Dale Jr on DJD: "I was just thinking about Ryan's family, his little girls"
An absolute packed episode is coming your way on Dale Jr. Download podcast, including guest interviews with Noah Gragson, winner of Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona, and Kyle Larson, the 2020 Chili Bowl winner and top-10 finisher in the Daytona 500.
But prior to that, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Davis had a candid discussion about the Daytona 500, particularly the aftermath of Ryan Newman's horrific crash. (Note: As of Tuesday morning's taping no new updates had been given on Newman's status other than he remained at Halifax Medical Center in serious but stable condition.)
"I don't know how everyone else was feeling, but it was a very scary, very difficult time," Earnhardt said about watching the events unfold last night. "I was just thinking about [Ryan's] family, his little girls, hoping they get their daddy back to 100%."
Dale Jr. also shared his strong opinion on the "big-ass spoilers" on the Cup cars and how they influenced the racing. Of course, a recap of Daytona wouldn't be complete without his perspective from the flag stand as honorary starter.
JR Motorsports racer Noah Gragson stopped by the Dirty Mo Media studio fresh off his first-career NXS victory. Still elated over the feat, Gragson rehashed the closing laps of the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 and the lengthy celebration that ensued.
Gragson gave much of the credit to heart-to-heart conversations he had with Earnhardt about racing in the draft, but he was shocked to learn he wasn't the only one Dale Jr. talked to. It turns out Dale had the same conversations with Chase Briscoe, the driver Gragson was racing against late in the race!
"Wow, this sort of changes things," Gragson said hilariously.
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson dropped into the studio having just returned from Daytona late the night before. Larson recounted his race in the 500 and how it didn't pan out the way he hoped. The 27-year-old also explained to Earnhardt and Davis the schedule he keeps, which lately has included annual trips to Australia.
Earnhardt was curious on how Larson puts these races together -- especially when driving for other people. Of course, the conversation soon turned to the Chili Bowl, which Larson won in 2020 for the first time in 13 tries.
Check back to Dirty Mo Media social media channels as well as DirtyMoMedia.com for the drop of The Dale Jr. Download episode 285 later today.