Arguably the most popular driver in NASCAR is going to retire.
Hendrick Motorsports announced today that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will “bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017.”
A news conference is scheduled for this afternoon.
Earnhardt, 42, has won 26 points-paying Cup races, according to Hendrick, and been voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has been in the NASCAR playoffs eight times.
According to the release from Hendrick, Earnhardt met with owner Rick Hendrick on March 29 and the two discussed his retirement at that time.