Talladega race brings retirement reality into focus for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (video)

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It’s a day that Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew was coming.

Today’s final return for Earnhardt as a NASCAR Cup racer to his most successful track, Talladega SuperSpeedway, brings with it the fact that retirement is coming more into focus.

It also affected him emotionally as he starts from the pole at ‘Dega for the first time in his career and in his last race there.

Check out the video above, as well as a reprise of the going-away present he received from the speedway on Friday.