In his latest podcast, legendary race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalled a strange occurrence in a race more than a decade ago and admitted his belief in the paranormal world,
“I do believe in paranormal activity. I think that our personalities and our souls have so much — we’re so much more than just blood vessels, and bone and muscle… Haunted places? Sure.”
So, what made Earnhardt a believer? A 2004 crash at Sonoma Raceway. Despite worrying his fans might think he’s a “loony”, Earnhardt admitted that when his Corvette caught on fire at Sonoma, somebody pulled him out the car. Problem with this – nobody was around the car to pull him out.
“I thought that it was a corner worker because I felt somebody put their hands under my armpits and pull me out of the car.”
Earnhardt was badly burned and has little recollection of the accident.
“I remember sort of moving like in motion, like going to lean forward and try to climb out of the car, and then something grabbed me under the armpits, pulled me up over the door bars and then let go of me. And I fell to the ground, and there’s pictures of me laying on the ground next to the car. I know that when I got to the hospital, I was like, ‘Who pulled me out of the car? I gotta say thanks to this person,’ because it was a hand! It was physical hands grabbing me! I felt it.”
Prior to this week’s revelation, Earnhardt had hinted at an unearthly presence during the incident in a 60 minutes interview in which he said he felt his father, Dale Earnhardt (who died in a race in 2001), during the accident.
“I don’t know how else to put it. I don’t want to put some weird psycho twist on it, like he was pulling me out or anything, but he had a lot to do with me getting out of that car.”
Earnhardt admitted he had no rational explanation for what he felt that day in Sonoma.
“I don’t have an explanation for it other than when I got into the infield care center, I had my PR man by the collar, screaming at him to find the guy that pulled me out of the car. He was like, ‘Nobody helped you get out.’ And I was like, ‘That’s strange, because I swear somebody had me underneath my arms and was carrying me out of the car.”
Readers can draw their own conclusions but we have to say, photos of the accident do indeed show Earnhardt with arms clenched close to his body, similar to the position of a man being dragged by his underarms.