Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR history, announced yesterday that he will take the final lap of his career at the end of the current season.
The news of Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement, at age 42, sent tremors across the sporting world and among NASCAR fans and brought waves of Twitter tributes from his fellow competitors.
Tony Stewart, another rival and known for his fiery, competitive streak, echoed the warm sentiment on Twitter: “I'm proud of my great friend @DaleJr for everything he's done for this sport. I'm even more proud of who he is as a man. Love you friend.”