glanville also reflects back on lessons from Richard Petty, Dale Jarrett and Bill Elliott. Dale Jr. competed against Glanville early in his career and once threatened to fight Glanville. Find out what happened on track and how Jerry responded. Learn why he’s still racing and coaching football today at nearly 80 years old. Afterwards in Ask Jr., Dale Jr. explains his reasoning behind joining the IndyCar Nashville GP ownership group and what he hopes to learn from the partnership to help NASCAR. Plus, his take on the caution for rain late in Sunday’s Cup race and why NASCAR is doing too much hand holding. Dale Jr. uncovered some NASCAR history recently and shares his findings of an artifact that few have ever seen. You’ll want to hear what details of the sport’s history he discovers and why it has him questioning some of racing’s origins.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
327 - Randy & Corey LaJoie: Like Father, Like Son
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It’s double trouble on The Dale Jr. Download as Randy and Corey LaJoie join Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a deep dive into the LaJoie racing lineage that’s filled with colorful moments. Coming off a ninth-place run at the Daytona 500, Corey talks about his new opportunity with Spire Motorsports in 2021, how the newly revamped team prepared for the season, and what went into the top-10 run in The Great American Race. Then, the stories start flowing as this duo holds nothing back. Find out what led to Randy being locked out of his own house one night after one of Corey’s races. Hear what Corey did, how Randy reacted, and why he spent the night at the race shop. Dale Jr. asks Randy to trace his racing roots back to his father’s career that started in the family’s home state of Connecticut. The New England native discusses racing go-karts, learning to race, and working on cars growing up. Plus, the story of what happened when his dad told him to hold it wide open. Once Randy established himself as a championship race car driver in the Northeast, he moved south in search of more opportunities to race. Find out what happened after one of his first races in the south that may or may not have made him feel welcomed. Randy tells-all about his rivalry with Buckshot Jones. Hear how it started at Talladega and what went down inside the NASCAR hauler after the race. Then, why an incident at Bristol led to the fans throwing beer cans at Randy as he left the track and ultimately boosted Jones’ merchandise sales. Hear how a six-year-old talked Randy out of a couple million dollars, why he made the decision, and what it has since taught Corey about his opportunities to race on Sundays. Corey details his early late model and East Series racing days. Including a story of when the father/son duo pushed all their chips onto the table and left Corey thinking his driving career was over, before getting a surprise opportunity. What lesson did the two-time Xfinity Series champion learn when Dale Earnhardt stuck his fingers out the window? You won’t forget what happened next. Corey shares a story that will make you wonder how he still has 10 fingers and what ultimately saved him from a greater injury that day at Bristol. As Corey continues to establish himself in the NASCAR Cup Series, he explains his decision-making behind signing with Spire Motorsports. He discusses why the team is different this year and how they are trying to do things the right way. Plus, why you shouldn’t be surprised to see the No. 7 group run better than expected. Dale Jr. picks the brain of a current driver who competed in the Daytona 500 about the state of superspeedway racing. Corey answers Dale’s questions and Dale shares what he would like to see with that type of racing. Lastly, hear what role Randy and Corey played in Dale Jr.’s furniture ending up on top of his house after his first Cup Series win at Texas in 2000. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
326 - Larry McReynolds: '98 Daytona 500
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Larry McReynolds returns for the highly anticipated part two of his conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the season premiere of The Dale Jr. Download. They dive into more of McReynold’s storied racing career as a crew chief and cover his time working with Dale Earnhardt. With the 2021 Daytona 500 just days away, they relive the Intimidator’s 1998 victory in the Great American Race. McReynolds offers candid commentary on what fueled his decision to leave Robert Yates Racing and join Richard Childress Racing for the 1997 season. He discusses the move, vast culture differences between the two organizations, and the initial expectations. Along with co-host Mike Davis, Earnhardt Jr. learns intricate details about what it was like to work with his dad. He also finds out about how the Intimidator approached trying new things behind the wheel and why it frustrated McReynolds. McReynolds details why the pairing never achieved the success they dreamed of and what Dale Sr. revealed to him years later about their time together. Find out what Dale Sr. did in the 1997 Daytona 500 that put McReynolds at a loss of words. From the process of building the car to testing it in preparation for the big race, America’s Crew Chief details everything the team went through leading up to the 1998 Daytona 500. What did Earnhardt Sr. admit to McReynolds after winning his duel race that changed their approach just days before the event? And what happened as the No. 3 car pulled onto the track for happy hour that made the team nervous heading into the race the next day? Plus, hear the story of the infamous lucky penny and what was happening as Earnhardt received it. Who dialed the No. 3 car’s radio during the race that nearly made McReynolds lose it? You’ll be surprised. Then, find out why the team held their breath as Earnhardt completed the final few laps under caution.  Lastly, McReynolds reflects on the scene in victory lane and compares it to watching kids open presents on Christmas morning. In Ask Jr., fans inquire about the many new things in NASCAR for 2021 and get Earnhardt Jr.’s perspective on the charter system. Then, Earnhardt Jr. surprises everyone with details on Pablo Escobar’s racing career.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
325 - Darrell Waltrip (Part Two): Cheatin' Stories
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Part two of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s epic sit down interview with NASCAR Legend Darrell Waltrip delivers never before told stories and more. Ole DW shares stories about NASCAR tearing down his Junior Johnson Racing machine, suspecting cheating. Some, may call it cheating. Others, call it creativity. DW says that they were not "rule breakers," rather, "rule makers" in their hey-day. Surprisingly Waltrip admits to using lead-shot and nitrous in racecars, as well as heavy radios and trick helmets. He details how they got away with some of their biggest cheats. Oh, and the time he inadvertently called NASCAR boss Bill France a "dumb ass" The driver known by some as "Jaws" for his mouthy, but entertaining nature, details what it was like to drive for noted moonshiner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson. How did he get from Junior's ride to Rick Hendrick's stable? It's a story that you'll never believe. Speaking of Junior Johnson, Darrell reveals how his car owner's stubbornness may have cost him a NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Waltrip talks about run-ins with Dale Earnhardt and his rough nature off track as a friend. He also admits how driving for Dale Earnhardt's team saved his career. From driving a forklift, to racing with Dale and Dale Jr in Japan, the stories are plentiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
324 - Darrell Waltrip (Part One): Ole DW
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It's been a long time coming! Finally, racing legend Darrell Waltrip joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis at the table for a much anticipated two-part interview. Ole DW discusses his early days on the short tracks of Nashville and how an unknown driver made an instant splash in the big leagues of NASCAR, despite showing up with little-to-no tools.. DW talks about his upbringing and how he went from a house filled with four-letter words, to media-darling racecar driver and broadcaster. He was known by competitors as "Jaws," and as usual, doesn't hold back from honest takes on his life in the sport. Waltrip shares stories of racing with Dale Jr.'s grandfather Robert Gee, the genius he was with racecars and how he liked to eat steak and drink Crown Royal. The Gee years saw both Dale Earnhardt and Waltrip piloting the famed #17, a head-turning piece of shiny machinery. One of the most successful cars was a Camaro Modified with Volkswagen fenders. Waltrip's first Cup car was a famous one, but at first, he didn't know it. Crew Chief Jake Elder made the discovery and it had the young driver excited. So excited that year's later he bid on the car to get it in his possession once again. Waltrip talks of his early years with Bud Moore and the tumultuous partnership with DiGard racing. Was he really going to get replaced by Bruce Jenner? The Junior Johnson years brought forth some of the most successful years in his career. It also brought Tim Brewer and some shag-carpeted walls. DW discusses why drivers back in the 70's and 80's didn't want teammates. His Junior Johnson racing teammate Neil Bonnett was awarded the win after a controversial yellow-flag pass which led to Johnson protesting his own team! DW tells the story. Dale Jr. answers fan questions in the AskJr segment on the show. Will Lost Speedways go to Canada now that Canadian's can watch the show on History Channel Canada? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
323 - Chase Elliott: The Champion
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The NASCAR season is over and a new champion has been crowned. Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings on the 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott to dive into what this accomplishment means for the 24-year-old and how he pulled it off. Plus, the DJD gang reflects on the unprecedented year for the sport. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis first find out they are the reasons Elliott got out of bed this morning after living it up last night celebrating in his hometown of Dawsonville, Georgia. Chase spills the details on the party and how his dad, the legendary Bill Elliott, joined in on the fun. Elliott received a special welcome home parade on Monday. He talks about that experience and why it’s unique to him among his Cup Series competitors. Long-time Cup Series crew chief Alan Gustafson is now a champion. Elliott talks about what it means to be the one who delivered it to him. Dale inquiries about the No. 9 team’s ability to perform under pressure, especially in the playoffs where they won three of the last five races. Davis asks Elliott about his performance in Phoenix and whether it met Elliott’s tough standards. Lastly, Dale delivers a special message to Chase on an accomplishment he was never able to capitalize on. In the open segment, the crew reflects on championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Dale Jr. dives into Elliott’s day and how Hendrick Motorsports has mastered the art of shelving tricks to use later in the season. Plus, Dale shares a story of skirting the rules and trying to hide it from competitors in the Cup Series garage. Self-admittedly hard on NASCAR, Dale gives the sport and its leadership team props for pulling off a season many didn’t think would be possible. The gang reflects on the challenges the pandemic presented, the ways the sport overcame it, and the memorable moments it created. Sunday marked Jimmie Johnson’s final farewell. Dale discusses how underappreciated Jimmie has been throughout his career and why his feat of winning five consecutive titles needs better recognition. In #AskJr, bossman Dale addresses the finish to the Xfinity Series race as Justin Allgaier battled for the title on the final restart. Plus, find out why he got mad at Steve Letarte during the race. It wouldn’t be a new episode without beef jerky. Stay tuned until the end to find out what arrived in the Dirty Mo studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
322 - Chad Knaus: Pushing the Limits
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It's a Chad Knaus, few ever get to know. Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with the 7-time NASCAR Championship Crew Chief in a wide open interview on the Download. Knaus' journey to becoming Jimmie Johnson's crew chief started in the grassroots midwest wrenching on his father's Late Model racecars. That short track grind taught many valuable lessons that he took with him on an unlikely journey to the heart of Stock Car Auto Racing, Charlotte, N.C. Knaus speaks of the failures in his first attempts to get into NASCAR, and how it landed him back home, and far away from his dream of becoming a big-time crew chief. A bold phone call and an overnight stay in the Hendrick Motorsports parking lot finally opened the door for the journeyman crew member. Under the guidance of Ray Evernham, Knaus did it all. Then, he moved on. But why? The journey from team to team, including working for Dale Earnhardt Inc, wasn't always smooth for the Illinois native. But, it did include some memorable moments with Dale Sr., and a promise with Rick Hendrick that helped shape his future Hall of Fame career. Chad, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis talk about management by strengths and how Chad Knaus' direct personality is off the chart in the Hendrick system. He also shares some of the incredible attributes of his seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Championship driver, Jimmie Johnson. Dale Jr. and Chad discuss what it was like working together, as two completely different personalities, on the Hendrick Motorsports team. Knaus' aggressive style landed him in trouble and Dale asks him about the "creativity" he brought to an organization constantly pushing the envelope. Dale reminisces about the time he dumped Knaus' driver Stacy Compton, and how a bloody-nose may have saved him from a confrontation with the crew chief. Chad Knaus will start a new role for Team Hendrick in 2021, stepping off the pit box and into a managerial role. He reveals what has him most excited about the future with a flood of younger talent rising through the organization. Aside from the interview, Dale Jr. brings a lot to the table... including a giant tub of shredded beef jerky. The DJD gang tries the unusual snack. Social Media guru Leah Vaughn didn't try the beef, but she did bring a ton of questions to Dale in the Ask Jr segment presented by Xfinity. Jr. breaks down Kevin Harvick missing the Championship 4 and shares his take on a controversial decision by Erik Jones' #20 team that helped Denny Hamlin advance to the Phoenix finale. Dale also shares why he became an iRacing executive and how nobody will replace Clint "Eastwood" Bowyer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
321 - Kyle Larson & Rick Hendrick: Second Chances
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In a Dale Jr. Download exclusive, we sit down with Kyle Larson for his first interview since being reinstated into NASCAR. In May the use of a racial slur during an online race resulted in Larson's suspension from NASCAR and the loss of his Cup Series ride at Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson opens up about how he used that time to educate himself and experience true life change. Now, he's getting a second chance in the big leagues. We speak with Larson and his new car-owner Rick Hendrick about one of the biggest announcements of the year. Larson opens up to Dale Jr. about his road back to the top-level of the sport, and how his approach and work to get back, needed to not just check boxes. The California native, known to be one of the most diverse talents in the sport of Auto Racing, explains how learning about social diversity has created that true change. Larson says he has something to prove and he'll get that chance in 2021 piloting a #5 Cup Series car for Hendrick Motorsports. During the period that Larson was suspended, he traveled coast to coast, collecting checkered flags at grassroots dirt tracks. In 82 dirt races, he amassed a staggering 42 victories. Larson discusses the mind-blowing success and if he'll still get to strap in at Short Tracks now that he has signed with Hendrick. Speaking of dirt, Dale Jr asks him about next years' dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway and how he thinks the race may go. After Larson's interview, we dial up Rick Hendrick for his take on signing Larson to drive for Hendrick Motorsports. Mr. H shares his thoughts on why he believes Kyle Larson deserves this second chance. He talks about channeling his inner-Earnhardt to bring back the original number that started Hendrick Motorsports. Rick also answers questions about the youth-movement in his driver-lineup and if he will let Larson, and his other drivers, compete at local race tracks on the side. In the AskJr segment, we find out Dale's thoughts on whether NASCAR could race with rain tires on ovals. We also find out the truth on how the deal went down that put JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry in the team's Xfinity Series ride in 2021. Also, Jr. discusses his favorite cameos. Just when you think the show was over and the bow was tied, Dale Jr. introduces the DJD gang to shredded beef jerky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
320 - Chase Briscoe & Josh Berry: Defying the Odds
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is pumped to bring a double-dose of guests to the table. And not just any two guests... two of the hottest young racecar drivers in America, Chase Briscoe and Josh Berry. Fresh off the news he is moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, Chase Briscoe details how he learned of his dream opportunity racing the #14 for Stewart Haas Racing. The reveal involved some anxious moments, and joyous tears, all brought to you by a heartwarming Tony Stewart prank. Briscoe paints the picture of his life-changing moment. Through failures and struggles, the 3rd generation driver tells us how he went from the dirt tracks of Indiana to the epicenter of stock car racing in Charlotte, NC. Sleeping on couches, volunteering on teams and breaking into racetracks, Briscoe did what he could to get his name out there. Constantly knocking on doors and having chance meetings created an unimaginable opportunity for the young driver. Briscoe opens up about the journey that can simply be referred to as the result of his faith and fate. His dream opportunity comes during the season most drivers could only dream of. The 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender has nine series wins and the season isn't even over. Like his career journey, this year has come with its share of struggles. Chase opens up to Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis about the miscarriage he and his wife Marissa suffered, and the emotional race win, that days later, showed the racing world the real Chase Briscoe. The DJD gang welcomes JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry to the studio for the first time as a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Division National Champion. Berry details how he got it done during his stellar 24-win season in Late Model competition. Dale Jr. gets deep about the meaning of the National crown, Josh's role in the team and what having involvement in Late Model racing means to him. Dale talks about his first week as a two-time father. He also returned to the track to call the race in person in Kansas Speedway. Joey Logano took the win holding off Kevin Harvick. Dale explains how the driver's in the Cup field may have created a bully-proof driver in the Penske #22. Dale Jr. answers fans questions in an ultra-fast edition of AskJr presented by Xfinity. That and more on a robust edition of the Dale Jr. Download. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
319 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.: She's Here!
