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2014 Season in Review

jeffrey-earnhardt-clt-2-2014Mooresville, NC – Jeffrey Earnhardt completed the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season finishing 18th in points. Like all teams there were highs and lows but overall the drivers first full season was a success.

“This year was a great experience for me” said Jeffrey. “Getting the opportunity to run full time was important to my career and learning the different tracks is something we can build on. There were a few races where we had bad luck with getting wrecked and some mechanical failures but that’s part of racing. I really appreciate everything Johnny & Gary at JD Motorsports did for me and look forward to improving next season.”

Jeffrey caught the attention of fans, media and competitors this year with strong performances for the small team. And on one Bristol night his famous uncle, Dale Jr. had this to tweet “Proud as hell of you @Jearnhardt1” after he ran the underdog car to a 12th place finish.

“I think people know that we were underfunded and making a lot out of a little. I’m looking forward to the offseason to build a large enough sponsor base to compete for wins next year” stated Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is working on his 2015 plans and will be making announcements in the coming weeks so stay tuned and have a great Thanksgiving!

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On to Texas

qwMooresville, NC - Jeffrey Earnhardt and the JD Motorsports #4 Camaro sit 18th in points with just three races remaining in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season. This year represents Jeffrey's first full season in the Nationwide series and there's been plenty to build on.

"It's been a year of ups & downs but mostly positive" said Jeffrey. "The team worked their tails off to maximize our opportunities and we've had good runs during the year. I've gained a lot of experience and I think we're exceeding expectations on most weeks. We ran a full year on a very small budget and that's a testimony to Johnny, Gary and the guys at JDM."

As they move to Texas for this weekends O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, the #4 team looks forward to finishing strong. "I'm ready to race the last 3 of the season and end 2014 on a positive note. We have three tracks that I like a lot and it should be fun for the entire team, said Earnhardt.

Next race is on November 1st at Texas Motor Speedway and will be televised on ESPN at 3:30 pm.

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Ready For Kansas

flexshot suit03 October 2014 - Kansas Speedway: Jeffrey Earnhardt will be piloting the JD Motorsports #4 Camaro this Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300. With just 5 races remaining in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season, Earnhardt sits 18th in points and an opportunity to move up in the rankings. "During the last few races we've had a mixed bag" said Jeffrey. "We had some issues with equipment and then in Richmond we were taken out with nowhere to go. Wrecks are part of racing so you take the bad with the good. In Kentucky we had a decent run and ended with a 16th finish. Our team is running on a tight budget at the moment so whenever we get a top 20 finish it's quite an accomplishment. The experience is good and I look forward to increasing our funding so we can get the engines & tools necessary to win races."

Kansas is a mile and a half track which proves challenging for the smaller teams but with good pits and smart driving the #4 team looks forward to a good day of racing. Television coverage begins at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

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Strong Run at Bristol

1Jeffrey Earnhardt turned in an excellent performance in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing 12th after starting 21st.

The race had no shortage of Bristol action with multiple cars making contact throughout the race. Earnhardt ran aggressively throughout the race but maintained a disciplined approach to the challenging track. “It really felt good to race around the top 10 and come home with such a solid finish,” Earnhardt said. “The car ran great, and we were able to avoid the accidents and spins. That usually leads to a good finish here.”

The 12th place finish is a major accomplishment for the underfunded team at JD Motorsports and driver. "We know we have to work extra hard to be competitive and tonights race was a great example of overachieving My team fired on all cylinders and I did what I had to do to return the favor. Johnny & Gary (JD Motorsports owners) promised we'd be competitive and that finish was good for all of us."

Earnhardt advanced from 17th to 12th over the race’s final 45 laps and his Uncle's post race tweet captured the spirit of the evening for his nephews efforts: @DaleJr "Proud as hell of you @JEarnhardt1".

Jeffrey currently sits in 18th place in Nationwide points and heads to Atlanta for the Great Clips 300 Benefiting Feed the Children.

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Headed to Indy

je mowerGaffney, SC - Jeffrey Earnhardt headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with one mission in mind, race a complete race after several weeks of healing from a broken collarbone suffered during a motorcycle crash. "The pain was pretty significant right after the accident but I was able to start races and keep in the points" said Jeffrey. "I knew it was still going to hurt in Indy but I couldn't go another week getting out of the car mid race. Unfortunately we had the engine issue but it was good for me to get back in the saddle full time."

Dixie Chopper was the title sponsor for Indy and Jeffrey had a great experience meeting the Dixie Chopper team and signing autographs at the sponsors booth.

“Dixie Chopper Mowers are really cool. They have so many neat products and it’s definitely the mower to use if you’re a professional groundskeeper or homeowner looking to tackle projects with ease” said Jeffrey. “I look forward to working together in the future and can support Dixie with confidence because they offer quality products that really work.”

Earnhardt will be entering Saturdays US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway sitting 18th in NASCAR Nationwide drivers points. Race coverage begins at 7:30 pm on August 2nd on ESPN.

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Challenges at The Monster Mile

Dover, DE - The Monster Mile had some challenges in store for the #4 team of Jeffrey Earnhardt during the past weekends Buckle Up 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Starting with a practice crash caused by leaking fluids on a competitors car and a backup car that took most of the evening to prepare, the #4 team demonstrated a gritty perseverance to make the race but it wasn't enough to avoid a 30th place finish. "It was tough to lose a good car the way we did in practice but sometimes you go through these things and it brings you closer as a team" said Jeffrey. "After the crash we pulled out the backup car and the guys put in an incredible effort to have a car ready to race on Saturday. I stayed with the team to pitch in and was humbled to see how hard everyone worked to make sure we could race. No one likes to come in 30th but when you fight as a team it definitely brings you closer and more eager to get another shot at the next race."

