FOX SPORTS - Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver, will retire following the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday morning.
Earnhardt will address the media at 3 p.m. today.
Hendrick Motorsports will announce his replacement at a later date.
This is Earnhardt’s 18th full-time year in NASCAR Cup Series competition.
He is tied for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winner’s list with 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s.
Earnhardt has 13 pole positions and eight non-points wins (five in the Daytona 500 qualifying Duel, two in The Clash and one All-Star Race victory) and has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times.