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Earnhardts strong run diminished with new gear

Jeffrey Earnhardt visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time this weekend and showed quickly just how strong he can be. Earnhardt had to qualify on time in the #41 Nuts Off/Pepsi Max/Fastwax Chevy and posted his ride in the 29th position.

Earnhardt quickly moved through the pack and into the 24th position with clean and accurate passes as he and the RWR team dialed the car in.

Just as quickly as things happen in racing, the rear of Earnhardt's car went up in smoke with a broken gear while he was running 22nd on lap 71.

"That was a brand new car with a brand new gear. We are going to have to look at it when we get back to the shop but we got a good view of how good this car and driver are. Jeffrey drove a great race until that point and we look forward to making up some ground with him when he gets back in the car," stated owner Rick Ware

Earnhardt adds Voodoo and AFL to fanbase

(May 24, 2011) The New Orleans VooDoo, the Arena Football League (AFL), and Rick Ware Racing today jointly announced a partnership for the balance of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series. The “New Orleans VooDoo Car” will appear in several upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Road America in Wisconsin on June 25th, and again at Daytona July 1.

Additionally, its driver at Daytona – Jeffrey Earnhardt – will be at the New Orleans Arena Friday, June 3rd along with the “New Orleans VooDoo Car” for the pre-game Fan Fest, and will serve as honorary captain for the game. The nationally televised NFL Network Arena Football “Game of the Week” will feature the top ranked Jacksonville Sharks against the New Orleans VooDoo, who are making their third home appearance of the season on the NFL Network.

Rick Ware – Rick Ware Racing Team owner – said, “We are excited to join forces with the Arena Football League and the New Orleans VooDoo for an exciting NASCAR and arena football season for our fans. Both of us share the same fans who are always looking for an exciting and entertaining sports experience. Together we’re going to take that experience up a notch starting in New Orleans.”

As part of the June 3rd experience, one of the fans who attend the game will win a random drawing for an all expense paid trip for two to the July 1st Nationwide Race at Daytona where they’ll be part of the official Jeffrey Earnhardt Pit Crew. (contest winner must be at least 18 years of age)

Fans will be able to see the “New Orleans VooDoo Car” in person, meet Jeffrey Earnhardt, get his autograph, and purchase limited edition t-shirts for this event at the June 3rd New Orleans VooDoo Fan Fest from 5 to 6:30 PM at the New Orleans Arena prior to the game. The Fan Fest before every VooDoo home game includes a band, face painting for kids, autographs from VooDoo players and VooDoo Dolls, and is always free to the public.

Rick Ware Racing is giving away a block of tickets to the June 3rd VooDoo game against the Jacksonville Sharks. Interested people need to call the VooDoo office during normal office hours at 504-875-3900 to secure tickets while they last. The winner for the Daytona trip must be present at the June 3rd VooDoo game to win.

“I am very proud and excited about the next several months coming up,” stated owner Rick Ware of Rick Ware Racing. “RWR has formed an alliance with the AFL starting with the New Orleans Voodoo this coming weekend. Jeffery’s car will be on display and be doing the "coin toss" for the live NFL broadcasted game!”

“This will be the kick off to several new sponsors for RWR, Jeffery and teammate Timmy Hill. The fan base of the AFL and NFL is huge and share the same demographics as NASCAR. We have received a huge response already to the radio promotions in New Orleans area and this is just the tip of the iceberg for our new sponsors and fans. Jeffery will be making his Nationwide Daytona debut this July where he finished 7th in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck race this past February and will be alongside his teammate, Timmy Hill who is leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. Both will be sporting new National companies as well as the AFL and Voodoo logos! As Jeffery will be greeting the thousands of fans at the Voodoo fan fest, Timmy Hill will be continuing the charge at Chicago in his #15 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series.”

Earnhardt to drive #41 at Charlotte in NNS race

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s 2011 season started with a top 10 finish at Daytona in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. That effort was followed up with several strong outings in the truck races. In Martinsville’s Kroger 250, the 4th generation Earnhardt driver maneuvered his Rick Ware Racing #1 truck from a 28th place starting position into the top 6 before failing brakes on the #31 truck ended the day for both competitors. When the trucks sponsor changed teams, Jeffrey and Rick Ware solidified their partnership and went to work to prepare for the future. That future begins on May 28th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series Top Gear 300 at 2:30pm, televised live on ABC.

“We had a lot of momentum in the truck series and it was disappointing when the sponsor left but that happens in this business and you have to move on”, said Earnhardt. “I’m a competitor. Whether it’s racing on a track or pulling the team together to work with sponsors, failure is not an option. Rick and his team have been great and the upcoming Charlotte race is a new beginning. I’m very excited to be back in a car and we’re thrilled to have Pepsi Max & On the Run stores on the ride.” Additional sponsors include Fastwax.com, Lilly Trucking, Nuts Off Penetrating Lubricant and Peelsplus.com.

“We are looking forward to having Jeffrey in the #41 at Charlotte in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” stated owner Rick Ware. “The past month has been extremely exciting at RWR with Jeffrey making the jump to the Nationwide Series. He will be joining the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point leader, Timmy Hill and the future looks really bright for our organization.”

For more information visit www.wareracing.net or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing

Jeffrey Earnhardt Raising Money for Storm Victims, Seeking Some for a Ride

By Doug Turnbull

The road is not always paved in gold for descendants of NASCAR greatness. Many children or grandchildren of NASCAR greats have benefited from the notoriety and opulence of their elder patriarchs, but some have still had to claw and fight for an opportunity to drive in NASCAR’s top three series. Jeffrey Earnhardt fits the latter mold.

