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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces he will retire following the 2017 season. NASCARmedia.com

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This morning there was an announcement that flipped the racing world upside down. NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire following the 2017 season. Earnhardt will hold a press conference at 3 pm today to go over the announcement. Almost certainly this stems from Jr’s history with concussions throughout his career.

Just last season Earnhardt missed over half the season following a crash at Michigan International Speedway. Over the past several seasons Jr has been at the forefront of concussion research in NASCAR and in general. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has come out and said that he will donate his brain to research about brain injuries.

Being a 2-time Daytona 500 Champion is not the only thing he will be remembered for. In his career, he has started over 600 races and has 26 career wins. Along with the wins, he has notched 149 career top-5 finishes and 253 career top-10 finishes. The 2017 season will be his one last push to finally win the Championship that has eluded him his whole career.

Hendrick Motorsports has said they will announce who will fill the seat at a later date. From his performance in the car when subbing for Jr. it is likely Alex Bowman would be a leading candidate.

  • Jane Borus

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