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Where has Dale Earnhardt Jr. been? Many wondered the reason for this week’s Dale Jr. Download being two days late, but wonder no more. The two-time Daytona 500 champion speaks publicly for the first time since becoming a two-time Dad, and he uses this episode to share news about the newest Earnhardt. Dale Jr. discloses his new daughter’s name, the process in which he and his wife, Amy, used to decide the name, and all the details to a life-changing week. Dale admits they were quiet during the process and speaks to the reason behind the privacy. Dale Jr. shares details of the special moment that his two-year-old daughter, Isla, met her new baby sister. The DJD gang shares smiles and laughs while enjoying the joyous occasion sitting at the table as friends. Earnhardt along with co-host Mike Davis, producer Matthew Dillner and social media guru Leah Vaughn discuss their favorite "original" race tracks and what makes them so unique in the segment called Valvoline Originals. Fans bring hard-hitting, time-relevant questions to Dale in the livestream segment, “Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity.” We also find out that Dale wasn't the giraffe some thought he was. Ok, you'll have to listen to find out! It was a special week for the Earnhardt and Dirty Mo Media family and we are happy to share a special show with you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
318 - Hank Parker Jr.: Let the Feathers Fly!
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Good times and loads of laughs! That's what you get when you bring longtime friend and former NASCAR racer Hank Parker Jr. to the table for a conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. They were born days apart and both had famous fathers, one a world famous Champion Fisherman, the other an icon of the sport of Auto Racing. Their father's friendship led to theirs and its one that has lasted all of these years. Parker and Dale chat about the good ol' days, and how their father's first time hanging out, of course, involved fishing and racing. Well, umm, maybe some cheating too! The two friends share stories of hunting, fishing, childhood mischief and more, including an unforgettable tale of hunting with Dale Sr. How does a famous fisherman just up and decide to get into stock car racing? Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis find out the real answer and uncover some classic stories of what led the Parker family down the racing road. They discuss Hank's early days in Late Model racing and how he got started with some of the hierarchy of short track badassery, like Gary Balough and Freddie Query. Dale Jr. and Hank Jr.'s bond grew stronger when both were racing wheel to wheel in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. They discuss an early tangle, the highs and lows, and how lending advice and shocks led to some fast times for Parker. After DNQ's, race wins and injuries, it was a tough conversation with car owner Jack Roush that actually led to Hank hanging up the helmet for good. Mike Davis reads an unearthed column Dale Jr. wrote about Hank Parker Jr back in 2000. The story leads to discussion of the trouble they would get into as youth, and the road to getting married and having children. Parker shares what his latest projects are and how some trips to Mexico and Haiti led their family to adoption. Before Hank took a seat at the table, discussion got pretty intense as Dale Jr. laid down his real feelings about the yellow-line-rule that dominated the headlines after a crazy weekend at Talladega. Dale, Mike and producer Matthew Dillner give their opinions as to why NASCAR may want to re-think the out-of-bounds infraction. Leah Vaughn thrills Dale Jr. with a slew of questions from fans and an Xfinity driver in AskJr presented by Xfinity. From a shocking statistic about Short Tracks in the Cup Series, to a bold new idea, the segment got the fans in the chat room as fired up as the host!. Should their be a NASCAR division in the 24-Hours of Daytona? Or, even bolder, a 12-hour NASCAR race that includes all three major NASCAR divisions racing on track at the same time? It's a must listen. Dale shares a story about a famous NASCAR racer who once had his racecar repossessed on the starting grid in Odd History. At Last Call, the DJD gang learns about a drinking phobia. Dale unwraps a gift that leads to discover and imagination that brings him into the Earnhardt garage in the 1970s. Last but certainly not least, Dale closes the show with the most special of thoughts.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
317 - Mike Skinner: Damn Renegades
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In one of the most wide-open episodes of all-time, former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner brings a new level of honesty and badassery to the table, in a much awaited conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Skinner holds nothing back as he talks about his rough upbringing and how working in the oil fields of Colorado was the start of a journey that led to stock car racing fame. From drinking, out-running cops and smoking weed to out-running some of the best Short Track racers in America, his early days paint the picture of a true renegade racer. That mentality is what attracted legendary car owner Richard Childress, although their first phone call didn't go as planned. Learn how Skinner actually turned down the opportunity of a lifetime because of a simple misunderstanding. Skinner tells Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis how beer drinking and raising hell was the best preparation he ever had for getting in the racecar. The Truck Series Champion talks about the big move to the Cup Series and a two car team at RCR, and how Dale Earnhardt wasn't very keen on having a teammate. The rocky relationship and some brutal crashes led the veteran racer down a path of headache and heartache that almost did him in. How bad were some of his concussions? Skinner shares never before heard details of the damage occurred during those wrecks. He also shares intimate details, that take Dale Jr. by surprise, of why he decided to hang up the helmet after a successful second career in the Truck Series. The DJD gang were thrown a curveball in AskJr presented by Xfinity when two young Xfinity drivers hit Dale Jr. up with questions. Chase Briscoe wants him at the Chili Bowl. So, will Dale Jr. be a volunteer / work-for-beer crew member at the Chili Bowl? Then, Dale gives Harrison Burton a masters-class on his approach to drafting. Like that wasn't enough? Dale Jr. gets chippy about the rumors of making Bristol a dirt track for a race and has a very simple and authoritative solution. JRM driver Noah Gragson had to deal with a nose-bleed while driving last week, and that prompts Dale to share a story of the time that a bloody nose may have helped him avoid a fight with Chad Knaus. Ya think we're done? Nope. Dale Jr. shares his love of vintage t-shirts and what makes the best ones in Valvoline Originals. Odd History uncovers a tale of Bobby Allison and a trailer speed record. Dale Jr. also tells us how a turkey ended up in a Virginia homeowner's bathroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
316 - Larry McReynolds: Hey Baby Boy!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes America's Crew Chief, Larry McReynolds, to the show to uncover how the heck a Birmingham 'Baby Boy' became one of the most recognizable and trusted names in NASCAR. Larry Mac gives us the low-down on why he was nicknamed "baby boy" early on in a journey to NASCAR that was filled with more ups and downs than an amusement park. From Super Late Models at Birmingham International Raceway, he turned wrenches for the best of them and became one of the most famed crew chiefs of his time. From Dave Mader III and Mike Alexander to Mark Martin, Ernie Irvan and The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt, success came with multiple periods of unemployment and doubt in between, McReynolds doesn't hold back about the rocky road that got him there. He also shares his candid thoughts on what made Davey Allison one of the more special drivers he ever crew chiefed for. Oh yeah, throw in the fighting nature of the Blue Max racing team and hot shot young driver Tim Richmond into this tale and you know it's a ride. Dale Jr. and Mike Davis find out about how he got the opportunity to build Kenny Bernstein's King Racing team. and the unexpected plot twist of how he became the crew chief of the operation. Learn how a handshake and a humble apology led to the start of Larry's relationship with Robert Yates Racing. The move nobody expected was Larry McReynolds as Dale Earnhardt's crew chief. Larry shares some funny moments and unbelievable pranks that happened during those years. The DJD gang discuss the first dominoes falling in NASCAR's silly season and the news of Bubba Wallace being tabbed to drive for a new team owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. Will it be more or less pressure for the young driver? We dissect the move of Ross Chastian to the Cup Series in the Ganassi Racing No. 42 ride. And speaking of silly season, Dale, Mike and producer Matthew Dillner noodle the remaining rides and most desirable free agents on the NASCAR market. The fans bring it with some great questions in AskJr presented by Xfinity. We find out that Dale like Nashville Fairgrounds as a track for Cup, Xfinity and for lunch. We shake the pelvis with a story of Elvis and a short tracker's far fetched dream of partnering with the King of Rock and Roll. Plus, the DJD attempts to answer the biggest question on everyone's mind at this time of year... is September too early for pumpkin everything? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
315 - Justin Allgaier: Gettin' Chippy
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Back at the table, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings in one of his drivers, Justin Allgaier, who brings truth and transparency like we've never heard from the driver hungry for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series title. Allgaier opens up about his run-ins with JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson and discloses what had him most upset about the situation. What had him ready to fight in Daytona? We uncover the source to his recent chippiness in 2020 and how it has been received. Dale and Justin talk about the new style of racing from young drivers and how back in the day it would result in being sent "oil tank deep" into the wall. The Illinois driver has seen his ups and down this year. His kind approach and generous way of life has resulted in both good and bad, but he remains steadfast and as determined as ever. Allgaier is fresh off a two-race sweep of action at Richmond Raceway and has his #7 JR Motorsports team trending in the right direction at the right time. The win also gave Dale Jr. his first victory as a car-sponsor. With Phoenix as the 2020 season finale, Allgaier knows he must battle through the anxieties and unknowns to make it to the Final Four just to have a shot at the title that has eluded him.. Allgaier details his early days in the sport and how his full-time opportunity in the Cup Series took a mental toll. Dale and co-host Mike Davis get the truth about his close-knit relationship with his sponsor Brandt and how other drivers could take note. Justin gives us insight into the other aspects of life., from family to his secret love of graphic design, He also gives us a peek into his life as a test driver and what doing simulation for the upcoming Gen-7 car is like, including the new wheel and tire combination. In Open Segment, Dale talks about his first weekend hosting in the NASCAR on NBC booth and what has him appreciating his colleagues more. Leah brings some great questions in AskJr presented by Xfinity. Dale lets us in on his Ancestry and introduces us to how he learned about his World War II veteran Uncle John. The DJD gang also learns about Adirondack Dinosaurs. Well, not really... but you'll understand what the heck we are talking about as soon as you hear it. That and more as we welcome a driver in-studio for the first time in months for a special Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
314 - Ernie Irvan: Cheating Death
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Legendary NASCAR racer Ernie Irvan lived to tell his story, barely, and joins the Download for a tell-all interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Irvan discusses his California racing roots and how his missing father led to a journey to stock car country in North Carolina. From welding bleacher seats to daring the local short track scene, Ernie quickly made a name for himself. As quick as he found success in NASCAR's Cup Series, he found criticism and controversy. Irvan discusses his aggressive approach and how it led an apology that was a turning point in his career. That career and a life almost ended in a horrific practice crash that left Irvan with severe head trauma and a 10 percent chance to live. He shares details of his bloody crash and the pocket-knife tracheotomy that saved his life. After rehabilitation, Irvan beat the odds again to not only come back, but to come back and win. A journey that came full circle in victory lane at the track that nearly stole his life, Michigan International Speedway. The same track that a few years later saw Irvan with another major head injury and subsequent retirement from racing. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis get deep with the former racer who doesn't shy away from the trials and tribulations that shaped his unbelievable racing career. All clear...the DJD also discuss the Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott incident at Darlington and the art of a driver clearing himself on track. They also react to the big news of the day, California's Auto Club Speedway's announced reconfiguration. A change that sets Dale Jr. off into a state of beaming excitement. Will this move start a landrush of more short tracks for the sport? Also, Mike shares his Darlington experience watching Ross Chastain's Dirty Mo Media #77 and how it gave him new perspective on the battle within a race that most don't ever see. The Download finds out about Dale's yummy experience with a food he can't pronounce, a Bolgagi bowl. We learned about the original character known as Suitcase Jake and why beer was once considered healthier than water. All of that and more on the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
313 - Ross Chastain: Straight Outta 1976
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings one of NASCAR's hottest young stars, Ross Chastain, to announce a throwback that lights up the Download. The watermelon farmer turned NASCAR driver has been turning heads and making headlines during his journey in the sport. Despite his recent success, he shares the emotions of how it all came crashing down when a sponsor got in legal trouble and how it makes him feel insecure to this day. Chastain details his rise from Xfinity mid-packer, to winner, to playoff driver. Dale and co-host Mike Davis get Chastain to open up about the controversial finish during last week's Xfinity Series race at Daytona when he wrecked with Kaulig Motorsports teammate A.J. Almendinger on the final lap. How did he feel and how will the young driver move forward in his aggressive approach of risking it all for the result? Bringing an actual Cup Series racecar to the studio, Ross unveils a tribute scheme throwing back to a rare Dale Earnhardt Grand National machine that he'll pilot during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway for Spire Motorsports. The car design and t-shirt drop has Dale Jr.'s fingerprints all over it. Dale Jr. shares with us his inner-thoughts on possibly being a hoarder and how he plans to start an Ebay store to combat the issue. He also breaks news about the NASCAR on NBC booth that has him nervously excited. In Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity, Dale gives advice to an Australian camper and talks about his favorite throwback schemes. He also weighs in on the hottest Short Track racer in America, Kyle Larson, and the speculation surrounding a potential return to the NASCAR Cup Series. Will he really come back? Dale lets producer Matthew Dillner have a shot at Odd History. We tell the tale of why Neil Bonnett spent some of the 1976 Southern 500 behind bars. Like it couldn't get any stranger... Dale Jr. tells us about an aggressive Beefalo that escaped impending doom at the slaughter house and has now police searching a small town in Connecticut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
312 - Chocolate Myers: Tough Customers
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and co-host Mike Davis are joined by legendary NASCAR crew member, the great Danny “Chocolate” Myers, for a colorful and candid conversation.   Chocolate was a longtime gasman for Dale Earnhardt Sr., Richard Childress Racing and the famed number-three; so boy does he have stories! Choc talks about his family racing heritage and how tragedy almost drove him away from the Motorsports. He and Dale talk about suffering and persevering through loss and how they view their mortality. Then, it's story time! From biker bar fights to $99 racecars, Chocolate has our ears perked. He reveals how Dale Earnhardt could dish out a joke but wasn’t very good at taking one. And by not taking it well, I mean, he used a hammer for revenge. Now that is a story. Chocolate rates the rivals of the three-car and talks about how he and the Junkyard Dogs had Dale’s back through thick and thin. They go into detail about how Junior Johnson convinced him to go to Richard Childress, the North Wilkesboro incident with Ricky Rudd and the hidden tears of their first NASCAR Championship at RCR. A tale about Chocolate’s 1986 Champion belt buckle has an unexpected twist that has the gang in stitches. We also learn how thin soled shoes were a passed-down tradition that saved an engine one day. Leah Vaughn is back in the a very chilly studio but brings the heat on AskJr presented by Xfinity. Plus, a double dose of Odd History and a Last Call that makes you wish they cut you off a few drinks early.  A memorable interview and some good times during this episode of the Dale Jr. Download.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
311 - Jimmie Johnson: 7X3= Perfection
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7-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for an exclusive reveal of a special tribute scheme to fellow 7-timers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. The Darlington throwback paint scheme has Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis over the moon. Johnson goes deep on the impact of the scheme and other's who will be throwing back to honor him. Jimmie shocks the DJD gang with some more insight into his latest IndyCar test and his desire to run in the series in 2021. He also shares some insight into the challenges of his final season and if he will come back to drive in the NASCAR Cup Series. We also break the news of the scheme to Dale Earnhardt's legendary car owner Richard Childress. He shares a never-heard story of how the Intimidator's car nearly looked like a brake-box. Childress raps with Dale Jr. about the black Goodwrench scheme that Intimidated them all. The DJD brings "The King" Richard Petty on the podcast to surprise him with Jimmie Johnson's new scheme. The King shares his genuine feelings for Johnson as a racer and a person. He also talks about the upswing at Richard Petty Motorsports and invites Dale Jr. over for a special tour. Dale, Mike and Producer Matthew Dillner share their favorite racecar bodies of all-time in Valvoline Originals. The fans come at Dale Jr. with a tough question about the Daytona Road Course on Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity. Plus, we learn that Dale likes Nights in White Satin, why he's become a Twitch ghost and what makes Dillner's heart rate go up. Dale Jr. also receives some very special gifts on this fresh new episode of the Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
310 - James Hinchcliffe & Jeff Dickerson: Risk Everything
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings a double-dose of guest badassery to the show with an Indycar star that cheated death, and an agent turned car owner. Open wheel ace James Hinchliffe talks about his sucky go-kart start and his rise to become an Indycar Series winner. He brings us into his headspace on the horrific crash at Indianapolis that nearly ended his life and the brave comeback to win the 500 pole the next year. The Canadian driver talks about how inspirational his fellow countryman, the late Greg Moore, was to his career. He shares the racing job he was going to aim for if he couldn't make it behind the wheel. Last year Hinch lost his ride with Arrow McLaren; he shares details of the split and his new part-time gig back with Andretti Autosport heading into what could be the biggest race of his career, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. Oh, and any visit to Hinchtown comes with some bourbon! Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis welcome Spire Motorsports president Jeff Dickerson to the pod to announce the acquisition of the charter from Leavine Family Racing. They answer how and why a sports agency got into the race-team business. Dickerson gives a peek into a business rarely in front of the curtain and shares details of the direction of the now two-car team and how the charter purchase went down. Mike gets Dale Jr. to chat about his very first race, which included a flipping go-kart and Dale Sr. running to his aid. AskJr presented by Xfinity fires up some great questions about the latest goings on in NASCAR and Dale's Bo-preferences. That and more on a jammin' edition of The Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
309 - Rodney Childers: Three-Wide in an S10
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Childhood friends Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR Championship Crew Chief Rodney Childers reconnect about racing, crew chiefing and causing trouble as youths. Most know Rodney as Kevin Harvick's pit boss, but prior to his role on the box, he was a winning racecar driver. Childers details how his racing career began with a go-kart and his mom. While dominating in Late Models, he reveals why he was told to not come back to the track. Oh, and how close did he come to making it it NASCAR's top ranks? He was one vote away from an Xfinity Series ride and shares the story. Childers then reveals tales of hanging out with Dale Jr. that even Dale doesn't remember. Like the time they broke into Mamaw's house or when they cruised around Kannapolis in Dale's S-10 truck three-wide and picked up two-more passengers. That night ended with a grocery store trip and egging the town! Rodney then recounts deer-games played on Dale Sr.'s property that gets the gang laughing out loud. Rodney talks about transitioning from a driver to a crew member in the sport and the dark times that preceded his rise in the Cup Series. He covers the beginnings with Blaney, his role with Scott Riggs, moving to MWR, his landing spot with SHR, and how Kevin Harvick changed his career. What's next for Rodney? And does he want to return to driving a racecar? Dale Jr, along with co-host Mike Davis discuss a sudden silly season with news from Brad Keselowski and Leavine Family Racing. Leah Vaughn brings the fans closer to Dale Jr. with questions about Sim-Similarities and College Football in this week's AskJr. presented by Xfinity. Plus, Dale has an idea to finally bring negativity to social media and potentially save the world. We also learn of mixed-up frequencies in Odd History and lastly, give some special birthday love that derails the close of the show. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
308 - Robby Gordon: Don't Get Even, Get Ahead!
