Dale Earnhardt Jr.
has 28 more Cup Series races until he retires. (Getty) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
wants to be involved in the process of selecting the driver to replace him at Hendrick Motorsports
. Junior, who announced he'd be retiring from the Cup Series at the end of 2017 earlier in the week, said Friday he "would love to have a lot" of input selecting the team's next driver. With Earnhardt
Jr.'s announcement so early in the season, Hendrick said Tuesday the team hadn't started looking at its options for 2018 and beyond. Junior drew parallels with his situation and that of former crew chief Steve Letarte, now on NBC's broadcast crew. Letarte left Junior's team after the 2014 season to join NBC's NASCAR
coverage. "When Steve was on his way out, me and him both said anytime anybody in the team is being replaced or if they are being promoted you've got to try to make that spot better than it was before," Junior said. "I felt like that [current crew chief Greg Ives
] was the guy that could ...