>> The 2017 Nascar season will be the last for two-time Daytona 500 winner and future hall of fame Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He is the sports most popular driver, and is the son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., who tragically died in a collision on the Daytona 500 track in 2001.
He could never match his father, who won seven series titles, while Junior failed to ever win one. Concussions have recently plagued Earnhardt, forcing him to miss 18 races in 2016. And, forcing him to reevaluate his career, he said in a news conference Tuesday.>> I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms.
I'll admit that having influence over my exit only became meaningful. When it started to seem most unlikely. As you know, I missed a few races last year and during that time I had to face the realization that my driving career may have already ended without me as somebody who's getting to vote at the table.
>> The news comes at a painful time for NASCAR. It's seen some of its biggest stars retire in the last two years, including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Carl Edwards. And ratings have been sinking. Reaction pouring in on Twitter from fellow drivers following the announcement. With Stewart tweeting, I'm proud of my great friend Dale Jr for everything he's done for this sport.
I'm even more proud of who he is as a man, love you friend.