Earnhardt Jr. to visit with Topeka students

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reaches for his helmet before a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race practice at Darlington Speedway in Darlington, S.C., Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to visit a Topeka high school this week ahead of Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Earnhardt, who drives the No. 88 car sponsored by the National Guard, will talk to students and sign autographs at Seaman High School on Thursday.

Members of the Kansas National Guard are also expected to be on hand for the afternoon event.

Earnhardt won at Daytona to start the 2014 season and is 19 points back of teammate Jeff Gordon in the point standings heading into the weekend at race in Kansas City, Kansas. The race is the first night NASCAR Sprint Cup event to be held at the track since it opened in 2001.

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