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MENCS: Jeffrey Earnhardt Making a Name for Himself

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A young 27-year old Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of Dale Earnhardt, is making a name for himself in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Earnhardt, who drives the No. 33 for Circle Sport/TMG Racing, is finally getting the sponsorship break that the underfunded team hoped for.

Jeffrey Earnhardt enters turns one in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Photo: Jacob Mullins/Rubbings Racing

Earnhardt, and co-owner of Circle Sport/TMG Racing Joe Falk, announced on Friday at Dover International Raceway that the team would have the streaming service Hulu on board for 19 races this season because that’s what the team had available. It will serve as an associate sponsor in the other five races.

Falk and Earnhardt are both hoping this sponsorship can help the team make gains and produce better results on the race track.

“Being a small team it’s huge for us. Every dollar goes a long way and there have been races where we haven’t had sponsorship and that is tough on anyone, but it’s even tougher on a small team like us. To be able to have good companies like Hulu come on board is huge and not just being able to have more funding going to the track, but to get us more exposure and branding is a huge plus too, Earnhardt said.”

Falk is also optimistic with having Hulu on board the car and what it could bring to the team.

“We are looking forward to it and of course, having Hulu on (the car) makes us legitimate in a lot of people’s eyes, and I think we will see a lot more support from Chevrolet and everybody else involved, Falk said.”

Earnhardt knows he has a long way to go and is still learning each week in only his second full-time season in the MENCS.

“I’ve got a lot of development to go, in myself, and we got a long way to build our race program, Earnhardt said. “We are aware of that and I know it’s not going to happen overnight.”

The Earnhardt name is a big deal especially in the world of NASCAR and with Earnhardt’s uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr retiring at seasons end fans will still have an Earnhardt to cheer for as Jeffrey will continue the legacy.

“One of the main goals that I want to achieve in my career is to continue the legacy that my grandfather built,”

Earnhardt made it known his grandfather’s shoes are large ones to fill, but he will continue to do his best.

Jeffrey Earnhardt drive the backstretch of Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Photo: Jacob Mullins/Rubbings Racing

“I mean I would like to say that I’m going to go deliver it at its best, but those were big shoes that he made and I don’t think I could ever get close to even considering filling those, but if I could just do a big portion of keeping that Earnhardt legacy alive, I would be pretty happy, Earnhardt said.”

This could be just what Earnhardt and his team need to finish races on a consistent basis with the best finish possible.

Earnhardt has failed to finish seven races this season, two because of engine, two for other mechanical issues and three because of accidents.

Sponsorship not only brings more money to a team but one would have to think it brings confidence as well knowing a brand believes in you and your ability.

“Our goal is just to go out there and log the most laps we can, it’s a matter of learning and building our program. That’s really where we’re at. We’re a small team, Earnhardt said.”

Following their announcement on Friday, Hulu made its debut on Earnhardt’s No. 33 Chevrolet this past week at Dover International Raceway. Earnhardt brought the car home in the 27th position and he seemed very happy they could at least finish the race as he took to Twitter shortly thereafter.

 

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @sahsports4883. A college student studying in the Legal field, and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends the September race each year.

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