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On the track, in the ring, this Earnhardt has a lot of fight

By GODWIN KELLY, Motorsports editor

DAYTONA BEACH -- This is a warning to all drivers racing against Jeffrey Earnhardt in the July 6 Subway Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

If you have any thoughts about spinning him out during the 100-lap run over the 2.5-mile tri-oval, you might want to consider he is a mixed martial arts fight winner.

"MMA is a tough sport," he said of his lone MMA victory May 22. "It's physically demanding in every way. You have to be strong. You have to be physically fit."

The grandson of "The Intimidator" Dale Earnhardt was in town Tuesday to promote the Speedway's no smoking in the grandstands policy.

His car will be sponsored in next month's race, then at Homestead in November, by

Motorsports has turned 180 degrees on smoking and tobacco products, considering Earnhardt's grandfather was a seven-time "Winston" Cup Series champion.

"The sport was built with big tobacco backing, but today, it's a whole new generation," Earnhardt said before speaking to teenagers from across the state.

"Daytona is going smoke-free. That is good. It is a health concern. It's good to see the sport changing and making a difference."

Earnhardt, who turns 23 on Friday, was in grade school when his grandfather won the 1998 Daytona 500. Earnhardt's uncle -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- snapped a 143-race losing streak Sunday.

"It was good to see him back in Victory Lane," said Jeffrey, whose father, Kerry, is Dale Jr.'s half brother. "He's in it to do it now. He's coming back on top."

Jeffrey Earnhardt has made four starts at the Speedway, including two Rolex 24 At Daytona appearances. He has a couple of Nationwide Series starts this season for Rick Ware Racing.

"I'm looking forward to Daytona," Earnhardt said. "I ran here last year in the July race. We finished 19th, but we are looking for a much better run in July. We race for wins."

Daytona is synonymous with the Earnhardt name. Jeffrey would like to see his name in the Speedway's record book before it's over.

"This is big for our family," he said. "My grandfather built some pretty big shoes and I don't think I can fill them, but (I) take a stab at keeping up where he left off. We want the Earnhardt name up front at Daytona."

The Earnhardt name carries a tough image, and Jeffrey fits the mold of a scrappy, battle-ready racer. He showed his toughness away from the track.

Jeffrey was invited to an amateur MMA card in Charlotte and beat opponent Chris Faison in a unanimous decision. The two men battled in a cage at an event billed as Fight Labs 25.

"It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it," Earnhardt said. "It was completely different from what I expected. I have a ton of respect for any MMA fighter out there."

Earnhardt said MMA and racing have similarities.

"MMA is a sport," he said. "You want to be the best. To be the best, you have to beat that guy across from you. It's really no different from racing. When I get in a race car, I want to beat every other driver on the track.

"My fight was only nine minutes long, but to me, it was like cramming in a whole entire race into nine minutes. It was more intense than driving a race car."

NASCAR Driver Jeffrey Earnhardt Wins MMA Debut; Impresses Critics

Article author: J. Andrew Yount. Posted on 05/23 at 03:20 AM @

It turns out that race car drivers are athletes. Tuesday evening in Charlotte, NC, Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, stepped into the cage for his first mixed martial arts fight. When his amateur debut was over, he had not only proven that drivers are athletes, he proved that he belonged in MMA as much as he does on the track. Although it was not a highlight packed contest, Earnhardt controlled the fight from bell to bell, and walked away with a three round unanimous decision victory.

The sold out crowd for “Fight Lab 25: Race Week Cage Fights” at Coyote Joe’s, cheered loudly for the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt as he was introduced, and again when he completed the first takedown of the contest. It was an explosive double-leg scoop and slam that seemingly came out of nowhere; Georges St-Pierre would have been impressed.

Earnhardt’s opponent, the 0-3 Chris Faison, did little more than try to survive each round, making it difficult for Earnhardt to showcase a variety of skills. However, as opportunities presented themselves for the young fighter he made the most of them. To the surprise of many, Earnhardt displayed an array of savvy positions, that are typically only seen from veteran fighters. One such instance came near the end of the opening round when, as Faison was attempting to scramble away from trouble, Earnhardt effortlessly slid into a north-south position, securing Faison’s head and shoulders and keeping him pinned to the mat. From that position, Earnhardt sought to end the fight with a north-south choke. Although the submission maneuver did not succeed, it was the presence of mind to seek the finish from that position that was impressive.

Many fighters will tell you, it is easy to go out there and do what you are trained to do until you are punched in the face. So how did Earnhardt hold up to that test? Pretty spectacularly. Early in the second Earnhardt shot in from long range looking for a takedown. Faison was prepared and delivered a pinpoint knee to the face of the diving Earnhardt. The blow did not seem to slow or stun Earnhardt one bit. He continued driving through the takedown and completed it with ease.

