Latest Dale Earnhardt News

Earnhardt puts aside plane crash to run at Darlington

Aug. 31, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames. The race was a welcome relief from...

Earnhardt puts aside plane crash to run at Darlington

Aug. 31, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane in flames in Tennessee. The race was a welcome relief from thinking about the crash for Earnhardt and his...

Jimmie Johnson's long, hard road to keep playoff run alive

Aug. 31, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson knows he's staring down the wrong kind of history when he lines up at Darlington Raceway. The seven-time NASCAR champion is 18th in the standings heading into the Southern 500, two spots and a huge 26 points out of NASCAR's 16-team playoffs — a grid Johnson has...

Grateful Earnhardt Jr. ready for normalcy at Darlington

Aug. 30, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is grateful to be back at Darlington Raceway preparing to drive two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane in flames following a crash in Tennessee. Earnhardt, set to drive the Xfinity Series event here Saturday, said he and his wife Amy are still...

Darlington throwback: Keselowski relishes NASCAR celebration

Aug. 29, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski can't wait to get to Darlington Raceway — and it's not just because he won the last time NASCAR's best showed up. This the fifth year the Southern 500 is NASCAR's throwback weekend, kind of an Old Timer's Day for fans and competitors to honor and mimic the...

NTSB releases preliminary report on Earnhardt plane crash

Aug. 23, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says part of the landing gear collapsed and a section of the right wing hit the runway as the plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched down a third time during its crash in East Tennessee last week. The NTSB released a preliminary report...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive Xfinity race at Darlington

Aug. 22, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

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...

Earnhardt 'truly blessed' nobody was seriously hurt in crash

Aug. 19, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is "truly blessed" that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the "quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency...

Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil DiBenedetto's upset bid

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night...

Investigators: Earnhardt's plane bounced, went off runway

Aug. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. "It's just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn't get struck by...