Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to NASCAR action in two weeks at Richmond. He’ll be piloting the #88 Xfinity car for his own company, JR Motorsports. It’s Dale Jr’s lone race of 2018 and it could very well be his last race in a car, ever.
Speaking to NASCAR media Dale Jr. explained why he’s doing this race and what the outlook is for his driving career;
NASCAR –“It‘s the only time I‘m going to race a car this year. And it may be the last time I race a car,‘‘ he said.
“I really don‘t know what our plans are going forward. I don‘t really have any initiative to drive a ton of races. So, we‘ll just kind of see what kind of opportunities there are down the road with the sponsorships and so forth that help the rest of the company. But, hopefully I get to run all the laps and just enjoy driving the car.
Friday night in Richmond could very well be the last time Dale Jr. is ever in a race car. After climbing out of his #88 Cup car at Homestead last season Dale Jr. had already announced he would run an Xfinity race in 2018. He talked about running multiple races but has since stuck with the one race in Richmond.
Surely if a sponsor comes along and wants Dale Jr. in a car in order to sponsor one of his other 4 cars you can almost bet we’ll see him again. If this is Dale Jr’s last race in a car ever it’s cool to see him go out on his own terms.
Dale Jr. has 4 Xfinity wins at Richmond the most recent coming in 2016. If there is a track for Dale Jr to run an Xfinity race at that isn’t Daytona or Talladega, Richmond is the next best shot he has at winning. He has 7 starts at the track with 5 Top-5’s, 4 Wins and an average finish of 6.7.
Naturally, he’ll be a little rusty but he went took JRM late model out last week to clean up his motions. Seeing Dale Jr back in the car is just a bonus, hopefully, fans temper their expectations and don’t come into this like Lions fans came into the 2018 season.
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