When Dale Earnhardt Jr. came around the fourth turn of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19 to take the checkered flag, he took so many of hearts with him. NASCAR fans knew that other than some assorted races in 2018, it would be one of the last times that Dale Jr. would cross that finish line as he retires from racing.

It was almost too much to take.

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And while it will take some time to get used to, Dale Jr. absence from the track might not be as bad as we might think, as the daddy-to-be will still be a constant figure at the track both as a team owner and an NBC sportscaster.

But if his absence from the racecar is still overwhelming, this video might help. Aired before his final race in Miami, the video was the perfect compilation showing the impact he has had on the sport.

“Some things are difficult to measure, like dignity and respect,” explained narrator Justin Hartley from the NBC drama “This Is Us.” “It’s been said that talent is a gift but character is a choice. Dale certainly framed one of the greatest love stories in the history of this sport, and that legacy will never be forgotten.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now nominated for Story of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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