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Publisher's Summary

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s only authorized audiobook revealing the inside track on his final year of racing and retirement from the driver’s seat.

“Time was running out on my charade…. My secrets were about to be exposed to the world.”

It was a seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 that ended the day early for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. What he didn’t know was that it would also end his driving for the year. He’d dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Recovery can be brutal and lengthy.

When NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr., retired from professional stock car racing in 2017, he walked away from his career as a healthy man. But for years, he had worried that the worsening effects of multiple racing-related concussions would end not only his time on the track but his ability to live a full and happy life.

Torn between a race-at-all-costs culture and the fear that something was terribly wrong, Earnhardt tried to pretend everything was fine, but the private notes about his escalating symptoms that he kept on his phone reveal a vicious cycle: suffering injuries on Sunday, struggling through the week, then recovering in time to race again the following weekend. For the first time, he shares these notes and fully reveals the physical and emotional struggles he faced as he fought to close out his career on his own terms.

In this candid reflection, 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 others don’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. 

©2018 DEJ Management, LLC (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Amazing Story

I’ve been a huge Dale Jr fan since I was a kid, Jr is very open and honest with everything in the book. I have felt guilty all week for wanting him to keep racing after seeing what he went through.

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Great Book


Great Read!!! Book is different then what I expected but was very very good. More about Jr.s battle with concussion but found myself fascinated

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Incredible read!

Absolutely loved it! Actually sad there isn't more! I only wish that Gabe Wicks knew how to pronounce "Labonte" and "Bodine." I don't know, I'd like to think the guy reading it was at least a race fan.

But Dale is great! The stories are great! the insight into what was actually going on is heartbreaking. I learned so much about the brain.

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AMAZING COURAGE!

By the middle of the book, I didn’t want to continue. I’m like, “the amazing life that dale Jr. has had and his EXTRA ordinary father, he seriously is only talking about freaking concussions! I continue to listen because I love him either way. By the end I was crying lol. He has sooo much courage to tell his story and it has helped so many others. All people need is a little push sometimes! I am so grateful and I thank God for healing dale! #DALEYEAH

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Surprised

It was very eye opening to hear as a life long Jr fan what he went threw since 2002. I absolutely loved the book

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  • BobbieJo
  • Leander, TX, United States
  • 01-01-19

Awesome book

Loved everything about this book except for the narrator, he should have been trained on NASCAR names. But love Dale Jr.’s honesty in this book!

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Story hit home with my brain injury

After a brain injury, eye convergence, etc. etc. etc. from rear ended car wreck, I caught myself tearing up many times as Dale told his side of story, where I had trouble putting it in good words for all to understand, Dale did a good job with his story and analogies. Great book. We concussion patients really can help others as know body else knows whats going on in our heads.

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  • Craig N
  • Hamilton, MT. USA
  • 12-30-18

Earnhardt!

Ok, so admittedly I’m an Earnhardt fan! However, I’m not one to fall for BS!

This is an excellent story that tells the whole story. Can you blame JR. for protecting his name, and family reputation? I cannot.

I’m hoping the books opens the eyes of fans, and those suffering from concussions.

Bottom line, I’m still a fan, and good for Dale telling it like it is!

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Not what you are expecting...

It's a nice recitation of Junior getting treatment for concussions, but very little on racing.

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Content good, Narrator definitely not a sports guy.

I got this book hoping to hear Dale Junior narrate his story. While he did open and close the book I would have preferred more. Good content although the narrator was unfamiliar with at least two characters in the book and mispronounced their names., Story moved well and communicated that this was a book about concussions.
Should help many people. Would like a Dale bio at some point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-18

Always a fan

Why my rating is so high??? Being able to relate to similar recovery from a not so similar head injury, found this very informative and a small glimpse into the pressure of high performance athletes.