Dale Earnhardt Jr. considers retirement if he wins 2017 NASCAR title

Denny Hamlin

Wednesday's Media Day is a full day of interviews, photos and previews for drivers before the Duels begin Thursday night.

Mitch Covington, the vice president of sports marketing for Monster Energy, has told ESPN that the Monster Energy models at NASCAR races will not be changing their risque outfits despite criticism received on social media after Sunday's Clash at Daytona. "I've always wanted to win a championship so badly".

"Hell yeah. I would definitely not want to come back and race anymore if I won the championship, I'd be outta of here", he said smiling. "TSN's partnership with NASCAR dates back to the launch of the network in 1984, and this extension is a testament to the meaningful relationship we've cultivated for 30-plus years".

Earnhardt added that this is the previous year of his contract with Hendrick Motorsports.

Despite being named the sport's Most Popular Driver for 14 years in a row, Earnhardt Jr. has yet to win a championship in NASCAR's premier series, though his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. won seven during his career, as has teammate Jimmie Johnson. "I would like to race more, but if I won the championship I'd have to consider going out on top". Four of them have won it more than once, the last just a single time.

He started third previous year, and missed half of the season due to a concussion. "I said that a little tongue in cheek yesterday, but I'd definitely consider it because that's the last box I don't have checked really".

"I had such a great Speedweeks and such a great qualifying run to running good in the XFINITY race to then to Sunday when my race ended a lot quicker than I would have liked".

Last year Elliott was unable to turn his pole-winning run into anything, wrecking out of the 500 on.

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