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posted APRIL 28, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. puts aside retirement at children's hospital by Bob Pockrass;
Turn 4: Four questions surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Turn 1: Were you surprised by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to retire at the end of the season?
Turn 2: Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer?
Turn 3: Who should Hendrick Motorsports put in the No. 88 car next year?
Turn 4: What can NASCAR do to weather Earnhardt's retirement?
by Ricky Craven, Ryan McGee, Bob Pockrass, and Matt Willis

Auto Racing Daily
Alex Bowman best candidate to inherit No. 88 by Amanda Vincent

Charlotte Observer
There are good reasons Kyle Busch likes racing at Richmond International by Matt Crossman

Fox Sports
8 drivers JR Nation should root for once Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires by Tim Durr;
Breaking into NASCAR 'the old-fashioned way by Chase Wilhelm

Social Spotlight with Brennan Poole

Motor Racing Network
Richmond Fantasy Racing Preview by Jeff Wackerlin;
More Short-Track Racing at Richmond by Pete Pistone

Roundtable: Dale Jr.'s retirement and how it will impact NASCAR;
NASCAR Mailbag: The schedule, aero packages and more green-flag racing

NBC Sports
Danica Patrick: 'I don't love being miserable every weekend' and
Xfinity Spotlight Q&A with Ross Chastain, watermelon farmer turned race car driver by Daniel McFadin

Popular Speed:
Blake Koch Looks to Double-Down on Short Track Success by Ashley McCubbin

Race Fans Forever
A Voice for the Fans ~ Vaya con Dios by PattyKay Lilley

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Weekend weather could be warmest for any spring race at RIR by John Boyer;
NASCAR's Clint Bowyer returns to front pack and all, mostly, is right in his world and
Infant daughter of a member of NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin's pit crew thriving after premature birth, heart surgery by Paul Woody

USA Today
Denny Hamlin hopes homecoming at Richmond puts him back in fast lane by Brant James

posted APRIL 27, 2017

Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe to work races as appeal delayed to May by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
NASCAR stars are no longer driving into their 50s by Jenna Fryer

Beyond the Flag
Five Drivers To Replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Matt Lovisa

Bristol Herald Courier
Jimmie Johnson getting no respect by Allen Gregory

Charlotte Observer
NASCAR will celebrate All-Star weekend with Charlotte party, Maren Morris by Katherine Peralta;
Good-guy Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s legacy: Humility, happiness - and concussion awareness by Tom Sorenson
Fox Sports
Steve O'Donnell on NASCAR after Earnhardt: 'The sport is going to be really healthy' by Chase Wilhelm;
NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 25 drivers after rain-delayed Bristol race by Tim Durr;
Who will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88? by Tom Jensen

The Underdog House: The Great Equalizer by Amy Henderson;
Truckin' Thursdays: Top 5 Closest Finishes in Truck Series History by Beth Lunkenheimer;
Eyes on XFINITY: Remember When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominated the XFINITY Series? by Dustin Albino;
2-Headed Monster: When to Retire? by Segal & Massie;
Daily Fantasy Forecast: Toyota Owners 400 Preview by Corey Brewer

Herald Bulletin
NASCAR must face life without Earnhardt Jr. by Ken de la Bastide

12 Questions with Kyle Larson

1997: Morgan Shepherd's hood flies up, then engine lets go at Richmond by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network
Power Rankings After Bristol by Pete Pistone

Team Penske Xfinity Series crew chief suspended by NASCAR by Jim Utter;
Dale Jr.'s sister Kelley reflects on their journey together and
Danica Patrick unveils new sponsorship program and
Earnhardt says the kids are alright - and so is NASCAR by Lee Spencer

Motorsports Tribune
D.J. Kennington, Gaunt Brothers Racing Return for Talladega by Seth Eggert;
Throwback Thursday Theater - A Game of NASCAR Tag at Richmond and
Up to Speed: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Preview by David Morgan

