He wasn’t driving but it was a race through the car wash for famed race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he did the back-to-back rounds of shows at ESPN Tuesday, beginning with Mike Golic’s and Mike Greenberg’s “Mike and Mike In the Morning” show.
Earnhardt flew in from Charlotte to promote the prestigious NASCAR playoffs, Chase For The Sprint Cup series that beings Sunday. “Junior,” part of the iconic Earnhardt racing family and considered one of America’s most eligible bachelors, spoke softly with that signature Southern drawl about racing and being single and racing as he barreled through the world’s sports Mecca in Bristol with girlfriend Amy Reimann and Spilling the Beans along the way with Java.
Q: The Chase begins Sunday. What’s your edge?
A: We have the best opportunity to win that we have had in all my career. We’ve had some pretty good chances before but this is my best seed. We’ve had a really exciting year racing and I am really looking forward to the race.
A: Well, they are all going to be there so you don’t have a choice of who you are on the track with. All the guys, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart basically are the ones you gotta watch.
Q: What do you think the public appeal is to racing car driving?
A: I think it’s the car and what automobiles mean to mankind. A car represents so many different things. I think the sport appeals to people at a lot of different levels.
Q: If you could pick a “dream team” of racers to race against, living or dead, who would be on the team?
A: My father, my grandfather Ralph, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson.
Q: If you ever have sons or daughters, would you want to see them carry on the racing dynasty?
A: I don’t know. I’m not sure how I would feel about that. I think I could go either way.
Q: Are you still one of America’s most eligible bachelors?
A: Not so much anymore. My girlfriend’s sitting right over there.
Q: When are you getting married?
A: I don’t have any plans.
Q: I know you have been to ESPN before but what’s the kick?
A: You get to talk about sports all day long.
Q: If you couldn’t be a race car driver, what you be?
A: I would probably work here or be a mechanic.