Earnhardt Jr. To Retire After 2017 Season
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that 2017 will be his final season as a Cup driver. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)
Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that morning that NASCAR’s most popular driver will retire after the current racing season.
The following is a statement released by HMS:
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. Read the full story »