Published by Thomas NelsonDate Published:16 October, 2018
Genres: Non Fiction
Source: Harper Collins (Thomas Nelson)
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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. And recovery can be brutal—and lengthy.
As a third-generation driver in a family forever connected to the sport of stock-car racing, how could Dale Earnhardt Jr. sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else take their laps? It was one of the toughest seasons of his life—one that changed him forever.
In this gripping narrative from one of professional sports’ most beloved figures, Dale Jr. shares stories from his journey: how his career and his injury have transformed him, how he made the decision to retire at the end of the 2017 season after eighteen years behind the wheel, and what lies ahead for him in the next chapter of his life. There’s no second-guessing and no regrets from Driver #88. He simply wants to go out on his own terms and make the rest of his life off the racetrack count. Junior says, “I don’t want these last races to be just about me but rather the people who made my success possible: my fans, the folks who pack the grandstands rain or shine, my teammates and crew members through the years, industry colleagues, track volunteers, friends, family, sponsors. They’ve all played a role. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins (Thomas Nelson) and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
I’ve never been a fan of racing, but my teenage son is an absolute fan. Dale Jr. is one of his top racers and he loves every thing to do with him and his racing. So, when the chance to review this book came up, I jumped on it just for him.
The upside about the book? I actually liked it, considering I’m not into non-fiction. This book takes some of the why’s behind his career and tells his fans about his life. It was beautifully and tenderly written with Ryan McGee.
My son read it after I did, and he’s the main one that would know if this is quality reading about his race car driver, and, he loved it. He’s adding it to his keeper collection. He says it’s definitely worthy of the 4 stars I want to give it. So, if you’re a fan of Earnhardt Jr. and racing, grab this book. You’ll learn so much about the man behind the racing.