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This Could Be the last Year We See Dale Jr in Xfinity

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What’s Happening?

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. has retired from full-time competition, fans can still see him race occasionally in late models and even the Xfinity Series. However, Earnhardt Jr.’s Xfinity Series career and his time racing in NASCAR’s National Touring Series could be coming to a close. He told Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass that he’s approaching his next Xfinity race like it might be his last.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from full-time competition after the 2017 season. Since then, he’s entrenched himself in the media world through broadcasting and his podcast network “Dirty Mo Media.”
  • However, he does occasionally appear in the driver’s seat. Since retiring, he’s made seven Xfinity Series starts and occasionally enters later model races across the Southeast.
  • Fans would hate to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. hang up his helmet entirely in the Xfinity Series. However, it would not be a major surprise.

What Dale Earnhardt Jr. Had to Say

As of now, Dale Jr. is scheduled to compete in one Xfinity Series race at Bristol and a few late-model races. For all information, check out the article below.

He began the interview with Pockrass by discussing how much longer he will race late models. For now, it seems that the 49-year-old Earnhardt Jr. will continue to race late models for the foreseeable future.

I want to run my late model for a really long time. I imagine when I get to around 60, I’ll be probably considering if that’s too old to be out there battling with some of these young guys. So, I have about a 10-year runway to do everything I want to do with my late model.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

However, his Xfinity Series escapades are much more uncertain. He revealed that any Xfinity race could be his last, but performance could keep him coming back in the future.

I don’t really share this publicly, but every year I pretty much feel like could be my last. So, I’m going nto this Brisol race this year, knowing that it might be the last one I run. There’s nothing really that makes that decision. Last year I had a lot of fun, led some laps, but, it is a big commitment. I just logged in the calendar the sim I’m going to be doing to try to prepare for that, and we do a lot of promotion around the partnership with Hellmann’s around that race. It’s not just show up and race, and ‘Oh man that was great! We’ll do it again next year.’ There’s a lot of work that goes into it months ahead of time, but, as long as we’re running good like we did, we ran so much better than I thought we would at Brisol last year, as long as that’s happening, I think i’ll always want to be able to come back.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

To his point about performance, Dale Jr. has competed very well in his limited Xfinity Series starts. He has four top-fives in his seven starts since 2018 and has led multiple laps in three of those races. This included 47 laps at Bristol last September before a mechanical failure took him out.

How long will that performance last? No one knows, but as long as Dale Jr. has a chance to win, he seems interested in continuing to race. JRM equipment is some of the best on the Xfinity Series grid, and Dale Jr. will be in a good spot to compete for wins as long as he races.

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