Arguably the most popular driver in all of motorsports, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. told reporters recently that his relationship with step-mother — and boss — Teresa Earnhardt “ain’t a bed of roses.”
Jr. is in contract negotiations with DEI Motorsports, the company founded by his father, and being run by Teresa.
If you’re a NASCAR fan, and your driver ain’t Dale Jr., it’s easy to whine about all the media attention he gets.
But ya know what? I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t trade places with Jr.
Ed Hinton isn’t the most likable motor sports journalist, but his in-your-face-don’t-mince-words opinion column this week offers the most insight on what it must be like to live — and drive — in the shadow of his legendary father. And if that’s not enough, the 32 year old’s step-mother treats him like she did when he was a young boy.
Back when the toddler proclaimed himself to be “Dale! … Earnhardt! … Junior!” his father was a struggling racer, often running on borrowed money, sometimes spinning out other dirt-trackers just to finish well enough to pay off the 90-day notes and maybe buy some groceries. More
I’m liking Jr. more all the time.