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Earnhardt battles flu and track for Top 20 finish

Jeffrey Earnhardt continued to impress this past weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for the running of the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night under tough circumstances. The 4th generation Earnhardt battled the flu all week and was still under the weather when he strapped in for qualifying for the event after spending most of his Phoenix trip in and out of the infield care center at PIR.

Earnhardt qualified the #1 Fuel Doctor Platinum Chevy in the 29th position, after several trucks went home not making the 36 truck field. Earnhardt knew that this race was going to be a battle of attrition.

When the green flag dropped for the 150-lap event, Jeffrey worked through a tight condition that unfortunately put him one lap down, before a caution on lap 41 allowed the “Team Green”, Fuel Doctor pit crew to make adjustments. Crew chief Joe Lax requested four tires and fuel with adjustments to the track bar, and as Earnhardt left the pits, he remained in the 32nd position, one lap down.

Still getting acclimated to the track, Earnhardt continued to increase his lap speed before another caution fell on lap 57. Crew Chief Joe Lax and team green went to work once again, this time adding a spring rubber attempting to help turn the Fuel Doctor Chevy as Jeffrey restarted in the 29th position.

Earnhardt still battling a tight condition stayed in the hunt in the 25th position before a string of cautions showed just how tough the NASCAR Camping World Truck racing really is at Phoenix International Raceway. Four cautions flew within the next thirty laps as Jeffrey maneuvered his Fuel Doctor Chevy through the mayhem of trucks around him and landed himself in the 21st position.

“Jeffrey turned his fastest lap of the race on lap 140, which is exactly what I thought he would do,” said team owner Rick Ware. “This is a tough track to learn, but once he finally got a good line down that started working for him and a feel for the track, I knew he would really start improving on his lap time.”

A restart with just eleven laps remaining gave Jeffrey the opportunity to race his way into a respectable top-20 finish as the youngster took the checkered flag in the 19th position.

“I was really not feeling well today, I have the flu or something, and I was trying to just stay focused on the task at hand which was to finish the race and just learn the track and stay out of trouble” said Earnhardt. “My crew chief Joe Lax and my driver coach Jerry Nadeau both have extensive experience at this track, and were telling me that it isn’t an easy track on drivers or trucks and I would have to agree.” “We struggled a bit with our truck tonight; I was pretty much tight center off the whole night. The Fuel Doctor Chevy Pit Crew did an awesome job helping me maintain and sometimes gain some positions on pit road as they continued to make adjustments to try and free me up a bit. I really am grateful for the team we have assembled. These guys are all new working together and me being a rookie, we are all just learning as a new team and I am really proud of them and how well everyone is working together,” said Earnhardt. “I really want to also thank the NASCAR fans for coming out and supporting us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at PIR and I hope that we can continue to give them a good show.”

Earnhardt now sits 7th in the Championship standings just 9 points from point leader Matt Crafton.

Jeffrey and the Fuel Doctor Chevy will now prepare for the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday March 12th, 2011 which will be aired live on SPEED at 5:00pm EST. Tune in for the NCWTS Pre-race SET-UP show beginning at 4:30pm.

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Earnhardt focuses on momentum for Phoenix

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be making his Phoenix International Raceway debut this Friday night for the Lucas Oil 150 on a ton of momentum. The 4th generation Earnhardt grabbed his career high during an emotional weekend at Daytona in the Fuel Doctor USA Chevy with a 7th place finish.

The top-ten finish put Earnhardt near the top of the point standings in third as well as second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year standings.

“Jeffrey has done all the right things during the off season preparing himself for this 2011 season, and it is yielding solid results already,” stated Dave Mitchell, Vice President of Rick Ware Racing. “Phoenix is his kind of track and with momentum on his side, we are looking for another strong finish for the Fuel Doctor USA team and Jeffrey. Earnhardt grew up racing on short tracks similar to Phoenix and crew chief Joe Lax is no stranger to victory lane either. That combination along with momentum can bring a solid weekend for all,” stated Mitchell.

“I am looking forward to racing in Phoenix this weekend”. said Earnhardt. “The entire #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy Team really did a great job for me last weekend in Daytona, and I am hoping to have continued success as we all take this team out west. I can’t thank Rick Ware and Mark Soffa from Fuel Doctor enough for all they are doing for me and I hope to bring home another solid finish. My goal for Phoenix once again is to log laps and just finish the race”

Earnhardt will be piloting one of the organizations favorite trucks T-8 at PIR.

Earnhardt will be signing autographs at the Camping World Store in Avondale Thursday February 24, 2011 at 2:00PM MST.

Action at Phoenix International Raceway for the running of the Lucas Oil 150 will be on Friday, February 25th at 8:00pm EST on SPEED.

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Former Cup driver Nadeau joins RWR as driver coach for JE

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s chances of rookie of the year just went up significantly with the hire of Jerry Nadeau not only a driving coach but as a mentor. An upcoming NASCAR star, Jeffrey Earnhardt, 4th generation NASCAR driver & grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, seems to be making all the right moves as he continues his independent climb towards the top. Nadeau will be mentoring Jeffrey not only on track at the races, but off track as well. This move shows the serious nature of Jeffrey Earnhardt’s bid to become the next great driver in his family’s long and storied tradition. Jeffrey’s grandfather, the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr., raced against Nadeau on many occasions with, in sad irony, Nadeau actually winning the last race Dale Sr. competed in prior to the Daytona 500 race which claimed Dale Sr.’s life.

Nadeau has intimate knowledge of the inherent dangers himself, experiencing a near fatal wreck on May 2, 2003, during a practice session at Richmond International Raceway for the Pontiac Excitement 400. Nadeau suffered complete immobility of the left side of his body, a skull fracture, concussion, and several broken ribs. Nadeau no longer races but has successfully taken on the role of mentor before, thus giving him a proven track record in this capacity. In 2006 Nadeau worked with rookie David Gilliland, who went on to win the Meijer 300. Nadeau’s respect and admiration for Dale Sr. is apparent and he is genuinely honored to assist Jeffrey as he enters into his first full season in one of NASCAR’s elite series, not to mention his run for Rookie of the Year in the NCWTS. “I see the raw talent in Jeffrey and I feel that with the proper guidance he can be taken to the top of the sport,” said Nadeau. He also offered, "I think my experience helping other drivers and as a former driver myself, this will provide good insight for Jeffrey on the track. Jeffrey is a talented driver and just needs a little coaching and someone who can pull the reigns on him when needed. This should be a fun season and I'm excited to work with him."

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be competing in a full season in the 2011 NCWTS in the #1 Rick Ware Racing Fuel Doctor Chevy and is very happy to have Nadeau on board saying, "I'm excited to have Jerry with us to work with me as a mentor and driver coach. I think he will be instrumental in shortening my learning curve as a driver." Jeffrey will be racing at Daytona’s Rolex 24 on Jan. 28th as well as Daytona again in the NCWTS on Feb. 18th, which marks a solemn date being the 10th anniversary of Dale Sr.’s last race on the same track.