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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is greeted at the Nationwide Children's Hospital. He knows many of the patients treated at the facility.

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The Team Penske final appeal has been moved from today to May 9, meaning that Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe must decide whether to go to upcoming races at Richmond and Talladega with the potential of missing points races at Kansas and Charlotte (as well as possibly the all-star race that comes between those events, depending on how NASCAR interprets the penalty). Wolfe has already served one race of the three-race suspension for the fifth-place car of Keselowski having too much rear skew postrace March 19 at Phoenix, but NASCAR has deferred the remainder of the suspension pending final appeal.

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SMI CEO Marcus Smith, on a call with financial analysts, predicted the tracks will get a boost in attendance this year with Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring from NASCAR Cup racing after 2017. Smith: "The opportunity for fans to see Dale Jr. race one more time is certainly special and something we expect will be inspiring to a lot of fans to come to races. On the flip side for the out years, Dale also expressed his desire to stay involved in a significant way in NASCAR, so we think that will continue to have a positive impact as well. In addition to that, it gives opportunities for the new stars of NASCAR to really shine."

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SVP admires Earnhardt Jr.'s 'normalcy.'

Scott Van Pelt wishes Dale Earnhardt Jr. well for the rest of his season and his future endeavors.

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Smith recalls Earnhardt's contribution to NASCAR.

Marty Smith sees some young drivers with potential, but would be surprised if anyone gets as popular as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is.

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Joe Mattes, who handles licensing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., said no plans had been made for retirement merchandise and he hopes to have merchandise potentially available by July. He said Earnhardt's fans will want merchandise, and the tracks obviously would want to have the opportunity to sell it on race weeends. Mattes: "From a brand, yeah [we were prepared], but not from licensing because Dale's always like, ‘I don't want to talk about it, I want to keep it low, it's not about this right now.' It's about Jr. Nation, but it's not about Dale Jr. putting a t-shirt on."

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Kelley Earnhardt Miller, sister and business manager for Dale Earnhardt Jr., didn't have any input on her brother's decision to return to racing this year after sitting out 18 races last season because of a concussion – and she didn't have any input in his decision to make 2017 his last season. Earnhardt Miller: "This sport is all I know. Being on the race track, no matter the dangers, is what I know. I want him to race for as long as he did. When he had his concussion, it was sort of an eye-opener for both of us. I wanted him to get back in the car. I just had it in my mind he could get healthy. I didn't know what he was feeling and going through. We sort of had this come to Jesus one night that was like, ‘Just be my sister.' From that point on, I just knew that this was his decision to make, it was time for me to sort of step back."

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Dale Jr: 'I accomplished way more than I ever dreamed.'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on his racing life growing up in the shadow of his father and exceeding his wildest career expectations.

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NASCAR Executive VP Steve O'Donnell says NASCAR is healthy and has programs in place to develop drivers when stars such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. retire:

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Earnhardt Jr.: 'Don't see myself detaching from NASCAR.'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. publicly addresses his retirement and explains why he doesn't want to leave the sport he loves.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he is good with what he has been able to achieve on the race track. He explains why the decision of 2017 being his last season is bittersweet:

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains why he chose to retire at the end of the season. He said he told Rick Hendrick his decision March 29:

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Why the time is right for Dale Jr. to retire.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will walk away from NASCAR as one of the sport's most popular drivers, but as Marty Smith and Ricky Craven point out, the effects of multiple concussions became too much for the 2-time Daytona 500 winner.

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Dale Jr. has great solace with retiring at season's end.

Marty Smith shares his conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about the decision to retire after the 2017 season.

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Concussions play heavily in Dale Jr.'s decision.

Marty Smith explains that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has decided to retire after the 2017 season because he is worried about his long-term health.

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