Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 18 seasons

Race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced after 18 seasons and more than 600 races he’ll retire from the NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the year.

Earnhardt told members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team Tuesday morning, according to hendrickmotosports.com.

Earnhardt, 42, previously said he only races cars because it’s fun and that he doesn’t feel an obligation to stay in NASCAR because of his standing as the sport’s most popular driver.

Hendrick Motorsports said the two-time Daytona 500 champion will talk about his retirement decision during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

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