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The man only knows one speed in racing and in life; Robby Gordon joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Download. Dale Jr.& Robby discuss the duo's run-in at Bristol, and what made the driver that Dale Jr. once referred to as "a moving chicane" one of the most fierce and polarizing figures in Motorsports. Gordon reveals that it was the Intimidator who brought him to Stock Car racing. From the dangerous days of Indy cars to racing in NASCAR with Richard Childress and beyond, Robby has some interesting tales. They even also share a story of an off-road excursion that had had Dale Earnhardt Jr scared to death. After his NASCAR life, Gordon hasn't slowed down one bit. The versatile driver discusses his many ventures, from Energy drinks to starting a new car company. Gordon goes wide open about his Stadium Super Truck Series and even divulges the truth behind why it was banned for a time in Australia. He also shares the craziness that is the Dakar Rally, his take on the recently announced SRX Series and much more. The DJD gang brings history to the table with a discussion about some interesting facts they've learned about America's first race. They also get some laughs over some wild questions in a special "getting to know you" edition of AskJr presented by Xfinity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
307 - Ray Evernham: Creative Genius
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One of the most innovate individuals to ever grace the NASCAR garage, Hall of Fame Crew Chief Ray Evernham joins Dale Earnhardt Jr on the Download. The two-good friends talk about Ray's racing career on the Jersey Shore. Dale Jr. learns about the horrific crash that left Ray with a severe head injury and a unexpected new career path. Evernham discusses his time with the IROC Series, working with Dave Marcus and other Motorsports legends. So, just how did he end up as Jeff Gordon's crew chief? Dale Jr finds out as Ray details the dynamic duo's humble beginnings and the big move to Hendrick Motorsports. Does the statute of limitations apply? Dale Jr. attempts to get Ray to open up about the famed racecar named "T-Rex," and tell the real story behind its ban from NASCAR competition. Why did he just up and leave during the Hendrick dynasty? Evernham shares his thoughts on the move to start a team with Dodge. News broke last week that Ray and Tony Stewart are creating a new racing series called Superstar Racing Experience. Evernham gives us inside information on the intent of SRX in the motorsports landscape, the goal for racecar design and what types of racercar drivers will be in the exclusive field when the new series debuts. With Mike Davis on vacation, Producer Matthew Dillner steps in to chat with Dale about the much awaited release of Lost Speedways on Peacock TV and the overwhelming reaction after it came out. The two discuss their relationship and how an unusual hobby led to an unlikely television program. Dale Jr. takes off his broadcaster hat and explains Noah Gragson's run-ins in the Xfinity Series, and how he manages his expectations for the young driver. All of that and a bag of chips on a fresh edition of the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
306 - Mark Martin (Part Two): Respect & Integrity
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Part-two of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s in-depth interview with Mark Martin is just the tip of the iceberg of this action packed episode. Dale Jr, co-host Mike Davis and producer Matthew Dillner drop the gloves debating the underglow lights being placed on NASCAR Cup Series cars for the All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Paint scheme advocate Dale Jr. analyzes the All-Star schemes with the slid back number placement. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale Jr. shares his take on the Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton scuffle after Kentucky's Xfinity Series race from the unique perspective as a team owner. Plus, reaction to the announcement of the Superstar Racing Experience series. Dale Jr also reveals his inner thoughts on the Washington Redskins name change and the future of his fandom of the NFL franchise. In Odd History, how one Lost Speedway was buried under water. Then, Dale and Mark Martin discuss the latter years of his career. Mark details his time racing for Jack Roush and what turned their relationship around. Dale Jr. opens up about lessons learned from the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and labels him the most approachable driver in the garage. Mark explains why setting fast laps early in practice made him feel like a bad ass. Dale Jr. brings up Mark Martin's keen eye for young racing talent, and how he convinced Jack Roush to sign Matt Kenseth. Also, Mark talks about the discovery of Joey Logano years before he became a Cup Series champion. Mike Davis inquires about Mark's time racing for Dale Earnhardt Inc. after Dale Jr's departure from the team. Near retirement, Martin tells the DJD gang how Rick Hendrick lured him back into full-time competition for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
305 - Mark Martin (Part One): I Race, That's What I Do
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Finally! NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Download for the first time. The former Hendrick Motorsports teammates dive into Mark's meteoric rise from local dirt racer to NASCAR front-runner. They discuss how his dad influenced his passion for racing, including letting him drive a tractor trailer at the age of 12 and the time his father did donuts around a police car in a parking lot. Then, the Batesville, Arkansas native talks about his biggest influences in the short track days and the time that a lack of a right rear spring sprung him to the top of the speed charts. Mark reflects on his relationship with fellow competitors and why he was comfortable sharing his setups with anyone that asked. The veteran opens up about his journey to NASCAR, then losing everything, and how that failure made him who he is today. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis are shocked by never before heard stories of watching races in Dale Earnhardt's basement and nearly ending up in the 28 car. Lastly, Martin covers how he originally connected with car owner Jack Roush and gets deep about the rocky start to their long relationship.  The ratings were up as NASCAR returned to NBC and Dale Jr. went back to work in the booth. He reveals deep thoughts about his return to work and finding a purpose in life. Plus, the DJD gang weighs in on the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader. They learn that the late Charlie Daniels loved the Xfinity Series and with the help of a fan, ponder the idea of triple digit car numbers during Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity. Dale also learns how being stuck in an elevator can cause a driver to have a nightmare scenario in this week's Odd History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
304 - Paul Morris: Burnouts at the Bar
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G'day mate! Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings in his good friend from down under, Australian racecar driver Paul Morris, to turn the show upside down. Morris and Dale jr. recall how they met, the time they got kicked out of a night club, crazy decisions over wine, driving the treacherous Bathurst race course, and landing helicopters on a casino. Paul opens up about a few bad wrecks, a concussion that prevented an opportunity in NASCAR and the time that the V8 Supercar veteran raced three weeks after breaking multiple vertebrae in a crash. Morris shares the tale of how burnouts at a bar once got Robby Gordon's Stadium SUPER Trucks series banned from Australia. Ya think that's wild? How about when Dale Jr. drove one of Paul's racecars barefoot while in board shorts? Yeah, that happened. From a story of a shark bite to the time he crashed a helicopter, the stories are plentiful. Dale Jr and co-host Mike Davis discuss the big Indycar / NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what it could mean for future collaborations between the two series. Dale Jr. will be back to work calling races for NBC this weekend and discusses the challenges he expects to face while broadcasting remotely. In Ask Jr. Presented by Xfinity, Dale Jr. shares the story of his firework fail that made Amy and Isla upset and caused horses to run wild. Plus, find out why one driver had a bathroom named after him at Pocono Raceway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
303 - Dale Jarrett & Red Farmer: Elite Company
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. checks in with two very intriguing guests, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and fellow 2021 Inductee Red Farmer, on the Download. Jarrett discusses his recent bout with COVID-19, the symptoms that made him get tested and why he went public with his diagnosis. He also admits his biggest fear while having the Coronavirus. Dale Jr. gets some good advice from DJ on what the Hall of Fame journey will be like. Dale and co-host Mike Davis have a fun discussion with legendary racer Red Farmer. The 87-year old talks about why he still races after 73-years and how he's never paid someone to work on his team full-time. The leader of the Alabama gang raced with three generations of Earnhardts and shares about the time he put an end to the Intimidator's winning ways. Farmer shares what it was like to to get the Hall of Fame nod and what the honor means. The DJD gang has fun singing tunes and talking about texting with emoticons. Ask Jr get Dale Jr. puzzled about where to send fans for racing technology research. We also learn some interesting history about the first race ever held in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
302 - Dale Jr.'s Hall of Fame Moment
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An emotional Dale Earnhardt Jr., surrounded by his family, finds out that he will forever be enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of 2021 class. Listen as the news breaks live on the podcast and the congratulations roll in from well-respected members of the racing industry. Special guests Rick Hendrick, Mike Helton and the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Executive Director Winston Kelley join the show. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis reflect on this major milestone and hit on some of the hottest topics in racing, including Dale Jr.’s return to the driver's seat at Homestead. Dale describes his most anxious moment and what it was like to race in front of an empty grandstand. Last week, NASCAR took a major step forward in becoming a more inclusive sport by banning the Confederate flag from its tracks. The DJD gang offers their perspective on the ban and the social media reaction that followed. Plus, find out why Dale wants to cancel, cancel culture. The All-Star Race is headed to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in the event's 36-year history with a new twist on paint schemes that has everyone all fired up. How did our host start his big day back in the Dirty Mo Studio? With a redneck root canal, of course! Don't ask, just listen and laugh. All of this and more on a truly memorable edition of the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2020
301 - It's Time to Take a Stand
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a lot on his mind after a busy week of news in the country and in racing. He and co-host Mike Davis cover NASCAR’s Nashville Superspeedway announcement, and why he feels that the Cup Series is heading to the wrong Nashville track in 2021. JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry found himself mired in controversy at Ace Speedway over the weekend, which ultimately led to his one-race suspension. Dale Jr. explains what happened, the growing tension between Berry and fellow racer Bobby McCarty and how it will cost Berry a shot at this year’s championship. NASCAR and the drivers made a powerful statement about the ongoing racial tensions in the U.S. at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the weekend. This included drivers stepping up to create their very own viral video message. The DJD gang reflects on the message the sport sent to the world. In Ask Jr. presented by Xfinity, Dale Jr. discusses climbing back behind the wheel this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his playboy collection and why he now refuses to save fuel while racing. Odd history tells the tale of how a beer can helped Richard Petty win a race at Martinsville Speedway.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
300 – Bubba Wallace: We’ve Got to Change Our Ways
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On the 300th episode of The Dale Jr. Download, Bubba Wallace joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. to discuss the ongoing racial tensions playing out across the United States and his recent strong performances on the track. Wallace gets personal and tells stories about his experience with racial discrimination, a family tragedy and his interaction with law enforcement. Earnhardt Jr., Wallace and co-host Mike Davis have an open and honest conversation about what we can do as humans to help make the world a better place. Wallace shares the message he sent to all drivers and NASCAR’s executives, how he deals with negative comments thrown his way, and the intense scrutiny he faces as the only black driver at NASCAR’s top level. Later in the show, Chase Elliott joins Earnhardt Jr., Wallace, and Davis after the dramatic finish to his day at Bristol. Elliott banters with close friend Wallace about not being invited on the plane ride to the track and dishes his opinion about limited practice time and its impact on the racing. Monday night’s Xfinity Series race featured two JR Motorsports drivers roughing each other up racing for the win and the bossman describes his feelings watching one of his cars wreck and the other win. The milestone show concludes with great questions from fans during the Ask Jr. segment presented by Xfinity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2020
299 – Marcus Smith: First Sport with Fans Back
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith, who opens up about NASCAR’s return to action from a track owner’s perspective. As Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR’s second week back to racing, Smith details the screening process the track conducts before events, why he envisions fans returning sooner rather than later and what that will look like. The two long-time friends, along with co-host Mike Davis, reflect on Sunday’s World 600 and Earnhardt Jr. shares his thoughts on the underwhelming race and asks Smith what can be done to improve NASCAR Cup Series competition at Charlotte. Smith offers candid thoughts on what the track and sport can do to put on a more entertaining event, how his company approaches repaving track surfaces, and the difficulty of keeping up with race team’s innovation. Plus, the two reminisce about the cold day spent at North Wilkesboro Speedway last December, discuss what Smith really thinks of Dale Jr.’s ideas, and learn more about NASCAR returning to Nashville. As racing resumes, this conversation sheds light on how tracks are preparing to host events again and what goes into putting on the best races possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2020
298 - Kurt Busch: Career Comeback
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Kurt Busch joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a wide-ranging conversation about the veteran’s racing career. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver dives deep into his successful yet tumultuous time in NASCAR with Earnhardt and co-host Mike Davis. Busch opens up about his rapid rise into the sport, doing it his way, losing a top-tier ride, and having to fight his way back to the top. The former champion shares regrets he has had during his time behind the wheel, how he was once intimidated by the Intimidator, and beating his brother Kyle in a photo finish last year at Kentucky Speedway. Both Busch and Earnhardt reflect on the influence their wives have had on their life and how it has shaped them into better men. Sunday marked the first NASCAR race in over two months and Busch discusses his strong run and what it’s like to be teammates with Matt Kenseth again. Plus, Earnhardt and Davis talk about racing without practice, Jimmie Johnson’s mistake, and the idea of shorter race weekends. That, an #AskJr segment presented by Xfinity and plenty more on this episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2020
297 - Matt Kenseth: Never Retired
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Dale Earnhardt Jr hangs out with old friend Matt Kenseth, as he makes a comeback behind the wheel when NASCAR returns to racing. T he former Cup Champion enlightens Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis about his refined workout regiment and how he is approaching this comeback. Speaking of coming back, Matt tells us that he never did use the "R" word, so he never actually retired. So how has his family taken his return to the NASCAR life? And what will this new social-distanced NASCAR life be like? Kenseth also shares how the new deal with Ganassi went down and how he is going into this first race with so many unknowns. He reveals the origins of his original nickname, what he really thinks of watching the iRacing Pro-Invitational Series and how he thinks Dale Jr. is "cheap." Later in the show, Dale gets stumped by some tricky questions on #AskJr presented by Xfinity. The DJD gang discuss Chicagoland Speedway rumors and how Dale Jr didn't go to his high school prom. Oh, and we also tell a tale about a Pakistani magician who took to the high banks of Darlington Raceway... blindfolded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2020
296 - Steve Phelps: First Sport to Come Back
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As NASCAR returns from the pause of the pandemic, Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with NASCAR President Steve Phelps for a behind the curtain viewpoint of running one of America's biggest sports. Phelps talks about the initial shut down due to COVID-19, opens up about tough decisions, shares insight into the sports' return and the opportunity they have to seize new fans in an uncertain sports climate. He also shares insight into schedule changes, looking closely at mid-week shows and double headers and how they are looking ahead to 2021. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis share news about bringing back North Wilkesboro in a unique way. Speaking of Wilkesboro, Odd History tells a story of day the King spread a fan's ashes. The crew learns the community gossip about poo and how Dale gets tricked into telling fat-jokes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2020
295 - Doug Richert: Duffel Bag Doug
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He won a championship, as a crew chief, with Dale Earnhardt at the age of 20. Now Doug Richert sits down with Dale Earnhardt Jr and co-host Mike Davis to talk to us about that incredible feat and more. Just how did a 16-year old go from San Jose, California to North Carolina and make the big time so quick? Richert's road has been a bouncy one that has seen him win titles, come oh-so-close and struggle with underfunded teams. Dale, Mike and Doug discuss a wide range of topics from meeting Dale Earnhardt, their friendship, and how good of a best-man The Intimidator was. Doug gets emotional sharing one of the best moments of his life with Dale Jr. They also talk about the Junior Johnson years, cigar-smokin' JD Stacy, winning with Greg Biffle and Doug's current driver, Timmy Hill. Richert admits his biggest regret of his career and how he yearns for another opportunity. He reveals what Suitcase Jake was really like and tell the origins of his nickname, Duffel Bag Doug. The DJD gang share their anxieties about a possible return to racing after the COVID-19 pandemic. They share their excitement of the news that Matt Kenseth will return to racing in the 42 car. AskJr talks about Dale 'Twitching' and hangin' with Ed Nelms and more. We also learn through Ancestry that Dillner isn't who he thinks he is and Mike's connection to waffles and pirates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
