Dale Earnhardt Jr Reveals Disappointing News as He Expands on His 2024 Racing Schedule

Published 02/07/2024, 12:00 PM EST

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Xfinity Series team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., recently shared his reduced schedule for the 2024 NASCAR season. He had to cancel his participation in a race on one of his favorite racetracks due to unavoidable circumstances. Dale Jr invested his heart and soul into revamping the North Wilkesboro Speedway. 

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The JR Motorsports co-owner explained at length in a recent live stream on his channel ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Dirty Mo Media’. Dale Jr. said, “It does not look like I’m going to be able to race at the Wilkesboro race, the All-Star week. So the Cars tour is going to Wilkesboro on that Tuesday and Wednesday. And I have some business in New York City that I cannot get out of. So I’m not gonna be able to compete this year in that race. But we’re racing Wilkesboro at the end of the year, and I might be available to be able to compete in that race.”

He elaborated on the rest of his racing routine for 2024 in detail. “I’m gonna run my late model a couple of times, probably at Florence 3 times. They’ll have a race before Darlington in the second half of the year that I’ll probably run. If you’re at Darlington, come out and see us. Then the South Carolina 400 at the end of the year I might run. Probably gonna slide a race somewhere in the middle there in the Cars tour.”

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Dale also confided his excitement to return to Bristol for the Xfinity Series. He said: “For the Xfinity race I wanna go back to Bristol.” He further stated:You know, the night race at Bristol has just always been one of the more special weekends of the year. So it’s cool, we’ll see how it works out.”

Back in 2019, he embarked on an ambitious project with his team. Their mission was to revive the past glory of the Wilkesboro course, and they were successful. Hence it is sad to learn of Earnhardt’s decision to back out of the Wilkesboro race this year. After wrapping up the show at the LA Memorial with the conclusion of the pre-season Busch Light Clash, NASCAR now heads to the East Coast for the highly anticipated season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

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In last year’s Xfinity race at Bristol, Dale drove well but ran into some technical glitches at the end. He finished 30th and acknowledged the hard work of his fellow drivers. Dale had turned in massive efforts to restore the past shine of the Wilkesboro Course. His dream contributed to making races happen again on that racetrack.

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Dale helped breathe life into Wilkesboro

The grand North Wilkesboro Speedway was dilapidated in isolation and abandoned for 27 years. Dale Earnhardt Jr and his team sought to turn this situation around. In 2019, they turned the old ghost track into a brand-new innovation for iRacing’s digital platform. Fast forward to 2023, NASCAR decided to repave the track for the All-Star Race.

The 40th running of the All-Star Race is set to be held on the 0.625-mile-long facility. Drivers will come to the old and weathered racetrack for a chance to snag a million dollars. NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced that the All-Star weekend is fixed on May 17-19, 2024. The racetrack is located in front of the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh.

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The NASCAR Hall of Famer may be skipping the Wilkesboro race, but we are all pumped to see him compete in the other races.

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Sumedha Mukherjee

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Sumedha Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports who is known for her in-depth track analysis as well as her lifestyle coverage of Cup drivers like Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Inspired by the Kiwi's journey so far, Sumedha has also written pieces on Shane Van Gisbergen, predicting how the Supercars Champion would do in the new and unfamiliar American setting. Pairing her research skills with her vast experience as a writer, Sumedha creates stories her readers can easily get lost in.
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