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NASCAR stars are no longer driving into their 50s

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Just a generation ago, NASCAR drivers raced until they were embarrassing themselves, the money ran out or they simply couldn't make it to the track anymore. They could compete into their mid-50s, and make a really good living.

It's an entirely different world now.

First went Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Then Carl Edwards stunned everyone by walking away a month before the season began and just three months after he came heartbreakingly close to winning the championship. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is packing his bags to leave NASCAR .

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Apr. 27
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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