Junior is back behind the wheel again.
While Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t raced at the highest level of NASCAR since 2017, the fan-favorite driver has spent time on the Xfinity circuit, racing a single race per year since 2018 for JR Motorsports.
With fans wondering when Earnhardt would return to the track, on Monday Dale Jr. revealed that he’ll be partaking in the 2021 Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11.
Dale Jr.’s ride will feature an honorary America-themed paint job, paying tribute to victims of the terrorist attacks on the 20th anniversary, in conjunction with the team’s sponsor, Unilever.
“This year, I’ll be running the ‘United for America’ paint scheme in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond,” Earnhardt says in the video. “This race is on Sept. 11, a date that lives forever in our hearts and in our minds. Not just for the unimaginable tragedy we experienced, but for the way our country united. …
“Today we face new challenges that test the resolve of our nation, which means the lessons of 9/11 are as important today as they were 20 years ago. Those lessons: to unite, to take care of each other, support our frontline heroes and commit to helping our communities recover, rebuild and reimagine their futures.”
Since retiring from being a full-time driver in 2017, Jr. has continued on the Xfinity Series circuit for JR Motorsports, with top-five finishes in the past three years.
Regardless of his finish, a classy and cool gesture from Earnhardt.