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Dale Jr. Download: The time Dale dived into shallow end of pool ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalls how he cracked his head open and needed stitches thanks to a pool injury.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared the story of when he dived into the shallow end of a pool at a party and hit his head on the bottom of the pool at a Ricky Hendrick house party that included Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

“They had a hot tub where they put all this detergent in it and the suds went over into the pool,’’ Earnhardt said. “I dove into the pool and didn’t know how shallow it was and hit my head on the bottom … and busted my forehead, split it wide open. Probably about an inch by inch kind of an X split.

“Jimmie Johnson, it’s like 2 or 3 in the morning. Jimmie is like “I’ll drive you. We’ve got a doctor. We’ve got a guy that works with Hendrick.’ They call him and he’s like ‘I’ll meet you at my practice.’ Jimmie drives me over to this guy and we go into this doctor’s office and it’s just the doctor. I laid on the table. He put a sheet over my head and the guy sewed my forehead up.”

Earnhardt got a couple of stitches.

Watch the video above to see how Earnhardt hid the injury from the public and what happened next.

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The Dale Jr. Download airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Thursday on NBCSN through the NASCAR season.