Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces his lone NASCAR race of 2021, will drive 9/11 tribute paint scheme

Since retiring in 2017 from racing full-time in NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has returned to the track and gotten behind the wheel for one second-tier Xfinity Series race a season, competing for his own team, JR Motorsports.

And Tuesday, Earnhardt and his team announced his lone Xfinity start for the 2021 season: The Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway in the fall. NASCAR’s 15-time most popular driver will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet, but this time, he’ll have a different sponsor on the car.

The Xfinity Series’ only Richmond race on the schedule falls on Saturday, September 11, so on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, 46-year-old Earnhardt will run a special blue and white United for America paint scheme honoring the victims of 9/11.

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It’s official. @DaleJr will run the @JRMotorsports No. 8 for #XfinitySeries at @RichmondRaceway! pic.twitter.com/2bSYrCzcim

— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) May 4, 2021

In the video announcement explaining the paint scheme, Earnhardt said:

“This race is on September 11 — a date that lives forever in our hearts and in our minds, not just for the unimaginable tragedy we experienced but for the way our country united. 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. We will never forget the sacrifices of those heroic first responders — the firefighters, the police officers, the medical professionals, the volunteers — who all put others above themselves. …

“Today we face new challenges that test the resolve of our nation, which means the lessons of 9/11 are as important today as they were 20 years ago. Those lessons — to unite, to take care of each other, support our frontline heroes and commit to helping our communities recover, rebuild and reimagine their futures.”

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Honored to be driving this @unileverusa car.

Never forget. https://t.co/JS1NkI2SND

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) May 4, 2021

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More about Earnhardt’s paint scheme for the September race via JR Motorsports:

In the spirit of remembrance and reverence, Earnhardt Jr.’s United for America Chevrolet will mirror the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s Tribute in Light, a powerful tradition that began in 2002 in New York. On the night of Sept. 11, from dusk to dawn, twin beams extend four miles into the sky above Manhattan, reflecting the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The No. 8’s blue-and-white paint scheme similarly features four spotlights each representing the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania with the axiom “Never Forget” on the lower-rear quarter panel, paying tribute to the brave souls lost during the terror attacks.

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