Dale Earnhardt Jr. Recalls Drunkenly Running His Future Wife Off The Road During A 2AM Go-Kart Race

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How can you not love Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

I mean, he can’t shotgun a beer for shit, but other than that, the guy is amazing.

A while back, Dale Jr. asked Twitter to complete the sentence: “I was so drunk once that I…” and then on an episode of his Dale Jr. Download podcast, he answered that one himself with a few stories that would make even your dumbest moments sounds like child’s play.

One story in particular was back when Jr. first met his wife Amy and decided to go drunkenly race go-karts at 2 in the morning.

He rode her off the road and into a creek, yet somehow, they wound up married a few years later.

“Me and her, when we first started dating, we had been partying with friends for hours. Everybody went home, and we weren’t tired. And I said, ‘Hey, you know what’d be good?’ Me and her had just started dating, and I said, ‘Have you ever raced?’ You know, ‘I’ve got these go karts, and we can go race.’

I’ve got this small, little, tiny road course track. It’s kind of shaped like a kidney. I was like, ‘It’s right next to this creek, and we just finished it probably a couple months ago.’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, let’s go! Let’s go check it out! Let’s go race, I’ll do it.’

And so we got on these [go-karts] at 2 o’clock in the morning, and, I mean, it’s dark. We’re racing, there’s no lights at this track. … There was a building on one end of it, so that was the only light that we had was sort of the corner lights off that building shining across it.

I ran into her in this corner, and she didn’t lift off the gas. When I hit her, she just mashed the throttle wide open and just held it and almost went into the creek.

She went over the berm that was sort of the protective berm to keep people from going into the creek, and the back tire got hung up on the root [of] this tree that was kind of growing out of the side of the bank of the creek. And she’s literally hanging into the creek, and it’s like six [feet] down.

It was straight down into this creek, man. And it scared the hell out of me. I jumped up, she’s laughing. I thought I done ruined this relationship right here. She’s going to be so mad that she doesn’t want to see me again.”

Then, later on in the podcast, Dale talked about the time he branded his own arm with a steak brander and pissed in a closet.

“So we had that going on… and then one time I peed in a closet.”

Man, I’d love get drunk with Jr. and just listen to him tell stories like this… maybe make a few of our own.

Gotta love it.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Once Had A Beer With George Strait

This story is GOLD.

Of course, if you know anything about Dale Earnhardt Jr., then you probably know he and his wife, Amy, are big country music fans.

Amy even surprised Dale Jr. with a Dwight Yoakam concert after his NASCAR Hall of Fame induction earlier this year. And naturally, Amy, who’s a native Texan herself, is a huge fan of George Strait.

As Dale Jr. was trying to figure out what to do for her birthday this year and plan something she would know about in advance of the event, given that she hates surprises, it led him to tell the story of the time he actually met George in Key West on his podcast The Dale Jr. Download this week.

They had gone to Key West several years ago with Amy’s sister and her husband, as well as another couple from Texas, who are all big fans of The King, too. And it just so happened that George was in Florida recording an album at a studio in downtown Key West while they were there.

One day, around lunch time, Dale Jr. and his friend, Billy, got split up from the rest of the group. They ended up wandering around Key West for most of the afternoon looking for their wives, and vice versa.

They went to the house they were staying at twice, all the bars they could think of, but they never saw them again all day, no matter where they went after hours of searching.

And as luck would have it, one of them had left their phone in the locked house (they didn’t have a key with them either… men), and one of their phones was dead, so they couldn’t call anyone to find out where they were.

It sounded like it was a complete shit show, and eventually, Dale Jr. and Billy gave up on their search, knowing they’d find the girls at some point, because Key West isn’t that big of a place. So, they ended up back at a bar called Schooner Wharf to have a drink.

At this point, it was 10 or 11 o’clock at night, and they decided to just stay there and wait, because sooner or later, they knew the rest of the group would end up there as it’s their favorite hangout spot when they visit.

And when they walked in, George was sitting nearby having a drink with his son, Bubba.

Of course, Dale Jr. and Billy start debating whether or not they should approach him, and Dale Jr. felt like it couldn’t hurt since Dale Sr. and George were big hunting buddies back in the day (I would kill to hear those stories, too):

“Right there sits George Strait, having a drink. And so I told Billy, I said ‘Man… I know he hunted with dad, I know he knows dad.’

And as we’re kind of having that conversation, he looks over and his sons with him, and his son walks over and says, ‘Hey, dad would like to have a drink, hang out.’

And I was like, ‘Of course, you dang right. George Strait, you bet.’ So we sit down with George, we took a picture, we talked, he told me about hunting with dad, and we had a beer.”

Can you even imagine George Strait approaching you about having a drink? I would actually die…

As they were sitting there talking and having a grand old time, Dale and Billy realized they might be able to use Bubba’s phone to get in contact with their wives.

So what do they do? Instead of calling or texting one of them, they used it to send their wives the photo they took with George:

“While this is happening, it dawned on us that if George’s son was okay with it, we could use his phone to text the picture to them, to our wives. And we did.

So we send them the picture on his phone, we’re like ‘Man, we ain’t got our phones, they’re at home, we gotta find our family, if we could use your phone we’ll send this picture that we just took of George Strait and us to them.’

We do that, George stays for another couple minutes, says ‘Alright, I’m gonna head home.’”

And you already know where this is going, right?

They thanked George for his time, and Bubba for letting them borrow his phone, and not but a minute or two after George and Bubba left, the girls came barreling through the bar on a mission to meet The King:

“As soon as they walked out, literally moments later, here comes our gang, wide open, loud, ‘Where’s George? Where y’all been?’ Barreling into this bar. They were out of breathe trying to get there fast enough.”

And I’m no runner by any stretch of the imagination, but if I got wind I had the chance to meet George, sign me up for the NFL combine because I’d break the 40-yard dash record (and probably an ankle) to get there.

Unfortunately though, the girls were just a few minutes too late, and Dale Jr. had to break the bad news to them:

“He left… And then, you know, the attention went from that to this is all our fault.”

Of course it’s your fault, Dale. You should’ve chained him to the dang table until they got there to ensure that they, too, would get the chance to meet George.

To this day, Dale and Amy still go back and forth about the whole ordeal.

Honestly, you wouldn’t think it’d be all that difficult for Dale to get something set up for them to meet again, since he’s literally a Hall of Fame driver and his dad is the most iconic racer ever who lived (and was also friends with George), but what do I know.

And because Dale still can’t let the whole thing go, he framed the photo from that night and put it in their beach house, so Amy has to look at it every time they’re there:

“This happened years ago, and it’s been an ongoing joke.

I have that picture of me and Billy and George Strait in my beach house for Amy to see every day. I don’t let her live it down. It goes back and forth.”

And to (kind of) make up for it years later, Dale took Amy to RodeoHouston this past weekend (where George almost broke his own attendance record) with the same group from Key West to see him perform live in concert.

And while he was hoping they might meet again for Amy’s (and the other wives’) sake, it doesn’t look like it worked out on this trip.

But, it looks like they still had a great time at the show, and Amy has a fantastic sense of humor about the whole situation, as she hinted at the debacle in her Instagram caption with photos and videos from the weekend:

“The day we almost met George Strait. Again.”


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock