Turns out there is another NASCAR driver in the Earnhardt family. You heard that right — Dale Earnhardt’s grandson, Jeffrey, competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Of course, everyone knows the racing legend, Dale Earnhardt. He is, after all, one of the most famous race car drivers of all time. And while many people recognize Dale Jr., not as many seem to know the name, Kerry Earnhardt. Both are drivers themselves and are the sons of Dale. Sr.
Meanwhile, the Earnhardt family hit an important milestone in 2007. That was the year that Kerry’s son, Jeffrey, drove the No. 1 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports at the Busch East Series. That debut made the Earnhardt’s a four-generation racing family.
Now, however, the 31-year-old Earnhardt competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He drives the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports. He also just named his primary sponsor for the majority of the 2021 season. ForeverLawn, the synthetic turf producer, will be on Earnhardt’s car for over half of the schedule.
Jeffrey Earnhardt took to social media to show off the new sponsor a couple weeks ago at Daytona.
“It’s race week and I can’t wait to get down to @DAYTONA with our sweet @ForeverLawn #blackandgreengrassmachine,” Earnhardt wrote on Twitter. “Who’s gonna be there? #nascar #xfinity #racing #drafting”
The company’s first primary races for 2021 took place on the oval and road course at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt did not finish at the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. And he finished in 30th at the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race.
Last season, the company supported Earnhardt and the No. 0 entry in three races.
Earnhardt made 29 starts for JD Motorsports in 2020. He was able to earn a top finish of 11th on the Charlotte Roval and had five finishes overall inside the top 15.
Further, JD Motorsports will be fielding four full-time Xfinity entries this season. Those drivers include Earnhardt, Landon Cassill (No. 4), rookie of the year candidate Ryan Vargas (No. 6), and Colby Howard (No. 15).
Is Jeffrey Earnhardt the Next NASCAR Champion?
The grandson of the seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt has grown up behind the wheel. According to his website, Jeffrey began his race career piloting a silver 4 cylinder Yugo on the dirt tracks of Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. While racing at the local track, he took home the rookie of the year award. After that, he pretty much knew immediately that he’d be chasing his dreams to the paved tracks of NASCAR.
However, it hasn’t always come easy for Jeffrey. And more importantly, he hasn’t depended on his famous last name for opportunity. The young Earnhardt started his own company and is working his way through the ranks just as his grandfather did. Jeffrey has since competed in Truck, Xfinity, and Specialty events including the Rolex Series and NASCAR Euro Series. And he says that he is absolutely committed to “Earning Earnhardt” and has his sights set on becoming a NASCAR Champion.