Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hopes To Compete In More Late Model Races Following South Carolina 400by Hunter Thomas November 21, 2022 0 comments
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to Florence Motor Speedway on Saturday night, a track where he had competed early in his career before making it to NASCAR. After overcoming a couple of penalties, he finished ninth in the South Carolina 400.
In front of a sold-out crowd, Earnhardt signed countless autographs and strapped into his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to put on a show for the fans in Timmonsville, S.C. Earnhardt started the race deep in the field in 26th; however, the veteran driver knew that tire wear was the name of the game at Florence. He picked cars off one at a time, and by the time the final stage was underway, Earnhardt was battling up front.
While running up front though, Earnhardt did have to deal with adversity. While battling Florence regular, Matt Cox for the third position, the two drivers made contact exiting Turn 2, and Cox was sent hard into the inside wall on the backstretch. Earnhardt was penalized and sent to the back.
As Earnhardt was making way back through the field, he got into Landon Pembelton in Turn 1 and sent him spinning in the closing laps. Earnhardt was once again, sent to the rear.
The laps quickly dissipated, and Earnhardt was only able to make his way back up to ninth before the checkered flag flew.
“Had a blast,” Earnhardt said in a recent Facebook video. “Man, driving these cars was so much fun, and I hope to do more of that next year. Wish we would’ve had a better finish. I kind of lost my brain there in the last 20 laps and spun a couple of guys out, but anyways, that’s unfortunate, but we had a good time, and we had a fast car, and we get to do it again.”
Brenden “Butterbean” Queen was victorious in the South Carolina 400, winning in his first race while competing for Lee Pulliam Performance. Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports teammate, Carson Kvapil finished second, followed by Isabella Robusto.
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