Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he still plans to race next weekend at Darlington Raceway, despite acknowledging that he is suffering from pain in his lower back since the accident involving his private jet in Tennessee last week.
"I been treating the area [lower back] every day exclusively to get well to race", Dale says.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on August 31, despite a recent plane crash.
Since Earnhardt also owns the team fielding the vehicle, he said he has a backup plan to make sure it races even if things don't work out for him.
This Plan B is simply somebody else driving the #8 Chevrolet that he is set to drive for JR Motorsports, the team that he co-owns in the series.
Earnhardt, his wife, Amy, their daughter, Isla, their dog, Gus, and two pilots were on the private plane that slide off the runway after landing and caught fire at an airport in Tennessee.
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Dylan caught a flight in Columbus, Ohio, had a layover in Atlanta before flying to Mexico where he is still at large. The arrest complaint said both appeared to have been shot multiple times.
Several Twitter users expressed excitement, but at the same time were urging him to take care of his health.
Earnhardt ended the suspense by tweeting: "Someone else drives the vehicle".
An Elizabethton Fire Department official told People that Earnhardt and his wife were taken to a hospital and didn't have serious injuries. "The airplane continued down the runway off to the end, through a fence and it came to a stop on Highway 91".
"Amy and I want to thank everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayers since last Thursday", he wrote in a statement shared on social media. I am thankful for the quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs a gauntlet of fans with U.S. flags as he is introduced before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 race in Dover, Delaware, U.S. October 1, 2017.