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Dale Earnhardt Jr

Column: Dale Jr. farewell tour begins, but it isn't goodbye

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just completed a satisfying sixth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway when he was stopped by the Fox Sports cameras in what might have been his final post-race interview with the network.

It was 17 years ago that Fox made its debut as NASCAR's newest broadcast partner, and that Daytona 500 will always be remembered for the fatal last-lap accident that killed Dale Earnhardt Sr. His son rushed from the track in his firesuit to the hospital hoping for the best, but his father was gone.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Jun. 27
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kyle Larson6591
2Martin Truex Jr.6462
3Kevin Harvick5483
4Kyle Busch5424
5Brad Keselowski5195
6Chase Elliott5096
7Jimmie Johnson4837
8Jamie McMurray4778
9Denny Hamlin4769
10Joey Logano43410
11Clint Bowyer42711
12Matt Kenseth42312