RELATED: Full Daytona Speedweeks schedule " Full list of charter teams Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his first career start in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for Circle Sport w/The Motorsports Group, the team posted on its Twitter account Monday night. @CSTMG3330 welcomes @JEarnhardt1 . Will make first @DISupdates 500! @StarterBlkLabel returns in 2017 — Circle Sport w/ TMG (@CSTMG3330) January 31, 2017 Starter will serve as Earnhardt's primary sponsor for the season opener. The North Carolina native was sponsored by Starter in two races last year -- Talladega and Miami. CS/TMG has a charter for the season with the No. 33 Chevrolet, guaranteeing an entry into all 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. Earnhardt made 22 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2016 for Go Fas Racing (19 starts) and BK Racing (three starts). The 27-year-old nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr . recorded four finishes inside the top 30.
Matt DiBenedetto was injured during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and was placed on concussion protocol. Jeffrey Earnhardt will replace DiBenedetto in the No. 83 Toyota.
Greg Biffle and Jeffrey Earnhardt make contact and collects Casey Mears at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeffrey Earnhardt signed a multi-year deal starting with the 2016 season to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Go FAS Racing. Earnhardt , 26, will pilot the No. 32 Ford Fusion and Can-Am will be on board to serve as a primary sponsor for 11 events and an associate-level partner for all other events in 2016. "I'm really excited to join GFR," Earnhardt said in a release provided by the team. "I'm thrilled to have Can-Am on board as our partner for 2016. I'm an avid outdoorsman and their products are the gold standard for outdoor sports, so it's a perfect fit. With Can-Am supporting our team we're certain to increase our competitiveness throughout the 2016 season." Earnhardt will compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. Veteran driver Bobby Labonte will also drive several events in the No. 32 Ford. "We are all really excited about this new partnership with Can-Am and Jeffrey Earnhardt for 2016", team owner Archie St. Hilaire said in a release. "This deal will improve our program and make us much more competitive in the upcoming season while giving Jeffrey all the tools he needs to succeed at this level. 2016 can't come soon enough for myself and everyone at GFR." The Mooresville, North Carolina native made his Sprint Cup debut at Richmond earlier this month, finishing 40th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 . He was on the entry list for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 27, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For his career, Earnhardt has made 66 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 10 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Earnhardt is the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt , nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr . and the son of Kerry Earnhardt . Kerry made seven starts in the Sprint Cup Series, 72 starts in the XFINITY Series and 27 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. The Richmond race that Jeffrey ran marked the first time two Earnhardts were competing in the Sprint Cup Series in over a decade. The team also announced in a release that Go Green Racing will be competing under the Go FAS banner starting with Daytona Speedweeks in 2016.
Two Earnhardts will be competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time in over a decade as Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the No. 32 Ford for Go Green Racing at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 12 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The start at Richmond will be the 26-year-old's first in the sport's premier series. He has made 66 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (including six starts this season) as well as 10 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The announcement was first made on NBCSN's "NASCAR America." "I'm really excited to get this opportunity and thrilled that CorvetteParts.net is sponsoring my debut in Sprint Cup ," Earnhardt said in a team release. "The Keens have been very good to me and having their company be part of an important day in my career is pretty cool. I appreciate everyone at Go Green Racing for making this happen and look forward to doing my best to make it a good debut." Jeffrey and his uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr . have never raced against one another in the Sprint Cup Series. They have, however, raced against each other a handful of times in the XFINITY Series. Jeffrey made one start for the Dale Jr.-owned JR Motorsports in 2013 in the XFINITY Series at Richmond. Jeffrey's father, Kerry Earnhardt , has seven career Sprint Cup starts and drove one full XFINITY Series season in 2002 for owner Armando Fitz in the No. 12 Chevrolet. He had 72 XFINITY Series starts over 10 years. Kerry Earnhardt also drove full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2006, finishing the season 22nd in the standings.
