Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive Xfinity race at Darlington

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans on driving the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31 despite recent plane crash

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash.

Earnhardt, his family and two pilots escaped a burning plane that veered off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee last week.

Earnhardt won NASCAR's most popular driver 15 straight times from 2003 through 2017. He retired two years ago and is an NBC racing analyst.

Darlington is Earnhardt's one race this season.