With Earnhardt Jr. no longer driving in 2018, NASCAR's 20something stars are now the sport's most marketable drivers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2017 season, from NASCAR on Tuesday. The reasons were numerous, but what was clear is that he coveted the opportunity to walk away from the car while he could.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he realized while rehabbing from his 2016 concussion that he may not have the opportunity to retire on his own terms.
No one in sports history had to shoulder the burden that Dale Earnhardt Jr. did, and no one could have done it better.