The 21-year-old Earnhardt has struggled to keep his footing in NASCAR after two up and down years driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Making his debut in the Nationwide Series in 2009, Earnhardt drove for the underfunded Key Motorsports No. 40 team, finishing outside the top 20 in the road course races Watkins Glen and Montreal. He then moved to the Camping World Truck Series in 2010, piloting two different Rick Ware Racing trucks to mid-pack finishes. Paired with RWR and sponsor Fuel Doctor, Earnhardt was set to run the full season in the No. 1 Chevy Silverado, but Fuel Doctor defected from the team after Martinsville, leaving Earnhardt without a ride. But Earnhardt says his commitment remains to RWR, despite the fact that Bobby Hamilton Jr. now races his unsponsored truck.

“We had a real good thing going there at the beginning of the season,” Earnhardt told News/Talk WSB, referring not only to the team’s full sponsorship with Fuel Doctor, but his 7th place finish at Daytona on the 10th anniversary of his grandfather, Dale’s, death. “But the sponsor went out the window. It’s definitely tough these days with the economy the way it is – everyone’s getting hit. We’re working really hard to find [sponsorship].”

Earnhardt says that, despite rumors that almost supplanted him from the No. 1 truck earlier in the season, he has not been approached by other teams, because he does not have a sponsor that he can bring on board with them. In a time when loyalty in NASCAR is often little more than a platitude, Earnhardt remains committed to going forward with Ware’s team.

“We’ll work through this. Rick’s become a great friend of mine. He’s always helped me out and done a lot for me in my racing career. We’re still working together – that’s who our goal is to drive with, if we find sponsorship.”

But those concerns took a backburner after last week’s rash of tornados that carved through several southern states. The hardest hit was Alabama, which utter devastation in several towns. Talladega Superspeedway has been a beacon to surrounding areas, using its large audience to attract those interesting in helping with the cause. They tabbed Earnhardt, who actually called down to the track to inquire about how he could help storm victims. Earnhardt was glad to help use his name to get some fans to the track to help raise funds.

Fans that come to Talladega Saturday and Sunday can drive their personal vehicles on the race track, for a $50 donation to the Red Cross – and maybe meet an Earnhardt at the same time at a place where that last name could not be bigger. Pace laps take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Get all of the details on http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com .

Earnhardt Goes Live on the Radio

Jeffrey recently did a bit of radio media touring, making appearances on the Rick and Bubba Show and the WZRR Mojo Triva Show. Check out the links below to listen!

Rick and Bubba Show

Skip to 11:00 to watch Jeffrey's segment!



WZRR Mojo Trivia Show

WZRR Mojo of the Mojo Trivia Show (Click here to play)

Earnhardt at Charlotte in RWR Nationwide ride

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be making a return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Rick Ware Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May!

Details coming soon!

Jeffrey Earnhardt hits media tour in Alabama

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be taking a media tour to local radio stations around the Talladega, Alabama region over the weekend to help bring support to the region after last months storms left the area in a disaster.

Jeffreys schedule will be the following:

Friday

7:00am CST WTDR 92.7 with Rufus

7:30am CST WZZN 97.7 with Cole Cubelic and Matt Mitchell

8:00am CST WZRR 99 with Mojo

9:00am CST WZZK 104.7 with Rick and Bubba

10:00am CST AM 750 and FM 95.5 with Doug Turnbull

Saturday

9:15am CST WYDE 101 with Dale Johnson

Tune in and ask questions to Jeffrey!

Earnhardt visits Alabama to help with relief

Jeffrey Earnhardt is on his way to the Talladega, Alabama region to lend a hand to help the folks of the region after storms ravished the area last week.

Earnhardt will be joining the crew at Talladega Superspeedway to assist in a "Ride Along Program" to raise funds for the area.

Talladega Superspeedway announced plans today to aid the American Red Cross in relief efforts from the devastation of yesterday’s storms that tore through Alabama, with a $100,000 commitment.  Race fans can do their part as well and get a chance at tackling the high-banks of Talladega in turn.  For a $50 donation to the American Red Cross race fans will be able to drive their personal vehicle around the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway, May 6 -8

“In times of crisis it’s important for all members of the community to come together and lend a helping hand,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.  “I’m challenging all our race fans and others throughout the region to come out and help our neighbors in need.  Hopefully the chance to drive Talladega will provide an extra incentive to get more people involved.

Track rides will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. each day.  All vehicles must be street legal and equipped with enough seatbelts for all passengers.  RV’s and motorcycles will not be permitted.

Cash and check donations will be accepted at the gate of Talladega Superspeedway with all proceeds going to the Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross.

For more information on Talladega Superspeedway, please call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit them online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com

Earnhardt's Top-5 at Martinsville Denied

Jeffrey Earnhardt was on his way to perhaps his career high in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway.

Piloting the #1 Chevy Silverado, Earnhardt had placed his steed in the Top 6 in the running order at the half way mark and was running down the leaders when a collision with James Buescher ruined his day.

Driving into turn three, Earnhardt was hit hard from behind and sent the nose of his Chevy into the wall, after the brakes had failed on Buescher's truck.

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Earnhardt Receives Darlington Stripe Early On

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Darlington Raceway got acquainted very fast this past weekend for the running of the Too Tough to Tame 200 on Saturday night.

Earnhardt wheeling the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy struggled with the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit and was forced to a back up truck early after encountering the wall.

Earnhardt started 35th for the event as a provisional and ran the race like a veteran. With guidance from his spotter and crew chief to “Race the track and keep rolling through the center”, Jeffrey continued to increase his lap times as he climbed up to the 26th position on lap 40 after dodging spinning trucks for the first few cautions.

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