Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces his retirement from NASCAR following the 2017 season during a press conference at the Hendrick Motorsports complex in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is OK after his private plane ran off the runway in east Tennessee, according to media reports.

Earnhardt, who grew up in Mooresville, was in the plane with his wife Amy and daughter Isla.

Reports say the plane caught fire after running off the runway at Elizabethton (Tennessee) Municipal Airport. The crash happened around 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier told media outlets that all of the passengers were able to get out safely, including Earnhardt Jr. and his wife and daughter.

The family was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Earnhardt's sister Kelley Earnhardt confirmed on Twitter.

Earnhardt no longer drives in NASCAR's Cup Series, but he's scheduled to drive in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, according to ESPN.

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