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Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to pump gas to pay off his first speeding ticket

Dale Earnhardt made Dale Earnhardt Jr. work off his first speeding ticket.

Junior said Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show that he got it while driving home. He and his dad had left separately, so he was ahead of the elder Earnhardt when it happened. His dad then drove past him pulled over and stopped at a gas station to wait for Junior, who pulled in behind him.

"He says 'Did he write you a ticket?' I said 'Yeah' he says 'Looks like you need to get a job.' So I went down to a gas station up the road from the house and applied for a job there. Pumped gas for several months to pay for that ticket."

Junior also said his first truck was a 1988 Chevrolet S10 pickup. And he just had a replica of that truck restored.

It's a fantastic interview and worth the listen the entire way through. Junior talks about his relationship with road course racing (hint: he's not in love with it) and that he stayed up until 5:00 a.m. Monday morning celebrating his win at Pocono.

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