Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to race 2 weeks after surviving plane crash

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Last Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived a fiery plane crash alongside his wife Amy and daughter Isla when the jet they were traveling in ran off the end of a Tennessee runway.

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.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to race next week at Darlington, which makes for a must-watch race for NASCAR fans. (Getty)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to race next week at Darlington, which make for a must-watch race for NASCAR fans. (Getty)

What exactly is Plan B? Thankfully, it’s not driving on painkillers. It’s a backup driver.

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Must-watch race?

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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