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Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands outside his garage during a NASCAR auto racing practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after the 2017 NASCAR season

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Iconic NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports tweeted Tuesday morning. 

He has been voted the most popular driver 14 times by fans, racking up 603 starts and 26 wins, including the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014, USA Today reports. His last race will be November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

His father Dale Earnhardt won seven NASCAR championships, tied for the most all-time. 

Here's a full statement from Hendrick.

Fans mourned the retirement of a NASCAR legend.

Many other famous drivers have left in recent years.

Earnhardt's retirement may be cause for fear for NASCAR.

The announcement may have cost Earnhardt some sleep.

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