CHARLOTTE, North Carolina —
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s hottest driver, introduced Tuesday that he’ll retire on the finish of the season.
The 2-time Daytona 500 winner set a day information convention with staff proprietor Rick Hendrick to debate his determination. Hendrick Motorsports stated in a information launch that Earnhardt knowledgeable his workforce of his choice early Tuesday.
A 3rd-era NASCAR driver, Earnhardt has been stricken by concussions the final a number of years, and he missed half of final season recovering from the newest head damage. It is induced him to delay contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and now he seems able to name it quits.
Earnhardt turns forty three in October, was married in the course of the offseason and has said he needs a household. He is develop into a vocal advocate for analysis of sports activities-associated mind accidents.
Earnhardt has gained NASCAR’s hottest driver award a report 14 occasions. He has 26 profession Cup victories, and that features a pair of wins within the Daytona 500.
Earnhardt is a two-time champion in NASCAR’s second-tier collection. However the son of the late seven-time champion has by no means gained a Cup title.
Earnhardt has pushed for Hendrick since 2008 after a nasty cut up with Dale Earnhardt Inc., the staff based by his father however run by his stepmother. He was sad with the course of DEI since his father’s 2001 dying in a final-lap accident on the Daytona 500, and a frosty relationship together with his stepmother led him to bolt to NASCAR’s strongest group.
Hendrick Motorsports stated Earnhardt first mentioned retirement together with his boss on March 29.
Earnhardt made his first profession Cup Collection begin on Might 30, 1999, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Kannapolis native is in his 18th full-time season on the Cup degree and he made his 600th profession collection begin earlier this yr at California.
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