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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Racing Fans Think They’ve Determined His Potential Return Race

by Madison Miller
Photo by: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is considered partially retired from the NASCAR racing world.

As of 2017, Earnhardt had stepped down from full-time racing. However, he has still made appearances at the Xfinity Series series once per year. He is a 24-time winner for the Xfinity Series. Besides racing, Earnhardt also is the co-owner of JR Motorsports amongst other business and personal responsibilities.

As the Most Popular Driver Award-winner 15 consecutive times during his career, it’s fair to say Earnhardt is a popular figure in racing. Fans are eagerly anticipating his 2021 appearance and think they may have figured out when Earnhardt is returning to the track.

Earnhardt’s Next Racing Appearance

According to Beyond The Flag, Earnhardt is keeping quiet about which track he will compete at during the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series. It’s clear that this appearance will happen and Earnhardt is looking forward to his return. He will be in his No. 8 Chevrolet and will be sponsored by Hellman’s.

Although Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to appear at the Martinsville race, it doesn’t give the sponsors enough time to “get their money’s worth.”

“I do not want to run that last Martinsville race because that’s in the middle of the playoffs and I don’t want to be any part of that storyline, so I’m going to completely avoid any of those races in the playoffs next year. It’s somewhere that I’ve raced before in the last couple of years. I’m sure some of you guys can kind of guess where it might be, but I’m really looking forward to it because I love being behind the wheel,” Earnhardt said.

That off-season tip was enough for fans to guess he may be racing at the Darlington Raceway. Since his retirement, (2018 to 2010 seasons) Earnhardt has competed at three different tracks. That includes Martinsville Raceway, Richmond Raceway, and Darlington Raceway. Now Martinsville has been ruled out.

According to, Sam Mayer will be the full-time racer of the No.8 Chevrolet on April 17 at Richmond Racing. This means Richmond is out of the picture.

Darlington Raceway will host two Xfinity races on May 8 and September 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is suspected to be in the former since conveniently no No. 8 driver has been announced yet.

These are all speculations, however, from some very eager racing fans.

Dale Earnhardt Takes Nova for Spin

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was selling tickets for fans to watch him pace the field at Darlington before the start of the Xfinity series. He took his father’s Chevrolet Nova out on the tracks on March 5.

According to NASCAR’s official site, the vintage car will be making a comeback for the NASCAR Throwback Weekend on May 7-9 at the South Carolina track. The car will lead the pace laps on May 8. Earnhardt Sr. was a three-time Darlington winner.

JR Motorsports has been restoring the car and detailing the journey on social media.