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Earnhardt raises money for victims

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 .

Jeffrey Earnhardt Media Tour in Alabama set

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