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Local NASCAR Hall of Famer reacts to Earnhardt's plans to retire

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Local NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who plans to retire after this season, will leave with a lot of endorsement opportunities. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR after the 2017 season is over.

The 42-year-old's contract expires at the end of this season. His father, Dale Sr., and grandfather, Ralph, were legendary drivers.

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Local NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram said Earnhardt Jr. will leave with a lot of endorsement opportunities.

"To be successful in racing, you can't do 100 other things. He makes commercials 24-7 it looks like, so there's no way he can concentrate on racing. He can't do good," Ingram said. "And his age -- he wants to do it, but knows he can't."

Hendrick Motorsports has not shared who will replaceEarnhardt Jr. on the track.

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