My Push for Kerry Earnhardt

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 29:  Kerry Earnhardt, driver of the #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Aaron's 499 on April 29, 2005 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

Looking at his face is almost an identical resemblance of the late great Dale Earnhardt. Whenever we hear the name, we automatically refer to The Intimidator or The Prince Of NASCAR who has taken endorsements to an all-new level with a man simply known as "Jr."

However, Kerry Earnhardt is almost a forgotten man on the NASCAR scene. His story is not like most who have famous fathers. He didn't even spend time with his father since his early childhood days until he was 16.

By that time, Sr. had invested and given all his time and knowledge and money to Dale Jr. Kerry would try to build a relationship with Sr. and did so as much as he could, but it was pretty obvious that he got second-rate treatment compared to Jr.

He began racing street stocks against his younger half-brother, Dale Jr., and his half-sister Kelly.

He then moved to the Goody's Dash Series, getting eight top tens in just 11 races, including a seventh place finish in his first ever race at Daytona.

After that season, he went back home to Kannapolis, N.C., and raced late models at Hickory Motor Speedway. In 26 starts, Earnhardt grabbed one top five and seven top tens in route to finishing 10th in the points standings.

The next several years, Kerry raced select Busch Series races and ARCA races. He has four career ARCA wins and three top fives in the Busch Series (now known as the Nationwide Series).

He has raced in limited Nextel Cup races for Dave Marcis Racing and Richard Childress Racing. He had a full time Busch Series deal in 2002 with Fitz-Bradshaw Racing.

But, other than that, it's pretty obvious that Kerry had to build his career from the ground up and never caught a break, unlike his brother who had a ride waiting on him.

Now, Kerry Earnhardt has resurfaced again. He and his son, Jeffrey (along with a plethora of other drivers I guess) will take turns driving the No. 31 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet. In Atlanta though in the fall (according to a published report) both Kerry and Jeffrey will race against each other. That will be a fun sight.

Kerry had a very stellar run in his first start with the new team at Talladega. He had attempted to qualify the car in one previous race but did not get it. Talladega was a different story.

Many times during the race, Kerry was able to make his way to the front and push Dale Jr. and Brad Keselowski and nearly made it there himself a few times. It is obvious that when it comes to restrictor plates, that last name can do it, no matter who is in the car.

What I would like to see is Kerry get one more fair chance. I know he is more focused on his son's career now, and what good father wouldn't be?

But seriously, why just hang it up now? You're just approaching 40. DEI has to be diluted at this point since Ganassi drivers are pretty much the face of their organization now. What would it hurt to give him one chance at a ride?

I do know that he is still a consultant for DEI, but says he will never drive full-time for them. I think Teresa Earnhardt should reconsider that thought.

I know the stats and previous history don't really back my theory up, but that's why it's my theory. Thanks for reading and all comments are welcome.