It is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes that I write these most unthinkable words: Dale Earnhardt Jr has announced his retirement from professional racing. So ends an era of fast cars, easy money, and boundless glory. It was tragic how Dale Jr had the mantle passed onto him through the fate of his father but without that #88 car rushing by in a whirl of bright color and roaring metal, this world would be a lot worse off. I propose then that we don’t dwell on the sorrow we all feel with Dale Jr retiring but instead, let’s remember all of the unbridled happiness that we all shared together. I know I’ll raise a cold one tonight to the Earnhardt clan.