By AMANDA VINCENT
Jeffrey Earnhardt plans to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut Sept. 12 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He’ll be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Ford, sponsored by CorvetteParts.net, for Go Green Racing.
“I’m really excited to get this opportunity and thrilled that CorvetteParts.net is sponsoring my debut in Sprint Cup,” Earnhardt said. “I appreciate everyone at Go Green Racing for making this happen and look forward to doing my best to make it a good debut.”
Should Earnhardt qualify for the Richmond race and take the green flag, he’ll become the fourth generation from the Earnhardt family to compete at NASCAR’s Cup level, joining father Kerry Earnhardt and uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr., grandfather Dale Earnhardt and great-grandfather Ralph Earnhardt. The Richmond race will also mark the first Cup race in 10 years with two members of the Earnhardt in the race field, as the race field also is expected to include Earnhardt Jr. The last time two Earnhardts were in the same NASCAR premier series race was 2005 when both Earnhardt Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt competed at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Earnhardt Jr. and his nephew have competed against each other in a few races at NASCAR’s Xfinity Series level. Also, Jeffrey Earnhardt drove a Earnhardt Jr.-owned entry at Richmond in 2013. In all, Earnhardt has 66-career starts in the Xfinity Series, dating back to 2009. He made six starts in the series earlier this year, driving for the now-defunct Viva Motorsports.
Earnhardt also has 10-caeer starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, five in 2010 and another five in 2011. He has one-career top-10 in the Truck Series, a seventh-place showing in the 2011 season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
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