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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still Plans to Race at Darlington

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to get behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Earnhardt was involved in a terrifying plane crash on Thursday, Aug. 15, en route to Bristol Motor Speedway and many wondered whether Earnhardt would still be willing or able to participate in his first Xfinity Series race since Richmond Raceway in September 2018.

In response to a fan’s question on Twitter on Wednesday (Aug. 21) night, Earnhardt said his lower back is bruised and swollen, but that hasn’t forced him to out of his JR Motorsports ride yet.

The “Plan B” Earnhardt eluded to would be putting another driver in the car. It is not yet known who would replace Earnhardt.

Darlington’s race weekend has become known as NASCAR’s yearly throwback celebration. With Hellmann’s on the hood, Earnhardt’s paint scheme is a tribute to the scheme his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., wheeled in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Intimidator’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut.

The Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, on NBCSN.

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Pocono Raceway is his home track and he's been attending races there since 2002. A fan since he was three years old, Zach is living out a dream covering racing, including past coverage of ARCA and IndyCar.

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Bill W



I wouldn’t want to think about what will happen if he wrecks and can’t get out of the car. there’s not room much in the driver’s cocoon to get out of car without twisting and turning back.

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