For a whole lot of people, men and women alike, the thought of operating heavy machinery is incredibly enticing. Whether it’s a backhoe, tractor, bulldozer or dump truck, it just looks fun. NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. got to have plenty of that kind of fun while doing some home renovations at his address in Key West, Florida.
Unfortunately, something went south in the process.
Dale hasn’t disclosed exactly what happened, but he did share a shot of his injury in his Instagram Stories, and says he cut his finger “bad.” And it looks like it was bad enough to deserve a couple of bandages.
But dang, Dale! What about those blisters? Now that’s a big ouch!
And it looks like Junior earned those blisters the hard way. It appears that he isn’t just supervising the renovations to his house in Florida, he’s actually in there doing the heavy lifting. Actually, he’s operating the controls on a Bobcat that is doing the heavy lifting, but in a scrapbook video, he’s also doing some handiwork with a jigsaw.
Another day in paradise working on our @diynetwork Key West renovation project. Installed shiplap, more drywall. Best part was running the excavator and digging a trench to hook the city water system up to the new plumbing in the house. Long way to go still but having a real good time. Cut the shit out of my finger today. Surprised I haven’t incurred more injuries to be honest.
Is that where Dale sliced his finger? It could have been, but considering the amount of work they’re doing on that water line, it could have been just about anything. He has also been active on his socials since the accident, so hopefully that means the cut wasn’t too deep.
Dale and wife Amy’s primary home is in North Carolina, where he is close to the heart and soul of NASCAR, but the couple acquired their Florida fixer-upper around 10 years ago. According to South Florida’s WLRN, the two-story home was built in 1885, and the Earnhardts have been working with the local historical commission to ensure that their renovations are appropriate for the structure and in line with other structures in the city’s Old Town area. In addition, they are adding on to the home and installing a backyard pool.
Junior told WLRN, ”We are very proud to be part of this community. We’ve vacationed down here over half a dozen times a year for the last 10 years and understand and appreciate the history and definitely want to leave our mark. And this is our way that we feel we are going to be able to do it.”
And, even better, the couple’s renovations and restorations will be featured this year in a four-part restoration series on the DIY network.
It’s exciting to see this amazing gentleman and his endless energy tackling so much, even after he retired from racing. Along with what appears to be some pretty significant home restoration still looming on the horizon, he and Amy are expecting their first baby in May. And let’s not forget that Junior also has a new day job, starting in February as a color commentator for “NASCAR on NBC.”
If we could only bottle some of that energy up …