Junior endears himself to fans by being the real deal by Holly Cain;
Speeding penalty foils Larson at Bristol -- but he still put on a show by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final Cup season could lead to greater ticket sales by Dustin Long;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the special texts he received from Rick Hendrick and Kenny Chesney and
Hendrick Motorsports: No timeline for filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 ride by Nate Ryan

Pocono Record
Dale Jr.'s exit hits home at Pocono by Zach Sturniolo

The Podium Finish
On The Gas--On The Brakes From Bristol by Stephen Conley

Race Talk Radio
Are NASCAR Drivers Good Role Models? by Mike Harper

Racin Today
Junior To Leave Big Hole In Racing's Soul by Jim Pedley

Richmond Times-Dispatch
All Cup teams want to be on Sawyer's good side by Randy Hallman

SB Nation
Who is NASCAR's next transcendent driver? by Jordan Bianchi

Skirts and Scuffs
An end and a beginning: A fan's reaction to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement by Lacy Keyser ;
Rookie Stripe: Why are there only 40 cars in a race? by Logan Stewart

Speedway Media
Is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Retirement the End of NASCAR? by Ron Fleshman;
Hot 20 - As Richmond arrives, Earnhardt announces his departure by Ron Thornton

USA Today
Will Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement eventually bring more fans to IndyCar? by Jim Ayello;
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR legacy stretches beyond merely driver by Brant James

Yahoo Sports
Power Rankings: Jimmie Johnson ascends to No. 1 by Nick Bromberg

posted APRIL 26, 2017

Racing world reacts to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement announcement on Twitter;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't letting anyone down with retirement by Ryan McGee;
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s impending retirement leaves many questions open and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season by Bob Pockrass

Allentown Morning Call
Pocono Raceway will get two chances to say goodbye to Earnhardt Jr. this summer by Keith Groller

Associated Press
NASCAR has huge hole to fill after Earnhardt retires by Jenna Fryer;
Junior will leave a big seat to fill in No. 88 next season by Dan Gelston;
Notable achievements in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s racing career;
The Latest: NASCAR CEO calls Earnhardt a proven leader

Growing up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Matt Myftiu

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces retirement from NASCAR by Al Pearce

Bristol Herald Courier
Junior made a transcendent impact in NASCAR by Allen Gregory

Charlotte Observer
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring, and we should be thankful. Here are 4 reasons I am. by Scott Fowler

Richard Petty talks about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement, as NASCAR wonders what's next and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing it his way and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR after 2017 season by Greg Engle

Daytona Beach News-Journal
Junior Earnhardt will leave a big void for NASCAR and
This time, Junior's scripting could've been better by Ken Willis

Delaware State News
Local fans react to Earnhardt's retirement by Mike Finney

Fox Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on father's pride: 'I'd have to go hear it from Rick' and
10 takeaways from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement press conference by Tom Jensen

Did You Notice?: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retires On His Terms, Goes His Own Way by Tom Bowles;
The Frontstretch 5: Reasons to Thank Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for a Career Well Spent by Amy Henderson;
NASCAR Mailbox: Who Should Replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports? by Joseph Wolkin;
Who's Hot and Who's Not: The Jimmie Johnson is Freaky Fast Edition by Jeff Wolfe;
The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol by Frank Velate

Godfather Motorsports
Dale Junior Calls It a Career by Dave Moody

Initial thoughts on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement decision and
Fan reactions weigh on Dale Jr. during retirement news conference and
NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell on life after Dale Jr.

