The Rise of JR Nation

What do Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex, Jr with Toyota, Brad Keselowski with Ford, and Chase Elliot with Chevrolet have in common?

How about Late Model drivers Josh Berry and Anthony Alfredo?

The connection is being a part of Junior Nation driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr – NASCAR’s most popular driver for 14 consecutive years.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wanted to Step Away on his Own Terms, Announces 2017 will be Final Season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. answers questions from the media during a press conference to announce his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo – Mike Comer/Getty Images

More than anything, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to be the master of his own destiny.

In announcing his retirement from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing on Tuesday at the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, Earnhardt described his primary motivation during months of physically and emotionally exhausting rehabilitation from a concussion that sidelined him from the final 18 races of the 2016 season. Continue reading