NASCAR Great Dale Earnhardt Jr Expresses Fondness for PC Gaming, Shows a PC ‘He Built’

Published 12/29/2020, 5:00 AM EST
RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 28: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)


In a surprising piece of news, former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr has revealed that he is a gamer. The former Hendrick Motorsports driver admitted that he enjoys gaming, especially PC gaming.

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He said, “This hobby started back in the mid-90s. I learned over the years how to upgrade hardware. I’d never built my own PC though. I built one this week and really enjoyed it. It went really smooth but I don’t mind that occasional hiccup.”

According to the 46-year-old, the IT field feels like a fun profession. Dale Earnhardt Jr revealed that he quite enjoys finding technical gremlins and helping others with their systems.

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He even confessed that if the racing gig did not work out, he would love to be in the IT sector. Earnhardt insisted that technology’s evolution ensures that everyone keeps learning and anticipating what’s next.

Dale Earnhardt Jr was not just adept at computers

It is also worth mentioning that Dale Earnhardt Jr often streams for iRacing.com on Twitch. Some would also suggest that his love for PC gaming stems from its technical customizability. Truthfully speaking, it should not be harder than learning about the inner mechanical workings of a NASCAR machine.

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HAMPTON, GA – MARCH 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Now that he has retired from NASCAR, Dale Jr can devote his time to gaming. In addition to that, he also acts as a pundit for NBC Sports. However, it is interesting to note that he could have explored different career paths. At one point in time, Dale Jr almost became an artist instead of a racing driver.

In fact, his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr tried to convince him to take art classes. However, Dale Jr was insistent that racing was the primary career path for him. Despite the heavy resistance, Dale Jr never lost his touch and would do occasional doodles. Aside from his current gig in the commentary booth, Dale Jr also manages his Xfinity Racing team, JR Motorsports.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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