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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement Following 2017 Season

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver, is retiring following the 2017 season. Hendrick Motorsports announced the decision Tuesday morning, shortly after Earnhardt himself addressed his No. 88 team with the news. A press conference will be held later this afternoon with Earnhardt and team principals. Health has become a major question mark for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Should Kyle Larson Feel Good or Bad About 2017?

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ONE: Pit Road Speeding During the first 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, not a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver got busted for speeding. The pits were so tame, the only major incident was a commitment line violation by rookie Gray Gaulding. If that name’s your front page headline, after answering the obvious question of “Who’s that?” …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Fans Needed FOX Sports GO For Bristol

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Rain screws up race weekends.  Simple as that.  You should see the e-mail string that goes out when a Cup race gets postponed.  As a result of Sunday’s deluge, Monday’s Food City 500 took place while I was at work.  Naturally, that causes problems. Food City 500 Now, let’s not freak out.  Yes, the race …

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Bad Luck Bites Dale Earnhardt Jr. Again at Bristol

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Before halfway way in Monday’s rain-postponed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the day was done for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Pounding the wall on a lap 218 restart, Earnhardt suffered an oil system issue in his No. 88 Chevrolet. The malfunction came on a day where Earnhardt was struggling from the start. “We broke …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

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Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Sport Philadelphia Eagles Colors at Pocono

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It is rare to see Dale Earnhardt Jr., a longtime Washington Redskins fan, donning the colors of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the exception will be at Pocono Raceway this June. Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet will feature the Eagles’ team colors for the Pocono 400 on June 11, Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release April …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Misery of Finishing Second

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ONE: Empty Seats As good as the racing was at NASCAR’s oldest, slowest, smallest track this past Sunday wasn’t it a shame to see great swathes of empty seats? If a track that is pretty much guaranteed to see excellent on-track action is struggling to fill the grandstands what hope is there for some of …

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