Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says He Still Plans To Race Despite Injuries From Tennessee Plane Crash
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. says his lower back is still “bruised up real bad,” but he plans on competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darling Raceway this Labor Day Weekend.
Junior tweeted the message Wednesday night saying in part, “I been treating the area every day solely to get well to race. I have a plan B but hope not to use it.”
On August 19th, Dale Jr. tweeted a message to fans saying everyone on board the plane escaped with no serious injuries and thanked everyone for their continued prayers and support. He also issued a thank you to the quick response of his pilots, first responders and hospital staff who treated them after the crash.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident, but for now Dale Jr. says he and his family “will not be speculating or discussing the cause of the accident.”
The Xfinity Series continues Saturday, August 31st at 4pm with the Sport Clips Haircut VFW 200. Click here for details.
Original Story (August 15, 2019):
ELIZABETHTON, T.N. — NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his family were involved in a plane crash Thursday afternoon in Tennessee.
WJHL says the Carter County Sheriff confirmed that Dale Jr., his wife, Amy, their daughter, Eisla, and the family dog were all on the plane, along with two pilots, when it ran off the runway at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.
Kelley Earnhardt, Dale Jr.’s sister, also confirmed the family was on the plane via Twitter. She also said “everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.”
The FAA says the Cessna Citation rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at the airport. The FAA’s report goes on to say that the preliminary indication is that three people were aboard, they evacuated and no injuries were reported to the FAA.
The plane is registered to JRM Air LLC in Mooresville, North Carolina. The plane is listed as a fixed wing multi-engine plane that was manufactured in 2015.
Earnhardt retired as a full-time driver in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He is part of the scheduled broadcast team for Saturday night’s Cup Series event in Bristol, Tennessee, according to the Associated Press.
No other details have been released. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.