Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive Xfinity race at Darlington

In this Aug. 15, 2019 photo, a plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family crashed in Tennessee. Earnhardt announced late Wednesday that he planned to race in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31. (Source: WAVY TV 10 / YouTube via MGN)
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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash.

Earnhardt Jr. posted his update on Twitter late Wednesday night, saying his lower back is sore and swollen. He's receiving daily treatment "solely to get well to race."

Earnhardt, his family and two pilots escaped a burning plane that veered off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee last week.

Earnhardt won NASCAR's most popular driver 15 straight times from 2003 through 2017. He retired two years ago and is an NBC racing analyst.

Darlington is Earnhardt's one race this season.

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