Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is currently a free agent, last competing part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and No. 81 Camry for XCI Racing and part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 81 Toyota Camry for XCI.
Earnhardt at Road America in 2014
|Born||June 22, 1989|
Mooresville, North Carolina
|Awards||2007 Busch East Series Most Popular Driver|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|76 races run over 5 years|
|Car no., team||No. 81 (XCI Racing)|
|Best finish||36th (2017)|
|First race||2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Richmond)|
|Last race||2019 GEICO 500 (Talladega)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|73 races run over 7 years|
|Car no., team||No. 18 (Joe Gibbs Racing)|
No. 81 (XCI Racing)
|Best finish||18th (2014)|
|First race||2009 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|Last race||2019 Camping World 300 (Chicagoland)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors 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 June 29, 2019.|
- 1 Family
- 2 Racing career
- 3 MMA career
- 4 Images
- 5 Motorsports career results
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Earnhardt is a 4th generation NASCAR driver. He is the younger brother of current ARCA Racing Series driver Bobby Dale Earnhardt, middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt, and great-grandson of Ralph Earnhardt. Jeffrey also has 4 other siblings: a half-sister named Kayla, two half brothers named James and David and a stepsister named Blade.
Earnhardt's first race came in the hornet division at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He scored three feature wins and finished in the top-five 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.
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 two different tracks with the best moving on. Earnhardt made the final cut. In 2007, Earnhardt drove the No. 1 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch East Series. He finished fifth 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. 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. 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.
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; 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, 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. His car was sponsored by The Great Outdoors RV Superstore for the Nationwide series Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen International where he finished 21st. He would then finish 18th in the point standings and was also released by JD Motorsports after his disappointing season.
Before the 2015 season started, Earnhardt was picked up by Viva Motorsports to drive the season opener at Daytona. He finished 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. When he started this race, he became the 2nd 4th generation driver to compete in NASCAR's top series, with Adam Petty being the first.
After his prior success in racing Can-am and Cyclops created a partnership with Earnhardt and on September 18, Go Fas Racing announced that Earnhardt would run the majority of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, except for restrictor plate races that Bobby Labonte will run and road course races that Boris Said will run, with sponsorship from Can-Am motorcycles. He competed for Cup Rookie of the Year honors. Earnhardt joined BK Racing for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, driving the No. 83. He returned to BK for the AAA Texas 500, driving the No. 83 in place of an injured Matt DiBenedetto. Earnhardt then made his final start with BK Racing at Homestead, finishing 31st.
After the 2016 season ended, Go Fas Racing announced that Earnhardt would not return to the No. 32 team next year. In January 2017, Earnhardt announced that he would drive the No. 33 Chevrolet for Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group. The following month, Earnhardt made his CS–TMG debut at the Daytona 500, and in his debut with the team, Earnhardt made NASCAR history by becoming the first-ever fourth-generation driver to compete in the Daytona 500. He started 33rd and finished 26th (which tied his career best finish up to that point) after being involved in a crash on lap 143.  Earnhardt raced the full season except for the road courses. Starter sponsored the early part of the season, while Hulu stepped in to sponsor the majority.
On October 15, 2017, Earnhardt signed a contract extension to remain with CS–TMG for the 2018 season. However, on December 12, Circle Sport Racing and The Motorsports Group ended their partnership, leaving Earnhardt temporarily without a ride. Earnhardt ended up joining the No. 00 StarCom Racing team for the 2018 Daytona 500, marking the 40th consecutive year that a member of the Earnhardt family had driven in the event. Earnhardt also ran the next four races for StarCom and planned to run the full season for the team, but after the fifth race of the season, he and the team parted ways. On May 22, it was announced that Earnhardt would drive the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports in Charlotte's Coca-Cola 600. The week following the race, he announced more races with the team but did not name an exact number. On July 7, Earnhardt finished 11th at the Coke Zero Sugar 400, which was his career best Cup Series finish up to that point. On July 28, 2018, it was announced that Earnhardt would join Gaunt Brothers Racing in their No. 96 Toyota for 14 races, with sponsorship from Xtreme Concepts.
In November 2018, Earnhardt joined Joe Gibbs Racing's for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, driving the No. 18 Toyota Supra in nine races and sharing the ride with Riley Herbst, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin. At the summer Charlotte race, Earnhardt scored a career-best third place finish, despite sustaining damage from hitting the turn 3 wall on lap 142.
On February 14, 2019, security company and sponsor Xtreme Concepts announced the formation of XCI Racing, which would field the No. 81 Toyota Camry and Supra for Earnhardt at the two Talladega Cup and five Xfinity races, respectively. Earnhardt has stated that he would like to build with XCI to a full season in NASCAR's premier series in 2020. On July 3, XCI and Earnhardt had withdrawn from the 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250.  On August 7, Earnhardt publicly announced that he and XCI parted ways before the 2019 B&L Transport 170 and will no longer drive for both XCI and Joe Gibbs Racing.
2014 Nationwide car at Road America
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit
|2017||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||32||26|
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2010||Rick Ware Racing||6||Chevy||DAY||ATL||MAR||NSH||KAN||DOV||CLT||TEX||MCH||IOW||GTY
Camping World East SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World East Series results|
|2007||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||1||Chevy||GRE
|NASCAR Pinty's Series results|
Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1Edit
|NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1 results|
|2015||Whelen – Amai.fr||55||Chevrolet||VAL||VAL||VEN||VEN||BRH
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
24 Hours of DaytonaEdit
|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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