Who is going to fill Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s shoes for NASCAR?



May 13, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, team owner Rick Hendrick, middle, and Chase Elliott chat before the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., July 1, 2017. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

NASCAR: KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a dominant figure in NASCAR during the last 15 seasons.

He wasn’t the winningest driver, but every year since 2003 he was chosen as the sanctioning body’s Most Popular Driver.

Best known to most auto racing fans as “Junior,” his retirement after last season left a massive void in the sport and in fans’ hearts ahead of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

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