MAJOR MOTORSPORTS RETIREMENT
NASCAR, (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), was founded in 1948 and run as a formal motorsports race series well after the advent and use of radiator-mounted engine temperature indicators had long since run their course and been replaced by in-dashboard gauges. However as fans of all types of speed and motorsports racing MotometerCentral™ nonetheless recognizes the accomplishments and the announced retirement of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from the series as an active driver.
On April 27th, 42 year old Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced that he was finished with NASCAR racing as a driver, and, presumably all other forms of active motorsports racing as well. Having successfully followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Ralph and father Dale, Sr., Dale, Jr. had an extensive career as a journeyman driver up to accomplishing 26 Cup race wins including two Daytona 500 wins (2004 and 2014) over the course of 603 race starts.
Dale, Jr.’s retirement comes after missing the latter half of the 2016 season and all of the 2017 races to-date due to a concussion caused by an on-track crash.
It would be an understatement to say that Dale, Jr. will not be missed or that he was not incredibly talented as a driver, not immensely popular or not readily recognizable. Dale’s distinctive voice was used in the Disney - Pixar animated movie Cars and he appeared in the 2006 film “Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby” in a scene with the star will Ferrell.
Born on October 10th, 1974 in Kanapolis, North Carolina, Dale Jr. is a highly successful and ever busy multi-venture entrepreneur and business owner, including co-ownership of the JR Motorsports team who’s drivers and cars race in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Truck series.
Dale Jr. may no longer race after the 2017 season but you can bet that he is far from leaving the motorsports racing scene all together. Regardless, we at MotometerCentral™ add our thanks to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for providing so many thrilling racing moments on asphalt, dirt, road and oval courses, wish him continued success off the track and in his personal life as well as throughout his retirement.