NASCAR News Dale Earnhardt JR. Retiring at the end of the Season

Dale Earnhardt Ritiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on Tuesday that he will retire from NASCAR racing at the end of the 2017 season.

follow site The two-time Daytona 500 winner has spent 18 seasons racing in the top NASCAR series, racking up 26 wins along the way.

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Earnhardt missed the second half of the 2016 season due to complications from a concussion, and is currently 24th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings.

The 42-year-old has been voted the sport’s most popular driver 14 times over his career. He made is first Cup start in 1999 and picked up his first win the following season during his official rookie year. His best finish in the full season standings was third in 2003. His father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., won seven Cup championships before his death during the Daytona 500 in 2001.

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  • Scored his first Daytona victory just 5 months after his father was killed there in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
  • First Rookie to win “The Winston” All-Star Event
  • 2-Time NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Champion
  • He is going to be racing a #3 Monte Carlo in two Busch Cup races for the 2002 season.
  • Has one older sister, Kelley Earnhardt; one younger half-sister, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt; one older half-brother, Kerry Earnhardt.
  • Made People’s 2002 50 Most Eligible Bachelors list.

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  • Son of legendary 7-time Winston Cup champion, Dale Earnhardt.
  • Became first driver, since Bill Elliott at Michigan 1985-6, to win four straight races on one super-speedway, doing so at Talladega, October 2001 through April 2003.
  • Entering July 2003, he had won the following races in Winston Cup – 2000 Texas 500 and Richmond 400, 2001 Firecracker 400, Delaware 400, and EA Sports 500, 2002 Alabama and EA Sports 500s at Talladega, 2003 Alabama 500.
  • Has one older half-brother, Kerry Earnhardt (from dad’s first marriage); one older sister,
  • Kelley Earnhardt (second marriage); one younger half-sister, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt (third marriage).
  • On February 15, 2004 he won the Daytona 500. His father won that race six years prior on the same day.
  • Joins the Allisons (Bobby Allison and Davey Allison) and the Pettys (Lee Petty and Richard Petty) as the third father and son combination to win the Daytona 500.
  • Has 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories. The most of any driver who has entered the NEXTEL
  • Cup Series within the last four years.
  • Owner of the #8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, piloted by Martin Truex Jr., in Busch Series competition.
  • Only driver in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup history to pull off a Bristol Sweep in one weekend (won both busch and cup race). [August 2004]
  • Younger half-brother of Nascar driver Kerry Earnhardt.
  • Grandson of dirt track racing legend Ralph Earnhardt.
  • His mother’s name is Brenda; his stepmother is Teresa Earnhardt.
  • Burned in a Corvette race at Sonoma; started the next two race still in bandages, but was unable to complete either. John Andretti and Martin Truex Jr. were his substitute drivers.
  • He’s named after his paternal grandfather and father, both NASCAR racers. His father, Dale Earnhardt, started DEI (Dale’s place of employment) and his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt, now owns it. His 2000-2004 crew included two uncles and a cousin (Danny Earnhardt, Tony Eury Sr. and Tony Eury Jr.).
  • Beat out Jeff Gordon to win 2005 NASCAR’s Sexiest Driver (an event by FOX that the fans voted on every week).
  • Is second in Talladega victories with 5, trailing only Dale Earnhardt Sr., who had 10 victories at the track.
  • Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Peace for the Harvey Ball Foundation along with Jackie Chan, Brooke Shields, A.V.T. Shankardass, Jerry Lewis, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Phil Collins, Jimmy Buffett, Darrell Waltrip, Heather Mills, Yoko Ono, Patch Adams, Sergei Khrushchev and Winnie Mandela.
  • Finished the 2001 Daytona 500 in second place, behind team mate Michael Waltrip; it was the same race where his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., was killed in.
  • Good friends with Chris Cooley, tight end for the Washington Redskins, and Gary Allan.
  • Jr.’s first win for Hendricks Motor Sports in the 88 Amp Mt. Dew/National Guard car was in Michigan on June 15, 2008. This was his first win in 76 races. His car ran out of gas as he crossed the finish line and he had to be pushed to Victory Lane.
  • Uncle of Jeffrey Earnhardt.
  • Will attempt to pull off the Daytona Double and win the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 in the same year. The last drivers to accomplish the feat were Bobby Allison (1982), ‘LeeRoy Yarbrough’ (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and ‘Fireball Roberts’ (1962). [July 2004]
    (February 15) Won his first Daytona 500 six years to the day his father won his first and only Daytona. [2004]
  • He is preparing for the up and coming 2004 Nextel Cup season. Began testing in early January at Daytona. [January 2004]
  • His current contract expires at the end of 2017 with Hendrick Motorsports.
    Missed the second half of the 2016 season after suffering a mid- season concussion.

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