Since heading into retirement, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has continued to compete in one-off NASCAR Xfinity races each year. Earnhardt Jr. is keeping that rolling through the 2021 season but has yet to announce which event that will be. However, he may have just given a major hint at which track it may wind up being.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s life in retirement
In his first few years in retirement, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has remained quite busy with ventures connected to NASCAR.
Earnhardt Jr. has picked up broadcast duties with NBC covering NASCAR Cup and Xfinity races. He has gone into the podcast realm with his Dale Earnhardt Jr. Download Podcast, which has featured many prominent guests from the past and present in the sport.
Meanwhile, the 46-year-old has also continued his tradition of competing in one-off races in the Xfinity Series since his retirement. Earnhardt Jr. is heading that route again in 2021, which he recently dropped a massive hint at which track that will be.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have confirmed his one-off race
Since Dale Earnhardt Jr. stepped into retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, he has remained involved in the Xfinity Series through one-off races each year.
Earnhardt Jr. initially tossed out that his start last June at Homestead-Miami Speedway may have been his last race. However, he has since walked that back and confirmed his participation in another Xfinity race in 2021.
With the start of the season coming up in the next few weeks, Earnhardt Jr. has yet to confirm which race he will compete in. However, he may have dropped a massive hint at when that will be as he voiced to Beyond the Flag that his sponsor Hellmann’s need some time to get things prepared for him to compete.
“Hellmann’s and the guys, they need a little bit of time to sort of activate the sponsorship and get their money’s worth, and we need to allow them to be able to maximize that,” he added. “For what we ask of them, they deserve that much from us. And they cannot activate in time to be able to run the first Martinsville race, so that knocks that one off the list, because Martinsville is where I wanted to go.”
With the start of the season coming up in the next few weeks, Earnhardt Jr. has yet to confirm which race he will take part in. However, he may have dropped a massive hint at when that will be as he voiced to Beyond the Flag that his sponsor Hellmann’s needs some time to get things prepared for him to compete.
All indications point to Darlington Raceway
With all that in mind, these factors at face value point at two possibilities for Earnhardt Jr.’s one-off Xfinity race in 2021.
Richmond Raceway is hosting a race in September, while Darlington Raceway is also holding an event that month and in May. However, another matter provides a clear-cut answer to the situation as Sam Mayer will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for the final 18 races of the season.
That alone spans from late June to season’s end in early November. On top of that, Earnhardt Jr. has his responsibilities regarding his NBC broadcast duties during the second half of the 2021 season.
Given all that, it points to Earnhardt Jr. getting back behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway in May. He may not have announced the decision, but all indications point to that scenario playing out for the 46-year-old to maintain his tradition in retirement.