Dale Earnhardt Jr. says Confederate flag ‘belongs in history books’

With the nation debating the legacy of the Confederate flag, NASCAR fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. offered his thoughts Friday, saying "it belongs in the history books."

"I think it’s offensive to an entire race," Earnhardt said during his media availability at Sonoma Raceway. "It belongs in the history books and that’s about it."

Earlier this week, NASCAR issued a statement reaffirming its position against using the Confederate flag in any official capacity. 

"While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events," the sanctioning body said in a statement. 

Back from his vacation to Germany during the off-weekend, Earnhardt also dished on the details of his engagement to longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann. Now that he is facing marriage, the third-generation driver also has an eye to the future of his family. 

"I think the greatest accomplish in life is to have children," Earnhardt said. "That’s definitely in the future."