The thing about Earnhardt is he was great because the dude was an absolute workaholic. He poured everything he had into racing, and it came out on the track. Every lap he did whatever it took to win no matter what. He's literally Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods level of all time great. But those people also have horrible personal lives because you expect everyone around you to take that course of action and it goes horribly. I don't think he's a bad guy, just unbalancedTo be fair this was decades ago. Let’s not all pretend that the Earnhardt family was sunshine and rainbows except for She Who Shall Not Be Named. Junior has talked extensively about how his dad showed little interest in him for years and years until he got into racing. Not even showing up to graduations type disinterest.
Dale Sr was rough guy. It makes sense that one of his wives was just as salty.