Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from the sport of NASCAR after the 2017 season. The two-time winner of Daytona 500 announced his decision Tuesday. He's earned 26 wins in his Hall of Fame career.
He's easily been one of the most prominent names in the history of the sport, with 14 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Most Popular Driver awards.
According to Forbes, he'll retire with more than $400 million in career earnings. He's had sponsorships from Budweiser, Kraft, Chevrolet, Wrangler, Napa Auto Parts and many more over the years.
Earnhardt made his debut in May of 1999 and was immediately loved by fans thanks to massive support from his father, Dale Sr., who was an icon as well. After his father was killed in a wreck at the 2001 Daytona 500, the sport and fan base rallied around Jr. even more.
His contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire at the end of this season and he's been contemplating retirement since the beginning of the year.
He was sidelined with concussions in 2016, which caused him to miss the final 18 races of the season.