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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to run NASCAR Xfinity race at Bristol once again

Nick DeGroot Mar 21, 2024, 6:20 PM

Upd: Mar 21, 2024, 6:20 PM

Given that retiring from full-time NASCAR Cup series competitors after the 2017 season, Earnhardt Jr. has actually run choose Xfinity races every year given that.

He typically chooses brief tracks, such as Martinsville Speedway, Richmond Raceway, however likewise Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2015, he ran 2 races, consisting of one at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Driving the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, he led 47 laps and remained in contention for the win in the closing laps.

While running inside the top-five, he quickly pulled off track as smoke filled the cockpit. His race was over simply shy of the surface, completing 30th. The bottom of his consistent in fact burned after the shifter tunnel column captured on fire, requiring him to take out of the race.

“We had a favorable wire short up in the top of the dash, and the casing on the wire melted down onto the leg brace and captured the foam in the leg brace and the fabric cover of the leg brace on fire, so it burnt the leg off my uniform,” Earnhardt Jr. stated of the occasion. “It resembled another lap, and I was most likely gon na be blistered up. No burns on my leg. Simply hardly gotten away. I was dissatisfied to need to go out. We were gon na run 4th or much better.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr, JR Motorsports, Hellmann’s Chevrolet Camaro

Image by: Gavin Baker/ NKP/ Motorsport Images

He will be back behind the wheel of the No. 88 device at Bristol on September 20th with main sponsorship from Hellmann’s. The business has actually signed a multi-year agreement extension with JRM.

The Bristol race likewise works as the routine season ending for the NXS chauffeurs and groups. The 49-year-old has ever objective of continuing to run these one-off races.

“I’ll run as long as I can,” Earnhardt stated in 2015 after the Bristol race. “I like running one occasionally. I believe I still feel young. I overachieved tonight in my eyes in regards to how I ran, so I think that provided me some self-confidence to attempt do to one occasionally for a couple more years.”

Earnhardt has actually won at the renowned half-mile brief track in both the Cup and Xfinity Series throughout his profession. The upcoming Bristol race will be his 147th Xfinity Series begin, looking for his 25th profession win. He is a two-time champ of the secondary NASCAR department, winning the title in both 1998 and 1999.

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