Kerry Earnhardt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kerry Dale Earnhardt
Born (1969-12-08) December 8, 1969 (age 47)
Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
7 races run over 3 years
Best finish 61st (2004, 2005)
First race 2000 Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer (Michigan)
Last race 2005 UAW-Ford 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
72 races run over 10 years
Best finish 22nd (2002)
First race 1998 Myrtle Beach 250 (Myrtle Beach)
Last race 2009 Subway Jalapeno 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
27 races run over 2 years
Best finish 22nd (2006)
First race 2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2006 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 1
Statistics current as of June 7, 2012.

Kerry Dale Earnhardt (born December 8, 1969)[1] is a former NASCAR driver and the elder son of seven-time Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt. He is the half-brother of current Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was employed by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as a consultant, specializing in driver development, until 2011. His younger son, Jeffrey Earnhardt, began racing for DEI in 2007, and currently competes in the Monster Energey NASCAR Cup Series. Kerry is known for his physical similarity to his father.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Kerry's mother, Latane Brown, was Dale Earnhardt's first wife.[2][3] Dale Earnhardt was 18-years old and a local North Carolina dirt racer at the time of Kerry's birth.[3][4][5] The couple divorced when Kerry was only one year of age.[2] Brown eventually married Jack Key, who adopted Kerry; Kerry used his stepfather's last name for much of his life. Until he was 16, Kerry saw little of his biological father.[2][4]

Prior to his racing career, Earnhardt dropped out of high school and worked several odd jobs to support his family. This included working at a Pizza Hut, and working in the Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt also worked.[2][4]

Racing career[edit]

Earnhardt had driven race cars in the early 1990s, he entered the racing world as a competitor in 1992 racing street stocks. That same season Earnhardt raced in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Earnhardt raced various tracks in 1993 including the East Carolina Motor Speedway near Robersonville, North Carolina and Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. He scored two top 5s and 8 top 10s in 11 races, and was the 1992 Rookie of the Year.

He won a pole and recorded 8 top 5s and 40 top 10s as well as 1994 Rookie of the Year Honors at his local track, Hickory Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series. Earnhardt's first NASCAR start came in the Busch Series at Myrtle Beach in 1998. After select Busch races in 1998 and 1999. Earnhardt raced in the Automobile Racing Club of America's ARCA Racing Series in 2000 and 2001 for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI), using DEI Winston Cup Series equipment formerly used by Steve Park.[4] During this stint he won 4 of his 11 starts, with 7 top 5s and 8 top 10s.[3]

In 2000 Earnhardt made his Winston Cup debut at Michigan driving for Marcis Auto Racing, racing against his father Dale Earnhardt, and half-brother Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[4][6] He wrecked out of the race on lap 5. It was the first of his seven Cup series starts. In 2001, the same year his father was killed at Daytona, Earnhardt was involved in a massive crash on October 4 in an ARCA race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At Lap 63 of 67, Earnhardt had to dodge a lapped car by hitting his brakes, which caused Blaise Alexander's No. 75 to catch up to Earnhardt's No. 2. Alexander began to inch into the lead when Earnhardt's car made contact with Alexander's, sending Alexander's car head-on into the wall and back into Earnhardt's car causing Earnhardt to flip over onto his roof and slide into the grass. Earnhardt managed to climb out by himself. However a red flag flew for Alexander and seconds later the race director called it official which gave Earnhardt the victory. Alexander was pronounced dead in the in-field care center at 10:20 p.m.[3]

In late November 2001, it was announced that Earnhardt would run the full 2002 Busch Series for FitzBradshaw Racing, owned by Armando Fitz and Terry Bradshaw. The entry was sponsored by Supercuts and 10-10-220, with a technical alliance with DEI. The car was initially numbered 8 but later numbered 12.[7][8][9][10] Earnhardt finished 22nd in points, scoring three top 5s and six top 10s. This was one of Earnhardt's only two full season in any of NASCAR's top three series (Cup, Busch, and Truck). Earnhardt also attempted to make several Winston Cup races in 2002 and 2003 in the No. 83 Aaron's, Inc./Hot Tamales Chevrolet for FitzBradshaw, but failed to qualify for every race he attempted.[11][12][13][14][15] Midway through the 2003 season, Earnhardt was released by FitzBradshaw, replaced by Tim Fedewa.[2][3][11]

In 2004 and 2005, he raced in six Nextel Cup races, for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 33 car.[16][17] All six starts were restrictor plate races (Daytona and Talladega). His highest finish was a 17th-place run at Talladega in the 2005 Aaron's 499. Also in 2004, Earnhardt made eight starts in the K&N Pro Series West for Bill McAnally Racing, scoring two Top-5's, and five Top-10's.[18]

