Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmy Fallon Had a Scooter Race on “The Tonight Show” and We’re Here For It


While Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career as a driver might now be in his rearview mirror, the much-loved personality showed that he still has some skills when it comes to racing. On Wednesday (June 27) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Earnhardt Jr. decided to go head to head with the talk show host in an epic cooler scooter race.

And yes, of course, he won!

The hilarious dual was just part of a media blitz for Earnhardt Jr. as he prepares to take on his new job as a broadcaster and race day analyst for NBC this weekend. While visiting with Fallon, the former NASCAR driver also talked about his rather calm birth of him and his wife Amy’s new baby daughter Isla.

“I thought it was going to be this terrifying thrill ride to the hospital,” laughed Earnhardt Jr. about the birth, which started rather calmly as Amy’s water broke on the way to an already scheduled checkup. “I had that in my mind. It’s what you see in the movies. But she pushed for an hour and we had our little girl.”

And what has fatherhood been like since?

“There is a lot of laughing and a lot of crying and that’s for the dad,” he chuckled.

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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