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CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a statement announcing his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) | Getty Images

April 25 – Today in Jayski’s NASCAR history

April 25, 2017

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Rick Hendrick met members of the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Earnhardt, Jr’s decision to retire from the Cup Series at the end of the season.: Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Rick Hendrick met members of the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Earnhardt, Jr’s decision to retire from the Cup Series at the end of the season.[More](4-25-2017)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to step away on his own terms, announces 2017 will be final season: 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.[More](4-25-2017)
  • Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR Cup Series following 2017:After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his #88 Hendrick Motorsports team. The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver’s decision on March 29. [More](4-25-2017)
  • Jimmie Johnson stays hot with Monday victory at Bristol Grabbing the lead from #4-Kevin Harvick on Lap 480 of 500 in Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, #48-Jimmie Johnson stayed out front for the final 21 laps and beat #14-Clint Bowyer to the finish line by 1.199 seconds. The checkered flag was Johnson’s second at the .533-mile short track, his second straight this season and the 82nd of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, leaving him one victory behind Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career wins list – and two behind Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. Bowyer passed Harvick, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, on Lap 485 to post his best finish since running second at Richmond on April 27, 2013. Harvick held third, followed by #20-Matt Kenseth and #22-Joey Loga. Polesitter Kyle Larson came home sixth after leading the first 202 laps, but the driver of the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet had to recover from a Lap 421 penalty for speeding on pit road.(NASCAR Wire Service)[MORE](4-25-2017)
  • Commercial breakdown and links related to the 2017 Food City 500For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Monday’s race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 1:01 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 4:21 PM (all times are EDT). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. Fox was the broadcast team for this event. Total number of commercials: 99; Total minutes of complete race broadcast: 200; Minutes of race broadcast: 168; Minutes of traditional commercials (not split-screen): 32 (CawsnJaws.com)[MORE](4-25-2017)
  • Monday Bristol Notebook Pit road penalty quashes Larson’s & Truex winning chances; Sneaky-fast Kenseth comes from nowhere to fourth. #42-Kyle Larson broke a record, in a race that ran like … well, a broken record. Starting from the pole in Monday’s rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol motor Speedway, Larson led the first 202 laps of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Never before had a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing led that many laps in a single race in NASCAR’s premier series. Larson was running in the top five before a speeding penalty on lap 421 of 500 sent him to the rear in the Monster Energy Series race.
    No one at Bristol could run the bottom of the track better than #78-Martin Truex Jr., who led 116 laps in Monday’s rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Truex lost some of his advantage when the potency of the VHT track sealer, which added grip to the bottom lane, began to fade as the race progressed. But the real whammy for Truex was a penalty for speeding on pit road incurred under the final caution on Lap 465.
    Throughout most of Monday’s Food City 500, #20-Matt Kenseth was all but invisible. As the track changed throughout the race at Bristol Motor Speedway, however, Kenseth’s fortunes changed for the better. In the final 15 laps, the driver of the #20 Joes Gibbs Racing Toyota passed #42-Kyle Larson and #22-Joey Logano to finish fourth, posting his first top five since he ran third at Atlanta in the second race of the season.(NASCAR Wire Service)[MORE](4-25-2017)
  • Race Stats and Facts from Bristol #48-Jimmie Johnson: 82nd career MENCS win (1 away from tying Cale Yarborough for 6th all-time and 2 from tying Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for 4th) Johnson: 2nd win this season (also won last race at Texas); won multiple races in all 16 Cup Series seasons and joins Richard Petty as only drivers in series history with multiple wins for at least 16 straight seasons (Petty has 18). #14-Clint Bowyer: finished 2nd; best finish since finishing 2nd at Richmond in April 2013; 2nd top-5 finish in 8 races this season (had 2 in 72 races in 2015-16)(ESPN Stats)[see MORE](4-25-2017)
  • New date set for Team Penske’s final appeal The date for Team Penske’s final appeal of L1-level penalties issued last month has been pushed back one day due to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race postponement at Bristol. NASCAR officials said the hearing is now scheduled for 6:00pm/et on Wednesday, April 26 at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. It previously had been scheduled for Tuesday.(NASCAR.com)[More](4-25-2017)
  • Motocross Athlete to attempt longest motorcycle jump at Talladega UPDATE Monster Energy is at it again. As the Corona, California-based company has done throughout the entire 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, they will take things to another level when professional motocross athlete Alex Harvill sets out to fly far beyond the Guinness World Record (GWR) for longest jump at Talladega Superspeedway – NASCAR’s biggest and most outrageous track. The attempt on the infamous track infield is scheduled to take place on May 7 just moments before the command to start engines at the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race airing live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased to see the world record jump attempt and for the GEICO 500 at 1-877-GO2-DEGA or online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.[More](4-22-2017)
    UPDATE Alex Harvill’s attempt at a world record motorcycle jump before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 7 has been canceled. According to Monster Energy, the 24-year-old rider sustained a foot injury this week practicing for the planned 425-foot ramp-to-ramp leap in the Talladega infield.(USA Today)[More](4-25-2017)

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