The wait to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. back behind the wheel of a car is almost over. After the postponement of the originally scheduled race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Earnhardt will pilot the No. 8 JR Motorsports Hellmann’s Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hooters 250 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Since retiring from full-time racing as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, Earnhardt has participated in one Xfinity Series race each year with his JR Motorsports team. He finished fourth at Richmond Raceway in 2018 and fifth at Darlington Raceway last season. This year, he’s taking on the 1.5-mile South Florida track.
He has five previous starts at the track with one top five and three top 10s and an average start of 12.0. He has a series best finish of second in 1999. Earnhardt has 17 starts to his name in the Cup Series at Homestead with one top five, two tops 10s and 121 laps led.
Since his retirement in 2017 and participation in one Xfinity race each season, he’s finished inside the top-five in all of them.