Next week, he plans to race.
Earnhardt, who retired from full-time racing in 2017, still runs occasional races on NASCAR’s minor league Xfinity Series to support the JR Motorsports racing team he co-owns. He was scheduled to get behind the wheel at Darlington for the Sport Clips 200 on Aug. 31.
Junior plans to suit up for Darlington
A fan asked him via Twitter on Wednesday if he still intends to race next Saturday.
That answer was yes — with a “Plan B” caveat about understandable back pain that could keep him sidelined.
Yes. I plan on driving still. My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the pain to chill out. I been treating the area every day solely to get well to race. I have a plan B but hope not to use it. https://t.co/O1J7jZU4kR— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 22, 2019
What exactly is Plan B? Thankfully, it’s not driving on painkillers. It’s a backup driver.
Someone else drives the car— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 22, 2019
One of the reasons Earnhardt — whose racing legend father died behind the wheel at the Daytona 500 — retired was over health concerns as he started a family. Earnhardt suffered multiple concussions while racing.
If he has any serious concerns about driving next Saturday, he’s not likely to take them lightly.
If he’s able to go, a roaring reception should be expected in Darlington for one of the most popular drivers in the history of the sport.
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