294 - David Allen: Untold Earnhardt Stories
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Never before stories of Dale Earnhardt. Special guest David Allen surprises Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis with tales of working with the 7-time NASCAR Champion. Allen dives into the wildness of the Wrangler days from being hung up on by The Intimidator and people thinking Dale would be a one-hit-wonder, From heart to heart meetings under the Talladega grandstand, to secret clandestine meetings in a Greensboro hotel, it's a peek behind the curtain that few have ever had. Did Dale Earnhardt almost end up driving for Junior Johnson? Was he a no-show at an important dinner meeting with GM? Did he regret not spending more time with his children when they were younger? David Allen had a unique first hand perspective of it all. Allen, a marketing master and longtime friend, also shares the hilarity of how Wonder Woman got NASCAR and Teresa Earnhardt a little peeved at Martinsville, We also learn about the day Dale Earnhardt liked Jalapeno Poppers a little bit too much and how one Atlanta Braves player made The Intimidator angry with some homemade mud. AskJr presented by Xfinity gets Dale Jr. to reveal his wishes for the Washington Redskins upcoming draft and to open up about the news he and Amy are having a baby girl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
293 - Roger Penske: The Captain
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s exclusive interview with the great Roger Penske. The two discuss Roger's racing career, dealing with the Rusty Wallace / Dale Earnhardt rivalry, and his success as a car owner in so many racing series. Penske gives insight into how the purchase of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway went down and what it means to own one of the sport's most hallowed grounds. He also lets us in to his company policies, and his approach to the COVID-19 pandemic as a team owner, business owner and series owner. Dale and co-host Mike Davis have the tough conversation regarding the news surrounding Kyle Larson. They also discuss Dale Jr.'s recent news that he is a nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The DJD crew reveal the most original people they've been around in racing. The crew doesn't hesitate to poke fun at each other for dark Zoom screens and homemade quarantine haircuts. The fans "bring it" with some great questions this week on AskJr presented by Xfinity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
292 - Kelley Earnhardt Miller: A New Chapter
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From childhood scars, therapy to leading a Championship winning NASCAR team, Kelley Earnhardt Miller joins her brother Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the day of her new book release. Kelley reveals secrets from the pages "Drive - Nine Lessons to Win in Business and Life." She shares how Dale Earnhardt struggled with fatherhood, how she used therapy change the path of her marriage and life, and how she had to be an advocate for Dale Jr. after the passing of her father. They also discuss running JR Motorsports through the COVID-19 crisis and how she communicates with NASCAR throughout the process. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis speak about what made Cale Yarborough a true original. Leah raises the roof with fan questions in AskJr presented by Xfinity. Dale & Mike offer their opinions on the iRacing drama from Bristol with Bubba Wallace. Matthew Dillner uses World War II history to offer hope for a new racing boom. The DJD gang laughs over pronouncing words like "Yar-bro" "Oy-al" and "Arthur." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
291 - Kyle Busch / Isla Earnhardt: Crashing the Party
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Who wrecked who? Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings Kyle Busch on the show to discuss the Texas iRacing Pro Invitational & more. The two rivals discuss dealing with life at home because of the pandemic. Kyle's son Brexton hops on to meet and then interview Dale Jr. Co-Host Mike Davis gets Dale to open up about why he stays informed of the news surrounding the Coronavirus. The DJD gang uses their "big ass mics" to chime as well. Nothing brightens the day more than a child, as Isla Earnhardt makes her podcast debut. She not only steals the show but nearly ends it. Special guests make Dale Jr. laugh in AskJr presented by Xfinity and we deliver an Odd History that's worth at least 50-cents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
290 - Denny Hamlin: Momentary Normalcy
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From the comfort and safety of home, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the DJD gang got together, but not too close, to record a show. A day after the iRacing event broadcast on national television, Dale welcomed winner Denny Hamlin on the Download. They discuss the dramatic finish and how the race provided a few hours of normalcy in tough times, Denny shares what he is doing during the Corona virus crisis and how he is struggling with home schooling his daughter. Dale Jr, co-host Mike Davis, Producer Matthew Dillner and Leah Vaughn get real about social distancing. AskJr is back with a new sponsor. Dale Jr. opens up about the recent announcement that he and Amy are expecting their second child and how the current state of lock-down has effected the experience. Dale Jr. remembers the car that started the racecar graveyard and tells the story of NASCAR's most unusual pit stop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
289 - Kyle Petty: No Regrets
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty sit down to discuss navigating life with famous fathers and the expectations that helped shape their road to stardom. The NBC Sports broadcast colleagues talk about growing up wanting to be racers, taking a 193mph tutorial lap around Daytona with the King and Kyle's unlikely and wildly successful first race. Petty opens up about bending the rules, his gory leg-break at Talladega, Felix Sabates' naïve start in racing, the moments that ignited his temper the most and much more. Kyle sticks around for Dale's special edition of Odd History that involves Darlington and streaking. Also, this week's ad reads proved to be both efficient and hilarious. So, join Dale, Co-host Mike Davis, Kyle and the DJD gang for this coronavirus-free edition of the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
288 - Ken Schrader: The Best Week Ever!
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The episode you've been waiting for! Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes racing legend Ken Schrader to the table of truth. For the first time publicly, they share the real story of the week long trip with Schrader that changed Dale Jr.'s life and got Dale Earnhardt hot under the collar. Schrader tells us about his start in racing, an attempt at the Indy 500, and shares stories of some cheat tips. The two discuss beer drinking, partying and racing... need we say more? Well, it gets better! They also chat about Ken's worst crash, the day he lost his thumb, and plans of school bus Figure-8 racing for his birthday. It's Schrader, so expect the unexpected.. Dale Jr. along with co-host Mike Davis and the DJD crew discuss Phoenix, Cole Pearn's tweet that fired up the web, Noah's no-no and more. We learn from Dale Jr how Valvoline is like Madonna and about the Atlanta tow-truck blunder in Odd History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
287 - James Finch: Rednecks & Elitists
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He has been described as "An American badass and a true redneck icon," and now Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with James Finch for a tell-all table conversation for the ages. The former NASCAR car owner shares the story of his daredevil beginnings, how leveling his home caused a divorce, being with Neil Bonnett until the end, and the colorful cast of characters who drove his racecars. Finch reveals why he once gave a check back to NASCAR, turned down a Toyota deal and how he splashed Crown Royal on Geoff Bodine during a pit stop. From sipping a red-solo cup to providing physical enhancements for lady friends, Finch doesn't hold back. The DJD gang also discusses the single lug nut announcement that sparked a social media frenzy and an interesting fan council question about paint scheme changes that piqued Dale Jr.'s interest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
286 - Rick Mast: Just Glad to be Alive
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. clears the air with Rick Mast about the driver's unknown start to a racing career and the carbon monoxide poisoning that forced his exit the sport. Mast opens up about feeling "like he was dying," and decisions that saved his life. He also reveals the moment that humbled Dale Earnhardt Sr. as well as the day Rick was going to shoot Jimmy Spencer. Mast also shares the infamous cow-sale that led to the purchase of his first racecar and how Elvira the bubble witch magically turned his performance around. The DJD gets real about Noah Gragson's tangle with Myatt Snyder and the softest bounty in the land. We learn that Dale likes the word "drag" and "quibble" during our ad reads and that J.D. McDuffie had to bet it all to make it to the next race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
285 - Kyle Larson & Noah Gragson: Daytona Aftermath
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis address a crazy Daytona 500 that included a horrific last-lap crash with Ryan Newman. Then, the DJD is joined by young NASCAR phenom and open-wheel ace Kyle Larson to discuss everything from NASCAR, driving the high-side to chasing the Chili Bowl. A double-dose of guests highlights this episode as Daytona Xfinity Series race winner Noah Gragson brings the color and candor of his celebratory antics and racing maturity to the table. Dale and Mike rap about the view from the flagstand as Dale Jr. was the honorary starter of The Great American Race that was so big that it even drew the presence of the President of the United States of America. We find out what not to do in the flagstand at a race, and answer fan questions on this packed edition of the Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
Bonus - Live from Daytona
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and co-host Mike Davis go live at the Team Chevy Experience at Daytona International Speedway in front of a studio audience with a big cast of characters. Seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson stops by as well as Daytona 500 pole-winner Ricky Stenhouse. Chevrolet's Jim Campbell sits in with the DJD and then with the crowd afterwards. President of Daytona Int'l Speedway, Chip Wile, joins the show to preview Dale waving the green flag on Sunday and we find out that Ricky Stenhouse's dog ate his Daytona 500 tickets. Tim Dugger, a good friend of Dale Jr.'s, pops in to talk about his latest song from his upcoming album and shares a laugh about Jr's direct style of criticism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2020
284 - Humpy Wheeler: The Ringmaster
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolls out the red carpet on the 2020 debut by bringing in the ultimate ringmaster, legendary racing promoter H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler. The two discuss Humpy's wild early days in racing, wheeling and dealing to sell tickets, creating chances for drivers including Dale Earnhardt and an astonishingly long boxing career. They share some laughs about the zaniest of pre-race stunts, some of which drew the ire of NASCAR. Dale & Co-host Mike Davis clean up a messy Busch Clash and debate NASCAR Hall of Fame changes. The DJD gang answers fan questions, reveal details of Dale's new tv-show and tell tall tales of Daytona partying. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
283 - Kyle Busch: The Champ & the Best of the DJD
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In the season finale, Dale Earnhardt Jr gets an exclusive sit down with NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Busch. Dale and co-host Mike Davis reflect on an amazing season, reliving the best guests and most impactful stories that came from our table. The DJD gang have some good belly laughs over the hilarity that came from some unexpected conversations on the show. Dale Jr. also learns he has a new job for the 2020 Daytona 500. One more Odd History reveals an NFL quarterback behind the wheel and creates a fun conversation on a year full of oddities. Dale Jr gets deep on the impact of the podcast for himself and the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
282 - Kenny Wallace: Therapy
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A colorful and candid sit down between Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kenny Wallace takes you on a journey from being dirt poor in Missouri to NASCAR fame. Kenny opens up about his brother Rusty, getting his first ride from Dale Earnhardt, getting fired from his Cup ride, his passion for dirt racing and why the nine-time Xfinity Series winner says thinks he’s an overachiever. Wallace tells us about being blocked on Twitter by Michael Waltrip, and how people assume he was "shot in the ass with diamonds." Dale and Co-host Mike Davis get real about what needs to happen with the Phoenix package and NASCAR fining Bubba Wallace. We also learn about Dale Jr's morning blunder and why the DJD gang resists the I-Phone updates that have Dale Jr buzzing. Earnhardt pours some Sugar on Odd History and wraps with a tease about our upcoming final episode of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
281 - David Hobbs: Paddock to Telly
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with one of his favorites, legendary racer and broadcaster David Hobbs, to discuss the most important race in NASCAR history, the 1979 Daytona 500. The two chit chat about working with Ken Squier, Hobbs' diverse and dangerous racing career, dealing with an era where death was a regularity, Cale Yarborough's engine mimicking, an Intimidating interview with Dale Earnhardt, the Englishman's role in Stroker Ace and more. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis debate the controversial Bubba Wallace spin and sound off about Big Hoss TV insults. Mix in some hunting stories and Dale's unusual Odd History reading cadence and you have a very interesting episode of The Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
280 - Ricky Rudd: Stand Your Ground
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Dale Earnhardt Jr sits down with one of the toughest drivers in NASCAR history, Ricky Rudd. They discuss Ricky's Clash crash, and why he chose to play through the pain by taping his eyes open to race. They go deep into the Dale Earnhardt ride swap, the fallout and the incidents that followed. Find out why Rudd called Rusty Wallace "Rubberhead," and what the 23-time Cup Series winner is doing these days. The DJD Gang gets lippy about Todd Gilliland's radio chatter about his team owner Kyle Busch. Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis also wrestle with the post-race altercation between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin at Martinsville. Ask Jr is back and reveals Street Stock memories and Isla's Halloween costume. Meanwhile, Odd History runs over a jack-rabbit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
279 - Richard Petty: The King
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An interview fit for a King! Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with The King, Richard Petty. The two discuss Petty and NASCAR's humble beginnings, an unexpected ride on Lee Petty's racecar, driving with a broken neck, the drag racing days, lecturing The Intimidator, running liquor, and the 1979 Daytona 500. They also talk about change in NASCAR and the day they ate fried chicken with Ronald Reagan. Dale & co-host Mike Davis tackle an interesting Kansas weekend as they sort through controversy and grade the Xfinity Series post-race fight. Odd History tells the tale of a "Turtle" that raced without its shell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
278 - Jeff Burton: Respect Me
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. meets with the Mayor, Jeff Burton, to talk about his racing family and a journey from backyard, to race track, to broadcast booth. They discuss brotherly run-ins, Ward's life as a trapper, the scrap with Jeff Gordon, a rivalry at Roush, helping the devastation in the Bahamas and much more. The DJD gang goes full send on big ugly spoilers and the yellow-line that created a stink at Talladega. Odd History unboxes a tale of an overseas NASCAR stowaway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
277 - Bubba Wallace: The Battle Within
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In a powerful interview, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets Bubba Wallace to open up about how the young driver handles conflict and his brave decision to come forward about battling depression.  The two discuss dark days, the battles of a young career and family issues that have helped mold Bubba into the 'wear it on his sleeves' emotional person he is today.  They talk about their love for Late Model Stocks, why he was so pissed at Alex Bowman, the lone regret he has about the "water bottle massacre" at Charlotte and much more.   Dale Jr. proudly welcomes his Late Model driver Josh Berry to the show for a celebratory chat about winning the prestigious Martinsville grandfather clock.   DJD  speaks about North Wilkesboro progress, Halloween costumes and the mysterious tale of Talladega sabotage.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2019
276 - Marcus Smith: Crazy Idea Club
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and good friend Marcus Smith get deep about big ideas for the sport, past failures and free-thinking futures.  Smith drops the bold idea of Bristol going to dirt and discusses the future of NASCAR at the Nashville Fairgrounds race track. The two share stories of childhood, Bruton Smith's rocky road to start Charlotte Motor Speedway, Roval resistance, daredevil pre-race shows, towing TV trucks and SMI's rivalry with NASCAR.   The DJD gang goes over the wild Roval race and a wet post-race confrontation.  AskJr discovers that Dale Jr. is not a member of the pizza police while Odd History uncovers a tale that highlights a high-flying "Possum."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
275 - Rick Hendrick: I'm Not Gonna Let Him Fail
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick get together for a much-anticipated tell-all interview.  The driver and his former boss discuss Mr. H's beginnings in the sport, how Hendrick Motorsports nearly started with Richard Petty behind the wheel, the Gee family connection, the famed rental car ride with Geoff Bodine and Dale Earnhardt, and the meeting that changed their lives and Dale Jr.'s side-skirts forever.  They also reveal classic stories of the legendary Harry Hyde and how The Intimidator was so mad at Ken Schrader that he didn't speak to him for a year. DJD tackles topics like Tony Eury Jr's first doctors trip and the big announcement of who's wheeling the JR Motorsports Late Model at Martinsville.  Rick Hendrick sticks around for a special edition of Odd History that includes Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
274 - Ron Hornaday: Not Over It
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with a racer's racer, NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Ron Hornaday.  The former teammates talk about Ron's rough beginnings, hanging up on Dale Earnhardt and the good, bad and ugly of the DEI days.  Also, they delve into the aftermath of being wrecked under caution by Kyle Busch, the guilt of taking out Bubba Wallace, and the life debt Ron feels he owes Kevin Harvick. The DJD gang discusses Kyle Busch's controversial post-race comments, a quest to clean up North Wilkesboro, the honor of interviewing Marshawn Lynch, and how Curtis Turner once escaped rifle fire from an angry husband to get to Rockingham.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2019
273 - Jimmie Johnson: I'm Not Done Yet
