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Dale Earnhardt Jr. quietly announces he'll drive Xfinity race at Darlington

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Modified 02 Feb 2019, 01:41 IST

Blink as Twitter River rolled by and you may have missed Dale Earnhardt Jr. announce Friday that he'll be in the driver's seat for a NASCAR race in 2019.

And he'll do it at an iconic track.

Although Earnhardt retired from full-time driving after the 2017 Cup Series season, he announced — in a very low-key way — that he'll compete Aug. 31 in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington.

He made the announcement as part of a thread that started with a tweet from Joe Gibbs Racing about Martin Truex Jr.’s paint scheme.

Earnhardt drove an Xfinity race in September 2018 at Richmond, finishing fourth in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. But he's an analyst for NBC's NASCAR coverage now.

He explained his decision to run this year at Darlington Raceway to NBC Sports: "(I’m) running it because of the throwback campaign they started there. I want to be part of it. I think it’s important."

Earnhardt also said he has a “cool throwback” planned for that race, details will come later.

Published 02 Feb 2019, 01:41 IST
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