FASTWAX.COM and the Austin Hatcher Foundation sponsored the #4 Camaro and the extra effort wasn't lost on the sponsors supporting the youngest Earnhardt driver. Fastwax.com CEO Darren Ellsmore had this to say about the team fielding a car for the race, "When you sponsor the smaller teams they go the extra mile to make sure you have a positive experience. I knew the backup car wouldn't let Jeffrey race up front but the fact that they didn't let us down and still made the race says a lot about the character of JD Motorsports and Jeffrey. We've been supporting Jeffrey since the beginning and have confidence that sooner than later all of this hard work is going to reward everyone. I'm proud of his perseverance and everyone at Fastwax.com is proud to be a partner with Jeffrey and the JD Motorsports family."

During the weekend Jeffrey had the pleasure of visiting Dover AFB and received a base tour with some of America's finest. See this quick video of his visit:

The next race is scheduled for June 14th at Michigan International Speedway.

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Charlotte Bound

Charlotte, NC - Ten races into the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season and Jeffrey Earnhardt sits 15th in points. Completing every race of the season has been a valuable experience for the 4th generation Earnhardt driver.

"We come into Charlotte with a lot of clean laps under our belt" said Jeffrey. "We realize the speed will come with more sponsorship funding but you see a lot of the well funded teams crashing out of races and we're finishing. We've had some top 20 finishes and while we'd love to have wins and top 10's, it's a process that requires more funding and more seat time. I'm real happy with my team and the efforts we put in each week and thankful for the sponsors that support us. If we keep doing what we're doing and can bring in new sponsor partners we'll be moving up in points and finishes and we'll be sure to open some eyes in the Nationwide Series."

The History 300 race is Saturday, May 24th and ABC will begin television coverage at 2:30pm.

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Perdue Foods on Board for Richmond

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GAFFNEY, S.C. – Perdue Foods will be riding along with Jeffrey Earnhardt when he challenges Richmond International Raceway in Friday’s ToyotaCare 250 Nationwide Series race. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced the Perdue sponsorship Tuesday. The partnership renews a very special relationship for Perdue, which once worked with and sponsored Dale Earnhardt Sr., Jeffrey’s grandfather and one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest drivers.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the folks at Perdue,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “Jeffrey’s first season is going well, and this will give us an extra boost as we get ready for Richmond. We’re all looking forward to having Perdue along for the ride.”

Earnhardt is in his first full season in the Nationwide Series. He has scored two straight top-20 runs in the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, and with a boost from Perdue, is looking for bigger things at Richmond this week.

“We’re excited to be riding with Jeffrey Earnhardt, JD Motorsports and Gary Keller at Richmond,” said Perdue Chairman Jim Perdue. “Jeffrey’s having an exciting first full season in the Nationwide Series. It’s also a special honor to be once again associated with the Earnhardt family. We were an associate sponsor on the number 3 car with Dale Earnhardt, and he was also one of our chicken growers. For the Perdue family and our company, it means something special to see a tradition carried on through the generations.”

“We want to thank Johnny Davis and Gary Keller for this opportunity to make this special appearance in NASCAR’s Nationwide series, and for the opportunity to showcase Perdue on the number 4 car,” said Gail McWilliam, Vice President of Marketing, Perdue brand. “All of us associated with Perdue are thrilled to be riding with Jeffrey and the JD Motorsports team Friday night.” A fan of short tracks, Earnhardt is ready to roll at RIR.

“Richmond is one of my favorite tracks, and it’s going to be great to have Perdue on board this week,” Earnhardt said. “I’m looking forward to giving them an impressive run there. Having a strong sponsor is a key to doing well in this sport, and Perdue fills the bill for us.”

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Richmond Bound

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Richmond, VA. - Jeffrey Earnhardt entered the month of April with top 20 finishes in Texas and Darlington. Driver and team continue to make progress on and off the track and this weekends Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway is an opportunity to build on that momentum. "We're getting better each week and learning what things we need to do to maximize our performance" said Jeffrey. "The seat time has been very valuable and with the exception of getting clipped early in Bristol, we're having clean finishes and racing the best we can." Last year in Richmond Jeffrey made national news racing for his uncle at JR Motorsports. Spending much of that race with the front of the pack, Jeffrey looks forward to returning to Richmond.

"That opportunity was a lot of fun. We have a good car for this weekend and I'm ready to drive that #4 as fast as she can go." Jeffrey currently sits in 17th in NNS drivers points and this race certainly provides the opportunity to improve that position at the end of the day.

The Green Flag is scheduled to wave at 7:15pm EST with television coverage on ESPN News channel.

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Looking ahead to Vegas

je fw1 2014Las Vegas, NV- Two races into the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Jeffrey sits 17th in points. Daytona was a clean race for Earnhardt but removal of the tandem draft left the smaller teams at a distinct disadvantage. Car & Driver ran to the best of their ability but the only answer to a higher place finish was more horsepower. The Daytona 500 victory by Jeffrey's uncle (Dale Jr.) was great motivation and everyone at JEI and JD Motorsports are doubling down to secure sponsorship to improve the program.

From there the team rolled on to Phoenix for some small track racing. Jeffrey drove the #4 Chevrolet Camaro to a clean 27th place finish before the race was called due to rain. "I'm happy to be out there competing and look forward to working with the team to increase our speed" said Earnhardt. "We need to increase our funding so we can get more competitive. I appreciate everything the guys are doing and look forward to Vegas."

Jeffrey's next race will be the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 8th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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