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. The former teammates discuss Jimmie missing the playoffs for the first time ever, the fire that burns within, winning five-in-a-row, getting Dale Jr out of his comfort zone, biking in XXL spandex, the good bad and ugly of parenting and the time that Jimmie crashed off of a mountain. DJD hits Indianapolis head-on, discusses how Corey Lajoie made the best of a stinky seat and the odd connection between Elvis Presley and Jeff Gordon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
272 - Brad Keselowski: I Just Wanna Win
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns from the driver's seat to sit down with his former driver, NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski.  The two discuss Brad K's biggest break, debate stage racing, talk about living on Dale's property and a unique take on what makes social media so intriguing.  Dale opens up about his race weekend back behind the wheel at Darlington.  Also, a story of boxing champions, bull riders and rock stars taking punches at Dale's basement boxing ring.  The DJD judges the best and worst of Darlington's throwback paint schemes.  Plus, Dale uncovers a time where NASCAR founder Bill France got the boot from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2019
271 - Matt DiBenedetto: Racing For My Life
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the studio in this packed episode and gets deep with NASCAR racer Matt DiBenedetto.  They talk about why it's ok to call him Guido, his uphill fight in the Cup Series, the dumbest thing he's done in his career, Ryan Newman costing him his first win, losing his ride with Leavine Family Racing and what the future holds for this relentless athlete.   Steve Letarte drops in to give a movie review after taking heat for never seeing Days of Thunder.  The DJD dives into the junkyard for a man-cave idea, noodles a 24-hour NASCAR race, chats Darlington throwbacks and why there was never a 13th Annual Southern 500. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
270 - William Byron: The Next Big Thing
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. precedes the show with a personal message regarding last week’s plane crash.  Then on this episode, Dale digs deep to get to know young racing phenom William Byron.  The two discuss his meteoric rise, a face-palm moment with Kyle Busch, Chad Knaus’ personality, owning the SIM racer label, wake surfing and feeling out of place in Cup.  DJD talks about DMBL Hoops, fantasy football, Dale’s new specs, a date night gone wrong and how hot dogs are best friends with mustard.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2019
269 - Harry Gant: The Bandit
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets to know the racer they called "The Bandit," Harry Gant.  They discuss the legend's many nicknames, his long path to the NASCAR Cup ranks, racing with Ralph Earnhardt, blowing off Burt Reynolds and the first time he quit racing.  The DJD gang has fun talking about the Racing Wives reality TV show, Dale's prized possessions and how Bobby Isaac heard voices telling him to get out of his car. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
268 - Dave Marcis: The Independent
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Dale Jr. spends quality time with the last great independent, Dave Marcis, to tell the tale of doing it his own way.  The NASCAR Legend talks about Goodyears & Wingtips, dumping Dale Earnhardt, working with Harry Hyde, his Pocono crash & towing his mobile home behind his racecar.  DJD turns up the volume on the NBC broadcast, talks Chastain vs. Allgaier, discusses Dale Jr.'s Western Town and tells a story about Tim Richmond and Huey Lewis that didn't make the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
267 - Chase Elliott: Dawsonville Boy
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Two of NASCAR's All-time Most Popular Drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott, sit down to talk about small-town life and racing.  From flying planes, a busy "Awesome Bill", world travel with Blaney, dealing with Denny, and not worrying about rules, the Dawsonville, Georgia driver is candid about it all. The DJD gang talks about funny moments in racing, including not making it to the restroom in time, booth farts, and unique short cuts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2019
266 - Martha Earnhardt: Mammaw's Story
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. spends precious time in conversation with his grandmother, the matriarch of the Earnhardt racing legacy, Martha "Mammaw" Earnhardt.  They discuss meeting Ralph Earnhardt, fixing cars for bootleggers, wanting to touch Elvis, setting The Intimidator straight and the time Teresa Earnhardt got smacked.  The DJD gang gets feisty in debating New Hampshire and the Harrison Burton, Paul Menard's altercation.  Odd History uncovers weird times at Pocono, including the day someone mooned Mayfield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2019
265 - Dale Jarrett: Betting On Myself
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets Dale Jarrett to open up about his unlikely journey from high school athlete to NASCAR Hall of Famer.  Jarrett's years of grinding it out before he made it, the ups and downs along the way, horrific crashes, juggling opportunities, beating Davey Allison to the line and a memorable first battle with The Intimidator.  The DJD gang goes off on Twitter whiners, Mike reveals a jaw dropping vacation moment, Dale Jr's French Toast trick and a double-dose of Odd History.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
264 - Gary Balough: Racing, Fighting & Smuggling
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Dale Earnhardt Jr has called it “one of the most fascinating stories in all of Motorsports,” and now sits down with Legendary racer Gary Balough about his life on the track and behind bars.  They uncover stories of smuggling marijuana, evading the Feds, getting busted and how it cost him his career and family.  On track, Balough was a driver who pissed off Richard Petty, got spit on by fans and was not intimidated by Dale Earnhardt.  Off track, his dangerous lifestyle added to the Legend of “Hot Shoe” Gary Balough.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
263 - Hailie Deegan: Bump n' Run
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Kelley Earnhardt Miller get to know young female racer Hailie Deegan.  A conversation about owning her aggressive racing style, growing up with "bad ass" dads, the female racer label, standing up to the boys, the sketchiest of flights, making frienemies, not taking duck-lip selfies, giving it 150-percent and more.  DJD breaks down Alex Bowman's charge and cavalier post race moment.  Dale and Kelley talk about their father's pinball machine and much more..  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
262 - Kelley Earnhardt Miller: We Saved Each Other
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller open up about their journey together from a tumultuous childhood to running a successful NASCAR team.  The two get emotional about tough times and big decisions like leaving DEI and the living room retirement discussion. They also reminisce about Late Model racing and speak about what it's like to be a female leader in the Motorsports industry.  DJD talks about Dale Jr.'s big news, getting back behind the wheel at a test, and has fun sharing some very unusual life-hacks.  Odd History tells the story of how one famous driver used the mob to kick start his racing career.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
261 - Simon Pagenaud: French Kiss the Bricks
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s candid and hilarious sit down with Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.  The two racers discuss drinking the winners' milk, facing the factor of fear, hunting and kissing bricks, a long-shot career path, racecars with deer-whistles and the last lap of the 500.  DJD goes full-send on Johnny Sauter vs. Austin Hill, the Ross Chastain DQ and we find out in White-Flag that Dale was once hated and is now a "dadspiration" to one loyal fan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
260 - Coach Joe Gibbs: Redskins n' Racing
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. hangs out with his hero, NFL and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs. The two discuss their beloved Washington Redskins, a legendary "fruitcake" running back, being John Madden's gopher, slingin' oranges at players, and recruiting Dale Jr with Pimento cheese. They also get deep about the legacy of his late son, JD Gibbs.  DJD tackles rain-delay whiners, F1's controversial call, Deegan's bold move, Jr.'s claw and the greatest shirtless win in Motorsports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
259 - Michael Waltrip: The Cruelest Thing
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An emotional interview between teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip, forever bonded in triumph and tragedy.  The two discuss the day that changed them forever, their thoughts of DEI, going 0 for 462, punching Lake Speed, giving a deer a lift, and brotherly love-lacking early days.  The DJD gang discuss Dale Jr's recent health scare, fishing for Indianapolis bricks and NASCAR's track dryer that crashed from the sky..  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2019
258 - Stone Cold Steve Austin: Drink Beer & Raise Hell
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From beer bashing to bleeding, Stone Cold Steve Austin sits down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for this tell-all interview.  They discuss the "hard life" of wrestling, beer bashing, making yourself bleed, the origins of Stone Cold and a ton more.  Dale Jr. and the DJD gang discuss learning to drive by crashing in the woods and keeping babies from eating rocks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Bonus - American Hero: Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson
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From mischievous boy to American hero, the incredible story of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson as told by his sisters Kristie and Joy to the Dale Jr. Download.  Tumlison was a part of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six that lost their lives when their Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission in Afghanistan in 2011.  Nearly eight years later, his journey endures as an example of perseverance and heroism.  The Iowa native will be honored on the Nationwide #88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman during the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Join us in paying respect to Tumilson and all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving for our great nation on this and every Memorial Day.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2019
257 - Mike Helton: Both of Y'all Hush
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton get in depth about the future of the sport, his relationship with the Intimidator, the new Gen-7 car and the most difficult announcement a friend ever had to make.  DJD spars about fighting in racing, Bubba's emotions and drama at Indy Bump Day & more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2019
256 - Martin Truex Jr.: Fight Like Hell
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. hangs with good friend Martin Truex Jr. to chat about his path from clammer to NASCAR Champion. The duo discusses their different hunting approaches, living together in a trailer, late night gaming, career ups and downs, and even get chippy about Truex's incident with Joey Logano.  DJD reveals their most drunk moments which include crawling across a road and peeing in a closet.  Odd History tells the tale of the All Star Race format that thankfully never happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2019
255 - Amy Earnhardt: Maximum Security
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Amy Earnhardt joins her husband to give the inside scoop on Dale Jr.’s Kentucky Derby Day. The DJD gang discusses the controversial finish, sneaky infield drinking, a bugler in jorts, Dale in pink and Mike’s Twitter trolling, Dale Jr. talks about playing hooky, getting in trouble with Dad and gives us an update on his racecar restoration project. Jr Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry stops by and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2019
254 - The John Force Jr. Download
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Hang on tight as Dale Earnhardt Jr talks to the legendary drag racer John Force in this out of control interview. The 16-time NHRA Champ talks about near death experiences, his tireless energy, tragedies that saved lives, seeing Elvis at 1000-feet, kissing Dale Earnhardt's ring, the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa and the way he overcomes his lifelong battle with depression. Dale Jr. also reveals genealogy secrets, talks Talladega and some left behind Odd History.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2019
253 - Will Power: The One Punch Rule
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and IndyCar Champion Will Power hang out to talk about the Indy 500, IndyCar safety, fan accessibility, the Aussie way of life, social media bravery, fighting, kitchen karaoke and a bunch more.  Plus, Dale Jr. is excited to share a discovery he made after a recent purchase of an old Intimidator racecar & the most unreal Odd History tale yet.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2019
252 - Clint Bowyer: Puke n' Rally
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with NASCAR wild-man Clint Bowyer to talk about racing, partying, saving a pig, putting Jeff Gordon in a headlock and being the worst t-ball coach ever. Dale Jr. also takes fan questions, talks about the origins of fancy underwear & morning drinking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2019
251 - Richard Childress: Hold My Watch
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Richard Childress opens up to Dale Earnhardt Jr. about his relationship with the Intimidator, run-ins with Geoff Bodine, "The Great Horse Wreck," and why RC didn't quit after Earnhardt's passing.  DJD gets feisty debating whether time or mph matters more, Darrell Waltrip's retirement and Odd/Drunk History.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2019
250 - Steve Phelps: We've Made Some Mistakes
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A candid interview with NASCAR President Steve Phelps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
249 - Rival Rusty
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A very honest interview with one of Dale Earnhardt's greatest rivals, NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
248 - He Stood on the Gas (feat. Kirk Shelmerdine)
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Legendary crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine joins Dale Jr. for a revealing interview and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
247 - The Healing Begins with Steve Park
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Steve Park joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for this emotional yet fun episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
246 - The Earnhardt Name (feat. Jeffrey Earnhardt)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by nephew, NASCAR racer Jeffrey Earnhardt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
245 - Young Ryan Blaney
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NASCAR young gun Ryan Blaney joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a frosty beverage and fun conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
244 - The Smoke Show
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A no holds barred Dale Jr. Download with guest Tony Stewart Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2019
243 - Growing Up Eury
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The season debut of the Dale Jr. Download Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2019
242 - Jeff Gordon: "I'm the Opposite of That"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with Jeff Gordon to talk candidly about his career, their rivalry and trying not to be intimidated by The Intimidator.  Dale and Jeff take fan questions and share untold party stories.  The DJD guys also discuss Christmas gifts and the onesie fad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2018
241 - An Earnhardt Thanksgiving
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the DJD guys have a lot to be thankful for, including guest Tyler Reddick's championship. They discuss the rough road to the title for he and Joey Logano, the great turkey debate, Dale's groovy gravy, and take out the Homestead trash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2018
240 - Chastain: A Self-Made Story
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with Ross Chastain about the amazing journey that led to a full-time ride with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019. The guys download about stage-three insanity, the ol' Wilson ball, anti-media sentiment in NASCAR, Family Feud and Dale pissing off an Uber driver! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2018
239 - Mistakes and Accusations
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Download guys get fiery about NASCAR’s blunder, Aric Almirola throwin' shade towards Logano, strong rules reform and TJ’s new/old nickname. Live AskJr questions uncover truths of if Dale was ever a whiner and Mike compares spoiled drivers to the Dixie Chicks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
238 - Talk Like Earnhardt, Drive Like Mark Martin
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and guys download about the controversial finish between Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr at Martinsville and Roger Penske’s reaction.  Plus, talk of Chevy trucks with train horns, bad racecar numbers, barbecue and why the "Intimidator" impersonator creeps us all out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
237 - Books, Banjos n' Stolen Shoes
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and the DJD guys hang out in the Axalta Studio to discuss the Kansas elimination race, being on the sidelines at an NFL game, sorta meeting Jenny McCarthy, an annoying Lambeau-Kenseth, Berry’s ballsy decision and a traumatic childhood house fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2018
236 - Raw Emotional Stuff w/ Ryan McGee
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan McGee discuss their new book "Racing to the Finish, My Story." They touch on the challenges, fears and misconceptions of concussions and overcoming them. The DJD guys also talk Talladega controversy, big time racin' cheats, fans throwin' beers at Jeff Gordon and 334mph diaper changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2018
235 - Virtual Reality and the Voodoo Man
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and the guys kick back on the couch to chat about a Dover, a Pittsburgh pleasure, facing your fears, the greatest pranks ever, 200mph sneezes, the UFC brawl and an update on baby Isla. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
234 - Acts of Desperation
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the DJD guys discuss all angles of the ROVAL and how it may save Charlotte Motor Speedway, the last lap melee between Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr, layers of drama at Martinsville and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2018
233 - Bad Stickers and Dry Pickles
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Dale Earnhardt Jr and the DJD guys tackle a crazy Vegas weekend on track and in the boxing ring. Dale gets honest on the new NASCAR emoji stickers, Harvick’s salty statement and reveals a new Mayo sandwich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2018
232 - Up in that Brickyard Deer Stand
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the DJD guys discuss an unusual Indianapolis weekend that saw Dale driving the pace car, fenced-in upon completion and perched high to announce the race. Also talk of NASCAR silly season, a return to Nashville, Kahne’s bold decision & more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2018
231 - Kahne and Krispy Livermush
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes Kasey Kahne to the show for talk about retirement, Sprint Cars, and the Yachtie life. The #DJD guys also chat about the controversial Truck finish, Isla’s baptism and eating raw shrimp and livermush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2018
230 - Surprise... It's Sadler!
