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Earnhardt still interested in trip down Lake Placid bobsled track

January 18, 2018
By staff , Lake Placid News

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and bobsledder Nick Cunningham continued their social media conversation about a possible trip down the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid on Tuesday.

Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 winner who was named as NASCAR's most popular driver 15 years in a row, mentioned on Twitter last summer that he was interested in trying the sport of bobsled following his retirement.

This piqued the interest of Cunningham, a two-time Olympian who is expected to make his third appearance in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Cunningham reached out to Earnhardt at the time and was enamored when the iconic race car driver accepted his request to join him on a trip down the track in Lake Placid. The details were left unclear as Earnhardt was still in the midst of his final season and Cunningham was preparing for the Olympic season.

The conversation was rekindled Tuesday when Cunningham posted this on his Twitter page: "Due to competition rules, I am not able to give @DaleJr a bobsled ride on the @Olympic track, however, the offer still stands here in Lake Placid, NY before or after the Games!"

Earnhardt responded with this post: "I'm gonna take you up on the offer. Lets nail down a date and time."

Earnhardt recently reached an agreement to join the NBC broadcast team covering Super Bowl LII and the Olympic Winter Games. As part of the Olympic coverage, Earnhardt is expected to join Cunningham on a ride down the track at the Alpensia Sliding Center in South Korea, according to a press release.

Cunningham, a long-time motorsports fan, described to the Lake Placid News in August what he envisioned a trip down the Mount Van Hoevenberg track might look like:

"I think it'd just be fun to get Junior, put him in the front seat; I'll ride brakes," Cunningham said. "It'd be a two-man sled, I'd push him off and try to coach him up for the lower start, and let him kind of feel what it's like to have no traction and to have to do stuff and see what he says. Because someone of his caliber coming up here and testing our sport, even though he's never been a part of it, I still think we can learn something from him, and all of his knowledge."



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