- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 16, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780785221609
- ISBN-13: 978-0785221609
- ASIN: 0785221603
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 285 customer reviews
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American professional stock car racing driver, champion team owner, businessman, and television analyst for NBC Sports Group. He began his racing career at seventeen years of age with his dad, Dale Earnhardt Sr. He won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. Dale lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Isla Rose.
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How many times did coaches say that?
You have to tough it out, never show that you are hurt.
We all have heard those words (as a coach, I said them).
Even when it came to head injuries, it was downplayed.
Now imagine being a racecar driver, modern day gunslingers
and the closest thing to being a ground bound jet fighter pilot
there is, (racecars now have black boxes to calculate g-forces in wrecks),
and your name is Dale Earnhardt JR, son of The Intimadator.
After a very hard wall hit during a tire test things start going down hill rapidly
vision issues (eyes going right, objects going left), sleep issues, nausea, no balance,
and you are afraid to say anything to anybody for fear of being labled "damaged goods".
All of those things happened to Dale Jr.
That is only the beginning; More wrecks came, more concussions , worse symptoms, longer
lasting issues, mood swings, and overwhemling fear.
Concussions, the horror word in sports. The thing no one wants to talk about. The carreer ending
Dale Jr. went down that rabbit hole and tells all in this book.
I am a retired Paramedic and a soccer coach, so I am well informed on the subject of concussions,
Dale Jr. lays it all out for people to see and hopefully become more aware of this type of injury.
What Earnhardt and ESPN's Ryan McGee have accomplished here is an honest and humble depiction of perhaps NASCAR's biggest name. It would've been easy for Earnhardt to write about his entire career from start to finish, his victories on and off the track, and to put a smiley face on the way his career ended. But, as Earnhardt himself says in the book, that isn't this story.
"Racing To The Finish" focuses almost exclusively on the most difficult chapter of the driver's career from 2012 through 2017, when a series of concussions began to catch up with him. It almost reads as a confession of sorts, an explanation for why things played out the way they did. He expresses regret over not telling those close to him about the effects he was feeling, goes moment by moment through his recovery, and clears up several misconceptions about his recovery and his decision to ultimately step out of the driver's seat. He even provides notes he kept to himself as he tracked his symptoms, described with such detail that it will get the reader to examine his own motor functions.
Contrary to what one would expect from a book by a NASCAR driver, this is less of a story about the sport and more about today's understanding of concussions. What was most surprising was the revelation that there is a whole body of medicine geared toward overcoming concussion symptoms, that they involve exercises and training instead of invasive surgery, and that these methods are becoming more effective as the years pass. This was fascinating in light of the ongoing issue of CTE in the NFL, and the high-profile tragedies of players like Junior Seau. This makes Earnhardt's story even more of an inspiration, not simply to race fans, but to those dealing with similar conditions - there is help, and people should go and seek it.
By the end of this book, you will understand as best any of us can the pressure Earnhardt felt to perform, and why he had to do what he did those final six years in elite competition. I left with an even greater respect for the man, and his bravery in sharing this story with others. Couldn't recommend it more.
Dale Jr. I have always been your fan and always will be. In or out the car your a class act. I'm proud to wear your number. Always will be. Happiness always.