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Jeffrey Earnhardt Attempts To Qualify For First Nationwide Race At Dover

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2016

This weekend could mark history in Dover, DE.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, the son of part time driver Kerry Earnhardt and nephew of Sprint Cup racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., will attempt to make the field for the Nationwide race in the Heluva Good! 200 on Saturday.

The 19-year-old grandson of NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt will be driving the No. 31 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet that his father Kerry has driven once this season. The team is co-owned by Stanton Barrett and has an affiliation with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

He finished fifth in the points in NASCAR's Busch East Series in 2007 and won the Most Popular Driver Award at the end of the season.

Jeffrey realizes the challenges of having a lack of experience and having to race against some of the best drivers on the planet.

"I can't wait to make my start in the Nationwide Series and race at Dover," said Jeffrey Earnhardt. "Right now, I'm just working on getting comfortable in the car and getting some experience. I know there's some tough competition in Nationwide, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot from the guys in the field. I want to run a good race and get used to the car."

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