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EARNHARDT TO COMPETE IN EURO NASCAR THIS WEEKEND

1Brands Hatch, United Kingdom - Jeffrey Earnhardt crossed the pond this week to compete in Euro NASCAR's American Speedfest III. "It was an invitation I couldn't resist" said a smiling Jeffrey. "I've never been to the UK and getting the chance to come here and compete at Brands Hatch was such a cool opportunity it took me less than a second to start packing my bags." Jeffrey will be driving the #55 car like he does at Viva Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Whelen title sponsorship adorning the car. Simpson and Fronius USA will be major sponsors for Jeffrey's first Euro NASCAR effort with the green flag dropping on Saturday during the showcase event.

Jerome Galpin, President/CEO of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series commented: "We are very happy to have Jeffrey racing with us at Brands Hatch. The Earnhardt family is one of the most famous in motorsport and it demonstrates once again, the close relationship between European and American NASCAR series. More and more drivers are crossing the ocean. Euro drivers to race in NASCAR in the USA and US drivers to join the Euro-NASCAR pack which is fast becoming one of the premier series in Europe. English fans will have a great opportunity to attend a unique event- we are ready to roar!"

Dave Willey, Brands Hatch Motorsport Events Manager added: "The Earnhardt name resonates not just with NASCAR fans, but all of us who are involved with motor racing across the globe. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Jeffrey and hope to see him competing at the sharp end at American Speedfest III and put on a great show for the fans on the Indy circuit."

Earnhardt is enjoying his first day with BBC interviews and a number of meet & greets with fans from across the Atlantic. "Day one has been outstanding and I'm really getting excited for this weekend. It's a new experience and I can't thank Jerome and his team enough for their hospitality. Motorsports are so popular in the UK and Euro NASCAR is getting a lot of fan growth. I'm totally pumped to compete hard and help make this weekend a great show" said Jeffrey. "Thanks to Simpson, Fronius and Viva for their support and we'll keep the fans back home posted on our UK adventure."

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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.