Dale Earnhardt Jr. Pulls Off Epic Surprise for NASCAR Fan


Smack dab in the middle of his hectic week surrounding the release of his new book “Racing to the Finish: My Story,” NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. carved out some time to make a special visit to a very special fan.

The visit occurred on the set of The Rachael Ray Show after a woman named Bridgette wrote in about her husband Justin. “His biggest dream is to meet Dale Jr,” she says during the pre-taped piece. “When he’s talking about him, he’s like a teenage girl at a Harry Styles concert.”

But when it came time for Justin to meet his favorite driver, it was, in fact, Bridgette that couldn’t stop crying. Indeed, watching her husband, who is a short track driver himself, meet his hero was quite the dream for the wife and mother of one.

“Growing up as a little girl, you always dream of that person you are going to marry,” she says. “He just does so much for us and I just wanted to do something for him because he always puts us first.”

And while the encounter was enough to swoon over, Dale Jr. made the moment even that much more special when he told the dear couple that he was inviting them as his guests to a race at Darlington next year.

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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