Later on in the round, after delivering a couple of strong punches from top position Faison rolled to avoid more strikes, and Earnhardt stayed with him step for step. He cleanly rolled right to Faison’s back and looked to possibly sneak in a rear-naked choke. Faison tucked his legs under him and his knees to his chest, to avoid becoming completely mounted. Rather than getting impatient and making an impulsive move to try to cinch in the position, Earnhardt waited, trying to get his opponent to leave an opening. Another veteran-like attribute displayed by the inexperienced fighter.

The final test for Earnhardt came in the third round. As he closed in for a takedown, Faison reached his hands down and around the neck of Earnhardt, coming dangerously close to sinking in a guillotine choke. Where many young fighters get nervous and pull away as soon as they feel the pressure on their necks, Earnhardt continued to drive through with the takedown, completing it. After the takedown, Earnhardt slowly worked his opponent along the fence until he was in his own corner and able to receive instructions from his coaches.

All in all, Jeffrey Earnhardt was very successful in his debut. Although his fight was not the barn burner that many had hoped for, Earnhardt looked more like seasoned pro than a rookie making his debut. Racing may be the youngster’s primary focus, but it certainly looks as though MMA is a real and viable back up plan if he ever decides to quit the family business and strike out in a new direction.

The full fight results for Tuesday evening’s “Fight Lab 25: Race Week Cage Fights,” including the blow-by-blow of Earnhardt’s debut, go to

Auto Racer Jeffrey Earnhardt, Grandson of Dale Earnhardt, Excited to Make MMA Debut

By Mike Chiappetta - Senior Writer

May 20, 2012 - Jeffrey Earnhardt belongs to auto racing. The grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, he has been working his way towards the sport's major league circuit for years. At 22 years old, that's a goal he's still chasing. It's in his blood. But he's been infected.

Like many young athletes, Earnhardt has fallen in love with mixed martial arts, first as a fan, and now as a practitioner. And on Tuesday, Earnhardt will become a two-sport athlete when he makes his MMA debut at an event called Fight Lab 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Earnhardt to Race in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Ala. – Over the years racing has seen a handful of true family dynasties. Legendary names that have regularly visited Victory Lane generation after generation. The Andrettis, the Pettys, the Unsers and, of course, the Earnhardts.

For more than a half-century, the Earnhardt name has been a fixture in NASCAR, from racing patriarch Ralph to seven-time champion Dale Sr. to current Sprint Cup Series star Dale Jr. Now along comes the fourth generation of this racing clan, Jeffrey Earnhardt, who is competing full-time this season in the Grand Am Rolex Series GT class.

Earnhardt will be at Barber Motorsports Park March 30 through March 31st to compete in the Porsche 250 Grand-Am race, which will be held in conjunction with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy. And though he has never been to BMP and is a newcomer to the Grand Am Series, Earnhardt said he knows he will have some fans in attendance simply because of his last name.

“The Earnhardt name is huge. It’s pretty unreal all the people who are diehard Earnhardt fans,” said 22-year-old Jeffrey Earnhardt, who is the son of Kerry Earnhardt, the grandson of Dale Sr. and the nephew of Dale Jr. “It’s neat for me to see how much people looked up to my grandfather. It definitely makes it a lot of fun and interesting to do autograph sessions and be able to mingle with the fans and hear their stories about meeting my grandfather or my dad or my uncle.”

While his last name is his current source of fame, Jeffrey Earnhardt is working toward making a name for himself with his racing. Over the past four years he has made appearances in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and K&N Series East. He has shown a fondness for road courses, turning in solid showings at Watkins Glen, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. He is driving for Rick Ware Racing in the Grand Am Series this year, with a long-term goal of eventually making it to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“For some reason road courses were something I took to in stock cars,” Earnhardt said. “Road racing is a lot of fun. I really enjoy doing it. And the opportunity was there this year with Rick Ware Racing. It’s another step toward Sprint Cup. We’re going to take it one step at a time, get track experience and work our way up.”

The next step for Earnhardt is to race at Barber Motorsports Park. Despite never having seen the facility in person, he said he has been practicing in recent months on the iRacing computerized simulation.

“I know on iRacing it seems like a lot of fun,” Earnhardt said. “I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about Barber. Everybody says it’s a really nice facility and a lot of fun to drive on. I’m excited about getting there and running on it for real. I’m ready to go racing.”

Spoken like a true Earnhardt.

