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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces second start in Xfinity Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8) reacts prior to the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway. (Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces second start in Xfinity Series

MIAMI (BVM) – One of the most beloved racers in NASCAR history is giving fans two opportunities to see him behind the wheel this year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will be competing in a second race during Xfinity Series this year, adding the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to his schedule. 

Earnhardt Jr. retired from the Cup Series in 2017 but has competed in one race in the Xfinity Series each year since retiring. The other race he will compete in this year will be a September playoff race at Bristol Motors Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. will drive the famous No. 88 Chevrolet. 

The original announcement that Earnhardt Jr. would be competing in two races in 2023 came last fall but the location of the second race hadn’t been decided yet. 

This will be his second time racing at Homestead-Miami since retiring. Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth at the speedway back in 2020. He has also raced at Richmond Raceway, Darlington Raceway and Martinsville Raceway since stepping away from the Cup Series. Earnhardt Jr. has had three top-five finishes since 2018, with his best finish being fourth place at Richmond Raceway in 2018.

The 2023 season will be the 28th consecutive season that Earnhardt Jr. has competed in NASCAR in some capacity. He has won 24 times in the Xfinity Series, including back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999. Earnhardt Jr.’s most recent win in the Xfinity Series was in 2016 at Richmond where he led for 128 of the 149 laps.

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