MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Despite lingering injuries suffered in a plane crash, Dale Earnhardt Jr. confirmed Wednesday in a post on Twitter that he still plans to race at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31.
Earnhardt previously announced he would be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington as part of the popular throwback weekend at the South Carolina track.
The retired NASCAR Cup Series star and NASCAR on NBC broadcaster was involved in a plane crash at Tennessee’s Elizabethton Municipal Airport on Aug. 15. Earnhardt, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, family dog and two pilots all escaped serious injury in the crash.
However, Earnhardt confirmed in a Twitter post Wednesday evening that he was still suffering from minor injuries as a result of the crash. Despite that, he said he still plans to race at Darlington.
Yes. I plan on driving still. My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the pain to chill out. I been treating the area every day solely to get well to race. I have a plan B but hope not to use it. https://t.co/O1J7jZU4kR
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 22, 2019