Jeffrey Earnhardt is a 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year candidate, who is trying to help the Go FAS Racing team reach the next level in the sport. He also has the immense pressure of trying to uphold the legacy of the Earnhardt name, while learning the ropes at NASCAR’s top level. Earnhardt is coming off of his career-best finish of 32nd this past week at Bristol, and a couple of weeks ago at Texas he sat down with Tribute Racing to talk about a plethora of topics.
In sitting down with the 26-year old driver, you can tell right away how humble working up the NASCAR ladder the hard way has made him.
“I’ve got a long way to go as far as learning, and developing my driving skills in these Cup cars. They’re a whole different animal and completely different from Xfinity cars,” Earnhardt admitted. “So I’ve struggled with that the first few races, and I’m still struggling with that. The learning curve is starting to be better.”
Even though he is still learning on the fly, you really get a sense that Earnhardt genuinely appreciates the hard work put in by his team.
“I think 12 or 13 employees is all we have. A couple of guys stayed back at the shop, and the rest are travel guys. They work all week in the shop, and then come on the road all weekend. Like I said, they bust their ass man,” Earnhardt said. “I can’t talk about how hard they work, or how good of workers they are enough, because they really do go above and beyond. They put in those late hours at the shop whenever most of these teams are going home at five o’clock, these guys are busting their ass until eight, 10, hell midnight sometimes to get these cars ready. It’s a big difference.” (more…)