The Porsche 250 will take place Saturday, March 31st at Barber Motorsports Park as one of six races throughout the three-day Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. Tickets start at $15 and kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

About Barber Motorsports Park and ZOOM Motorsports:

Barber Motorsports Park opened in the spring of 2003. Since its inception, ZOOM Motorsports, LLC has been the exclusive event promoter for the events at the Park. The 2.38-mile racing circuit is 45 feet wide, with 17 turns and elevation changes of more than 80 feet. The Barber Motorsports Park has been considered one of North America’s finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing, and has served as the venue for several international product launches. The Barber Motorsports Park also features the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This 144,000 square‐foot facility houses more than 1,000 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations and more than 125 manufacturers. For more information, please visit

Source: Barber Motorsports Park/ZOOM Motorsports, Press Release

Earnhardt Family Tradition

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Living up to a family legacy in any sport is tough, just ask the Manning brothers. It's the same in racing.

This weekend there will be several second and third generation drivers racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, but there will be only one fourth generation driver and with the name Earnhardt there are some big shoes to fill.

The legacy of NASCAR's fastest half-mile oval has been built on legendary drivers. They're honored outside the main office with bronze plaques, with names like Dale Earnhardt.

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Jeffrey 97.3 Interview

Did you know that Jeffrey Earnhardt will be in Alabama at the end of this month? The fourth-generation Earnhardt and full-time Rolex Series driver for Rick Ware Racing was recently on 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham to talk about his upcoming race at Barber Motorsports Park. Listen to the stream at the link below:

Jeffrey Interivew

Earnhardt Ready for Bristol

Thomasville, NC (March 6, 2012) – Bristol Motor Speedway has been the site of many firsts but for 4th generation NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, March 17th 2012 will be significant. Earnhardt will be making his Bristol debut in the Sam’s Club #15 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing at the location of his grandfathers first Cup victory back in 1979. It will also be the first time an Earnhardt drives a Ford since 1983 when Dale Earnhardt drove the #15 Ford for Bud Moore.

Looking forward to his first Nationwide race of the year Earnhardt said, "I’m excited to race Bristol. My family has quite a few wins there and I hope to continue that success. I look forward to driving hard for all the Sam’s Club members out there and will see them at the new Hendersonville club on the 21st.” Jeffrey will be attending the grand opening of the newest Sam’s Club in Hendersonville, TN on March 21st, 2012 to meet members and sign autographs.

“Racing is a sport that so many of our Members in Hendersonville follow closely, and we are honored to welcome a local favorite like Jeffrey Earnhardt to our club in celebration of the grand opening,” said Jeff Godbey, Sam’s Club manager. “We wish him the best of luck in Bristol and hope that the community will come by the club to meet him on March 21.”

Earnhardt is competing full time in the Rolex Grand Am series and he’s been securing sponsorship for multiple NASCAR Nationwide races in 2012. In addition to Sam’s Club, Jeffrey’s Mustang will be sponsored by a brand he’s been using for years. “It’s awesome to have MET-Rx on board. They’re the #1 name in sports nutrition and we look forward to promoting their products to NASCAR fans” commented Jeffrey.

Team owner Rick Ware said, “Our sponsors have been great partners and having Sam’s Club and MET-Rx on the #15 Ford Mustang for Jeffrey’s Bristol debut is a great way to start 2012.” The race will be televised on March 17, 2012 on ESPN at 1pm EST.

Twitter: @jearnhardt1

24 Hours of Daytona Recap

January 28, 2012- The 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona had all of the excitement one would expect during a golden anniversary event. The #15 Poynt/ Mustang packed the power necessary to compete with the best of the GT class but after several hours of competition a mechanical issue sent the team home early. After the race Jeffrey commented, “It was disappointing but there were a lot of bright spots during the laps completed. It’s a new car so you never know what might happen. I had some good laps and the rest of the team seemed to get a rhythm during their sessions. Rick (Rick Ware Racing) knows what needs to be adjusted and he began working on it the day it returned to the shop.”

The next Grand AM race is the PORSCHE 250 on March 31st at Barber Motorsports Park. The race will be televised on SPEED TV at 4pm and Jeffrey & team will be ready for competition!

Conversation With ... Jeffrey Earnhardt

The Earnhardt family has had no shortage of success at Daytona International Speedway. For Jeffrey Earnhardt, he hopes that legacy continues in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona next month where he will debut the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang. The fourth-generation driver sat down to discuss the initial shakedown of the new car and his love for road racing.

What are your initial thoughts on the new Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang?

The Mustang is pretty sweet, I'm not gonna lie. It's got a lot of potential. We hadn't even had the car on track until this test and we didn't have any major problems. Obviously not having been on track before you're going to have some little things here and there that you'll have to fix, but it's been pretty smooth. It's impressed quite a few people for sure.

What are the differences between the Mustang and the Porsche you raced in the Rolex 24 with last year?

