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Earnhardt Jr. to retire following this season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, has announced that he will retire following the 2017 season. He made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday.

He has won 26 career races in 603 starts since 1999 when he began driving at age 24. Earnhardt Jr. has been named the sports’ Most Popular Driver 14-years in a row.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Getty Images)

The 42-year-old has won the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, twice. He won it in 2004 and in 2014. He also won two championships in 1998 and 1999 in the series now known as the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES.

Last season, Earnhardt Jr. missed half of the season due to a concussion. Since that time, he has been an advocate for sports-related brain injuries research.

He is presently ranked 24th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings. In eight starts this season, his best finish is fifth at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9.

He has not won a race since the 2015 season. He last won a race on Nov. 15, 2015 at Phoenix International Raceway.

He also won at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5. In addition, he won on July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.

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