Dale Jr. returns to race at Richmond, but will it be his last race?

Dale Jr. returns to race at Richmond, but will it be his last race?
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Katherine Legge will return to NASCAR for her first oval start on Friday at Richmond Raceway. Photo by Motorsport Image – LAT

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dale Earnhart Jr. will step away from the broadcast booth — and retirement — this weekend to make a one-race start at Richmond Raceway.

Earnhart retired from full-time racing in 2017 and has spent most of this season working as a broadcaster for NASCAR.

Dale Earnhart Jr. to make his NASCAR return at Richmond Raceway

His last NASCAR start came last November at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale in Homestead, Florida.

When I decided to retire from racing cars in 2017, I still had a contract remaining with the @Unilever brand @Hellmanns to drive 1 @XfinityRacing event in 2018. Well, its this weekend @RichmondRaceway. Im excited, nervous, and it feels weird. 830am practice Friday morning. 🤙🏼

Last week, Earnart told nascar.com that Friday's September 21 Xfinity Series race in Richmond could be the last time he climbs behind the wheel for an official NASCAR start.

“It’s the only time I’m going to race a car this year. And it may be the last time I race a car,’’ he said.

Earnhart explained to fans on Twitter that he chose to make his one-race return this weekend partly because of his past success at Richmond.

“I like Richmond as a track," Earnhart said. "And it’s a pretty straightforward little race track. We have had success there.

"I’m not really putting any expectations or pressure on myself as far as performance. I just want to go run and have fun.”

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