Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Retire At End Of 2017 Season

Ford Springer | Entertainment Reporter

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is winding down on the race track.

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance / Batman Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release Tuesday morning that the 42-year-old driver plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season.

Earnhardt Jr. followed his late father, Dale Earnhardt, into the racing business and began his own professional career at the age of 24 back in 1999.

Over the course of his career, Earnhardt won 26 of his 603 starts and was named Most Popular Driver 14 times. He won the Daytona 500 twice and won two championships in back-to-back years in 1998 and ’99.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Earnhardt currently holds the No. 24 ranking in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Ford Springer

Entertainment Reporter

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