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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Unilever United For America Chevrolet, spends time with his daughter, Nicole Lorraine on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Unilever United For America Chevrolet, spends time with his daughter, Nicole Lorraine on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Running 2022 Xfinity Series Spring Martinsville Race

On this week’s Dale Jr Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will make his lone 2022 Xfinity Series start at Martinsville Speedway.

Earnhardt, who will drive a fifth JR Motorsports entry, will compete in the spring Martinsville race on Friday, April 8.

Since retiring from full-time competition, Earnhardt has four Xfinity Series starts, with three top-five finishes. He also won the 2014 fall race at Martinsville.

“I love short tracks,” Earnhardt said on his podcast. “People ask me all the time, what was your favorite track? I either say Martinsville or Bristol, given the kind of car I have. Martinsville is a blast, but Bristol is equally as fun depending on how the car is driving. I’ve had some tough days at Martinsville where the car wasn’t exactly there. But when it gets down to it, what type of racing do I love to do? It’s short track racing, it’s bumper-to-bumper, half-mile, trading paint and I’m going to get to do a little of that.”