Dale Earnhardt Jr., a longtime fan favorite on the NASCAR circuit, will retire following the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday.
Earnhardt broke onto the racing scene in the mid-90s, winning the Busch Series in his first two full seasons 1998 and 1998.
BREAKING NEWS: @DaleJr retiring at end of 2017 season.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 25, 2017
In 16 seasons in NASCAR’s top circuit, Earnhardt won two Daytona 500s and was named the sport’s most popular driver every season from 2003 to 2016.
Earnhardt has continued the legacy of his father, Dale Earnhardt, a popular driver who tragically died on the track during the 2001 Daytona 500.