Late night with Dale Jr: eBay, Twitter and cars

July 11, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Late night with Dale Jr: eBay, Twitter and cars
Earnhardt Jr. winds down with '65 Impala, Fruity Pebbles

Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke with FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Live" on Friday between NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and Coors Light Pole Qualifying, and he opened up about his late-night Twitter chats, favorite cereal and latest eBay obsession.

"There's something new, some new story every week. If you want to figure out what everybody thinks about it, that's the place."

--Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Twitter

FOX Sports 1 noted that the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports driver has the best average finish (8.7) and is tied with teammate Jimmie Johnson for most top-10 finishes (20) over the last 27 races, dating back to the last race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We're having a great season," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We've been building up to this, and I think that it's good to be able to get that attaboy every once in a while because it's a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to help this team become competitive. We've been trying to for a very long time to get to where we are so it's great to finally realize that potential."

After those races, though, Earnhardt Jr. says he needs time to unwind. A Twitter chat or watching TV in his basement with some cold beer are two ways to do it, but he's got other things to do to pass the time until he goes to bed.

"I've got some projects at home I'm working on, a '65 Impala that I've tweeted about a little bit," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I'm tuning on that thing as I get the parts and pieces for it, I'll go up there after a race on Sunday and work on that thing 'til 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. I can't really go to sleep because there's just so much adrenaline that goes into the race and keeps pumping long after, and I can't just lay down and go to sleep unless I've got something to do work-wise Monday."

Earnhardt Jr. said his usual bedtime is midnight, and when he wakes up in the morning, his favorite cereal of all time is Fruity Pebbles, saying he always liked it when he was a kid.

In addition to working on the Impala, Earnhardt Jr. has been collection other cars as part of his infamous eBay obsession.

"I'm always buying old stuff of my dad's and actually Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Harry Gant," Earnhardt said. "They made a bunch of old Ertl plastic and metal die casts and stuff from like '81, '82. I bought a few of those in the last several days."

Thirteenth-fastest in first practice, Earnhardt Jr. said that the Magic Mile is "a very fun place, but trying to get the crew and those guys to understand what you need, trying to get that to happen and actually get out on the track and get that car to improve throughout practice is, this is one of the most challenging places to do it."

See if he can get his first win at New Hampshire and third of the season in the Camping World RV Sales 301 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, TNT) and stayed tuned to @DaleJr. Sunday night as he unwinds after the race.

"Fans get great access, and I enjoy that interaction," Earnhardt Jr. reiterated about Twitter. "There's something happening every week. There's something new, some new story every week. If you want to figure out what everybody thinks about it, that's the place."

Watch the entire interview below.

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