Dale Earnhardt Jr nephew Jeffrey at Nashville Xfinity race Saturday
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t be the only Earnhardt at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.
NASCAR’s 15-time most popular driver will return as an analyst to call Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 (4 pm, NBC). Before that his nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt will be in the field Saturday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 (2:30 pm, USA).
Jeffrey Earnhardt, who celebrated his 34th birthday Wednesday, won the pole in the Talladega Xfinity race in April and finished second in his Sam Hunt Racing-owned No. 26 Toyota Supra.
He hasn’t been as close in his last two races finishing 19th at Texas and 37th at Charlotte leaving Earnhardt more determined than ever to claim his first Xfinity win.
“I know Jeremy has a chip on his shoulder going into the weekend,” Hunt said. “The guys prepared a beautiful ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra and we’re looking forward to racing in the heat this weekend.”
It will be Earnhardt’s first time on the D-shaped, 1.33-mile concrete track and he looks forward to making some noise in the town where his famous grandfather Dale Earnhardt Sr. enjoyed so much success at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the 1970s and ’80s and uncle Dale Jr got his start in the 1990s.
“I’m really excited to be headed to Nashville,” said Jeffrey Earnhardt, whose father is Kerry Earnhardt. “I have always loved racing on concrete tracks and am excited to go there with the Sam Hunt Racing Team.”
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Earnhardt recently added the July 9 Xfinity Series race in Atlanta to his schedule. He finished 13th, his second-best of the season, in Atlanta on March 19.
The second trip to Atlanta will be Earnhardt’s ninth race this season.
“We had speed everywhere we went this season,” Earnhardt said. “We just need to put one together and keep that ForeverLawn GR Supra up front all day long. We’ll carry that momentum into Atlanta. I’m excited to be headed back to capitalize on our 13th place finish there earlier this year.”
The Nashville Superspeedway tripleheader Friday begins with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 (7 pm, FS1).
Dale Jr’s podcast
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will host a live recording of his podcast, The Dale Jr. Download, Friday at 8:30 pm at Ole Red restaurant on Broadway.
His guests will include NASCAR Hall of Famer and Franklin resident Darrell Waltrip and former Tennessee Titan and NASCAR enthusiast Bernard Pollard.
Fans are invited to attend and participate in a question and answer session with Earnhardt and his guests.
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