Hendrick Motorsports announced this morning, that after 18 seasons, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will retire at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season.
The 14-time Most Popular Driver has 603 starts -- 26 victories -- over a career that began at age 24 in 1999. Among his accomplishments are two Daytona 500 crowns (2004, 2014) and two championships (1998, 1999) in what has become the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Earnhardt Jr., 42, is not having the season he planned after missing 18 races recovering from concussions in 2016.
So far in 2017, Earnhardt has led only eight laps and his best finish was fifth in Texas (April 9). He's currently 24th in the NASCAR standings.