NASCAR: Jeffrey Earnhardt joins JGR for Xfinity races
By Kelly Crandall |RACER.com NASCAR correspondent
Jeffrey Earnhardt will run nine Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing next season.
The grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his debut with the No. 18 Toyota team in the season-opening Daytona race on Feb 16. Earnhardt’s other eight races were not announced.
Sponsorship support for Earnhardt’s entry will be from Xtreme Concepts Inc. The company is described as a “worldwide leader in providing turnkey security solutions, along with training and technology integration to U.S. government, military and commercial clients on a global scale.”
Earnhardt has 66 career starts in the Xfinity Series with no top-10 finishes. He has not competed in the series since 2015.
“I’ve worked incredibly hard for this opportunity, and I’ve got to thank Xtreme Concepts for making it happen,” said Earnhardt. “You see the level of expertise Joe Gibbs Racing has and the caliber of equipment they bring to the racetrack every week. As a driver, it’s exactly where you want to be. It’s the best opportunity I’ve had in my career, and I plan to make the most of it.”
Earnhardt has 151 starts between the three NASCAR national series with one top-10 finish. In 2011, Earnhardt finished seventh in the Camping World Truck Series event at Daytona.
Joe Gibbs Racing will be the best equipment Earnhardt has been given a chance. Although he did run a lone Xfinity Series race with JR Motorsports in 2013, owned by his uncle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt has spent much of his NASCAR career working with underfunded teams, including running the full 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for Joe Falk.
“From the time we first came to NASCAR in 1992, we’ve always put forth maximum effort to have the best possible results on the racetrack,” said Coy Gibbs, the vice chairman and COO of JGR. “Our Xfinity Series program is the perfect example of what happens when preparation meets execution.
“We’ve had both up-and-coming and veteran drivers achieve success in our race cars, and that success has translated to the partners they’ve represented. We think Jeffrey Earnhardt has the talent to win races and deliver strong results for Xtreme Concepts.”
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