This really doesn’t come as a shock to me because losing a family member right in front of your eyes has to take a toll on you. But let’s be honest; Dale Jr. is an average driver to begin with and he is not the type of driver that can perform at a high level with something like this on his mind.
“After that happened I never wanted to see another race track or another race car again,” Earnhardt said during the annual NASCAR media tour in the Charlotte area. “We went to Rockingham [the next race], I felt responsible to go, but I didn’t want to be there. But after a week I got to thinking, ‘What am I going to do? My dad gave me this opportunity.” It was all crazy back then,” he said. “You couldn’t think at all.”
“Everyone wants to reflect and honor my father at this time,” he said. “What I enjoy is hearing other people talk about him, not me.”
“I’ll be happy to observe everything that goes on. If it’s something big, if it’s something small, whatever it is. ..But if you don’t mind I’d just rather watch it; stand on the sidelines … I know how I feel in my heart and I don’t feel the need to discuss it a lot.”
Now that he has gotten that off his chest, we might see him contend for the Sprint Cup this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he lost will to race after Intimidator’s death (Orlando Sentinel)