“Time was running out on my charade… My secrets were about to be exposed to the world.”
Racing To the Finish is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s only authorized book that reveals the inside track on his final year of racing and his retirement from the driver's seat.
A seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 ended the day early for Dale Earnhardt Jr. What he didn't know at the time, was that it would also end his driving for the year. He had faced concussions before, but concussions can vary. Recovery can be brutal and lengthy.
In 2017 when NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from professional stock car racing, he walked away from his career as a healthy man. For many years, he was concerned about the effects of multiple racing-related concussions. Would his injuries end not only his time on the track, but also hinder his ability to live a full and happy life?
Earnhardt was torn between a race-at-all-costs culture and the fear that something was terribly wrong. He tried to pretend that everything was fine, but the private notes about his escalating symptoms that he kept on a his phone revealed a viscous cycle where he would suffer injuries on Sunday, struggle through the week, and then return in time to race again the following weekend. Now, for the first time, he shares these notes and exposes the physical and emotional struggles he faced as he fought to close out his career on his own terms.
In Racing To The Finish, Earnhardt opens up about his frustration with the slow recovery, his admiration for the woman who stood by him through it all, and his determination to share his own experience so that others won't have to suffer in silence. Steering his way to the final checkered flag of his storied career proved to be the most challenging race and most rewarding finish of his life.