Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves interacting with NASCAR fans on Twitter, but apparently he loves a certain brand of sneakers even more.
Earnhardt spent some time Thursday answering questions fans had tweeted at him, including one from Motor Racing Network’s Alex Hayden, who asked how many pairs, and colors, of Asics the Hendrick Motorsports driver owns. Dale Jr.’s response revealed just how fond he is of the popular running shoes — and also how smart he thinks his wife, Amy, is.
Despite speculation that NASCAR’s decline in viewership is a result of drivers who publicly push their sponsors’ products whenever they get a chance, Asics interestingly hasn’t paid Earnhardt to endorse its shoes. He just truly enjoys wearing them.
Don’t think owning 45 pairs of Asics means Earnhardt is prematurely engaging dad mode, however. Although Amy didn’t let Dale Jr. share a picture of his whole collection, some of his past tweets show he doesn’t wear the functional-yet-clunky sneakers many people associate with the brand.
He even has one of Asics’ more collectible pairs.
As weird as it is that Earnhardt is willing to leave so much money on the table by promoting Asics for free, it’s frankly not the weirdest thing he’s tweeted.
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