Surrounded by his family, Dale Earnhardt Jr. learned Tuesday he will part of the next class of NASCAR's Hall of Fame inductees, a realization that left the two-time Daytona 500 winner and 15-time Most Popular Driver emotional and, for a moment, speechless.
The podcast lights were on and cameras were rolling as Dale Jr., his wife Amy, daughter Isla and the entire 'Dale Jr. Download' crew learned of the news on NBC Sports Network's live broadcast of NASCAR America. Earnhardt joins Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik in making up the Class of '21 inductees.
Of course, the podcast episode had it covered from start to finish. You can access Episode 302 of the Dale Jr. download here or by clicking the image below:
Prior to the Hall-of-Fame announcement, Earnhardt used the podcast to address other pertinent issues and made some news as well. Timeline of Episode 302 is as follows:
Dale's root canal procedure and all that came with it. (3:24)
Dale talks of his fifth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday. (12:22)
Dale expressed interest in competing at Martinsville next year. (18:04)
Reaction to the All-Star race moving from Charlotte to Bristol. (28:24)
Reaction to NASCAR's experimentation of new car number placement. (30:11)
Dale Jr. and Mike Davis discuss NASCAR's ban on the Confederate flag. (44:45)
NASCAR Hall-of-Fame Class of 2021 watch party begins. (57:44)
Zoom interview with NASCAR Hall-of-Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. (1:07:53)
Zoom interview with NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. (1:10:50)
Zoom interview with Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick. (1:12:38)
Dale's closing thoughts on a special and emotional show. (1:19:35).
-- Dirty Mo --