One last season of laps for one of NASCAR's favorite drivers.
FOX's Chris Hoenig reports:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announcing Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this NASCAR season:
(Earnhardt Jr.) "I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms."
And Earnhardt nearly lost that chance last year, when a concussion forced him to miss the second-half of the season:
(Earnhardt Jr.) "During my rehab, I was given something else that I wasn't accustomed to and that was time. Time to understand what's important to me."
And that's starting a family with his new wife, Amy...
Earnhardt has won 26 Cup Series races, including two Daytona 500's. He is also a two-time champion in NASCAR's second tier and has won the most popular driver award 14 times.
The 42-year-old does plan to stay involved with auto racing and continue as an advocate for research of sports-related brain injuries.
Chris Hoenig, FOX News.