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Dale Jr. is Retiring

by Alex Olson

The checkered flag was waved in Richmond VA and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had an announcement. On April 28, 2017 Dale Jr. is retiring from nascar.

Watching the race in Richmond, the starting line-up is 1. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 121.076 mph.  2. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 120.854. 3. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 120.681. 4. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 120.471. 5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 120.380. 6. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 120.326. 7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 120.171. 8. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 120.144. 9. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, 120.027. 10. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 119.691. 11. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 119.090. 12. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 119.000 (Tucker). The race started and the engines roared, they were off Matt kenseth held a strong lead until the end of stage one, the first 100 laps. In the second stage, the second 100 laps Matt Kenseth was overtaken by Ryan Blaney. After the third and final stage, the last 200 laps Joey Logano past and held a strong lead until the checkered flag. After 400 lap race Joey Logano wins at richmond. In all the excitement of the win Dale Earnhardt was in an interview and he shocked the whole racing community. Dale Jr. is retiring. Talking to Jon Ransom about NASCAR losing Dale Jr. this is what he had to say. Dale Jr. is in my opinion one of the better drivers in the circuit. I have watched him when I was little kid. Nascar will not be the same, just like when Jeff Gordon left. I hope he will still be in the NASCAR community and still have an influence in the sport.

Dale Earnhardt has been in over 604 races and has won 26 races. From the start Dale Jr. had racing in his blood, Dale Jr. is a third generation driver after his dad Dale Sr. and his grandpa Ralph. At the start of his career he raced along his dad until his fatal crash in 2001 in Daytona Beach Florida at the Daytona 500. After his dad death Dale Jr is the CEO of the family-owned business, Dale Earnhardt Inc. Dale Jr. made the boldest decision of his young career by signing with NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Rick Hendrick to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Dale Jr. was one of the most charismatic and influential drivers and owners in NASCAR. The sport of stock car racing is losing a third generation driver and one of the best drivers with over 20 year of NASCAR experience.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will leave a hole in NASCAR that no one will fill for a long time. In the future I look forward to seeing who takes the driver's seat and how the Earnheart team will stand in the NASCAR circuit.