There is a light in NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s eyes these days that we haven’t seen before. Indeed, no race win, championship drive or quick pit stop can match what the impending birth of his baby girl does to this soon to be NASCAR legend.

He is smitten.

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“There is nothing that compares to the feeling when you know your wife is pregnant and you are going to have a child,” Dale Jr. said with a smile during a Nov. 9 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

During the show, conversation turned to how Dale found out that wife Amy was pregnant on the day Dale Jr. calls “the greatest day of my life.”

“Amy and I are addicted to Amazon, so she said, ‘There is a package for you,’” Dale recalled. In it were an onesie and a pregnancy test, two mementoes that Dale Jr. said had to be put away for safekeeping in their safe.

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“She was crying and I was crying,” Dale remembers of the moment. He also revealed that May 2, 2018 is the day their daughter is due.

Dale Jr, also discussed baby names with the late night talk show host, saying both he and Amy complied initial lists of favorites separately. “She didn’t like any of my names,” Dale Jr. laughed. “I’ve learned it’s not 50/50. It’s her decision.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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