NASCAR’s beloved superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be rounding out his racing career soon, but the 43-year-old just announced that he and his wife Amy are embarking on a new journey together.
As part of the sport’s most popular racing family, Dale Jr. — as he’s often referred to — has long since made a name for himself as a racecar driver and team owner. But in September last year, he announced he’d be sitting out the rest of the year due to some concussion-like symptoms he was dealing with, according to NASCAR.
But despite being sidelined, he capped off 2016 with one of the biggest decisions of his life — marrying Amy on Dec. 31 at a ceremony in Lexington, North Carolina, according to Bleacher Report. Now, 10 months later, he and his bride shared some exciting news on Instagram Monday.
“Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet her,” Dale Jr, wrote next to a photo of tiny pink Converse sneakers.
Dale Jr. spoke with NASCAR recently about his deep desire to raise a kid, saying at the time, “I’m excited to start a family, and I hope I’m fortunate enough to do that with Amy. We definitely want to do that. And it would be weird not being a race car driver if I have a daughter or son, I think about that, would they understand what I’m telling them or what I did for a long time. I’m hoping to find out all that stuff soon.’’
Fans were quick to congratulate the expecting couple.
“Congratulations. So happy for you and Amy. She is going to have her daddy wrapped around her little finger,” wrote Mary Goodwin-Clark.
Shannon Pryor commented, “Congrats! She’s going to be BEAUTIFUL and you guys are going to be AWESOME parents!”
“I got a good baby name, Daisy Earnhardt,” suggested hzatz123. “If it was a boy I think we would have all known the name.”
"1st girl to win the Daytona 500!" Delbert Boyer replied.
Dale Jr. has five more races as a full-time driver before he transitions to the NBC Sports broadcasting team for the next season, according to the Associated Press. In other news, a famous 31-year-old country music and songwriter has teamed up with 20-year-old Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.