WATCH: Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals he broke down into tiers in a bathroom at Richmond in the twilight of his Cup career over a poor Qualifying run
Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed the story of him crying in the motorhome for the first time publicly while talking to Kenny Wallace.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson (Via IMAGO)
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. has revealed an emotional story from the final stints of his career, where he cried inside a bathroom after underwhelming qualifiers at Richmond. Dale Jr.’s Hall of Famer career was full of highs and lows. He came to the sport with the baggage of expectation as he is Dale Sr.’s son and retired as the most renowned name of the sport.
Junior broke down one of the toughest moments of his career in his recent appearance in the Kenny Conversations hosted by ex-NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace. He told Wallace a story he had never told before and detailed the time when he cried inside the bathroom of his motorhome, closed the door behind him, and started crying.
He was dejected because of his mediocre run driving the No:88 Chevy of Hendrick Motorsports. The overflow of emotions might have been due to the mediocrity he was running. Dale Jr. labeled his form during the weekend less than mediocre. He was overwhelmed by emotion because of the failure to identify what was going wrong.
We were at Richmond, and it was wearing on me. I’d take it home and think about it, and, you know, the race performances probably weren’t a whole lot better, to be honest with you. But I qualified 22nd or 23rd and went back to the bus and walked into the bus and walked back into the bathroom and shut the door and cried.Dale Jr. said, as reported by brobible.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. explained the reason for the disappointment
Junior pointed out that he cried because he didn’t know what else to do. He added that his wife, Amy Earnhardt, tried to console him, saying it was just qualifying, but it didn’t make him feel much better.
I mean, I didn’t know what else to do. And Amy (Earnhardt’s wife) come (SP) back there and don’t know why am I upset about this. It’s just qualifying.
Dale Jr. went on to claim that he was emotional not because of the results but because of the fact that he worked hard his whole career to be the best and believed to be the best. But things get emotional once the results remain the same despite different approaches.
And I’m like, you know, you’re doing this all your life. You know in your heart you believe you’re good at it. You wanna believe you’re one of the best at it. And no matter what you’re doing or no matter how you try to approach it, you keep getting the same result.
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