In 2002, Earnhardt Jr. led 190 of the 250 laps to win for the third time at the track.
After 14 seasons away from the series at Richmond, Earnhardt Jr. won again in 2016, and last fall finished ninth.
Fans on Twitter have been ecstatic with his decision to race at Richmond.
A fan from England said her son was beside himself, as he happened to buy tickets to only two races this year: Charlotte and Richmond.
"He's over the moon he'll see 1/8at3/8DaleJr race again," wrote Jackie from England. "... worth the long flight from England just for that."
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