MENCS: Jeffrey Earnhardt Earns Top-25 in Daytona 500


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt was left with an up-hill battle when the team he was signed to drive for in 2018, Circle Sport Racing, ended its partnership with The Motorsports Group.

Unfortunately, with that decision it left Earnhardt who is the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt and the nephew of Dale Earnhardt, Jr without a ride in NASCAR’s premiere series.

Earnhardt didn’t want to be the reason that an Earnhardt wouldn’t be racing in the Daytona 500 for the 40th consecutive season.

The 28-year-old continued to work through out the off season to try and put something together. His persistence and hard work would pay off.

Earnhardt landed a ride in the No. 00 Chevrolet with StarCom Racing for the 60th running of The Great American Race. The team is managed by former Daytona 500 Champion, Derrick Cope.

“There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years, so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me, and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news, Earnhardt said.”

The team is guaranteed a starting spot in every event in 2018 because the team is leasing a charter from Richard Childress Racing. Charters are precious in the world of NASCAR and even more so for a small team like StarCom.

Earnhardt paid tribute to his late grandfather with a helmet that has certainly made it’s rounds on social media for it’s stunning look.

Last season Earnhardt competed in his first Daytona 500, and wound up finishing 26th when the checkers waved.

The young driver who only had 58 career cup starts prior to Sunday managed to avoid all the early wrecks and ensuing chaos, stay competitive and consistently run in the top-15 and top-20.

Earnhardt’s No. 00 VRX Simulators Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was fast and spent a majority of the race running in the top 16, but as can happen at restrictor plate tracks, he would be involved in a wreck later in the race.

The team would continue, but Earnhardt complained about a vibration shortly after the incident and then he had to pit due to a flat left front which looked to come from hitting debris on the track.

Earnhardt would end up two laps down but continued to fight on with only a handful of laps left in the race.

Earnhardt battled through and would cross the finish line 21st, a career best for not only Earnhardt but StarCom Racing as well.

Earnhardt took to this Twitter account on Monday saying the following:

While it may not be the result Earnhardt or the team thought they would walk away from Daytona with, it’s certainly a great start to the season for a small team.

I think many involved with the sport and fans alike will agree it’s refreshing to know the Earnhardt name will still be on the scoring ticker come race weekend.

Earnhardt and StarCom Racing will be back on track together this weekend for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team will yet again welcome VRX Simulators on board the 00 Chevrolet.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, 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 each year.

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