Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after the 2017 season

- 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.

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