With the Earnhardt name comes lofty expectations from the fans, media and … family.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, the son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, will pilot the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond for 10-time NMPA Most Popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who just happens to be his uncle.
The opportunity could be Jeffrey’s last chance to prove that he has the chops to succeed in one of NASCAR’s national series. He’ll be in top-notch equipment as JR Motorsports receives engines and support from Hendrick Motorsports. So, there will be very little room for excuses.
In five races this season, the youngest member in the Earnhardt NASCAR lineage has an average finishing position of 24.4, with his best finish (20th) coming at Phoenix. In 15 career starts in the NNS, his best finish is a 19tj in the July 2011 event at Daytona International Speedway.
In 10 career races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jeffrey’s best finish is a seventh in the 2011 season opener at Daytona. He hasn’t competed in that series since October 2011.
Friday night’s race will be his first competition at the track in one of NASCAR’s national series.