Sunday marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s last start as a full-time Cup driver in NASCAR.
NBC Sports’ Bob Costas sat down with the 14-time most popular driver before the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to get Earnhardt’s thoughts before he climbed in the No. 88 Chevrolet for the last time.
Earnhardt addressed what he hopes his legacy will be after 20 years in the sport as a driver, including his impact on attitudes towards concussions in sports in general.
Earnhardt, who will join NBC Sports in 2018, also talked about what life has in store for him in the near future.
Earnhardt also made sure to credit his devoted fan base for making his career possible.
“I understand the driving force behind my success and opportunity in this sport, whether it be inside the car or outside the car, is all because of Jr. Nation,” Earnhardt said. “This year we’ve tried our best to show appreciation to them.”
Watch the above video for the full interview.