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Dale Jr says retiring announcement took the pressure off

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. says the pressure is gone, not only about his future, but also his results.

"I certainly did feel a lot more relaxed now," NASCAR'S most popular driver said Friday at Richmond International Raceway, where he came back to work three days after announcing that this season will be his last. "I don't know whether it's because I finally got to tell everybody and let everybody know what we're doing, get that over with, but I certainly felt real relaxed today in the garage during practice.

"I felt like there was less pressure from somewhere, and a large amount," he said. "A lot different."

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Apr. 28
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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