Dale Jr. and Amy Earnhardt are having a baby

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new title in 2018: dad. NASCAR’s most popular driver announced on his Instagram account Monday that he and wife Amy are expecting their first child, a girl.

The 43-year-old driver is retiring from full time Cup competition at the end of this season, he and wife Amy, 35, were married this past New Year’s Eve after dating since 2009.

Having a child has been something that Earnhardt has talked about in recent weeks.

“I’m excited to start a family, and I hope I’m fortunate enough to do that with Amy,’’ he said at Dover. “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.’’

Although he may have known something then, we all know now.  The daughter will be the first for both parents.

Later Monday, Dale Jr. revealed he and Amy got the news Sept. 1, nearly a month before his comments at Dover .

 

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