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Longtime friend and veteran NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the couch and gets deep about his retirement decision and one last championship push. Sadler also shares stories of being head deep with Dale at a foam party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2018
229 - Texas Terry
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Terry Labonte discuss the NASCAR Legend’s noted run-ins with The Intimidator at Bristol, cancelled hunting trips, and what, besides playing Fantasy NASCAR, he’s doing these days.  Dale Jr also debunks Bigfoot and opens up about a 'paranormal' encounter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2018
228 - There's a Feeling In the Air
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. addresses the news about NASCAR CEO Brian France. The #DJD welcomes guest Alex Bowman to discuss his career, contract extension, Chase Elliott's win and a genius idea for a race track bar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2018
227 - Super Friends & Superwaxers
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings his old friend Brad Means on to tell tales of growing up at the track, getting into mischief, knockin' over laptops, getting girl crazy and literally waxing the competition.  #DJD also covers Bubba Wallace's crash, Kyle Petty’s smokes, Jimmie’s 600th start, having dry underwear and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2018
226 - Pickles, Smokes n' Sandpaper
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the DJD guys download after a New Hampshire trip about Kevin Harvick’s attitude, the three-man booth, Rick Allen's sleepless night, the Dick Trickle ‘T’ and why Dale brings his own pickles to work. Plus, special #AskJr questions from racers and fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 24, 2018
225 - Earnhardt Awesomeness
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a big surprise and some new/old swag. The #DJD guys tell stories of Dale Sr, biting a teacher and beating up a deer, answer #AskJr questions and debate the Kyle Busch vs. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. war of words.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2018
224 - Ring Ring… Heyyyy Dale!
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The #DJD guys phone Dale Earnhardt Jr. to break down Stenhouse’s wrecks, dumping the yellow line, remaining an unpolished broadcaster and why his seat on the couch is being filled, literally.  Plus, Mike Davis reveals a powerful quote from Dale’s up-coming book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 10, 2018
223 - The Booth, Buffalo and Slide Job!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his first weekend in the booth for NASCAR on NBC and his "Slide Job" call on the last lap at Chicago. The DJD guys also chat about Kurt Busch’s aggravation and reminisce about the day Dale’s Buffalo roamed free in Mooresville.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 03, 2018
222 - Resting Denny Face
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by Denny Hamlin to discuss life, organizing a driver’s association, and misconceptions about his personality.  Dale & the #DJD guys also perform the single greatest ad read of all-time and reveal untold insight into Dale & Kelley’s sibling bond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2018
221 - Father's Day and Party Fouls
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses one of his biggest party fouls, racing to a port-a-john, his first father’s day as a dad and answers several #AskJr Questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2018
220 - Live On Stage at JRM Fan Day
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Dale Jr and Mike Davis do the show live on stage in front of a packed house at JR Motorsports Fan Day. They do live #AskJr questions from the crowd, talk about wanting more Short Tracks and go over zany baby scenarios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2018
219 - The Dale and Matt Show!
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Longtime friend, competitor and jokester Matt Kenseth get together to chat about racing, rules, cycling, ebay and give questionable advise on fatherhood. They also share a laugh talking about Kyle Busch’s Charlotte post-race press conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2018
218 - MAMA'S VEGGIE TRAY AND BRAVE DECISIONS
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his mom, Brenda Jackson, have a colorful discussion about Mothers Day and parenting. Junior tackles fan questions regarding NASCAR’s All-Star Race aero package and the post-victory burnout conspiracy theory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2018
217 - Dale Jr is a New Daddy!
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On this special episode of the Dale Jr. Download, Dale candidly discusses the emotional birth of Isla Rose and his first week as a dad. Dale also talks about victory lane with his father, hot wings and JRM’s big Dover weekend.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2018
216 - The Lowdown with Logano
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Fresh off his Talladega triumph Joey Logano shares drafting insight with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and reveals regrets, rivalries and the challenges of being a father in a competitive environment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 01, 2018
215 - Baby Watch!
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With Dale Jr.'s first baby set to arrive any day now he welcomes NASCAR Crew Chief, Travis Mack who delivered his own baby. Travis gives all the details on how it all happened, while the gang also discusses the Kyle Busch post podcast reactions, fan questions and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2018
214 - Settling Old Scores
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On the 10-Year anniversary of the Richmond wreck heard ‘round the world, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and guest Kyle Busch talk for the first time about their incident and the decade-long feud that ensued. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 17, 2018
213 - Fist Bumps and Fisticuffs
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On this episode Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the guys fire away at faulty pit guns, share their favorite childhood toys, talk short track brawls and racetrack disguises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2018
212 - WHOOPINS
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalls the time he stole money from his father and the aftermath that ensued. Other topics on this episode: age restrictions in racing, tire dragons at Texas, and Dale's social media blunder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 03, 2018
211 - Ill Feelings, Dreaming of Bears and Dodging Shoes
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In this episode Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits to not feeling good while watching practice at Martinsville. He and Mike Davis also tell old Dale Earnhardt stories, get honest about the Eury split and tell of another strange dream. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2018
210 - Superheroes and Bizarre Dreams
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This buffet of a podcast has Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the guys discussing diverse driver personalities, dreams of John C. Reilly, Amy’s take-out food request, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2018
209 - TAKING NBC FROM SUITS TO SWEATS
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis sit down with special guest Steve Letarte in the NBC Studios to discuss Phoenix, hot drivers, sweatpants and flying squirrels on this special edition of the Dale Jr. Download. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 13, 2018
208 - The Reddit Police and Dale’s Jewelry Phobia
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis examine how a Reddit group has triggered discussion after the Vegas Cup race, great NASCAR motion pictures, carving a granite sink and Dale’s odd jewelry phobia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 06, 2018
207 - Korea Goes Jr. Nation for the Olympics
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From Bobsleds to eating eel, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Mike Davis download all the fun experiences, stories, bumps and bruises from their Olympic trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 27, 2018
206 - Jetsetting with Jr.
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Dale Jr. and Mike Davis break down all the goodies from The Great American Race and more while in the Atlanta Airport on a layover in route to Korea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 20, 2018
205 - The Bottom Line and Booth Farts
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains his tweets following The Clash and tells you what to look for while watching this week’s races, including potential dark horses for the Daytona 500. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 13, 2018
204 - Hey Fallon, Bless My Baby!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaks down his Super Bowl experience, his new life as a broadcaster, Jimmy Fallon blessing his baby and the great iRacing debate of 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 06, 2018
203 - When You're Ready to Leave, You Want to Get the Hell Out of There
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his successful hunting trip over Thanksgiving weekend, as well as NASCAR's new roster-size mandates and what co-host Tyler Overstreet will be doing in 2018 as he leaves JR Motorsports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 28, 2017
202 - You Gotta Grow Up Sometime
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His final NASCAR Cup Series race is complete and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is talking about the Homestead weekend, his helmet/car trade with Mr. Hendrick, and championships for his good friend Martin Truex Jr. and JR Motorsports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2017
201 - Heading to Homestead
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Dale Jr. looks back on the Phoenix race, Matt Kenseth's win, and the Chase Elliott/Denny Hamlin rivalry. He also discusses his final race and the JR Motorsports' teams pursuit of the Xfinity Series championship this weekend in Homestead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 14, 2017
200 - Breaking Down Texas, Matt Kenseth's News, 2018 Start Times and More
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his final race at Texas Motor Speedway, the news that Matt Kenseth does not plan to race in 2018, meeting Daniel Ricciardo, and more. Plus, he fields fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 07, 2017
199 - More Martinsville and Short Track Racing, Please
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fired up after an exciting race at Martinsville. He offers a way to spice up the sport by going smaller instead of bigger and recounts a few times he may have intentionally wrecked another driver during his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 31, 2017
198 - Looking Back on Kansas, A Road Trip to Buffalo, and More
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Dale Jr. recaps his final race at Kansas and a heated exchange he had with his spotter TJ Majors. On that same note, Earnhardt recalls the road trip he took to Buffalo, NY back in 2001 to move TJ to North Carolina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 24, 2017
197 - 'All The Feels' Talking Baby News and Talladega
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Dale Jr. discusses his and his wife Amy's recent news that they are expecting their first child. He also recaps a busy, but successful final race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and answers fan questions during the Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2017
196 - PJ1 Problems, Bowman's Breakthrough, and More
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on an eventful weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he crashed early in practice and Alex Bowman captured his first NASCAR win. Also, Junior looks ahead to Talladega and answers your Ask Jr. questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2017
195 - I'm not afraid to get my ass whooped
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Dale Jr. recaps a strong weekend at Dover for him and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates. He also answers a barrage of fan questions during an extended Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2017
194 - An Interesting Week on Twitter
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his week on Twitter and answers fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2017
193 - Tech Line Trickery and Chatting with Truex
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls up his good friend and Chicagoland winner Martin Truex Jr. to discuss his strong season. Junior also offers his opinion on the manufacturer battle and some of the trickery teams are doing to enhance their car's performance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2017
192 - Richmond Rewind and Calling Up AJ Perdomo
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Despite a strong race at Richmond, Dale Jr. missed the 2017 Playoffs. He discusses his outlook for the final 10 races on the outside looking in. Plus, Junior calls up AJ Perdomo from the Dangerous Summer and answers fan questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2017
191 - Don't Yell at Those Guys
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks back on Throwback Weekend at Darlington and shares stories of mishaps involving co-host Tyler Overstreet from the weekend. Earnhardt also answers fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 05, 2017
190 - The Rest of the Uber Story
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Dale Jr. recaps his off weekend in Charleston, his humorous Twitter exchange with Uber, and answers fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2017
189 - Breaking Down A Scorcher in Bristol
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Dale Jr. discusses his double duty weekend at Bristol and problems he faced with the car and the heat. He also offers his opinion on Kyle Busch's place as one of the best drivers of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2017
188 - Dialin' Up The Dentist
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Dale Jr. breaks down the weekend in Michigan. Plus, a fan listening while at the dentist for a root canal spurs a lighthearted debate over whether or not Dale receives preferential treatment from his personal dentist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2017
187 - Redskins, Bowfishing, and Throwing It Back To 1999
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on a week that saw him unveil the car he'll race for his final Cup start at Homestead, a family bowfishing adventure, a disappointing weekend in Watkins Glen and a day at training camp with his beloved Washington Redskins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2017
186 - Junior Talkin' Pocono, Preece, and More
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his up-and-down weekend at Pocono, Ryan Preece's successful gamble, and fan questions regarding the Gibbs pit crew suspensions, 2018 Xfinity driver eligibility and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2017
185 - NBC and Indy Talk, Plus Blaney and Bowman Stop By
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his 2018 plans to join the NBC broadcast team and welcomes guests Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman, who was recently announced to drive the No. 88 car next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2017
184 - The Car That Launched My Career
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. tells why he chose his Darlington Throwback paint scheme and the role that car played in his career. He also discusses the Loudon race, the PJ1 on the track, and voices his opinion on the start times of this year's races. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2017
183 - Selfie Protocol and Bunny Ears
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps a crazy weekend in Kentucky, including a track-rubbering controversy, loose windshields and a 50-year-old man asking for a selfie. What’s the protocol on that? Junior discusses with Mike Davis and takes live questions from fans at the Axalta Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2017
182 - To run The Clash or not? The boss weighs in.
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Dale Jr. is joined by his wife Amy to discuss the Daytona race, whether or not he will run The Clash next season now that he's qualified and more. Dale and Amy also answer fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2017
181 - Successful Sonoma, Daytona Memories, and Some #Appreci88ion
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Dale Jr. and his wife Amy discuss their visit to Sonoma this past weekend, as well as Junior's success at Daytona and the recently announced JR Nation #Appreci88ion Tour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2017
180 - Damn Those Debris Cautions
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Dale Jr. recaps a top-10 run in a Michigan race that sparked much debate because of numerous debris cautions. He also weighs in on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match and answers fan questions during the Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2017
179 - You Don't Want to be 'That Guy'
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A pair of errant shifts left Dale Jr. with two blown motors and a DNF in Pocono. He discusses the race, the first career victory for his friend Ryan Blaney, the all-driver broadcast and whether or not signing autographs are part of a driver's job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2017
178 - Dover Debrief and Drivers to Cheer for in 2018
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reviews his 11th-place run at Dover, which included a very loose race car and a late-race speeding penalty. He also gives a list of drivers fans should consider cheering for once he retires and talks about Jimmie Johnson's legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2017
177 - Dale Jr. Reporting from Roatan
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. provides his thoughts on the 88 team's World 600 performance, Kyle Busch's post-race antics, seeing the No. 3 car win again, and more. His wife, Amy, joins the podcast for the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2017
176 - Downloading Live at JR Motorsports Fan Day
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Dale Jr. and Tyler Overstreet record their first live podcast from the Dirty Mo Radio stage at the annual JR Motorsports Fan Day. JRM drivers Elliott Sadler, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Josh Berry, and Anthony Alfredo all stop by to talk to the boss about their seasons and share stories from life on the JR Motorsports team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2017
175 - Hitting the Reset Button
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After a disappointing run in the All-Star Race, Dale Jr. discusses the No. 88 team's next move as they return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World 600. Junior also talks about how he and Kyle Busch have gone from on-track enemies to friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2017
174 - Not So Good Vibrations
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses issues he and his team faced in Kansas with NASCAR's inspection system and in-race vibrations. He also turns back the clock to talk about his favorite All-Star Race memories as both a fan and as a driver. Plus, Earnhardt fields fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2017
173 - Turkey Hunt with Family and Friends
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Going off track this week as Dale Jr. takes the podcast with him on a turkey hunt with his brother-in-law L.W., his friend Shawn, and his uncle Robert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2017
172 - Dale Jr., Jimmie Johnson Talk About Their Richmond Run-In
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites Jimmie Johnson on to the show to discuss their incident at Richmond. Earnhardt also talks about the reaction he received to his retirement news, whether or not Kyle Larson is the last true racer, shares memories from his Talladega victories and answers fan questions during the weekly Ask Jr. segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2017
171 - Going Out On My Own Terms
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about the news of his retirement at the end of the 2017 season and discusses the process that led to his decision. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2017
170 - So Much Change: Change, Change, Change!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, recap a fun Easter weekend with family and discuss recent news regarding changes to the NASCAR All-Star Race and whether or not drivers should be getting back to grassroots racing. Junior also shares stories from his own Bristol win, as well as memories of his father racing at the historic half-mile track Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2017
169 - The Biggest Adjustment Since Getting Married
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Amy Earnhardt joins Dale Jr. while on vacation in Texas to review the No. 88 team’s strong race in the Lone Star State. Then, Junior directs the weekly #AskJr questions to Amy, and the couple shares differing versions of their first date and the biggest adjustment in their first few months of marriage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2017
168 - Maybe I'm still pissed off and I spin him out...or maybe I don't
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After a promising day went awry for Dale Jr. in Martinsville, he breaks down the race, his run-in with Ryan Blaney, and the crash that ended his race early. Junior also welcomes co-host Tyler Overstreet back from a trip to WWE's WrestleMania, tells stories of his first wins at Texas and answers fan questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2017
167 - This is my team. You're talking about my family.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his race at Auto Club Speedway and addresses negative fan reaction to the No. 88 team's first five races this season. He also discusses an interesting stat regarding fewer passes so far this season and shows some love for the North Carolina Tar Heels leading into the Final Four. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2017
166 - Junior Sounds Off on Recent Happenings in NASCAR
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Dale Jr. voices his opinion on what precedent is being set in NASCAR with the recent dust-ups both on and off the track the past two weeks. He also breaks down just what happened to the No. 88 team at Phoenix and responds to Ryan Blaney's in-race anger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2017
165 - Just As Long As It Ain't That Damn Dale Jr.
