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Friday Face-off: Who’ll Fill These Ginormous Shoes?

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced this week that he’ll retire at the end of the 2017 season, the fourth very popular driver to step away since 2015.  What impact will his retirement have on the sport as a whole, and is there a driver out there who can have the impact he’s had on and off …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Remember When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominated the XFINITY Series?

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On Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would be retiring from full-time competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the 2017 season.  Although he may go down as the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR history, a Cup Series title has eluded him throughout his career. Think back, however, to the late 90s, when Earnhardt …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast- Episode 8: Dale Jr.’s Legacy


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Episode 8: Dale Jr.’s Legacy with Matt Stallknecht, Tom Bowles, and Kevin Rutherford   In this special edition of the Frontstretch podcast, the FS crew breaks down the implications of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s impending retirement, evaluating its impact on the sport and what an Earnhardt-less future will look like going forward.

Did You Notice?: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retires On His Terms, Goes His Own Way


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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of the season? Are you surprised? I think we’re all lying if we say we aren’t. The move, while expected to come in the next couple of years, not this one, was kept nicely under wraps. A well-orchestrated press conference Tuesday afternoon was not sniffed …

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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons to Thank Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a Career Well Spent

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1. He goes out on his own terms You’d expect nothing less, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the person who ultimately made the call about when to step aside.  He could have done it six months ago, and some will argue that maybe he should have, but that wouldn’t really have been his decision. It …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Should Replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports?

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The news is sinking in. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring. Just like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, the show must go on. And it will. Drivers come and go, but like Gordon and Stewart, Earnhardt is one of NASCAR’s main ambassadors. His face is plastered on advertisements left and right, creating a diverse collection of appreciation that …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: The Jimmie Johnson is Freaky Fast Edition

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It took an extra day and some long-awaited, not-so-rainy weather, but for Jimmie Johnson the winning was worth the wait. Not that Johnson needs to do anything to be considered one of the top three or four NASCAR drivers of all time, but now he is just one win short of matching Cale Yarborough’s 83 …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not Done Racing After 2017

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He’s no Tony Stewart, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t be done racing after retirement. While announcing his retirement from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition on Tuesday, Earnhardt made his racing intentions clear for 2018 and beyond. There are a few things still on the table for the two-time Daytona 500 champion. “I don’t see …

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For Dale Earnhardt Jr., It’s Friendships Over Trophies


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Having announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of 2017, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss a few things on the weekly circus of NASCAR racing. After holding one of the quickest cars any time the field takes the green in Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt has earned nine wins for Rick Hendrick, …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Overwhelmed by Support Following Retirement Announcement


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When Twitter exploded with well wishes and congratulations on a great career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was listening. And he was appreciating. After announcing Tuesday (April 25) he will retire from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition following the 2017 season, Earnhardt said the support has been special. “The response from the last six hours, from …

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