UPDATE 4:47 PM ET: According to a new report from NewsChannel9.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been transported to a hospital following the plane crash that took place Thursday afternoon for minor cuts and bruises.
Earnhardt, his wife Amy and everyone on board the plane did escape and injuries to all involved are being considered not serious at this time.
What a scary moment. Thursday afternoon, a JR Motorsports plane carrying numerous passengers including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy crashed at the runway at Elizabethton Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
According to a report from WJHL.com, all of the passengers on the plane were able to evacuate, and the Earnhardt’s have escaped without injury.
The plane caught fire after going off course on the runway.
Earnhardt Jr. is of course the co-owner of JR Motorsports, a NASCAR Xfinity Series team which is competing in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee this weekend.
Earnhardt drove in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 18 full-time seasons, before retiring at the end of 2017. Over his career behind the wheel in the Cup Series, Earnhardt won 26 races, and was the sport’s most popular driver 15 times.
Earnhardt is also an analyst for NBC Sports during their coverage of NASCAR and he is scheduled to be on the air this weekend during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race (Friday) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (Saturday). No word if this will affect his ability to perform his analyst duties just yet.