Earnhardt Jr. to call it quits following 2017 season
CONCORD, NC —
Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Carl Edwards; those are just a few names of NASCAR greats who’ve retired over the last 2 years and now you can add Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to that list.
Junior abruptly announced his retirement early Tuesday morning saying his career will come to a close following the 2017 season. NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years and running will finish his career with two Daytona 500 titles. The 26-time Monster Energy Cup Series winner informed owner Rick Hendrick of his decision last month and he reflected on his choice early Tuesday morning.
"I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms,” said Earnhardt. “I wanted to honor my commitment to Rick, to my sponsors, to my team and to the fans. It's really emotional you know; I just don't like letting people down. We all depend on each other to be there every day you know and to come in and say I'm not gonna be here one day is very difficult."
The move for Junior was likely impacted by his recent history with concussion like symptoms. Earnhardt currently sits buried in the driver standings at 24th, more than 220 points out of first about a third of the way through the regular season.