06/26/17  Earnhardt To Retire From Racing


Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season. Earnhardt made the announcement Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussion the last several years and he missed half the last season recovering from the latest head injury. A third generation racer, Earnhardt turns 43 in October, is newly married and has said he wants to start a family. One of his family members was in Fordyce just recently, his son Jeff, who appeared on KQ-102.3's "South Arkansas Today"  and talked about his career, and his grand father Dale Earnhardt Sr. He said since his grandfather's death there have been lots of changes made.

We asked Jeff if it was an advantage or disadvantage to be the grandson of Dale Earnhardt.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has become a vocal advocate for research of sports-related brain injuries, and the hit he took last June led to months of rehabilitation that gave him a new perspective on his life. Earnhardt has won NASCAR's most popular driver award a record 14 times. But the son of the late seven-time champion has never won a Cup title.