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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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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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