Dale Earnhardt Jr. has probably gotten a fair share of weird questions thrown his way during his lengthy time in the spotlight. But, when the retired NASCAR driver fielded several questions from fans during an August 2018 episode of his Dale Jr. Download podcast regarding paranormal encounters, he recalled an experience that’s just about as weird as it gets.
At first, while admitting that he did, in fact, believe in the existence of “paranoia activity” (an unintentional slip-up on his part), Junior reiterated that he had never encountered any ghosts or spirits himself. Then, with some help from his co-host Mike Davis, he remembered the time when he actually did have an otherworldly experience following a fiery wreck at Sonoma Raceway in California in 2004.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2004 Crash at Sonoma
“When I wrecked in the Corvette in 2004 at Sonoma — it caught fire — somebody pulled me out of that car,” the 15-time Most Popular Driver said. “And I thought that it was a corner worker because I felt somebody put their hands under my armpits and pull me out of the car. I didn’t get out. I don’t have any memory of myself climbing out of the car. And I remember sort of moving like in motion going to lean forward and try to climb out of the car, and then something grabbed me under the armpits, pulled me up over the door bars and then let go of me.”
“And I fell to the ground, and there’s pictures of me laying on the ground next to the car. I know that when I got to the hospital, I was like, ‘Who pulled me out of the car? I gotta say thanks to this person,’ because it was a hand! It was physical hands grabbing me! I felt it. And there was nobody there.”
When Junior was told by people following the crash that no one had pulled him out of his car, he had one simple response: “Bullshit.” But, it looks like he’s a little bit more of a believer these days.
As far as the existence of other strange and mysterious figures, such as Bigfoot, Junior isn’t as easily convinced.
“I think that it’s fun to day dream or have TV shows and all those things,” Dale Jr. said. “It’s fun to imagine. It’s fun to let the imagination go, and sometimes I’m as guilty as everybody of watching TV shows that are looking for Sasquatch. I don’t know what that means, but I don’t think he’s out there, but I’ll watch the shows.”
If Sasquatch is out there, we wonder if he’s a fan of Junior’s broadcasting work on NBC.
This post was originally published on August 15, 2018.