NASCAR’s Biggest Bro Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Announces His Retirement, Fans And Peers React

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In news that shocked many and but came as little surprise to others, NASCAR’s biggest bro Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 42, has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the close of the 2017 season.

Hendricks Motorsports issued the following statement on Tuesday morning…

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.

The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver’s decision on March 29.

Earnhardt, who will turn 43 in October, made his first career Cup Series start on May 30, 1999, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since then, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has captured 26 points-paying Cup race wins and been voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times.

Now in the midst of his 18th full-time season at the elite Cup level, Earnhardt made his 600th career series start on March 26 at Fontana, California. He will compete in his final NASCAR Cup Series race on Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2018 team alignment at a later date.

While we knew this day would come, it’s still kind of a bummer. For years Junior was the biggest bro in the NASCAR garage, never afraid to tell it like it is, do a little hunting, slam back a few Buds and race his ass off.

Much like his legendary daddy, Junior was a monster fan favorite for those reasons and many more.

This announcement also explains this early morning tweet from the man himself…

Based on the outpouring of shock, sadness, support and tribute, he is going to missed tremendously by those in and around the sport…

First, some of his peers on track…

His family…

And some of the fans…


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