NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr Announces Great News for iRacing Fans

Published 08/03/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – APRIL 08: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters.) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)


The iRacing simulation video game is a popular choice for a number of NASCAR drivers. It has a variety of tracks from the racing calendar and mimics the circuit details almost exactly. Now things are about to get even better, as the game has added a new update. According to former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, the Hickory Motor Speedway will be added to the game.

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Dale Jr is the iRacing executive director, so he is definitely the go-to person for updates on the game. The announcement was met with positive reactions from the drivers, including Myatt Snider, Anthony Alfredo, Ty Majeski, and Garrett Smithley.

Moreover, in a response to a fan’s questions, Earnhardt Jr also revealed that adding he the Slinger Speedway to the game was in the works!

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What is Dale Earnhardt Jr up to now?

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Dale Jr is happily retired and content with running his Xfinity team, JR Motorsports. The outfit has enjoyed three Xfinity Series championship wins in 2014, 2017, and 2018. During those years, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Tyler Reddick clinched the championship. Occasionally, Dale Jr comes on for a cameo or two at select races, but they are few and far in between.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Hellmann’s Camaro Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Even though he is semi-retired, when he does step into the car, he delivers decent performances. In fact, since 2011, he has not finished lower than 15th and has 16 Top 5 finishes, including a win. Speaking of that win, it came in the 2016 season at the Richmond Raceway and it was his last ever win in the Xfinity series.

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This season, Dale Earnhardt Jr is expected to race at the Go Bowling 250 at the Richmond Raceway on September 11th.

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