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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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SHOELACE#16

DW is cool as hell

Nov 26th
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Jeff Wood

don't know if your read these Jr, but Dirt mo med iui a should sponsor Hallie Deagan Truck for a races. Dosen't have be a full sponsorship, but you should this great driver out.

Oct 18th
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Tyler Hogie

rip headphone users the sound in the beginning is high pitch but love the show and congrats to dale and amy

Oct 16th
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Jeff Wood

Hey JR, I like your show and the lovation of the number on the cars are ok.

Jul 16th
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Tyler Kelley

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Jul 15th
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David Zettlemoyer

well if bubba is so offended over a flag , he needs to go. how does one person have say over a flag. especially since it IS NOT ALL ABOUT SLAVES. omg nascar is getting rediculous. bubba will not last he is not good at all. this is a sport that has been born of the south. surprised bubba if for the sport due to slavery in the south. done with this pc bull crap. and about done with a sport I love and cherish.

Jun 17th
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Riley Flanagan

Nothing against Bubba but man is he boring to listen too..

Jun 9th
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Justin Broms

Mike makes this podcast so hard to listen to. I swear he don't listen to anything and then just repeats what was said 2 minutes before

Jun 3rd
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Corey Goodall

iRacing>>>real racing why? It doesn't take 10 laps to clean up wrecks in iRacing. It doesn't take 30 minutes to get all the sprint cars pushed off in iRacing, only to have somebody tip their car over 2 laps into the green flag, spending 20 minutes getting that cleaned up & another 20 to get them all pushed off again.

May 8th
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Chris Thorhauer

think the valvoline add is funny just cause the dale jr shirt I'm wearing has his old Quaker State sponsor on it

Apr 30th
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Michael Heal

Just recently discovered the Download. been binge listening to a bunch of interviews of my favorite drivers. Love the Dick Trickle stories shared especially. -New Jr Download fan

Apr 1st
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Kimberlea Lovelady

Yall make my week, Roll Tide!!!!

Mar 18th
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JOHNNYxx REB

This should be a good one! keep it up Jr love your podcast

Mar 11th
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Dirk Faires

aggressive moves are penalized in other motorsports. if its blocking or not letting up and pushing thru the car in front.

Feb 19th
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Donald Seaman

great show. have a listen for sure

Feb 18th
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Chuck Christian

Love all of these. very entertaining and informative.

Feb 16th
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Jeff Wood

I agree it was too long. watch car ride around without needing to race.

Feb 13th
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Alan Plus Darlene Katrenya

Less than a month to go till driver's start your engines.

Jan 29th
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Timothy Powers

When are we going to see Bobby Allison on here?

Dec 12th
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Chris Rice

jeff burton was the mayor in the garage

Nov 23rd
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