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NASCAR America: Kyle Petty ‘always sad’ when a racer decides to retire

Kyle Petty admits he doesn't know how to feel about Dale Jr retiring. He understands the cycle of the sport, but he's sad when a driver retires and his lifelong dream comes to an end.

Kyle Petty discusses the cyclical nature of sports and NASCAR following the news that Dale Earnhardt Jr., will retire from Cup competition after 2017.

“Dale Jr. took somebody’s place at some point in time,” Petty said on NASCAR America. “Greg Biffle did, Kyle Petty did. Now it’s time for someone else to come along.

” ... For me, I’m always sad when a driver retires. Because when you’re a little boy, and you go to sleep at night, you dream about holding onto that steering wheel, you dream about winning the Daytona 500, about winning races. ... You dream about being in that race car and looking out that windshield. We witnessed a guy today start to put that dream in a box.”