Whether to bring an end to the 46-year old family streak or continue it further depends on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s decision to retire fully from NASCAR competition.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. might have retired from full-time competition since the 2017 Cup Series season, however, he has continued to compete in one Xfinity Series race every year. Continuing the tradition, he raced at Homestead-Miami Speedway and finished fifth in the race.
However, after the race, Earnhardt Jr. admitted that he is not sure as to whether he will race next year or not. Serving as an analyst for NASCAR on NBC since retiring from full-time driving, he admitted that he could “make the change to broadcasting entirely”.
If Earnhardt Jr. really decides to make the transition and retire from racing altogether, it could mean that a 46-year streak of the Earnhardt name in NASCAR will come to an end. The streak starts with Dale Earnhardt Sr. making his debut in 1975.
However, Jeffrey Earnhardt could continue the streak if he competes in the Cup Series g for The Money Team Racing as rumored.