Dale Earnhardt Jr. can’t seem to keep himself out of the news these days. Between his retirement from NASCAR at the end of 2017 and his broadcasting future with NBC, the much-loved driver certainly has his hands and mind full these days.

“It is a dream come true,” Dale Jr. said in an interview with NBC about his newly-announced broadcasting job with the network. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to start a new chapter, basically an entirely new career.”

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He went on to say, “As much as I’ve been around this sport, a lot of this is foreign. I’ve always just drove racecars. This is probably the first real job I’ve had in 20 years. This is going to be an exciting adventure. I’ll lean on Sam [Flood, NBC Sports’ executive producer and president of production]. I’m going to depend on him to point me in the right direction. Any experience outside NASCAR will allow me to learn and build my resume and gain continued confidence. I’m up to any challenge. I’m surrounded with great folks to give me the tools to do the job right.”

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But he may be most at ease far from the spotlight.

In an Instagram video posted on July 24 by his wife Amy, Dale Jr. seemingly talks to his pet dog Gus, concluding in a heartwarming hug between the two. “Wonder what they were arguing about,” Amy wrote alongside the video.

Wonder what they were arguing about 🤷🏼‍♀️ @dalejr #Gus

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Just looking at his relaxed face and the way he truly loves his pet seems to show that Dale Jr. is feeling quite content these days, both in his professional and personal lives.

Watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk to his dog might be the best part of your day Instagram/MrsAmyEarnhardt
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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