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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. has much to look forward to right now. In addition to continuing to run JR Motorsports along with his sister Kelley throughout the 2018 season, Dale Jr. has joined NBC Sports as a broadcaster and, in that role, will soon travel to work both the Super Bowl and the Olympics. And if that wasn’t enough, he also will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s Daytona 500.

But what Dale Jr. just might be the most excited about is the pending arrival of his first child. With wife Amy due to give birth to their daughter on May 2, the baby is sure to give this couple a whole new beautiful way to look at life. Dale Jr. just has one request.

He wants the baby to come a tad early – three days early to be exact.

Why?

Well, his late father Dale Earnhardt’s birthday was April 29, and he would be thrilled for his little girl to share her birthday with her grandfather.

“How cool would that be?” Dale Jr. said in an interview with “The Charlotte Observer” published on Jan. 23. “I would love that.”

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There is no doubt that family means so much to Dale Jr., who touched on that topic in his interview with the Observer just after the Mooresville-South Iredell [North Carolina] Chamber of Commerce named him its Citizen of the Year.

“Kelley basically raised me with the help of numerous housekeepers,” Dale Jr. said about growing up with his dear sister. “Dad was only there probably half the time. She was the person I looked to for lunch money, for direction on schoolwork. She was just always there.”

The Citizen of the Year event also allowed Dale Jr. to weigh in on a few of the rumors surrounding him at the moment, one of which centers around the possibility he is considering becoming an owner of an NFL football team. He told the newspaper that he’d expressed an interest in partnering with Marcus Smith, who runs Speedway Motorsports, if Smith were to become part of the Carolina Panthers’ ownership.

“I said, ‘If you get down to it and want to bring me on board, bring me on board, buddy,’” Dale Jr. said of the current conversations surrounding his potential ownership stake in the team. “I would love to go and do that with Marcus and his guys. It would be really humbling to be even a small part of it.”

Before the interview was over, Dale Jr. also weighed in on his recent run-in with a tree on his home state’s icy roads. During his Citizen of the Year presentation to Dale, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper threw a little jab at the NASCAR driver in the interest of protecting his citizens.

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“I’m out there telling people to stay off the roads,” Roy said. “What better gift than one of the greatest race car drivers on the planet has an accident, and I can go, ‘See!’”

But before damaging his car, Dale actually helped out a couple of stranded motorists that day, including a police officer, and he tells the Observer about his snowy joyride, “If I had had my way, I would have rode around all day doing that. That was a lot of fun.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares the emotional reason he hopes his baby is born a few days early Instagram/@MrsAmyEarnhardt
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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