NASCAR scrambles after Danica, Dale Jr. exits.
Stars twinkle at night, and all hours of the day, in professional sports.
They foster love-hate relationships, an emotional train wreck that takes us along for the ride. Tom Brady, Floyd Mayweather Jr., LeBron James — and Muhammad Ali, back in the day — have made us cry for joy or sucker-punched us in the gut with anger.
Speaking of stars, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick are two of the main reasons NASCAR is still in the fight today among your sporty smorgasbord.
Junior is the son of a NASCAR icon and blueblood who helped grow the base from the back roads of North Carolina to boardrooms in New York.
Danica is the polarizing queen of stock cars, a pioneer who broke boundaries and then caused heads to explode when discussing her inability to stretch her marketing reach once the engines started to roar.
They will both be gone in 2018. Dale Junior announced his adios a while back, and will step away after concussions issues gave him clarity about the future. He doesn’t want to take another violent hit, and end up drooling on himself 10 years later.
Danica announced she won’t be back with Stewart-Haas