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Talladega is Here

1Talladega, AL (May 3, 2015) - Drivers with the last name Earnhardt had a great weekend at Talladega in both series. Dale Jr. won the Sprint Cup Series race and Jeffrey competed all day in the Xfinity Series finishing in 12th place.

"We had a strong car that could run up front" commented the younger Earnhardt. "I was logging fast laps and knew if I could keep it clean we'd be in good shape towards the end." Keeping it clean was easier said than done but Jeffrey avoided multiple crashes and with some great efforts by the VIVA team, was in position to race for the win with only slight repairs to the front end. "I got sandwiched a bit early on but the guys did a great job taping the damage without hurting our speed" said Jeffrey. "With a few laps left I was able to push the #3 but didn't get any help from behind. We tried running the top but we needed a few more cars to get with the leaders. Finishing 12th was good but I'm anxious to get back there cause I feel like we can win there for sure."

Earnhardt compiled the 15 fastest lap times at the race and had fans standing on their feet cheering when he teamed up with his grandfathers famous #3 car currently driven by Ty Dillon of RCR. The FW1-VIva Auto Group #55 Chevrolet made a statement that day and Jeffrey and team are looking forward to the next opportunity to get back on the track to build upon their success.

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Top Fifteen at Bristol

2Jeffrey received the call days before the race from Jamie Dick advising him that he wanted Earnhardt to pilot the #55 Viva Motorsports Camaro during the 33rd Annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. It was that same disease that sidelined Dick so Jeffrey welcomed the chance to participate in a race that would further efforts to help people suffering from diabetes. "It's been tough to see Jamie get this diagnosis so with this title sponsorship for the Bristol race I was glad to do anything I could to help contribute to the cause" said Earnhardt.

Starting in the 20th position, Earnhardt battled throughout the day and was able to finish with a finishing position of 15th. "There was a lot going on out there today and we had a spin but I was able to hang on to it and finish the race with a top 20" commented Jeffrey. "Bristol is always a wild ride and I hope our fans enjoyed the day. Would have preferred a better finish but 15th was ok considering some of the day's challenges."

The next race for Jeffrey is at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2nd during the Winn Dixie 300 with FW1 Fastwax leading the way.

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Strong Run at Auto Club

1Auto Club Speedway, Fontana CA - Jeffrey Earnhardt received the call to replace team owner Jamie Dick behind the wheel of the #55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet after Dick received medical news of his diagnosis with diabetes. "Hearing about Jamie's condition was terrible. He's been very good to me and to have someone as nice as him having to get that news stopped me in my tracks" said Earnhardt. "I'm happy he asked me to come out and drive but my thoughts are on his health."

Jeffrey flew out as soon as he received word and the team made the changes necessary to get Earnhardt in the drivers seat. Starting from the 27th position, it wasn't long before the #55 maneuvered through the competition and was demonstrating that even on short notice driver & team were ready to compete. "The guys did a great job setting up the car and after we made some adjustments we found ourselves running in the top 15. As we saw the speeds picking up we decided to stay out and had the #55 leading the race for 3 laps" commented Jeffrey. "Our lap times were strong and if we didn't have the power issue I'm pretty sure we would have finished with a top 10."

That power issue ended up being a battery failure that required a long stop that sent the Viva Autogroup AutogroupChevrolet into a prolonged repair and 4 laps down. Once repaired, Earnhardt didn't yield another lap and remained competitive with the race leader times. Jeffrey said, "these things happen. It's a shame it happened on a day when we were clearly competitive but that's racing. Hopefully we'll have more days with strong runs and the breaks will be in our favor."

Jeffrey is working with Jamie to plan more races this season and will have news on the next race with Earnhardt piloting the #55 soon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie Dick for his quick recovery.