Dale Jr. just shocked us with his response to a question in a recent interview.
Junior gets asked hundreds of questions all the time. It’s a part of being in the spotlight that I’m sure he could do without, but it just comes with the territory.
His future has been the big question ever since he suffered a concussion that lasted months in 2016. It got everyone, including drivers, contemplating on what is really important in life.
Junior definitely had moments during his recovery where he wondered if it was even worth it. He’s in his early forties, newly married and ready to settle down.
And in a recent interview, he hinted toward maybe getting closer to that time of retirement. Jeff Gluck, a NASCAR reporter, recently sat down with Junior and asked him 12 questions.
One of his questions was: “Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards have all retired in the last couple years. What’s your pitch for fans of theirs to become fans of yours?”
Junior’s answer wasn’t one that any of us were expecting. He immediately began to talk about steering fans towards the younger drivers, because his time as a driver is going to end sooner, rather than later.
“You know, I’ll be honest with you — I’d probably steer them toward the new guys. I’m on the backside of my deal, so for the health of the sport, I think it’d be awesome if they grabbed onto (Ryan) Blaney or Chase (Elliott) or somebody like that. They’re going to be successful and are going to be around a long time. That would probably be better for everybody.”
I can’t believe he admitted to that!! After so many conversations declaring that he’s in it for the long haul, it looks like Junior is thinking in another direction.
We definitely don’t know how to feel about that, but we do know that if he’s happy, that’s all that matters.