Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR into fatherhood.
The 14-time most popular driver announced via an Instagram post that he and his wife, Amy, are expecting a girl.
Earnhardt has five races remaining in his final full-time season in the Cup Series before joining the NBC Sports broadcast team in 2018.
Earnhardt said one of his peers actually had predicted the news six weeks ago, just after the couple had learned of the pregnancy.
Earnhardt’s family (personal and professional) also has embraced the news.