Dale Earnhardt Jr. is waving the white flag on his storied career — announcing he’ll retire from NASCAR after the 2017 season.
The 42-year-old has racked up 26 wins (including TWO Daytona 500 victories) in 603 starts since turning pro in 1999.
He suffered a concussion back in 2016 that forced him to miss roughly half the season — but he’s since returned to the track and the now retirement tour begins.
Earnhardt underwent a strenuous rehabilitation program and was cleared to return to competition in early December. He has started all eight Cup races this season with a best finish of fifth at Texas Motor Speedway.