Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire following the 2017 NASCAR season.

The stunning announcement came on Tuesday from Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt has not commented publicly.

The son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt has established a legacy of his own driving the iconic No. 88 car.

Earnhardt, 42, did not finish Monday's race at Bristol after crashing on Lap 218. He was not injured in the wreck.