Kickin the Tires
Playoff Points: Bristol I Edition by Aaron Bearden;
Dale Jr. Retirement is Bittersweet But He's Shown Us Family is First by Jerry Jordan

Motor Racing Network
Earnhardt Jr. Made His Mark and
Earnhardt Jr.: 'Out On My Own Terms' by Pete Pistone

Dale Jr.'s impact on NASCAR goes far beyond his driving career by Lee Spencer;
Dale Jr. - "I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms" by Jim Utter

A kid, a son, a racer and fan favorite by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. succeeded in desire to 'leave some kind of mark' from Hendrick tenure by Daniel McFadin;
Kevin Harvick addresses how he will know when it is time to retire and
Amid anxiety over retiring NASCAR drivers, a new era emerges and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to race during his Cup retirement and
Focus turns to JR Motorsports for Dale Earnhardt Jr. after 2017 season by Dustin Long;
Who are the candidates to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88? Here's a short list by Nate Ryan

On Pit Road
NASCAR Will Survive Without Dale Jr. by Roger Holtsclaw

Popular Speed
Earnhardt Jr.: "Having Influence Over My Exit" Fueled Retirement Decision by Jason Schultz

Race Talk Radio
But Does Dale Earnhardt Jr Qualify as a Legend by Dennis Michelsen

Earnhardt Jr.: I'm retiring 'on my own terms' by Kelly Crandall

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Bad news for NASCAR is good move by Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Paul Woody;
Bickmeier, Campbell begin preparing for life A.E. (after Earnhardt) by Randy Hallman

SB Nation
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces he'll retire after 2017 season by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media
Richmond International Raceway - Did You Know? by Angela Campbell;
Surprising and Not Surprising: Bristol Motor Speedway;
NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: Bristol by Jeffrey Boswell

Stock Car Gazette
Why Dale, Jr. Retiring Is Such A Big Deal by Chuck Abrams;
The Crying Sob Heard Round the World by Heather Meyer

USA Today
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s biggest victory was raising concussion awareness by Nancy Armour;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on retirement: I wanted 'to go out on my own terms' and
NASCAR takes serious blow with Dale Earnhardt Jr. retirement by Mike Hembree;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring on his terms, like he did everything else in racing by Brant James

Washington Post
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is right for him, not for NASCAR by Liz Clarke

WSB Radio Race Blog
Who replaces Dale Jr. as both the driver of the 88 and the face of NASCAR? by Doug Turnbull

Yahoo Sports
Hendrick Motorsports has not decided on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement means NASCAR's future has arrived and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: I wanted to step away on my own terms by Nick Bromberg

posted APRIL 25, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season and
Jimmie Johnson leaned on crew chief Chad Knaus for Bristol win and
Kyle Busch: 'You've got to have tires that can last' and
Daniel Hemric finally sees more money, success, at Bristol by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season by Jenna Fryer

Alon Day: From Israel to latest NASCAR Next class by Alanis King

Bristol Herald Courier
Johnson prevails to claim Food City 500 at BMS and
So what kind of racing do fans want to see at BMS? by Allen Gregory;
Johnson alone in the stratosphere and
BMS NOTEBOOK: More bad luck for Junior by Nate Hubbard

Commercial breakdown and links related to the 2017 Food City 500 (Rain Postponed) by Cheryl Walker

Jimmie Johnson wins rain delayed, exciting, Bristol race and
Bizarre incident leaves Dale Earnhardt Jr. with terrible finish at Bristol and
The NASCAR food City 500 at Bristol as it happened by Greg Engle

Daytona Beach News-Journal
NASCAR Speed Freaks: Are you bored with Jimmie? by Ken Willis & Godwin Kelly

Evolve, Adapt and Overcome or Become Obsolete by Jay 'MJ' Husmann

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after the 2017 season by Chase Wilhelm;
Kyle Larson drives hard after speeding penalty to finish sixth and
Clint Bowyer on finishing second: 'We shouldn't hang our head about it' by Joe Menzer;
Carl Edwards not a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in #88 and
5 takeaways from the action-packed Food City 500 at Bristol by Tom Jensen

