Earnhardt at Road America in 2014
June 22, 1989 |
Mooresville, North Carolina, US
|Awards||2007 Busch East Series Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|65 races run over 6 years|
|Car no., team||No. 55 (Viva Motorsports)|
|Best finish||18th (2014)|
|First race||2009 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|Last race||2015 Winn-Dixie 300 (Talladega)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|10 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||38th (2011)|
|First race||2009 CampingWorld.com 200 (Gateway)|
|Last race||2011 Coca-Cola 250 (Talladega)|
|Statistics current as of May 2, 2015.|
Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, 1989) is an American stock car racing driver. He is the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt. He currently competes for Viva Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 55 Chevrolet.
Earnhardt's first race came in the Hornet Division at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He scored 3 feature wins and finished in the top 5 in division points, winning Rookie of the Year. The following year he moved up to the Sportsman division at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, finishing the season in the top 10 of the division standings. He also competed in the late model season finale at the track as a teammate to RCR developmental driver Allison Duncan.
In 2006, General Motors created a driver developmental search program wherein they looked for individuals they believed to be the stars of the future and invited them to test a late model and a Busch car at 2 different tracks with the best moving on. Jeffrey made the final cut.
In 2007, Earnhardt drove a #1 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch East Series. He finished 5th in the 2007 Busch East point standings and won the Most Popular Driver award at the end of the season.
In 2008, Earnhardt returned to what is now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for another full season, along with selected Nationwide Series races. Earnhardt was unexpectedly replaced in the car at Dover in September 2008 with Aric Almirola who won the race. When DEI subsequently merged with Chip Ganassi Racing, their driver development program went into limbo, and Earnhardt was released.
In 2010, Earnhardt drove several races with Rick Ware Racing which qualified him to drive on all NASCAR tracks in the 2011 season. Earnhardt signed with RWR to drive a full season in 2011 and make his run for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. However, he was originally released from the team after offering his driving services to other truck teams. However, Earnhardt and Ware later reconciled, citing a lack of communication from both parties. RWR also ran Earnhardt in the 24 Hours of Daytona where they finished 12th.
Earnhardt moved to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012, where he raced in the GT class for Rick Ware Racing. He will also drive a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for RWR, driving the No. 15 Sam's Club Ford Mustang starting at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
In November 2012, Earnhardt announced that he would be competing for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013, driving the No. 79 for Go Green Racing; sponsorship issues later limited his schedule with the team.
In the 2013 Charlotte testing for Sprint Cup cars, Earnhardt tested a car for Go Green Racing.
For 2014, Earnhardt moved full-time to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 4 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports. During the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, Earnhardt was replaced by Matt DiBenedetto during the first caution period, since Earnhardt had suffered a fractured collarbone in a motorcycle accident during the week.
2014 Nationwide car at Road America
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2010||Rick Ware Racing||6||Chevy||DAY||ATL||MAR||NSH||KAN||DOV||CLT||TEX||MCH||IOW||GTY
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
24 Hours of Daytona
|24 Hours of Daytona results|
|2011||GT||47||Rick Ware Racing||Porsche GT3 Cup|| Scott Monroe
|2012||GT||15||Rick Ware Racing||Ford Mustang|| Chris Cook
|256||51 DNF||38 DNF|
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