The streak lives on -- an Earnhardt will drive at Talladega. BK Racing announced Monday that Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Earnhardt will be one of three BK Racing cars on track for the Alabama 500 as he joins teammates David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto . It extends one of the sport's great streaks that was in serious jeopardy. An Earnhardt has started every race at Talladega since 1980, with Dale Earnhardt and son Dale Earnhardt Jr . collecting 16 total wins at the 2.66-mile track during their respective careers (10 for Earnhardt , six for Earnhardt Jr.) Earnhardt Jr. will not drive in Sunday's race as he continues to recover from the effects of a concussion suffered earlier this season. Enter Jeffrey Earnhardt , Earnhardt's grandson and Earnhardt Jr.'s nephew. By putting him in the No. 83, BK Racing ensured Earnhardt will start in the 40-car field (43 cars are on the entry list) because the No. 83 team has a Charter. "I'm really excited to drive the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry for the fall race at Talladega," Earnhardt said in a team release. "It's my first Cup Series race at Talladega, my first race with BK Racing , the first time anyone from our family competes in a Toyota and it's the 25th anniversary of my grandfather's victory at Talladega. Having this opportunity with an iconic American partner like Starter is an incredible honor. I can't remember being so pumped up for a race and sincerely appreciate our friends at Starter for their support." Doug Richert, who was crew chief for Earnhardt Sr. during the 'Intimidator's' first title in 1980, will serve as Jeffrey Earnhardt 's crew chief. "I'm looking forward to once again returning to the track as crew chief with an Earnhardt behind the wheel," Richert said. "The Earnhardt family has played such an important part in my racing career; starting in 1978 with Dale Sr. and then winning a championship with him in 1980, it's very cool to work with the fourth generation of the family." The Earnhardt streak since 1980 totals 73 races. Sunday's race will be 74 in a row.
Jeffrey Earnhardt and Chase Elliott comment on an early-race wreck that took out Elliott and Brad Keselowski, resulting in Earnhardt reaching out to the drivers with an apology for what happened on track.
Related: Buy Darlington tickets " 2016 throwback schemes Jeffrey Earnhardt will honor his grandfather Dale Earnhardt with a special paint scheme during the Sprint Cup Series' Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 4, Go Fas Racing announced Friday. Aligning with the race's throwback theme, Earnhardt's No. 32 Ford scheme will combine features from the Nos. 2 and 3 Wrangler Chevrolets driven by "The Intimidator" in 1981. "Sometimes things just fall together at the right time," Go Fas Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire said in a team release. "When we were going through the process of which paint scheme to run for this year's race at Darlington, the idea of a tribute to Dale Earnhardt's 1981 season stood out to all of us above the rest. Throw in the fact that we get to have Jeffrey showcase his family's heritage and pay tribute to his grandfather, as well -- that's just icing on the cake." Dale Earnhardt wheeled the iconic blue-and-yellow scheme to 17 top-10 and nine top-five finishes that year, including a sixth-place result in that season's running of the Southern 500. He would go on to earn seven championships, tying Richard Petty for a record that stands unbroken in the Sprint Cup Series. "I'm pretty excited to have the famous yellow and blue paint scheme in honor of my grandfather for this year's Southern 500," said Jeffrey Earnhardt , the son of Kerry Earnhardt . "My grandfather ran this paint scheme in 1981, when he started the season as the No. 2 car driving for Rod Osterlund. When Richard Childress purchased the team halfway through the season it became the famous No. 3 car, so you have that 32 connection, so it's pretty cool to have the chance to bring it back this year. I know we'll have a lot of fun with it, and hope all the great fans enjoy it as well." This marks the second year Darlington will host a throwback-themed race: the campaign premiered last season with rave reviews from the industry, drivers and fans. This year's theme will focus on the 1975-84 time period of racing. The 2016 running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 will take place Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) at 6 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Jeffrey Earnhardt comments on making his first start for JR Motorsports this weekend and what an honor it is to carry on the Earnhardt legacy.
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