The last time Dale J.R raced in NASCAR was when he raced in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2017.
Dale J.R released in a statement to the PRESS that the reason behind his retirement accountment was because of his most recent concussions that he had during the 2016 season. That alone led him to make the decision to retire. Dale JR mentioned that if he were to leave NASCAR, "he wanted leave NASCAR on his own terms."
Dale J.R was deeply concerned that a future crash leading to a injury would not only end his racing career, but harm his overall health if he were to remain racing.
Well, it seems like he is stepping outside of his comfort zone and stepping back into a Race Car Cockpit once again. Dale J.R, a Kannapolis, North Carolina native will be coming back to NASCAR to race his #8 Chevrolet for one race in 2021, with his sponsorship partner being Hellman’s. Hellman's has been Dale JR's longtime sponsor.
Dale JR will be racing at the Xfinity Series race at Richmond Speedway on September 11th 2021. This is 20 years after the 9/11 tragedy. The race is in honor of those who have lost their lives during 9/11 along with the frontline workers helping with the coronavirus crisis.
This is a cause that Dale JR strongly stands behind. This is what he had to say.
"We all remember what we were feeling in the aftermath of that day. How we as a nation rallied around each other and the phrase 'United we Stand' was more than just a slogan," Earnhardt said in a video unveiling the car.
Below if the video.
This is what Dale JR's race car will look like.