In case you missed it, on Thursday, KSR’s the “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” welcomed on a very special guest: As two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the show, in an episode presented by Kentucky Speedway.
And as part of that interview, Kentucky Speedway offered a very special deal to KSR readers, and for regular attendees at Kentucky Motor Speedway: A chance to get a free copy of Dale Jr’s new book “Racing to the Finish: My Story.”
How it works is simply really. The bottom line is so many of you are going to go to the races, so why wait until this summer’s races in July (July 11th-13th this season) to purchase tickets? Why not get them now, and get a free copy of Dale Jr.’s book while you’re at it?
All you’ve got to do is go to KentuckySpeedway.com/KSR, and use the promo code “KSR” at check out, and any purchase or upgrades of $100 or more, automatically gets you a free copy of the book. Again, you’re going to the races anyway, so why not purchase ahead of time? Visit KentuckySpeedway.com.KSR, use the promo code “KSR” at check out, and you get a free copy of the book with $100 or more in purchases.
In terms of the interview with Dale Jr., you can download it here, and it really was a fascinating look behind the curtain of his final few years in racing. As many of you know – and some probably don’t – Earnhardt, winner of 26 Sprint Cup races, was forced to step away from the track after chronic concussions forced him to step away.
As he explained on the show, it wasn’t an easy step – especially with so many people, from family to friends, to sponsors relying on him to stay in the sport, even when his health wasn’t good.
Episode with Dale Jr. will be available momentarily- but first,an excerpt: Here's Dale on the pressure he felt when he decided to retire – and the number of people his decision impacted. Subscribe to have the episode sent straight to your phone @KySpeedway https://t.co/WPMCUJ2TTk pic.twitter.com/hOvkrWU16U
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“A lot of the things I felt pressure from may have been real, may have been perceived, but either way, it was difficult… it was so hard for me and everyone who was affected by my career or connected to it, to talk about what we needed to do. And, you know, I think a lot of people, even my close family and people were involved in my career and connected to my career weren’t aware of how serious the situation was. Until I could get them in front of my doctor and explain what was happening to them.
That’s the big problem with concussions. You can look at a person and they look completely fine and may even act normal, but you can’t see what’s going on inside their head and know what they’re dealing with. So that made it all very, very difficult and tense. And there were some disagreements and arguments, and all the while you’re concussed while going through this. You’ve got the concussion and try to manage your career and whether you’re going to retire. I did not enjoy any bit of that. And I’m glad it’s over to be honest with you.”
Ultimately though he decided to step away, and wanted to write this book, to let other people know that if you’re suffering from concussions, help is out there.
When I got injured in 2012 I didn’t know you could go to a doctor for a concussion. I didn’t know there was treatment or someone who could help. I’m afraid that that’s still the case for a lot of people out there. The every-man, the person who is injured on the job or at home, they don’t know any better other than to rest this off. And a lot of times they end up getting well enough to be well enough to go back to work, but they still have symptoms long, long into their life. Even if you have a concussion 10 years ago you can go see [my doctor] Mickey [Collins] and he can help you get a quality of life.
And I think that’s important for people to know.
Of course it wasn’t all about concussions as Dale talked about a variety of things, ranging from what he misses most at the track, to what is next in his career post-racing to his beloved Washington Redskins who picked up a big win last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Again, to listen to the entire podcast interview, as well as a sit down with Kentucky Speedway’s Mark Simendinger, who discusses preparations for the 2019 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart, you can download the show on iTunes or the Podcast Addict app for Android users. You can also stream the show online here.
And remember, if you’re going to the races this summer, why not get your tickets now AND get a free copy of Dale Jr’s new book while you’re at it.
KSR readers get a special deal, when they visit KentuckySpeedway.com/KSR, and use the promo code “KSR” at check out – all purchases of $100 or more receive a copy of Dale Jr.’s new book! Don’t wait, get it now!