For 2005, Earnhardt joined Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series, replacing Shane Hmiel.[18] Earnhardt won the pole for the season opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250, but he lost his ride after two races due to lack of sponsorship, with Hmiel returning to the ride.[19] For the 2006 season, Earnhardt signed with ThorSport Racing and drove the No. 13 Chevrolet the full season with occasional sponsorship from the National Pork Board. His best finish of the season was an 11th at Nashville and Las Vegas. At the conclusion of the season, Kerry and ThorSport Racing went their separate ways.[20]

In December 2007, he announced, in a year-end letter to his fans on his website, kerryearnhardtonline.com, that he had retired as a competitive driver. He is still an active test driver for DEI, and occasionally drove in the Nationwide Series (NNS). His last appearance in a national touring series was the NNS' Subway Jalapeño 250 on July 3, 2009 at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 31 car for Rick Ware Racing. In 2016, Kerry drove one of his father's original race cars, a No. 3 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.[21]

Family life[edit]

He and wife René married in 1999. They have a daughter, Kayla. From their previous marriages, Kerry has two sons, Bobby and Jeffrey, and René has a daughter, Blade.[2][3][4][5] Bobby Earnhardt currently races part-time in the ARCA Racing Series, driving the number 3 Chevrolet for Hixson Motorsports.[22] Jeffrey Earnhardt currently races full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the number 33 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group.[23] Both Bobby and Jeffrey mark a 4th generation of Earnhardts in professional motorsports, and they also became the 1st set of 4th generation brothers in stock car history. Kerry became a grandfather on July 24, 2015, when Bobby and wife Kimberly had a son named Brylon Dale.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2005 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerry Earnhardt Career Statistics
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Plenty of dad to be found in Kerry Earnhardt". The Herald (Everett). Monroe, Washington. July 17, 2004. Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Hinton, Ed (July 17, 2003). "Name can't help this Earnhardt". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Korth, Joanne (June 30, 2002). "Family tradition drives 'other son' forward: Once estranged from his half-brother and late father, Kerry Earnhardt has come full circle". St. Petersburg Times. Daytona Beach, Florida. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Caldwell, Dave (February 22, 2003). "AUTO RACING; Kerry, the Other Earnhardt, Is Coming On". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Middle E Gets Another Shot". Motor Racing Network. Huntersville, North Carolina. October 2, 2000. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Its Kerrys Turn". Motor Racing Network. New York. November 29, 2001. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "BUSCH: Kerry Earnhardt signs with newly formed FitzBradshaw Racing". Motorsport.com. December 1, 2001. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Berger, Ken (February 14, 2002). "Changing Lanes / Bradshaw backs Kerry Earnhardt". Newsday. Daytona Beach, Florida. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Terry Bradshaw, Kerry Earnhardt team up". Autoweek. December 4, 2001. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "BUSCH: Kerry Earnhardt out at FitzBradshaw Racing". Motorsport.com. Mooresville, North Carolina. July 15, 2003. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  12. ^ FitzBradshaw Racing (April 27, 2003). "Busch driver Kerry Earnhardt to race at Texas". Motorsport.com. Mooresville, North Carolina. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Daytona II: Kerry Earnhardt preview". Motorsport.com. Mooresville, North Carolina. July 2, 2003. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sauter A Star In Dega; Earnhardt Lands Cup Ride". Motor Racing Network. Talladega, Alabama. April 18, 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt gets DEI prepped car at Talladega.". Crash.net. 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  16. ^ McKee, Sandra (April 23, 2004). "Childress' car may put K. Earnhardt on track: Car owner's Chevy gives driver leg up at Talladega Auto Racing". The Baltimore Sun. Welcome, North Carolina. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Zenor, John (April 16, 2004). "Kerry Earnhardt again strives for racing stardom". Peninsula Clarion, Associated Press. Birmingham, Alabama. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Hilderbrand, Brian (November 30, 2004). "Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Kerry Earnhardt replaces Hmiel in truck". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Hmiel Back In Trucks". Motor Racing Network. March 2, 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Thorsport Releases Earnhardt". Motor Racing Network. Mooresville, North Carolina. December 5, 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "GRR talks FoS and the legend of 'Number Three' with Kerry Earnhardt". goodwood.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  22. ^ "2013 ARCA Truck Series Rookie of the Year Bobby Dale Earnhardt‏ to drive for Hixson Motorsports at Toledo – ARCA Truck Racing". Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  23. ^ "Jeffrey Earnhardt makes the field for Sprint Cup debut". motorsport.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 1998 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2001 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2002 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2003 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2000 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2001 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Kerry Earnhardt – 2007 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 

External links[edit]