Jeffrey Earnhardt

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Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Earnhardt at Road America in 2014
Born (1989-06-22) June 22, 1989 (age 26)
Mooresville, North Carolina, U.S.
Awards 2007 Busch East Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 32 (Go FAS Racing)
2015 position 70th
Best finish 70th (2015)
First race 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Richmond)
Last race 2015 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
66 races run over 6 years
2015 position 35th
Best finish 18th (2014)
First race 2009 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2015 Great Clips 250 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Best finish 38th (2011)
First race 2009 200 (Gateway)
Last race 2011 Coca-Cola 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of September 27, 2015.

Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Earnhardt is the middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt and the great-grandson of Ralph Earnhardt and nephew to Dale Earnhardt Jr.[1]

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 competed in the late model season finale at the track as a teammate to RCR developmental driver Allison Duncan.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

In 2010, Earnhardt drove several races with Rick Ware Racing which qualified him to drive on all NASCAR tracks in the 2011 season. He 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.[4] Earnhardt and Ware later reconciled, citing a lack of communication from both parties. RWR ran Earnhardt in the 24 Hours of Daytona where they finished 12th.[citation needed]

Earnhardt moved to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012, where he raced in the GT class for Rick Ware Racing.[5][6]

In November 2012, he announced he would be competing for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013, driving the No. 79 for Go Green Racing;[7] sponsorship issues later limited his schedule with the team.[8]

On April 4, 2013, it was announced that Earnhardt would drive the #5 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway.[9]

In the 2013 Charlotte testing for Sprint Cup cars, Earnhardt tested a car for Go Green Racing.[10]

For 2014, Earnhardt moved full-time to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 4 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports.[11] During the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, he was replaced by Matt DiBenedetto during the first caution period, since Earnhardt had suffered a fractured collarbone in a motorcycle accident during the week.[12] He would then finished 18th in the point standings and also released by JD Motorsports after his disappointing season.

Before the 2015 season starts, Earnhardt was picked up by Viva Motorsports to drive the season opener at Daytona. He would finish 15th in the Daytona race.

Earnhardt made his Sprint Cup Series debut at the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway for Go FAS Racing.[13] On September 18, Go FAS announced Earnhardt will run the majority of the 2016 season, except for the restrictor plate races that Bobby Labonte will run and the road courses that Boris Said will run, in the Cup Series for the team with sponsorship from Can-Am motorcycles. He will compete for Cup Rookie of the Year honors.[14]

MMA career[edit]

Earnhardt made his amateur debut in mixed martial arts on May 22, 2012,[15] defeating Chris Faison by unanimous decision in Charlotte, North Carolina.[16]


Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]



  1. ^ Sorensen, Tom (December 30, 2012). "Kerry Earnhardt in his son Jeffrey's corner". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, NC. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  2. ^ Turner, Jared (September 17, 2006). "A family tradition". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, VA. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "NASCAR Jeffrey Earnhardt loses full-time Camping World Truck Series ride". 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  5. ^ Dagys, John (October 31, 2011). "GRAND-AM: Earnhardt, Rick Ware Aiming For GT Success". SPEED Channel. Charlotte, NC: Fox Sports. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Earnhardt Tackles Bristol". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. March 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  7. ^ Caldwell, Clayton (November 27, 2012). "Jeffrey Earnhardt Plans to Run Full-Time in NASCAR Nationwide Series with Go Green Racing". Motorsports 101. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  8. ^ Turnbull, Doug (February 22, 2013). "Stewart likes plate racing again and some words from the underdogs". WSB. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Jeffrey Earnhardt to made debut in JR Motorsports Chevy at Richmond later this month". Fox Sports. April 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Larson leads fourth Charlotte configuration". 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  11. ^ Estrada, Chris (January 10, 2014). "NNS: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Blake Koch land full-time rides". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  12. ^ Eddinger, Mark (July 4, 2014). "Dakoda Armstrong Wins Pole as Downpour Causes 7-Car Crash in Round 1 of Nationwide Qualifying at Daytona". Sports Media 101. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
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  14. ^ Rodgers, Joe (September 19, 2015). "Jeffrey Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte join forces with Ford for 2016 Cup season". Sporting News. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jeffrey Earnhardt to make MMA debut in pay-per-view event at Charlotte". AutoWeek. May 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  16. ^ Larson, Mike (May 23, 2012). "NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt wins MMA debut in Charlotte". AutoWeek. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

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