5 Points To Ponder: Should Kyle Larson Feel Good Or Bad About 2017? by Tom Bowles;
Beside the Rising Tide: Making The Call by Matt McLaughlin;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Bristol Pit Road Penalties Played Into Jimmie Johnson's Hands by Mike Neff;
The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Food City 500 by Michael Finley;
Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Fans Needed FOX Sports GO For Bristol by Phil Allaway

Initial thoughts on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement decision and
The Top Five: Breaking down the Bristol race

Kicklin' the Tires
ATW: Food for thought leaving Bristol Motor Speedway and
Kyle Busch re-ups on Goodyear criticism after flat tires doom Bristol run and
Dale Jr. ends promising weekend with spill into the wall at Bristol by Aaron Bearden

Chris Buescher's rough weekend results in two wrecked cars ande
Jordan Anderson sets second-longest last-place streak in NASCAR history by Brock Beard

Lexington Dispatch
Hard luck prevents rookie from having a great day at Bristol by Ben White

Motor Racing Network
Bowyer Finishes Second at Bristol by Jeff Wackerlin;
Kenseth Leads JGR at Bristol and
Larson's Comeback Falls Short and
Bristol Rear-View Mirror by Pete Pistone

Larson put on a show at Bristol, but victory eluded him and
Jimmie Johnson goes back-to-back with Bristol win by Lee Spencer;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR after 2017 and
Are Bristol's changes fair to all and does it really matter? and
Pit road speeding penalty derails Truex's chance at Bristol win and
Bowyer comes close to victory: "Damn it - I about had one!" by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune
Earnhardt's Day Comes to an Early End at Bristol and
Larson, Truex Rebound from Speeding Penalties, Finish in Top-10 at Bristol by David Morgan;
Ty Dillon Survives Trouble, Finishes Best of Rookies in Bristol by Seth Eggert

NBC Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring from NASCAR after 2017 season by Nate Ryan;
Clint Bowyer having fun, but says it 'sucks' to finish second in Food City 500 by Daniel McFadin;
Bristol could signal new era of short track racing by Dustin Long

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick's Brutal Seasons Keep Getting Worse by Dakota Randall

Popular Speed
Larson's Domination Spoiled by Speeding Penalty by Mitchell Breuer;
Radip Reaction: A Tale of Two Lanes and
Postponed Sunday Races Should Run on Monday Night by Jason Schultz;
Cut Tire Ruins Erik Jones' Day and
Five NCWTS Drivers to Watch at Kansas Speedway by Ashley McCubbin

Johnson as excited as ever at win #82 by Kelly Crandall

Raceway Insider
Power Rankings: Bristol I by Greg Atkins;
Bristol Motor Speedway Leaves Many Wondering What Might Have Been by Tyler Painter

Racin Today
Johnson Wins Bristol To Go Back To Bac by Jim Pedley

SB Nation
NASCAR Bristol recap: 100 career wins is becoming a reality for Jimmie Johnson by Jordan Bianchi

Skirts and Scuffs
Right Sides Only: Notes from the Food City 500 Winning Crew Chief, Chad Knaus by Stacey Owens

The Final Word - Bristol was the best of times and the worst of times by Ron Thornton

Stock Car Gazette
Mr. 7-Time Is Now Also Mr. 2017 2-Time by Chuck Abrams

USA Today
Healthy Dale Earnhardt Jr. stuck in neutral in return to NASCAR by Brant James;
Five takeaways from Bristol: From Jimmie Johnson to Clint Bowyer and
Jimmie Johnson wins rain-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol and
Kyle Larson gives Jimmie Johnson a run for his money at Bristol and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s day ends early after crash at Bristol by A.J. Perez

Winston-Salem Journal
Need for speed fuels Reynolds sophomore Slade Parsons' Daytona dreams by Dan Collins

WSB Radio Race Blog
Did the Bristol of old return Monday? by Doug Turnbull

Yahoo Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires as the toughest athlete in sports history by Jay Busbee;
Quick takeaways from Bristol: Kurt Busch's start to 2017 is nothing like his start to 2016 by Nick Bromberg


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