Dale Jr.: 'If you can't hold it, you go'

August 02, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Earnhardt Jr. explains why going to the bathroom in-car is infrequent

When it's go-time in a race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. puts his foot to the floor. If it's time to go to the bathroom, he just goes.

"Well, you do go to the bathroom. ... So if you can hold it, you hold it. If you can't hold it, you go."

--Dale Earnhardt Jr.

After saying he was relieved that his 2015 crew chief, Greg Ives, was named this week, he was asked about relieving himself in his car.

"Well, you do go to the bathroom. Yeah, so if you can hold it, you hold it. If you can't hold it, you go," Earnhardt Jr. told the media on Friday at Pocono Raceway.

"It's not too often that this happens because the car is real hot and you sweat a lot and you basically lose all your water weight through sweating. So your bladder never fills up.

"If you get nervous, if it's a hot day, and you get real nervous before the race and you drank too much water because you think you are going to dehydrate, you typically end up having to go to the bathroom before you even get the green flag. You just have to be careful not to drink too much water." 

Although he didn't say whether he had personal experience, Earnhardt Jr. spoke very knowledgeably about the danger in over-hydrating.

"All the water you are going to lose and all the water that is in your body is something you put in there throughout the week. If you drink a lot of water right before an activity, it's typically not going to help you."

In the end, there's no shame, according to Earnhardt Jr.

"But sometimes you make that mistake and you just got to go. Just go it's not a big deal."

Read more from Inside Groove here.

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