There’s maybe just one driver out there who can relate to the pressure and fanfare that comes along with the expectations being put on rising NASCAR superstar Hailie Deegan — and she had him on her podcast.
Retired driver-turned-broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently joined Deegan on a podcast — The Deegans — she co-hosts with her father, Brian, for an in-depth interview on a variety of topics old and new.
Hailie’s upcoming 2020 season will be her biggest yet, after a move to Ford’s development program last month will lay the groundwork for her progression in her rise through the ranks of stock car racing.
Earnhardt will continue his broadcasting duties with NASCAR on NBC in 2020 but also return to the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for a one-off stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March.
Listen to the full episode of The Deegans below, and follow along in a conversation that touches on:
Earnhardt’s background as a mechanic
How Dale Sr. didn’t support his racing career — at first
The growth of the sport and rise at the turn of the millennium
The current state of the sport and why it’s on the rise
How race car drivers are normal people
Dale Jr. reveals his favorite track
Why the NASCAR world is eager for a female champion