Is Dale Earnhardt Jr., looking at retirement?

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Hendrick Chevrolet, looks on in the garage during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Hendrick Chevrolet, looks on in the garage during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR’s most popular driver, several years in a row, Dale Earnhardt Jr. once said he couldn’t see himself racing past the age of 40. This October Earnhardt will turn 39 and according to that earlier prediction should soon be looking at retiring from NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.  However, that statement was made during some dark days in Earnhardt’s career.

Prior to last season, Earnhardt was in the midst of a winless slump. Despite racing for one of the top teams in NASCAR, with top equipment, Earnhardt seemed to struggle at every track; Victory Lane wasn’t even close.  It seemed that indeed if that trend continued Earnhardt could retire once the age of 40 was reached.

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