When Joe Rogan Argued Why NASCAR is “One of the Scariest Goddamn Things With Dale Earnhardt Jr’s “Brain Damage” Example

Published 04/30/2022, 3:00 PM EDT
JOLIET, IL – JULY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, puts in his earpiece in the garage area during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Chicagoland Speedway on July 15, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

In a recent podcast, UFC commentator Joe Rogan spoke about NASCAR. According to him, the sport is still extremely dangerous, despite the numerous safety precautions. Even considering that the last fatality was the late great Dale Earnhardt, all the way back in 2001, it hasn’t changed Rogan’s opinion. Despite this, he admitted that it is not his place to dissuade people from doing what they want.

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He said, “I’m in favor of people doing what they want to do with their life. If you choose to do something with your life. Like, are we going to take away race car driving? Because that’s one of the scariest goddamn things a person could do.”

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“Did you see that recent crash?”

“I heard Dale Earnhardt Jr in his podcast, and he went in-depth about brain damage that he’s gotten from multiple crashes. He talked about the severe impact of the concussions, the difficulty coming back. The different modalities, different medical treatments that he’s had to have.”

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What else did he say about NASCAR and its dangers?

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Rogan pointed out that all of this happened long after Dale Sr’s tragic accident. Meanwhile, his son spoke about his struggles with brain damage from various accidents. All in all, it was a ‘f***ing scary‘ way to make a living and even scarier than fighting. Rogan cited the example of Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, who often came out with barely a scratch.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are many elite NASCAR drivers who end up in scary collisions. Sometimes, they are sent airborne and could potentially wind up in hospital.

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Inside the car’s roll cage, the head and the brain is rattling around a lot. In spite of this, he does not think they should stop. Instead, people should be free to do whatever they want, even if it is jumping into a NASCAR car and racing around.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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