NASCAR fans -- well, the female and gay ones at least -- always enjoy a peek at what the drivers have got going on under the hood. Here's a shirtless Jimmie Johnson boating on Lake Norman pic for the collection.
Fox News' Chris Wallace interviews Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Photo: Fox News
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the featured "FOX News Sunday" Power Player of the Week and spoke to Chris Wallace about racing, being Dale Earnhardt's kid and his plans for his future.
On His Career in Racing
“When you actually are successful and pass someone or -- it's all macho, you know. I'm, like, you know, taking the world by storm, and I'm going to be on top of this sport for years and years, just watch out. You're one of 43 guys out of this entire country that get to show up and do this each week at the top level of motor sports in America.
On His Recent Performance
"You know, it's hard to explain slumps to people. I feel like we're on the upswing, for sure. My cars are prepared better and they're more comfortable to me this year. I'm basically racing now because it's better than working a day job, but I want to win a championship. And off the track, I hope to have children one day.”
On Being Mr. Popularity
“I followed in my father's footsteps coming into racing, so I give him a lot of credit as far as our -- my popularity, obviously. I was popular before I ever did anything on the race track.”
On Being Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“The blessings far outweigh the burdens. It's tough following in those footsteps and having to live up to those comparisons. But I've been pretty fortunate, so I feel pretty lucky.”
On the Prospect of a Dale Earnhardt III.
"I hope to have children one day ... No, I doubt it. I don't think I would [name a son Dale Earnhardt III]. Juniors are okay, but now the third -- I'm not sure that I would want to put him in that position to have to follow both of us.”
Fans would just like to see Junior get in a position where winning races and settling down to have a family are actually options. Could 2010 be the year of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s power play? We hope so.
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Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 26, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Carl Edwards will race for the first time as a father this weekend in Las Vegas. His wife, Kate, gave birth to their daughter, Anne Katherine, on Wednesday.
"When I left, I kinda looked back ... I was driving my truck and I thought, 'Wow. I have a family.' That's pretty interesting, so it's definitely a different emotion than I've ever had. One of my buddies told me that I'm really going to love racing now, especially when she's crying a lot.
"I don't feel guilty having to leave. We all have jobs, and everybody has to go do their job. And, to put it in perspective, one of Kate's best friends has a baby and her husband is serving over in Afghanistan and he didn't see their baby until she was 3 months old. And he was only home for two weeks and had to leave again for six months. So, I've got a great situation relative to a lot of folks who are out there doing very important jobs."
The driver was amazed at the birth of his daughter:
“I had a lot of different emotions that I didn’t plan on. When she was born, it was like, ‘Wow.’ I’m focused on this baby, and you have all these emotions. Then we’re over there at the table and they were doing everything – cut the cord – and then I thought, ‘My wife is laying right over there. Is she all right?’
“So then I run back over there and I’m talking to her. It was just a whole rush of things that I thought I was prepared for, but I wasn’t. And then after that just being able to sit there with Kate and Annie. I’m sure anyone that’s a parent can tell you how that feels. It’s just amazing. It’s a miracle.”
The new dad says the waiting was the hardest part and he's much calmer now that everything went well. Until he calls home to check on things:
“I just called to check on Kate, and she was eating something and was kind of choking on it a little bit. I thought something was wrong, and she was choked up about something. I about had heart failure on that. That tore me up.
“She was like, ‘No, something just went down the wrong way.’ So it’s all new to me, but I feel a lot more calm now. There is a lot less anxiety because everything did go well and we’re not waiting. Waiting is the hardest part.”
New parents Matt and Katie Kenseth helped him prepare for baby with diapering lessons and such. Think all the new NASCAR dads can attract a diaper sponsor to get 'em all lined up at a changing table for a Diaper Off Challenge this fall? Edwards, Sadler, Johnson and Gordon?