2018 Daytona 500: There will be an Earnhardt in the race after all

Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt (Getty Pictures)

There will be an Earnhardt in the Daytona 500 lineup for the fortieth consecutive operating of “the Nice America Race.”

Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., will drive this season for the StarCom Racing staff in the NASCAR Cup Collection, which means the Earnhardt driving legacy will proceed in the Daytona 500.

“There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years, so to be capable of hold that streak going for a fortieth yr means quite a bit to me, and I’m positive numerous Earnhardt followers are going to be glad to listen to this news,” stated Jeffrey, the 28-yr-previous son of Kerry Earnhardt (per USA Right now).

The Daytona 500 carries bittersweet reminiscences for the Earnhardt household. Dale Earnhardt died in a crash in the 2001 race.

After Dale Jr.’s retirement following the 2017 Cup Collection season, it appeared as if the Feb. 18 race would finish a streak of 39 consecutive 500s that featured both him or his father.

As an alternative, Jeffrey Earnhardt’s StarCom No. 00 staff (by a constitution leased from Richard Childress Racing) means, barring unexpected circumstances, the Daytona 500 streak will proceed.

Over the previous three seasons, Jeffrey has pushed in Cup, Xfinity and Truck collection races, together with in fifty eight Cup Collection occasions with no prime 10 finishes.