Saturday, December 22, 2018

Book Review: Racing to the Finish: My Story by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

This book is not just about racing, but about how Dale Jr decided that after an accident and more than 15 years of racing, 2017 was it - the year to retire. It is a no nonsense book about racing, a career watched by millions and the legacy of three generations of race car drivers.
Whether or not you have been a fan of Dale Jr, this book is an interesting read from the world of race car driving and the story how legacy shapes a person, but Dale Jr manages to be his own person and create his own legacy. He is open and honest in this book, how accidents change him and what is planned for his next stage of life. While retiring from racing, Dale Jr. has his future planned. Not unexpected, it will not involve sitting on a porch and sipping sweet tea. Dale Jr. still wants to have meaning in his life and this book is a great start. He focuses on the difficult stage in his life, head trauma and his fear of a long-term effect. This book makes it clear that Dale Jr has thought about his life, his family and his future and that retirement was a way to make sure that he would have a quality of life and enjoy his family. He touches on very personal subjects and we realize that the race car sport is for us entertainment, but for the drivers there is significant risk and some like Dale Jr decide that for the sake of their future, they have to retire from the sport.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

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