Emily Maynard: 'The Bachelor' & Her Tangled NASCAR Past

Heather Chaet

During last night’s episode of The Bachelor, Brad Womack is with Emily Maynard at the NASCAR race track. And all of a sudden, my “she’s hiding something” radar started to ping. And ping. And ping again. Don’t get me wrong. It is tragic what happened to her ... but the whole time I was wondering if Emily was telling Brad everything about her NASCAR past.

Anyone else feel that way?

Well, after a little Gooleuthing (Google plus sleuthing), I found out there’s more to Emily’s story. Much more. As in, we may be seeing this plot line on All My Children or General Hospital sometime soon.

Let’s start with what we know, shall we? Emily’s former fiancé was NASCAR driver/owner Ricky Hendrick, who died in an airplane crash. She was pregnant at the time with her now 5-year-old daughter.

But just who was Ricky Hendrick? Ricky Hendrick was the son of Rick Hendrick. Now, NASCAR isn’t NASCAR without the Hendricks. They are NASCAR GOLD. The powerhouses of the sport. Jimmie Johnson, reigning Sprint Cup champ for the past five years, drives for Hendrick Motorsports. Also on the Hendrick team? Jeff Gordon and none other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr. This is NASCAR royalty here.

So Emily's daughter, Ricki, is the granddaughter of NASCAR's most elite.

Stay with me here, this is where it starts to good. Dale Jr.’s dad was Dale Earnhardt -- The Intimidator and one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time. He died tragically in the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. lost his dad. Rick Hendrick lost his son. Now Dale Jr. is driving for Rick Sr. We don’t need a PhD in Psychology to figure out there is a muddled Father-Son complex thing going on there.

But wait. It gets better. After her fiance’s death and after the birth of her daughter, Emily dated Dale Jr. Who is now working for her daughter’s grandpa.

See, I told you this was juicy.

No word on what happened between Junior and Emily, but I think a lot of women would prefer them together over Emily and Brad.

Should Emily have fessed up to Brad about her whole NASCAR past? Or would all of that info be just too much debris on her track and cost her a rose?

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