Dale Earnhardt Jr. to compete in Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be back behind the wheel at one of NASCAR’s most iconic racetracks.

Although he retired from NASCAR Cup competition full time after 2017, the NASCAR on NBC analyst announced Friday on Twitter that he will compete in the Aug. 31 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

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In response to a fan’s question on Twitter about where he may race again, Earnhardt revealed his plans:

The Darlington Xfinity race will be televised by NBC.

It will be the second Xfinity race Earnhardt has driven since retiring from Cup. He raced at Richmond Raceway last season, qualifying second and finishing fourth in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

“(I’m) running it because of the throwback campaign they started there,” Earnhardt told NBC Sports of his Darlington Xfinity race plans. “I want to be part of it. I think it’s important.”

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

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