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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.

Talladega is Here

1Talladega Superspeedway - Earnhardt & Talladega. History documents multiple Earnhardt victories at Talladega and nothing would be sweeter than to grab the checkered flag for the fourth generation driver to come from the Earnhardt family of racers. "I've watched my grandpa's wins at Dega and dream about winning here" said Jeffrey. "I love everything about Talladega. The speed, the track, the fans, our work with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the entire race week pumps me up and I always look forward to coming back. It definitely feels like a second home for me."

Jeffrey's race week will be that much sweeter with the sponsorship of FASTWAX.com and Viva Auto Group. "Fastwax.com has been a great supporter of mine and the company's CEO, Darren Ellsmore is one of my close friends. He's always been there to get me on the track and their products are the real deal so it's always special to race the FW1 car. Viva Auto Group has a a number of top auto dealerships in Texas and they have been great to our team and me personally so I'm excited to give them a good show this weekend" commented Earnhardt.

Friday night Jeffrey will be attending the 30th Annual Race Fever fundraising event benefiting the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Held at the FOX Sports 1 Dome within the International Motorsports Hall of Fame complex, Race Fever has a host of special guests, great food and a tremendous opportunity for good people to do great things for AIDB. "My grandfather was a great supporter of AIDB and I'm honored to carry on that effort" said Jeffrey. "It's a fun night to be with the kids and do something that makes a difference in their lives. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there and doing our part to start the race weekend with my friends at AIDB."

The Winn Dixie 300 green flag drops at 2pm local time with Jeffrey and the #55 FW1-Viva Autogroup Chevrolet ready to put the pedal to the metal.

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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.

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Early Setback for Earnhardt at Atlanta

2China Grove, N.C. (March 2nd, 2015) – It was a long day for Jeffrey Earnhardt and his Viva Motorsports team as a part failure relegated them to a 32nd place finish in the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 55 Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group Chevrolet rolled off in 34th place after Earnhardt and Crew Chief Mark Setzer struggled to find the qualifying feel they were looking for. However, as soon as the green flag dropped Earnhardt started picking his way through the field. The forward march was short-lived as a broken shock mount on the right rear sent the Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group machine sliding through turns 3 and 4, bringing out the caution. Earnhardt pulled into the garage and the Viva Motorsports crew replaced the broken component, but not before the field went back to green flag racing. This deficit could not be overcome for the remainder of the race despite Earnhardt’s ability to run lap times competitive with the leaders.

Start: 34th

Finish: 32nd

Driver Points: 17th

Owner Points: 24th

Connect with Jeffrey Earnhardt and Viva Motorsports!

Facebook.com/JeffreyEarnhardt, and Facebook.com/VivaMotorsports.

On Twitter and Instagram: @jearnhardt1, and @VivaRacing55

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Jeffrey Strong at Daytona

1Daytona, FL - Daytona International Speedway had many firsts during this weekends inaugural Xfinity Series Alert Today Florida 300 race. It was the debut for Xfinity as Series title sponsor, the first race for driver Jeffrey Earnhardt with his new team Viva Motorsports and the beginning of a promising partnership with new sponsor, Fronius USA. Saturdays activities began with Jeffrey qualifying in the 13th position and starting in row 7 for the days race. Immediately after the green flag waived Jeffrey knew he was piloting something special with the Fronius #55 Chevrolet. "i knew Jamie and the Viva Motorsports team were working hard to put me in a good car but the Fronius 55 exceeded my expectations" said Earnhardt. "We were able to keep up with the top teams and the car gave me confidence we could compete with anyone out there."

On a day when the yellow flag remained under wraps for the majority of the race, pit stops were critical to the teams success. "The race stayed green for a lot longer than expected in Daytona so our pits were going to be key to staying in the mix. When we came in to pit the #18 car stopped in our box and almost ran over our jackman" stated Jeffrey. "I'm glad he was able to avoid getting run over but it hurt our momentum and made it difficult to recover without more cautions. We finished with a top 20 (16th) which is good considering the late wreck and I'm happy we completed the race with most of the race car. I can't thank our sponsor Fronius enough and I'm looking forward to Atlanta to give the Fronius car another run."

Jeffrey's next race will be the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Saturday, February 28th at 1:30pm ET. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast on Sirius Channel 90.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Moves to Viva Motorsports

10945607_381670338680642_3429456924101160280_nChina Grove, NC (February 2, 2015) – Viva Motorsports has signed Jeffrey Earnhardt to be behind the wheel of the No. 55 Fronius USA Chevrolet starting with the Alert Today 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt brings with him a wealth of experience for a young driver, having previously competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Rolex Series Grand-Am Sports Car Series and in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2009.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, a fourth generation driver carries the Earnhardt legacy into the next step of his career. The grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. is quickly approaching his 100th start in the NASCAR ranks. Earnhardt looks forward to reaching that milestone and many more while driving a Viva Motorsports racecar.

“I am extremely excited and humbled for the opportunity to drive for Viva Motorsports. After becoming friends last season, I knew Viva Motorsports was where I wanted to be,” said Earnhardt. “What Jamie (Dick) has done with Viva Motorsports is incredible. What a lot of people don’t know is Jamie is only 25 years old. He started with a couple cars and has built it into an awesome team! I can’t say it enough how excited I am to be apart of this. Daytona can’t get here fast enough. I also want to thank Fronius USA for coming on board. I’m not the best welder, but what better way to learn then with the best welders in the world.”

Viva Motorsports team owner, Jamie Dick, is also enthusiastic about the new partnership with Earnhardt and Fronius USA, “Jeffrey is a great talent and he will bring a lot to our team on and off the racetrack. With Viva Motorsports equipment, Fronius USA support, and Jeffrey behind the wheel, we will be a force to be reckoned with when the season kicks off.”

Partnership opportunities for the 2015 Xfintiy Series season are still available.

About Fronius USA: For over 65 years the name Fronius has stood for intensive research Fronius_Logoand the constant search for new, innovative solutions. Our state-of-the-art products have received numerous international awards for innovation, environmental stewardship and best practices. In the field of welding technology, Fronius is a competent partner to the international automotive industry and other metalworking industries where high quality is a major concern.

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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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