Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last run at Charlotte starts a bit back in the field

After wrecking his primary car Friday at Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to hope his backup is ready to compete. Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season. As the Hendrick Motorsports driver prepares to climb into the race car for the final time at each track -- or at least likely for the last time, as he has left the door open for possible one-off races -- we take a look at how he has fared over the years at each venue and what to expect in his last ride there.

Dale Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway | Oct. 1, 2017

Starts: 34

Best finish: Third (October 2004, May 2015)

Biggest highlight: This one is easy. As a Cup rookie in 2000, Earnhardt won the All-Star Race thanks to a pit stop that allowed him to rally through the field on fresh tires. He led the final two laps to win the race. Having won at Texas earlier in the year to qualify for the All-Star Race, it was one of just three Cup victories for Earnhardt where his father was in the race.

Worst moment: In the 2011 Coca-Cola 600, Earnhardt ran out of gas between Turns 3 and 4 while leading on the final lap. He ended up a heartbreaking seventh.

Outlook for Sunday: Earnhardt crashed his primary car Friday in practice, and he admits his backup car might not have the latest bells and whistles. So he'll have to make do. He starts 23rd and likes day races at Charlotte, so don't rule out a solid run.

Dale Jr. says: "This track has been real special to me. This is one of the few tracks that I probably never missed a race since I was a little boy. [I've] been coming here a really long time. I have a lot of memories here in and out of the car."