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Former NASCAR Stars We Would Love To See Attempt an Xfinity Series Race

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his return to the driver’s seat last week in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and he mentioned on Twitter that he was trying to recruit some other drivers to make a comeback and do a one-off Xfinity Series race. Which former NASCAR stars would we LOVE to see make a one-off attempt at a NASCAR Xfinity Series race?

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is arguably one of the top-5 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, and he has not competed in a race since 2016. However, it has been even longer since he has competed in the Xfinity Series, with his last start being in 2000 at Homestead-Miami. Now, he is Rick Hendrick’s right-hand man at Hendrick Motorsports, so, why not do a one-off race? He is Earnhardt Jr,’s former teammate after all, so he has a place he could easily go to get a rise.

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is still racing to this day in both the NHRA and on dirt, so he still is in great racing shape to run an Xfinity Series race. As far as his Xfinity career, Stewart had a stranglehold on the season opener at Daytona for many years as he won that race seven times in nine years between 2005 and 2013. Imagine Tony Stewart making a triumphant return to the Xfinity Series at Daytona. That is unlikely, but, a one-off race anywhere else could happen.

Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton was one of the people that Earnhardt Jr. mentioned in the tweet as someone he would love to see make a run in the series at some point. A 21-time winner in the Cup Series, Burton actually had the bulk of his success in the Xfinity Series in his career. He won 27 races in 306 starts including helping the Richard Childress Racing #29 win the series Owners Championship in 2007.

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards abruptly retired from the sport before the 2017 season, but he made his return to the race track at Darlington this spring. This made many people think about whether or not Edwards could make a NASCAR comeback at some point. Maybe he cannot make a full-time comeback, but what about a one-off start in the Xfinity Series? Edwards won the Championship in the Xfinity Series in 2007.

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth has been pretty absent from the race track for the most part since he walked away for good following the 2020 season. The 2003 Cup Series Champion would be a fun driver to see make a brief comeback to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has 29 career wins in the series in 288 starts, and he recorded two top-3 points finishes in the series in 1998 and 1999.

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne has still remained close to racing despite not being in NASCAR since 2018. He currently owns and has raced for a World of Outlaws team, so, he definitely could race again. He even said at Darlington that he would like to run a stock car again. Why not do it in the series that he recorded eight career wins in, the Xfinity Series?

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer is still at the race track regularly as a broadcaster for Fox Sports, so, it would seem to be pretty easy to schedule him for a NASCAR Xfinity Series start. He last ran in the Cup Series in 2020, but he has not run in the Xfinity Series since 2016. He also won the Xfinity Series Championship in 2008.

It will be interesting to see if any of these drivers make a one-off start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Some of them have had major success in the Series before, so, could it actually happen?

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