Dale Earnhardt Jr, NASCAR fan-favorite, is a two-time Daytona 500 champion and has been driving since 1999.
Earnhardt Jr. won his first title at the DirectTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2000. The third-generation driver follows in the footsteps of his father, Dale Eardhardy and his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt. Both were selected to NASCAR's list of 50 best drivers.
But, after 18 seasons and 600 races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he will retire at the end of 2017. Earnhardt Jr. told members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team that he will be retiring, and Hendrick Motorsports confirmed the retirement on their official Twitter page today as well.
Congratulations on your incredible career, Dale! We hope retirement treats you well.