DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2017 season, is going to get back in the driver’s seat again – at Darlington.
Earnhardt announced on Twitter that he will drive in the Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31.
In response to a fan’s question about him racing again, Junior replied that he would indeed be getting behind the wheel again.
“Come to @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway) this year,” Earnhardt tweeted. “I’m running the @XfinityRacing race.”
According to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Obeserver, Earnhardt told the paper in 2018 he would only consider driving “one-off events in the future if it meant more sponsorship for his other teams at JR Motorsports.”
Earnhardt retired from a full-time schedule after the 2017 season because of concussions an other health concerns.
If it is his only race of the season, it will be the first time Junior has gotten behind the wheel since he competed in another Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway in September of last season. He qualified second and finished fourth in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Earnhardt is part of NBC’s NASCAR coverage and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 is slated to be broadcast by NBC networks on Sept. 1.