MORE UPDATES: NASCAR, sports world reacts to Dale Earnhardt Jr. retirement announcement
Tuesday morning’s news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2017 season has sent earthquake-like shock waves throughout the sports world, as well as the social media universe.
Earnhardt will formally announce his retirement at a press conference later this afternoon, which will be covered thoroughly by us at NASCAR Talk.
Here’s some of the top posts from social media on Junior’s bombshell announcement (we’ll be updating throughout the day, so please check back):
Just got word that Dale Jr will retire at the end of the 2017 season, sure hope the 88 ends up in Victory Lane a couple of times this year— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 25, 2017
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles:“Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a NASCAR legend, and everyone at IMS offers him best wishes after his retirement as a full-time driver. His legacy is secure as a champion, a winner, a great ambassador for motorsports and a class act. Dale always has given so much of himself to everyone, especially the fans. We’re looking forward to seeing him race one more time at IMS during the Brickyard 400 weekend on July 21-23. And, as a promoter, I’m usually neutral and support the field, but frankly I hope Dale wins the 2017 Brickyard 400!”
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage: “Dang it! Dale Jr., put my kids through college and I was hoping he would stick around long enough to send my grandkids to college. You have to be happy and support him when he makes a choice like this and, certainly, I do. Now I’ve got to go pony shopping...”
5 times ive felt sick— Joey Meier 🇺🇸 🛫 (@JoeyMeier) April 25, 2017
1. Dads passing
2. Moms passing.
3. February 18, 2001
4. Jr leaves DEI in 2007
All people i care about.
Obligatory "Pick me Mr. Hendrick" tweet considering I am a race car driver...ah hell, what am I doing. Back to reality and car buying— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) April 25, 2017