(CNN) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is only mostly retired, therefore he does not intend to miss out driving one of his favorite tracks when NASCAR belongs to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina next week.
Earnhardt, who had been in a plane crash a week along with his wife, daughter and two pilots, said he is still hurting from the mess but intends to take the wheel of an auto in the Xfinity Series on August 31.
“My lower back is bruised up bad. Tons of swelling and I only need it to return and the pain to chill out,” he also tweeted. “I have been handling the region daily solely to get well to race”
Earnhardt retired from racing in 2017 due to the effects of concussions, but he has raced since then — past year at an Xfinity race at Richmond. Earnhardt is currently also a television analyst for NBC and a team owner.
On Monday, near where his plane crashed after a hard landing, after bypassing the races at Bristol, Tennessee, Earnhardt thanked hospital employees, emergency responders and his pilots.
“We are really blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, such as our daughter, both pilots and our dog Gus,” Earnhardt added.
Racing fans are awaiting the one on-track look this year of Earnhardt. He holds the record for winning the most popular driver award of the circuit 15 years in a row.

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