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When Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from racing at the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season, many fans wondered just what he would do to keep busy. That question has been answered every day since his official retirement, with Dale Jr. finding himself with a whole bunch of professional commitments, including his new gig as a NBC Sports analyst and his work with DIY Network on a new home renovation show.

And, oh yes, he is also going to be a new daddy.

“Morning! Working at our Key West [Florida] renovation property again,” Dale Jr. said in a Feb. 8 Facebook post showing off wife Amy’s adorable baby bump. “Filming a show for @diynetwork that airs later this year. Table saws and cordless drills running in the background all day. The smell of sawdust in the air. Extension cords under your feet. But we are closing in on the final stretch.”

Indeed, while he might be speaking of the final stretch on the home renovation project, this amazing couple is also headed into the home stretch of Amy’s pregnancy, as the first time mommy is due to have their baby on May 2. And it’s that pregnancy that seemed to get the most attention from fans with this new Instagram pic. Some are melting over the chance to see Amy’s growing bump, but other fans also weighed in within the comments section about Amy’s shirt (“That shirt is so great … you are so adorable!”) or reacted to Amy working on a renovation project while pregnant (“Tell Amy no more painting … it’s not good for the baby to smell”).


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Fans also pointed out that Amy wasn’t wearing her wedding ring in the picture, which is certainly not due to marriage issues, but rather, simply wanting to protect her bling! Heck, fans even gave Dale Jr. some props for wearing protective eyewear in the pic.

These fans don’t miss anything!

Of course, the renovation project is just one piece of Dale Jr.’s life at the moment. As we mentioned, he is revving up for a very busy 2018.

“Having the pressure of driving the car — being in the car and trying to be competitive — out of mind is a such a relief,” Dale Jr. said in a recent interview with “USA Today.” “Just being under that pressure as a driver is such a hard thing. Not having that anymore has allowed me to enjoy stuff like this. If I was still a driver and thinking about the season coming up, I wouldn’t want to be doing this. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it.”

Heck, he even claims that he hasn’t even been thinking of his sport as of late.


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“I haven’t even thought about [racing] to be honest with you,” Dale Jr. said. “Once I’m out at the track, I’m grand marshaling the 500. I’m sure that will be weird. There was a large percentage of me that was ready to close the book on that part of my life and move on to something else.”

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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