Transcript for Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his retirement
got to get to George? We'll talk -- go now to the end of an era for a NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Eddie. One of the sport's most beloved drivers and Michael spoke with him as he prepared to take his final lap around the track. 18 years. You got to celebrate. Love you man. Reporter: 26 victories. It's Earnhardt. As he crossed that checkered line Sunday night Dale Earnhardt Jr. Closed the book on one legendary racing career. I got a chance to catch up with him before the race. We're here at homestead Miami speedway. You've been here plenty of times. We're hearing the cars in the background revving their engines. How are you? I still got a little in the tank and want to get it all out. You've been voted the most popular driver 14 types. How does that love from the fans feel? It's overwhelming. I know that when I started my career as an Earnhardt my dad was a seven-time champion. He had this whole mystique and fans wanted that. They wanted 20 more years of Dale Earnhardt, the intimidator and I couldn't be that. That's not who I was. I didn't want to be that. I didn't want to emulate him and try to fit into that mold, so I just went ahead right from the start and just was myself, maybe even more outspoken than I was comfortable with, just so people could get to know me. I want to be a race car driver someday. It's a great sport. I love it. You've been living -- you've been breathing NASCAR since you were born. And you're retiring from full time racing but you're not going away. This is what I love. We'll see more of you. I'm really excited to be able to be a part of the sport. I'm going to get a chance to go into the booth next year. Our season is split in half. But between two networks. And so I'll get to be at half of the races to help broadcast the sport through the booth. That's going to be a lot of fun with me. I'm here with Dale Earnhardt. He's been honing sports reporting skills for quite some time. Interviewing his dad in Dale the movie. We did exactly what you told us and wanted to race. Are you going to give me some money when you get home. Doubt it. I think that what we'll probably serve me the best to continue to be authentic. Speak what I feel is true. Not be afraid to admit when you're wrong. You're going to have off time. Got married. Anniversary is coming up next month. Yes. And on top of that, you have a baby on the way. I know. I've got my hands full and got all these things in the future to be excited about. Amy has changed me as a person. Made every day of my life better. I became a better person, a better husband. A better friend. And, you know, I have no idea how this little girl is going to change my life. Y getting all kinds of advice from everybody but that is going to be an experience that I couldn't imagine how to describe it. Well, I'm going to give you advice about the baby. You're going to hold on tighter than you ever held on to any steering wheel in your life. White knuckles the entire man, that's what it's all about.
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