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Book Review: Racing to the Finish: My Story, by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Ryan McGee
Not many professional athletes walk away from their sport in the prime of their careers. Still fewer can explain why they made that decision and have their fans respect them for it.
Beginning in 2012, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr began suffering the effects of concussions from hard crashes on the race track. While he was concerned about the impact and aftereffects, he hid his symptoms from those closest to him. It finally got to a point where he could no longer hide and went public with his struggles. That led to him taking part of the year off from racing in 2016 and finally retiring from the sport at the end of the 2017 race season.
In his book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, Dale Jr opens up about the physical and emotional struggles, the debilitating symptoms, and his diligent attempts at rehab and recovery. He shares about his frustration with the slow process of recovery and gives credit to those who stood by him and helped him get back on the track and to finish his career on his own terms.
If you are a fan of NASCAR and part of Junior Nation, you will find the book interesting and informative. That being said, the book tends to get repetitive after a while as you read through the author’s recollections of the final years of his career.
As an aside, I’m not sure why the book was published by Thomas Nelson. There is no mention of faith in the book. There is only one brief mention of Dale’s wife, Amy, praying for him at one point. That doesn’t detract from the book, but it does raise questions.
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Carol and I spent the day in Charlotte, NC. After visiting the Billy Graham Library, we headed downtown to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (What can I say, we are balanced people.) 🙂
There’s something refreshing about the start of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. At the start of today’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL, the crowd stood quietly for the invocation and then said, “Amen,” when the minister finished. They listened respectfully as RaeLynn sang the national anthem. They cheered when the F15s flew overhead. And they cheered even louder when the most famous words in racing, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” was shouted.
There’s nothing like God, country, and racing on a Sunday afternoon.
“Church of NASCAR ministers to drivers in a ‘life-or-death sport'” is an interesting article about the ministry of Motor Racing Outreach, a ministry that provides chapel services before every NASCAR race. The ministry also provides counseling and spiritual guidance for the drivers, teams, and their families.
With the NFL open for business on Tuesday, and with the first week certain to be a frenzy of signing free agents and rookies to new contracts, not to mention potential trades, it will be like Speed Week at Daytona in February. Perhaps the NFL should consider employing a NASCAR-style opening to the new year. An announcer could make a conference call to all the NFL General Managers at the appropriate hour and announce in a commanding voice, “Gentlemen, start your spending!”
I don’t normally laugh at prayer, but this pastor’s invocation at a NASCAR race is the funniest thing I’ve heard in years. As one writer said, “It’s straight out of Ricky Bobby’s mouth.” Watch the video, and you’ll laugh too as he praises God for his “smokin’ hot wife” and closes with “Boogity, boogity, boogity.” Too much fun!