Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring from NASCAR at the end of 2017.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Junior’s decision Tuesday morning and said the driver would have a press conference Tuesday afternoon to explain the reasoning behind the decision.
Junior, 43, missed the second half of the 2016 season after suffering a midseason concussion and said he was going to wait a few races into the 2017 season to begin talks on a contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.
His current contract expires at the end of 2017, and the announcement was the answer to why Junior tweeted Tuesday morning that he was up so early.
Been up since 4. ????
Woke up like ????
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 25, 2017
His retirement means NASCAR’s three biggest stars will have retired in consecutive seasons. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, who helped sub for Earnhardt last season, retired at the end of the 2015 season, while three-time champ Tony Stewart hung up his firesuitRead More »from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from Cup Series after 2017