Earnhardt gears up for final All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement announcement last month shocked the racing world, and this weekend, he will drive in his final NASCAR All-Star Race.

He's posted just a single top 10 in the first 11 races of the season but can turn it all around at his hometown track in front of the hometown fans.

“We've been pretty disappointed with the results, even though we've had good quick cars,” Earnhardt said. “We just want to be able to give them some results. Give them something to get up off their seat about.”

Earnhardt has only won the All-Star Race once, and that was 17 years ago, and he’s never won a points race in Charlotte.

“It stings a little bit, because this is our home track, and we grew up in this area, so it would mean a lot to me,” Earnhardt said.

The winner of the All-Star Race gets a check for $1 million.

“This race pays more than any other, so the drivers really want to win and the teams, too,” Earnhardt said.