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NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt's Grandson Jeffrey Follows in His Family Footsteps in Motorsports

Bettina Dizon
Feb 26, 2021
09:50 A.M.

Jeffrey Earnhardt will join the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season for JD Motorsports, hollowing his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt's footsteps.

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Not everyone can excel at a particular craft, but the Earnhardt family proved that being an excellent racecar driver runs in their veins and is being passed on from generation to generation.

The Earnhardt family is well-known in the world of racing, starting with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt, a sixth-grade dropout who won the NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhard, Jr. smile at the raceway in Daytona Beach, Florinda on February 4, 2001. | Source: Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhard, Jr. smile at the raceway in Daytona Beach, Florinda on February 4, 2001. | Source: Getty Images

He was later named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Sadly, he passed away at the early age of 45 due to a heart attack but left a legacy in the world of sports.

Meanwhile, Dale Jr.'s grandfather on the other side of his family, Robert Gee, was a race car constructor. Dale Earnhardt Sr. followed in his father's footsteps and became a ninth-grade dropout turned race car driver.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. | Source: Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. | Source: Getty Images

Now, the fourth generation sportsman Jeffrey Earnhardt will carry on the family legacy to join the full 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season for JD Motorsports.

Bobby began his career in the ARCA Truck Series, and in 2013, he was named Rookie of the Year.

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In a tweet, Jeffrey said: "Not the night we wanted, but a good reason @DAYTONA needs some @ForeverLawn turf down. We would have a lot more happy noses and a lot less sad ones like ours."

Jeffrey will be among JDM's full-time drivers next season, alongside Colby Howard, who will run the group's no. 15 entry. "I'm really excited to return to the No. 0," he said.

The talented racecar driver previously finished 11th and had four finishes in the top 15 on Charlotte Motor Speedway's roval after driving 29 faces for JDM.

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During the Charlotte Motor Speedway May 2019 race, Jeffrey finished third for Joe Gibbs Racing. He had also made 76 career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series and 102 in the Xfinity Series.

Jeffery is the son of Kerry Earnhardt, who is also a professional racer named NASCAR's Rookie of the Year in 1992 and retired in 2007. His sons, Jeffrey and Bobby, now carry the family legacy.

Bobby began his career in the ARCA Truck Series, and in 2013, he was named Rookie of the Year. Indeed, racing is in the Earnhardts family blood.

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