Dale Earnhardt Jr. 'Didn't Care' About Racing Again After Concussions
08:45, Apr 26, 2017
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Earnhardt Jr., 43, has driven in over 600 races in his career.
On Tuesday morning, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he is retiring from NASCAR after this season.
The race auto driver's contract expires at the end of this season, but there are no reports as to who will replace him.
The third-generation NASCAR superstar has always been a fan favorite. You have to be happy and support him when he makes a choice like this and, certainly, I do.
This season, he has one top-10 finish in eight starts and resides in 24th place in the overall standings. But with so much information on concussions available nowadays, athletes such as Earnhardt are being more careful than ever before.
"I feel good. We'll get in here and find out", he said as he walked to the care center. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, reaction came quickly and often throughout the NASCAR world.
"It's really simple, I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms", Earnhardt Jr. said at a press conference Tuesday.
Earnhardt, 42, has won 26 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series during his career and has been named the sport's most popular driver Award in each of the last 14 years. (Gordon filled in temporarily a year ago when Earnhardt was unable to race.) The AP writes that the high-profile departures leave "a major void in NASCAR star power".
He also as two championships in NASCAR's second-tier series, now called the NASCAR XFINITY Series, in 1998 and 1999. His late Hall of Fame father, Dale, won seven titles and, known as "The Intimidator", was one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. He was unhappy with the direction of DEI since his father's 2001 death in a last-lap accident at the Daytona 500, and a frosty relationship with his stepmother led him to bolt to NASCAR's most powerful team.
Earnhardt's grandfather, Ralph, ran 51 races at NASCAR's highest level.
"Dale Earnhardt Jr.is a NASCAR legend, and everyone at IMS offers him best wishes after his retirement as a full-time driver".
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