dale jr win at Florence Motor Speedway

Dale Earnhardt Jr. poses after winning his 1996 Late Model Series race at Florence Motor Speedway.

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Florence Motor Speedway, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a Late Model Series race in 1996, announced on its Facebook page Monday night it will not host another asphalt race this year.

Instead, the track announced it plans to convert to a dirt surface before it hosts its next event. The time frame for the track's conversion to dirt is not known.

Florence Motor Speedway, which was built in 1982, actually opened as a dirt track and was paved for the 1988 season.

In a 2017 Morning News article, Hartsville native Dustin Smothers recalled asking Earnhardt on Twitter if he remembered racing at Florence Motor Speedway. Earnhardt respond that he did, he included a picture of his win at Florence Motor Speedway. In all, Earnhardt raced 16 times at Florence Motor Speedway and had 14 second-place finishes.

Earnhardt will also race in Darlington Raceway's XFINITY VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at 4 p.m. Aug. 31.

Prep Sports Writer

Scott covers prep sports, takes action photos and produces videos. An APSE award winner in sports writing, photography and videography, he played college tennis on scholarship and earned degrees from Young Harris College (Ga.) and Berry College (Ga.).

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