- Associated Press - Sunday, May 12, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Armed with a new cookbook, NASCAR’s most popular driver had big plans for Mother’s Day.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been trying to learn how to make barbecue and figured his mother, Brenda Jackson, would be a good judge of how far he’s come. So he planned to spend Mother’s Day cooking a brisket with her by following a recipe from “Smokin’ with Myron Mixon.”

“We’re going to cook a brisket together,” he said recently. “I bought Myron Mixon’s book, that guy from the show, `BBQ Pitmasters’, and I’m trying to learn how to barbecue. So we’re going to cook us a brisket and see how that goes. That’s going to be Mother’s Day for me.”

Earnhardt is able to spend time with family because many members live on his large property in Kannapolis. His mother lives just 100 yards away, and it’s afforded him the opportunity to spend time with Jackson doing the mundane daily activities like a recent lunch outing.

“I like sushi a lot, and I just got her to where she’ll eat some of that,” Earnhardt said. “So we went and took her to lunch and got a haircut. Just typical, normal stuff.”

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