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Dale Jr. and Tyler Overstreet discuss Sunday's fight between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, while Junior also reveals a few personal post-race run-ins with drivers throughout his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2017
164 - The Most Punchable Face in NASCAR Belongs To...
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Dale Jr. reviews his rough outing in Atlanta, as well as talks about the track's possible repave and recent rumors involving Las Vegas and quieter racing. Also, Junior poses the question of who has the most punchable face in NASCAR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2017
163 - Moving on After Up 'n Down Speedweeks
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Dale Jr. recaps his Daytona 500 and Speedweeks as a whole, and gives insight on the in-car eye test he performed just after his lap-105 crash. He and Tyler Overstreet also look ahead to the upcoming Atlanta race and field fan questions submitted during a Facebook Live chat with fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2017
162 - Dale Jr. Dishin’ on Daytona
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Fresh off a second-place qualifying effort for the Daytona 500 and an afternoon in the FOX broadcast booth, Dale Jr. gives insight on both. He and Tyler Overstreet also discuss the Earnhardt family’s success at the 2.5-mile track. Junior wraps the show by answering fan questions taken during a live Periscope session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2017
161 - Junior Takes the Reigns as Download Host
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Dale Jr. talks about what he expects being back at the track at Daytona for true competition, as well as the 2017 rule changes. He also responds to Richard Petty’s recent comments regarding Junior’s decision to return to racing and shares a childhood story of the late Neil Bonnett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2017
160 - New Hosts Coming To The Download
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A look ahead at what's to come this year on Dirty Mo Radio, including a new team of hosts on The Dale Jr. Download. Also, Mike Davis and Tyler Overstreet discuss Dale Jr.'s wedding and other off-season news in the NASCAR world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2017
159 - For Better or Worse, A Season To Remember
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps a historic weekend at Homestead-Miami, in which JR Motorsports narrowly missed a championship but Jimmie Johnson won his seventh; Junior shares off-season plans but admits he’s already looking forward to 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2016
158 - Racing: Love, Hate Relationship
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps the Phoenix race as Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour get animated talking about Alex Bowman’s shot to put the No. 88 Chevrolet in victory lane this past weekend. Fans praise the 88 team on this week’s Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 14, 2016
157 - God Bless Texas
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Tyler Overstreet guest hosts with Taylor Zarzour and Kelsey Tucker, while Mike Davis is out hunting with Dale Jr. The infamous Sloppy Yellow is back this week with more interviews from the infield, this time from Texas Motor Speedway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 07, 2016
156 - Iambic Pentameter
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps Martinsville; ESPN’s Bob Pockrass clarifies NASCAR’s scoring controversy; Reaction Theatre waxes poetic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 31, 2016
155 - Commentator Dale
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. rehashes his time in the broadcasting booth at Talladega; NBC’s Steve Letarte discusses a Talladega race that included a Chase tiebreaker and a sandbagging strategy; NASCAR.com’s Matt Crossman talks about his Dale Jr. article. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 24, 2016
154 - Vomit Comment
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps the weekend at Kansas Speedway and previews Talladega while Alex Bowman joins the show in studio to give a health update and describe what racing with a stomach bug felt like on Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2016
153 - Happy Birthday Junior!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses the racing from the weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway plus reveals who he is pulling for in this year’s Chase. We also hear some behind-the-scenes stories from Dale’s time at the track this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2016
152 - We Need A Theme Song
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The show looks back at Sunday’s race at Dover and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s weekend at the track while Taylor Zarzour calls in after the Ryder Cup party to go over some headlines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2016
151 - Captain Earnhardt
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins this week’s show in studio to analyze this past weekend’s races as he also updates us on his life, his music choices, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 26, 2016
150 - Inspecting the Unexpected
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The Download analyzes the post-race inspection news following Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway. We get a report on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s afternoon at the NHRA event this past weekend. Reaction Theatre holds a special song for The Chase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2016
149 - Raceday Turns to Gameday
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ESPN’s Ryan McGee joins Mike Davis as they take an inside look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s appearance on College Gameday and the Battle at Bristol while also analyzing this year’s Chase contenders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2016
148 - Time to Heal
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Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour recap Dale Jr.’s Sunday in Darlington and discuss the news about Junior’s 2016 season. Jim Utter of Motorsport.com joins us on Speed Dial and Reaction Theatre is hot after Sunday’s finish in the truck race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2016
147 - Junior’s Got The Wheel
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For the first time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. anchors the podcast with funny stories, intriguing observations, and live reactions to the best of JR Nation’s voice mail messages! TJ Majors and Mike Davis join him in the Axalta Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2016
146 - A Sloppy Weekend in Bristol
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We sent one of our favorite Dale Jr. fans to interview other Dale Jr. fans this weekend in the campgrounds of Bristol Motor Speedway and our first at-track correspondent did not disappoint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2016
145 - Racing Without Junior Is ____
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We learn a lot about ourselves as we watch racing without Junior; Jim Utter of Motorsport.com joins the show to discuss Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Friday visit to Watkins Glen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2016
144 - Concussion Discussion With Dale Jr.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. offers great detail about his concussion experience, his progress in recovery, and what matters most to him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2016
143 - Have No Fear, Gordon Is Here
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks to his appreciation for Jeff Gordon, praises the good-will gesture of his race team, and gives a candid update on his recovery. Team 88 car chief Travis Mack discusses the complicated process of preparing to race with a different driver. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2016
142 - Junior Speaks Out
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his concussion-like symptoms for the first time; ESPN’s Ricky Craven speaks candidly about his own struggles with concussions, the toll it takes on drivers, and the fear of living with regrets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2016
141 - Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps the weird weekend at Kentucky and relays his upbeat thoughts on the season moving forward as one member of the show joins this week’s episode from Scotland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2016
140 - Gremlins on the Fourth of July
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We look back at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s restrictor-plate races this season, including Saturday night’s finish at Daytona International Speedway. Reaction Theatre is not happy about the weekend and our Nationwide Radio Chatter Reply segment is lively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2016
139 - Running like a Hungry Dog
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. details yesterday’s race at Sonoma and tells us why his team has him feeling comfortable and confident heading into Daytona. Reaction Theatre isn't happy after another collision. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2016
138 - “My favorite DNF of the season”
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a message for Jr. Nation as the team enters an off-weekend; Mike and Taylor are on opposite sides about the qualifying issue; Reaction Theatre isn’t happy but it includes a couple of hysterical calls, and one song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2016
137 - On Point at Pocono
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The Download reviews Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s runner-up finish at Pocono Raceway, the final lap details and what this race means as we enter the summer months. After a second-place run, you know Reaction Theatre is fired up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2016
136 - A Few Good Men
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An optimistic Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses Sunday’s race and explains why he is excited for NASCAR’s upcoming summer stretch. We are gifted with one of the greatest Reaction Theatre calls of all-time that parodies a famous movie scene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2016
135 - The Dale Jr. Sit-Down
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the gang plus CMS President and General Manager Marcus Smith on a special JRM Fan Day episode. Junior discusses what a 600 win would mean to him and describes his relationship with recent NASCAR Hall of Famer Rick Hendrick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2016
134 - Star-Studded and Stumped
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. dishes on Saturday’s All-Star Race and the gains his team made during the weekend. USA Today’s Jeff Gluck joins the show to discuss everyone’s fervor over the All-Star format and what JR Nation should expect moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2016
133 - Dover Bound and Downed
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a heartfelt analysis of his frustrating weekend at Dover; Reaction Theatre is emotional as usual but receives a pep talk from an unexpected source. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2016
132 - Speed Is What We Need
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We have insight on Saturday night’s late lug nut issue from Greg Ives as we recap Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s run at Kansas Speedway; Reaction Theatre is not happy with anyone after this weekend’s finish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2016
131 - Sometimes You're the Bug
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his chaotic day at Talladega; ESPN’s Ryan McGee stops by to discuss the interesting feeling he got after Sunday’s race; Reaction Theatre is hot after Junior is involved in two accidents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2016
130 - Amelia Rising
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks Richmond Xfinity Series win and Cup disappointment; Team 88 tire specialist Rob Lopes joins Speed Dial; Amelia’s return to the track discussed in Talladega preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2016
129 - Who’s Manning the ‘Go’ Switch
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ESPN’s Marty Smith joins the show to paint the behind-the-scenes picture of Peyton Manning’s time with Dale Jr. and the first ever celebrity caller wraps up this week’s Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2016
128 - Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his runner-up finish at Texas as Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour discuss Saturday night’s race and what’s to come at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2016
127 - Sloppy Yellow and Purple Drank at Martinsville
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Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour are joined by the one and only Dado, as well as T.J. Majors, for this week’s episode of the Dale Jr. Download. They tackle everything from Junior’s day at Martinsville Speedway and listen to a rowdy Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2016
126 - Property Damage, Courtesy of California
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Travis Peterson, engineer on the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy, weighs in on Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway and what the team is working on during their off week. Reaction Theatre is very angry about the untimely caution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2016
125 - So Fast We Can’t Slow Down
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We recap Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway. Reaction Theatre is filled with a group of upset fans from yesterday’s ending and the guys discuss next week’s ride as Batman in California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2016
124 - The Bare-Naked Chokehold
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Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour recap a wild Sunday in Las Vegas after they hear from Dale Jr. and his analysis of the weekend, including Saturday night’s UFC fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2016
123 - Why Atlanta was so important for Dale Jr. and NASCAR
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his runner-up finish and the week in Atlanta as Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour analyze Sunday’s wild race and what it means down the line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 29, 2016
122 - What Does the Future Hold for Amelia and Junior?
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Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour recap the Daytona 500 and the handling issues that troubled the 88. A spirited Reaction Theatre delivered some all-time calls from upset fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2016
121 - Amelia Island
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Mike Davis gives insight into how Amelia was created and who is responsible for the machine as the guys also have a post-win Reaction Theatre after Dale Jr.'s Duel victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2016
120 - Sprint Unlimited: We're Baaaaack
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The Dale Jr. Download is back as Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour recap the Sprint Unlimited and preview the Daytona 500 after hearing from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Reaction Theatre returns and a new segment debuts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2016
119 - Homestead: Season Wrap Up
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What a season! The Download crew reflect on Homestead, Jeff Gordon's last race, and newly crowned Champion Kyle Busch. Reaction Theatre gets sentimental as the 2015 season ends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2015
118 - Phoenix: Enjoy This Win!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. elaborates on all the factors that led to the No. 88 team's victory; Interior specialist Adam Jordan calls in and shares the snake prank story; we extend Reaction Theatre to celebrate the win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2015
117 - Texas: Can't Keep A Good Man Down
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Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour recap Dale's Texas run; Team 88 tire specialist Rob Lopes calls in to share what was really going on with the tires; Take's A Nation segment goes international. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2015
116 - Martinsville: 'I couldn't believe what I was seeing'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his drive in Martinsville plus his reaction to the Kenseth - Logano wreck; Kelley Earnhardt Miller joins Takes A Nation; fans voice their opinions on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2015
115 - Talladega: 'The future looks good to me...'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. pumps up JR Nation after facing elimination from the Chase at Talladega; ESPN writer Ryan McGee calls in; we extend Reaction Theatre as fans voice their opinions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2015
114 - Kansas: In It To Win It
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On the heels of misfortune at Kansas, the Download crew looks ahead to one of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s best tracks, Talladega; A surprise guest joins Mike Davis during Takes A Nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2015
113 - Charlotte: Nothing To Lose
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. addresses his run in with Carl Edwards and the misfortune of oil on the track at Charlotte; Jim McCoy, Director of Sports Marketing for Nationwide, calls in as the 2016 Nationwide Paint Scheme is unveiled. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2015
112 - Dover: Can Opener Is Working Nice
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives analysis about the insanity at Dover; his mom, Brenda Jackson, relives the experience on Takes A Nation; JR Nation expresses relief and joy on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2015
111 - New Hampshire: Dale No
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ready to shake off the disappointing run in New Hampshire and look ahead to Dover; JR Nation vents frustrations on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2015
110 - Chicago: Hustle And No Flow
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals his thoughts on the disrupted flow of the Chicago race for the No. 88 team. Dale's Road Manager Tyler Overstreet joins Take's A Nation to recap the Chase media week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2015
109 - Richmond: The Chase Checklist
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Travis Mack, car chief for the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy, weighs in on the Richmond run and what needs to come together for the final 10 races of the season. Plus, the breakout star of Richmond Josh Berry joins Take's A Nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2015
108 - Darlington: Blast From The Past
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaks down his frustrations from Darlington and the rewards of a hard run; an announcement is made during the Take's A Nation segment; Fans are vocal about the upcoming Chase during Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2015
107 - Bristol: 'We had a good time actually...'
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After a long night of battling back to finish 9th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. states it was a fun race at Bristol. Team Junior member Jake Backer joins Take's A Nation. Taylor Zarzour eats crow on his Bristol prediction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2015
106 - Michigan: 'That Was Pretty Interesting...'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. analyzes the results of the new aero package at Michigan; Everyone including Reaction Theatre callers weighs in on Regan Smith's Mid-Ohio win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2015
105 - Watkins Glen: Left Fuming
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reports in from his tree house on Dirty Mo Acres; MRN pit road reporter Steve Post calls; Mike Davis gets an earful on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2015
104 - Pocono: Wait, We Finished Where?!
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A day of woes for Dale Earnhardt Jr. resulted in a surprising finish at Pocono; No. 88 team engineer Travis Peterson joins; Dale's road manager Tyler Overstreet takes over White Flag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2015
103 - Indy: If You Can't Win, Then Why Gamble?
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. addresses the No. 88 Nationwide team's late race strategy; MRN Announcer Dave Moody calls; fans are in an uproar on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2015
102 - New Hampshire: Gritty Weekend
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sounds off after his tenth top 5 finish of the season at New Hampshire; NASCAR writer Jim Utter weighs in on Kyle Busch; Interior Specialist for the 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Adam Jordan joins Take's A Nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2015
101 - Kentucky: 'Here's the low down on that...'
