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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from the latest head injury. It caused him to delay contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner with deep family roots in auto racing appears ready to call it quits.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Apr. 25
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kyle Larson3606
2Chase Elliott3334
3Martin Truex Jr.3237
4Joey Logano2915
5Brad Keselowski2773
6Jimmie Johnson24431
7Jamie McMurray24411
8Kevin Harvick2391
9Clint Bowyer23913
10Ryan Blaney2288
11Kyle Busch21424
12Erik Jones19228

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