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Dancing with Dale? Earnhardt says ‘that’s never going to happen’

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LAS VEGAS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided an emphatic “no” on Tuesday when asked about a possible appearance on the upcoming season of the ABC television program “Dancing with the Stars.” 

“That’s never going to happen,” Earnhardt said during a media session prior to the Appreci88ion charity event presented by Nationwide and held inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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“I promise you,” Earnhardt said. “There’s nothing in this world that would be able to get me out on the dance floor.”

NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver was mentioned as a leading candidate for the upcoming season, along with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in what is being billed as an all-athlete edition of the popular show. first reported that Earnhardt and Kaepernick were the top choices of the show’s producers.

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Earnhardt won 26 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but retired as a full-time competitor in the series at the conclusion of the 2017 season. He is co-owner of JR Motorsports, which fields entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and will do work in the broadcast booth next season for NASCAR television partner NBC.

But dancing? Not Earnhardt. Not even for a healthy monetary donation to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which was the recipient of Tuesday night’s charity event.

“I would match it just to stay off the dance floor,” Earnhardt explained.

“I’d be willing to do a lot of things. That’s not one of them, I can promise you.”