At first I wasn't sure how it would handle compared to the Porsche, the Mustang being a front-engine car when the Porsche was rear-engined and had all of that weight in the rear. But I was really surprised at how it drove and I was really pleased with it.

Both yourself and Rick Ware Racing have a lot of NASCAR background, what can we expect from you in the Rolex Series?

We're fully committed. Rick has really surprised a lot of people already with all of the effort that he's put into it. Just looking at the car and how far it's come in such a short amount of time, even I was surprised at all of the efforts that were put into this program.

For myself, on the NASCAR side I always tend to do better on the road courses. I finished second in the K&N race at Watkins Glen; my first two Nationwide starts were at Watkins Glen and Montreal and I ran well at both of those events. Then coming here for the Rolex 24 last year, we may have not had a car that was competitive for the win, but for a first-time team coming in and finishing 11th, I didn't think it was that bad of a result considering how strong the GT field was. We were a respectable first-time team, but this year I think we're fully capable of being a podium team, and I'm not expecting anything less.

Did you have any sports car background before you started competing in the Rolex Series?

Not really. I really liked the road racing in stock cars, it's a lot better than running in circles all day. You get to bang gears, heel-and-toe and all of that other stuff associated with sports car racing. It's neat to learn and it's neat to try new things. When the idea came up last year to run the Rolex 24, I went out to California and got to learn how to heel-and-toe and these other things and I had a lot of fun with it. Everyone seemed to be impressed with my driving and seemed to think I was a decent road course driver. Even yesterday when I got in the car I ran pretty respectable lap times and I hadn't even been in a car since last year's Rolex. I'm excited to get more time behind the wheel and see what we can really do.

How was the experience of your first Rolex 24 last year?

It's a whole different world here for sure. I remember going to the first driver meeting for last year's Roar Before the 24 and I came in wearing a hood and blue jeans. Everyone else was in their sponsor jackets...I kind of felt out of place. But really it's just race car drivers that want to race and that's no different than what you have on the NASCAR side. It's just a different style of it. I actually like GRAND-AM more because it's so relaxed and so fan friendly. We have all of these boy scouts out here and they can just walk up to you and get your autograph. There's no hassle. Even at the races fans can get right up there in the action, and that's something you don't get in any other series. That's why I love GRAND-AM, because it's so friendly and they really cater to the people that care about the sport.

What are your thoughts about the current state of the GT class with all of these new cars, teams and drivers?

It's really cool. I was shocked to see all of these drivers. I'm happy because there's more competition and it makes us as drivers step up our game and push even harder. There's several stacked teams with excellent drivers so we have our work cut out for us. But it's a 24-hour race and you have to make it to the end. That's what we have to keep preaching to ourselves. We did that last year and we made it to the end and that's the important part. This is an endurance race, not a sprint.

Is it different for you as a GT driver having to yield to the faster Daytona Prototypes?

I'm definitely not used to letting people go. Those prototypes are so much quicker. It's funny, your spotter will come on and tell you they're 15 car-lengths back and then next you know they're right on you. It's really neat. Again, it adds more excitement for me because it's something different. It's like the Trucks running against the Cup cars, that's how great the difference is.

Do you think at all about the history of the Earnhardt family name when you come to race at Daytona?

My grandpa was phenomenal here. The entire Earnhardt family has been successful at superspeedways and especially here at Daytona. Just to be here racing period, whether it's the road course or the oval, it's a lot of fun. It's a cool feeling walking around and seeing all of these old pictures of my grandfather at the Daytona 500, and my's pretty cool.

You were selected for this Q&A by our followers on Facebook and Twitter. Here is a question from one of our followers:

When are you going to learn how to Tweet? @48Horseshoe

Haha. I've been trying. I have a few of my friends who are involved in PR in racing and they keep telling me ‘You've got to tweet, you've got to tweet' and they've even offered to do it for me. I don't know, Facebook is hard enough. I'm not really that good with computers. I'm still learning how to do the whole tweeting thing... I guess I'm going to have to keep working on it now.

I'm going to have to step up my tweeting game. will be doing a special Q&A each day during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 and fans can pick the drivers! Follow us on Twitter at @RolexSeries and @CT_Challenge, and on Facebook at to nominate your favorite driver and get the chance to ask a question!

Mourning the Loss of Dave Mitchell

Today we mourn the loss of our friend & teammate Dave Mitchell. Dave was the VP of Marketing at Rick Ware Racing and a key person on the team. His dedication to the drivers, crews and sponsors was second to none but his role as husband & father will be the toughest loss to comfort. Please keep his family in your prayers and Dave, thank you for everything. We’ll miss you but your memory will live on in all that we do in the future.