He may have retired from NASCAR in 2017, but you can’t keep Junior away from the track. WBTV reports that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will race on Wednesday night (8/31) at North Carolina’s historic North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway. He will compete in the Window World 125 CARS Tour event. The race will be Dale’s first at North Wilkesboro since 1995.
“I came to North Wilkesboro so many times as a kid,” Earnhardt said in a press release. “It’s a special place. I never thought I’d get a chance to race around here again. To put this program together with Sun Drop, who sponsored my late model in ‘93, I wouldn’t want it any other way. They were with my dad for years and one of my first sponsors. Seeing the Sun Drop Chevy at Wilkesboro again will bring back some great memories for me.”
Dale mentioned his father in the statement. The late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., won five NASCAR Cup Series races at North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway.
Since his 2017 retirement, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has raced occasionally in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports, the team he co-owns with his sister. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2021.
Dale’s car for Wednesday night’s race will look very much like the one he drove in the early 1990s, including at North Wilkesboro in 1993, when he was only 19. The No. 3 Chevrolet (below) has a throwback bright green Sun Drop paint scheme.
According to the North Wilkesboro Speedway website, the Window World 125 will be the final race there before it’s transformed into a dirt track for racing in October. The current pavement will be removed, and cars will compete on the original dirt. Wednesday night’s event begins with a concert by Dirty Grass Soul at 5:45. Driver introductions will happen at 7:00 p.m. and the race starts at 7:30 p.m. You can find more information HERE.
The JR Motorsports tandem at CARS Tour North Wilkesboro for Carson Kvapil and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pic.twitter.com/NKeuBfyICb— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverRA) August 30, 2022