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After a long night in Kentucky, Dale Earnhardt Jr. details what went wrong with the brakes on the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet. Fans weigh in on Danica incident during Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2015
100 - Daytona: Late Night Shift
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets second win of the season and sixteenth win at Daytona. Steve Letarte joins and breaks down NBC's first broadcast of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2015
99 - Sonoma: Road Trip
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With new sponsor Windows10 on his car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his second consecutive top-10 at Sonoma. Team engineer Travis Peterson joins the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2015
98 - Junior's Nation
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On the heels of an off-week, The Dale Jr. Download revisits Fan Day held at JR Motorsports in May. Three fans from JR Nation share their unique stories - including one that received a gift from Mike. Plus, a best of Reaction Theatre musical edition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2015
97 - Michigan: Super Soaker
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses his near-win in the rain-shortened race at Michigan; Fox pit reporter Matt Yocum calls; champion late model driver Josh Berry visits; Reaction Theatre never disappoints. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2015
96 - MECCA OF TRIFECTA
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Known for its triangle-shaped configuration, Pocono was unable to deliver a third consecutive victory to Dale Earnhardt Jr; Fans are split on “Reaction Theatre”; L.W. Miller joins “It Takes A Nation” to discuss Junior’s passion for outdoors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2015
95 - Dover: Comin' In Hot
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After an up and down day for the No. 88 team in Dover, Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighs in on the 14th place finish; Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky calls in; Junior's actual Nationwide Insurance agent Steve Cook joins It Take's A Nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2015
94 - Charlotte: Are We There Yet?
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The longest race of the year, the World 600, ended up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 team stretching their gas mileage to a third-place finish; Reaction Theatre weighs in; Nationwide’s Jim McCoy joins It Takes A Nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2015
93 - All Star: Finding Grip
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares insight into the dual zone tire used at Charlotte. TJ Majors makes a fan's day during Reaction Theatre. Plus, Dale Jr.'s longtime pilot joins during 'Take's A Nation' segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2015
92 - Kansas: Third Time's A Charm
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives good insight into the 88 team's third place run in Kansas; A Reaction Theatre caller makes TJ Majors blush; Dale's childhood friend Brad Means joins the 'Takes A Nation' segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2015
91 - Talladega: We Won! Let's Celebrate!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets his first win of the season and sixth win at Talladega. JR Nation helps celebrate with an extended Reaction Theatre! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2015
90 - Richmond: 'Some Days Are Diamonds...'
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USA Today reporter Jeff Gluck calls to weigh in on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 14th place finish at Richmond as well as the on track tangle with Tony Stewart. Plus, Dale Jr.'s mom Brenda Jackson holds nothing back during 'Take's A Nation.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2015
89 - Bristol: When There's A Wheel, There's A Way
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. fights back to finish 16th despite early wheel problems at Bristol; Fans join in not only on Reaction Theatre but also on “Takes A Nation” presented by Nationwide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2015
88 - Texas: 'Get Outta My Way, I'm Coming Through'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares what makes a driver show his aggressive side as he recounts his run in Texas. Dirty Mo Radio goes International in the Nationwide 'Takes A Nation' segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2015
87 - Martinsville: Bad Vibrations
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses the issues on the 88 Diet Mountain Dew chevy that led to a long day at Martinsville. Reaction Theatre callers unleash their emotions over Truck Series race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2015
86 - California: March Madness
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares his opinion on the restarts in California and applauds team for improvements in the car. JR Nation has some choice words during Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2015
85 - Phoenix: Blown Opportunity
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares his thoughts on the blown right rear tire and 43rd place finish in Phoenix. TJ Majors details the group's sightseeing trip while out west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2015
84 - Las Vegas: 'I'm ready to get them drunk'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains the team’s gamble and reiterates his yearning to win; Team member Adam Jordan joins the show; J.R. Rhodes revisits a classic Big E moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2015
83 - Atlanta: We Found A Cheerleader
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. says that, surprisingly, Greg Ives can pump him up; Fans voice displeasure in Jimmie Johnson’s win; Team members join the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2015
82 - Daytona 500: "It was a great race until..."
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell just short of winning his third Daytona 500; Fans are in an upheaval on Reaction Theatre; Dirty Mo Posse member tells of all-time greatest prank on Junior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2015
81 - Sprint Unlimited: Sun's Out, Guns Out
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps his Sprint Unlimited run and shares his thoughts on the 88 team's Daytona 500 car. Taylor, Mike and TJ debate Daytona qualifying. Reaction Theatre returns, and we debut our 'Takes A Nation' segment for 2015. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2015
80 - Homestead: Season Finale
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Taylor Zarzour and TJ Majors breakdown the Homestead race as well as the 2014 season. Mike Davis calls in from Miami; JR Nation has a lovefest on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2014
79 - Phoenix: A Farewell to Steve
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On the heels of his final race as crew chief, Steve Letarte calls in to The Download. Dan the Junior fan recites a farewell poem to Steve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2014
78 - Texas: "Excuse my language...but damn!"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. recounts his hard fought 6th place finish in Texas. A Reaction Theatre call reminds Mike Davis of the time he was punched by a fan in New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2014
77 - Martinsville: Tick Tock Junior Won A Clock!
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets his fourth win of the season and first ever grandfather clock! JR Nation helps celebrate with an extended version of Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2014
76 - Talladega: "We knew this wasn't gonna be easy..."
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Officially out of the running for the Sprint Cup Championship, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives JR Nation a pep talk; there's still four more trophies to win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2014
75 - Charlotte: Down But Not Out
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Bad luck for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 88 crew creates another set back with one race to go in the Chase Contender Round. Mike Davis checks in while on location with Junior at the historic Metrolina Speedway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2014
74 - Kansas: "I'm not knockin Goodyear..."
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets candid about the blown tire in Kansas; TJ Majors looks ahead to Charlotte; A Reaction Theatre caller almost leaves us speechless. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2014
73 - Dover: "That was hard to watch."
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After a disappointing 17th place finish in Dover, it's time to regroup and start the next round of the Chase. TJ Majors shares insight on the mood of the 88 team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2014
72 - Loudon: "We dodged a big bullet"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives insight into the intensity of the new chase format and the huge bullet the 88 team dodged in the form of a loose wheel on Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2014
71 - Chicago: A Nation Divided?
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Did the 88 team’s start to the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship leave a lot to be desired? The fans are split, but Dale Jr. gets his turn to weigh in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2014
70 - Richmond: Game On
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With the Chase upon us, Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks openly to Junior Nation about his approach to the final 10 races and what he expects out of you (especially if you’re superstitious). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2014
69 - Atlanta: "Some damn body got the bright idea..."
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives exclusive insight into the 88 team’s performance last Sunday at Atlanta, including one thing that left him scratching his head. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2014
68 - Bristol: Crash Course
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Out of contention from a lap-160 wreck, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team uses the misfortune to practice quick and efficient car repair amidst the chaos and commotion of a noisy track. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2014
67 - Michigan: "What do I do if a fight starts?"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 5th at Michigan; the team asks Mike Hoag what he would’ve done had a fight broken out with Denny Hamlin. As it turns out, Hoag asked Junior the same thing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2014
66 - Watkins Glen: Wedding Planner
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares his thoughts on 11th place run at Watkins Glen. Mike Davis plans the wedding of a lifetime at Bristol Motor Speedway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2014
65 - Pocono II: Sweep Song
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. WINS Pocono again! Junior Nation sings with joy on Reaction Theater; team members Steve Letarte, Joe Slingerland and T.J. Majors share insight on how exactly they won. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2014
64 - Indianapolis: Peeing off the Pagoda
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Dale Earnhardt Jr discusses his day at the Brickyard; TJ Majors’ bladder becomes issue once again; Reaction Theater makes Mike Hoag angry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2014
63 - Favorite Moments of 2014
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With the final off week of the season over, what better time to recap some of the best moments on The Dale Jr Download. Plus, some exciting news from our sponsor SPY. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2014
62 - New Hampshire: Straight Whuppin'
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th at New Hampshire but says they got “whupped” by Brad Keselowski. He shares his mentality during rough races; J.R. Rhodes talks about his upcoming plans with Junior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2014
61 - Daytona: Accidents Happen
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The multi-car wreck wasn’t Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s only accident on Sunday. Junior rehashes Daytona; radio legend Barney Hall tells stories & ponders the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2014
60 - Kentucky: Conquering Kenbumpy Speedway
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. & the 88 team muster a top five at Kentucky despite troublesome bumps, an unruly car, and Hoag’s shirt; tire-changer Joe Slingerland weighs in with insight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2014
59 - Sonoma: Road Course Ringer
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. checks in after his career-best finish at Sonoma; Mike Hoag details the group’s sightseeing trip to San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2014
58 - Michigan: "We Left Newman!"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr shares his thoughts on the 7th place run at Michigan. Mike Hoag recounts Junior's moment of panic after leaving Ryan Newman at the airport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2014
57 - Pocono: Junior Wins!
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Straight from his celebration party, Dale Jr. shares his thoughts on a thrilling victory at Pocono; Reaction Theatre callers raise the bar on hilarious voice mail messages. Dale Yeah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2014
56 - Dover: The Dale Guys
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaks down his race at Dover; the group of college buddies known as “The Dale Guys” talk about their impromptu dinner with Junior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2014
55 - Charlotte:" Donkey's Goin' Crazy"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives analysis on a disappointing 19th-place finish at Charlotte. But it’s what happened later that we seem to be most interested in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2014
54 - All Star: Pushin Like a Dump Truck
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Dale Earnhardt Jr shares his thoughts on the All Star race. Taylor makes good on his bet and unites JR Nation at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2014
53 - Kansas: Junior's Response
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ESPN’s Marty Smith joins the Download team to discuss Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s top-five effort at Kansas and how it was a fitting response after a week of Talladega turmoil. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2014
52 - Talladega: Hard Lessons Learned
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares his candid thoughts on a disappointing finish at Talladega; fans share their emotion on Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2014
51 - Richmond: Fires, Feuds and Fightin’
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. rehashes his altercation with Tony Stewart years ago, this after Saturday’s feisty race at Richmond that had tempers flaring and tires burning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2014
50 - A Battle Is Brewing
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Strong words are exchanged from within Team Junior as an on-track challenge is issued. Dale Jr. weighs in from the Dirty Mo Radio studio at JR Motorsports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2014
49 - Darlington: "Sorry, My Dogs Are Barkin"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls an audible on the final pit stop and nearly wins Darlington; caller brings hip-hop flare to Reaction Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2014
48 - Texas: Mud Tires, Toilets, and a Last-Place Finish
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A sloppy, rainy weekend at Texas got worse for Dale Earnhardt Jr on Monday. Our Texas correspondent "Dan The Junior Fan" provides insight from the infield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2014
47 - Martinsville: Hurt Feelings & Bird Fingers
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With Dale Earnhardt Jr. in studio & Steve Letarte on the phone, we break down Martinsville and ask the important question: Can Keselowski fight? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2014
46 - California: "We’re Gonna Drop It On A Block"
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives his thoughts on crazy endurance race in California; we award SPY sunglasses to the happiest Reaction Theater caller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2014
45 - Bristol: "They Need To Calm The Hell Down!"
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A whacky day at Bristol saw ill tempers, crazy wrecks, and a bizarre finish. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had much to say afterward. And judging by Reaction Theatre, so did you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2014
44 - Las Vegas: Running on Empty
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A fuel gamble by Dale Earnhardt Jr. paid off, but not with a win. Junior weighs in from his airplane, and Mike Hoag drops by with surprising news of his own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2014
43 - Phoenix: Playing with house money.
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Dale Jr. gambles at Phoenix, and it pays off with a second-place. Is this aggressive strategy a sign of things to come for the 88 team? We can only hope! Spotter Jeff Dickerson joins us, and Dale Jr. weighs in with post-Phoenix reactions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2014
42 - Daytona 500: Jr's at the bar, pull up a chair.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Hoag check in with Dirty Mo Radio from the Daytona 500 champion’s tour. More specifically, from the hotel bar! Plus, Reaction Theatre celebrates Junior’s remarkable Daytona 500 victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2014
41 - Daytona: Where's Junior's Coat?
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Recapping the 2014 Sprint Unlimited, plus solving the mystery of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s missing coat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2014
40 - Homestead
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Dale Earnhardt Jr gives a nod to Dirty Mo Radio in final podcast of year; Huge Reaction Theatre following Junior's 3rd-place finish at Homestead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2013
39 - Phoenix II
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores another top-5; comparing this year’s Chase to 2004; Reaction Theatre brings diverse opinions once again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2013
38 - Texas II with Dale Jr., Steve Letarte, and TJ Majors
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, and TJ Majors are all on the podcast today after a 2nd-place finish at Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2013
37 - Martinsville II with Wendy Venturini
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Dale Earnhardt Jr scores another top-10; Fox Sports 1 reporter Wendy Venturini dishes on her incredibly candid interview with Junior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2013
36 - Talladega II with TJ Majors
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Reviewing another near miss for Dale Jr. and company at Talladega with T.J. Majors and Twitter’s @WestCoastGal88. Also, fans blew up Reaction Theatre with their thoughts on the last-lap move that never played out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2013
35 - Charlotte II
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Hilarious interaction between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his fans helps lift our spirits after a 15th-place finish at Charlotte. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2013
34 - Kansas II with Rob Lopes
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves Kansas with third straight top-10. Tire specialist Rob Lopes discusses tires, tracks, and working with Junior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2013
33 - Dover with nascarcasm
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. nearly misses victory at Dover - Twitter's own @nascarcasm sneaks away from work to call in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2013
32 - New Hampshire with Jenna Fryer, Eddie Gossage and Mike Hoag
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 6th at NHMS - Jenna Fryer with Chase analysis - Eddie Gossage on opportunity for Texas fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2013
31 - Chicago with TJ Majors
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It was not the Chase start Dale Earnhardt Jr. (or NASCAR) had hoped for. TJ Majors joins the gang as we download a disappointing Chicago and what has to happen next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2013
30 - Richmond with Ryan McGee and Steve Letarte
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Did Junior cause Bowyer's spin at Richmond? Junior weighed in. Now we do. Huge podcast with Ryan McGee and Steve Letarte. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2013
29 - Atlanta with Jeff Dickerson
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Dale Jr. pads his Chase cushion and substitute spotter Jeff Dickerson talks about working with Junior and the crazy late-race restarts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2013
28 - Bristol II with Marty Smith
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To pit or not to pit? Fireworks from intense Bristol carry over, and ESPN's Marty Smith joins us with the pedal matted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2013
27 - Michigan II with Dale Jr. and Bob Pockrass
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A blown tire has JR Nation fuming as Earnhardt's contending race car finishes 36th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2013
26 - Watkins Glen with Matthew Berry
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Strong feelings expressed in Reaction Theatre after a crash & 30th-place finish. Plus, ESPN's Matthew Berry joins us on Speed Dial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2013
25 - Pocono II with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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A top-five finish at Pocono and an embarrassing story that Dale Jr. has never told before. Until now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2013
24 - Indianapolis with Mike Hoag and Laura Scott
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Recapping Indianapolis & sharing behind-the-scenes hilarity from Dale Jr's media tour in New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2013
23 - Summer Off Weekend with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carter Johnson
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. dishes on black eyes, bird fingers, and big hair. Plus, YouTube sensation Carter Johnson makes a splash on his podcast debut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2013
22 - New Hampshire with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Never-before-told stories of life on the road by Dale Earnhardt Jr., plus a recap of New Hampshire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2013
21 - Daytona
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