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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Running Richmond Xfinity Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to keep his annual one-off Xfinity Series start streak alive in 2021.

JR Motorsports announced May 4 that the two-time Xfinity champion and team co-owner will compete once again in a one-off event at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11 later this season.

Unilever will sponsor the effort.

The paint scheme references the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“(Sept. 11) is a date that lives forever in our hearts and in our minds, not just for the unimaginable tragedy we experienced, but for the way our country united,” Earnhardt said. “We all remembered what we were feeling in the aftermath of that day. The phrase ‘United We Stand’ was more than just a slogan.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that terrible day. The spirit of unity and togetherness our country felt on Sept. 11 is just as relevant now as it was then. I’m honored to be driving this car, and championing Unilever’s United for America program.”

The 46-year-old has four Xfinity wins at Richmond, including his most recent NASCAR national series win in April 2016.

This entry will continue his streak of one-per-season starts in the Xfinity Series since his retirement from full-time racing after 2017.

The Go Bowling 250 at Richmond will run via NBC Sports Network on Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loudcolumn and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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