NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has announced he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series following the conclusion of the 2017 Season.
A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon with Earnhardt and his team owner, Rick Hendrick. Earnhardt has drive for Hendrick Motorsports for the last 9 years.
Earnhardt will turn 43 in October, got married last year, and fought to come back to NASCAR after suffering multiple concussions. On his podcast, he and his newlywed wife, Amy Earnhardt also have said they are trying to start a family. All of those factors likely weighed into Earnhardt’s decision to retire, though he will clarify in this afternoon’s press conference.
Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2018 team plans at a later date, but expect speculation to start as soon as the press conference ends, if not before. Expect every track from here until the end of the season to plan goodbye celebrations, as well as leverage Earnhardt’s retirement as part of ticket sales.
Source: Jayski – Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR Cup Series following 2017