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Like a birthday or A journey, this, too, occurs on a yrly basis: Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters a NASCAR race.
It used to happen actually On A daily basis. Earnhardt, a 26-time winner Inside the Cup Collection, competed in every race in every season however two for 18 yrs. That’s 626 events as a full-timer.
His final win Inside The sport dates again to 2016 – Inside the Xfinity Collection, the place he’ll make his annual look Saturday at Richmond Racemethod.
“I don’t actually daydream An extreme quantity of Regarding the Outcome,” Earnhardt said Friday on a Zoom teleconference. “We’ll simply see The biggest method All of it shakes out. But I hope I get to run All of the laps And that i hope I get to have nice. I hope I’m reminded why I Choose it After which additionally why I don’t do it anyextra.”
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Earnhardt retired from full-time NASCAR racing after the 2017 Cup Collection season. Since then, he has participated In a single Xfinity Collection race per yr. In 2018, he raced at Richmond and accomplished 4th. He then positioned fifth at Darlington Racemethod in 2019 and at Homestead-Miami Speedmethod in 2020.
On Saturday, Earnhardt is slated To start out Thirtieth Inside the Go Bowling 250 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports activities App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It’ll mark his 143rd profession Xfinity Collection start. A method or The completely different that journeyle-digit tally doesn’t Sit again him heading into the event. If something, he’s extra nervous now than when he suited up frequently.
“I really feel Everytime you race Each week, Everytime You probably did dangerous, you had An alternative subsequent weekend To restore it,” Earnhardt said. “Do You’d like to had A nasty weekend, it wasn’t nice, it wasn’t good And also you took it house with you And also you spent The The rest of the week being miserable. But you knew That you merely have been going again to the monitor with a probability to redeem your self and a probability to peel that layer off, that layer of disappointment off. And that was On A daily basis there Each week.
“I haven’t had A nasty expertise Inside these one-race-a-yr provides. I haven’t had A nasty expertise but, so I don’t Understand how that’s going to really feel As quickly as we now have A nasty race. If I’m going to go, ‘Man, I gotta wait A complete yr To restore this,’ Which might make issues Barely troublesome.”
Saturday’s response Continues to be a TBD, however appears pretty promising. In 36 Cup Collection starts, Earnhardt gained 3 events at Richmond. He tallied 10 prime-5 and 14 prime-10 finishes general. In the Xfinity Collection, he truly has 4 wins in eight starts – The Latest coming in 2016 in his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Regardless of The Outcome, there’s On A daily basis subsequent yr.
As a Outcome of Earnhardt doesn’t plan on racing Greater than Yearly, nor does he Have to.
“But, You understand, I do miss it,” Earnhardt said. “I miss driving. I daydream about driving full time and what That might be like and, boy, I miss it.”