Three Earnhardts to Attempt Atlanta Nationwide Race

David PhillipsAnalyst IMarch 25, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04:  Kerry Earnhardt, driver of the #8 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Rick Ware Racing hit's it big with the addition of some big name's to fill in for stuntman/IRL driver Stanton Barrett.

RWR currently compete's in the NASCAR Nationwide Series using the No.31 and No.41 driven by Barrett and Derrick Cope. Barrett had prior announced that he would run the full IRL season and partial Nationwide schedule. RWR announced that Tim Brown and Travis Kittelson would split time while Barrett was gone.

Today, RWR announced a new driver lineup that include's young Jeffrey Earnhardt for seven race's, including the Montreal road course, which will be the first race for an Earnhardt north of the border.

RWR also announced that Jeffrey's father, and son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., Kerry Earnhardt will also split time.

Kerry and Jeffrey Earnhardt will be paired with championship crew chiefs, Paul Andrews and Clyde McCloud.

RWR should not have any trouble grabbing sponsor's for the two Earnhardt's, even though his race team is not the most well funded team.

Jeffrey will only compete in seven race's to prepare himself for the entire 2010 Nationwide Season, when he is scheduled to run for Raybesto's Rookie of the Year.

There will also be three Earnhardt's in one race for only the second time in history, when Dale Jr. joins them at the Atlanta Nationwide race.

This announcement come's one week after Trevor Bayne, another development driver with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, made his first Nationwide race not being associated with EGR.

Both Kerry and Jeffery were suppose to drive for DEI when they returned to the Nationwide Series, but after EGR has been unable to get sponsor's for even their Cup team's, I guess plan's for any Nationwide Races fell through.

Kerry has 70 career start's in the Series, with only three top-fives, six top 10's and only ever leading 13 lap's.

Jeffrey will be making his first attempt in the Series.

If you ask me, this is a big sign of weakness for EGR.