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Racing to the finish : my story
2018
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Genre
NonFiction
Sports
Topics
Automobile racing
Sports
Automobile accidents
Brain (Concussion)
Emotional trauma
Sports injuries
Retirement
Setting
- United States
Time Period
2016-2018 -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Retired professional stock car driver Earnhardt candidly opens up about the end of his racing career and warns other athletes about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries. Earnhardt uses his charisma and a conversational tone-"heck man" and "ain't" are sprinkled throughoutA-A--to delve into heavy discussions of sports-related harm. Introduced by Earnhardt's concussion specialist, the book illustrates the huge pressure athletes are placed under to sacrifice their health for career success, a burden acutely described through the lens of Earnhardt's experience hiding his condition from those closest to him. He recounts intense crashes that will have racing fans on the edges of their seats, and he also shares personal notes about his symptoms and struggles that he'd written on his iPhone: "Hit oil and slammed wall. Instant headache. Felt lazy and 1 beer drunk rest of day. Could fumble some speech and mind was forgetful. Don't consider this one as serious as some." Data-driven medical information and comparisons of concussion injuries in other professional sports leagues are also provided to stress the seriousness of the problem. Although religion is never at the forefront of the book, Earnhardt relies on his faith often during his struggles with concussions, a fact that comes through in his personal entries. For fans of racing or professional athletics in general, Earnhardt's worrying tale will be a wake-up call for reform and better health policies. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s only authorized book revealing the inside track on his final year of racing and retirement from the driver's seat. </p> "Time was running out on my charade... My secrets were about to be exposed to the world." </p> It was a seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 that ended the day early for Dale Earnhardt Jr. What he didn't know was that it would also end his driving for the year. He'd dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakes, no two are the same. And recovery can be brutal, and lengthy. </p> When NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from professional stock car racing in 2017, he walked away from his career as a healthy man. But for years, he had worried that the worsening effects of multiple racing-related concussions would end not only his time on the track but his ability to live a full and happy life. </p> Torn between a race-at-all-costs culture and the fear that something was terribly wrong, Earnhardt tried to pretend that everything was fine, but the private notes about his escalating symptoms that he kept on his phone reveal a vicious cycle: suffering injuries on Sunday, struggling through the week, then recovering in time to race again the following weekend. For the first time, he shares these notes and fully reveals the physical and emotional struggles he faced as he fought to close out his career on his own terms. </p> In this candid reflection, Earnhardt opens up about his frustration with the slow recovery, his admiration for the woman who stood by him through it all, and his determination to share his own experience so that others don't have to suffer in silence. Steering his way to the final checkered flag of his storied career proved to be the most challenging race and most rewarding finish of his life. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Table of Contents
Foreword    Dr. Michael "Micky" Collinsp. ix
A Lift, A Secret, and A Promisep. xiii
1Hammerheadp. 1
2Into the Fogp. 15
3Back on Trackp. 35
4The Cloud Returnsp. 53
5The Lost Seasonp. 75
6Hard Truthsp. 89
7Battleground of the Mindp. 103
8To Race or Not to Racep. 123
9The Return ... and that Other R-Wordp. 139
10Send her Around One More Timep. 161
Don't be a Hammerheadp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
About the Authorsp. 181
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