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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.

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

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.

Hill’s debut a learning experience

Timmy Hill made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway. Driving the #15 Fuel Doctor USA Ford, Hill qualified in the 30th position for the Bashas Supermarket 300.

“This was definitely a learning experience for me,” stated Hill. “The competition is tough with guys like Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman in the field and we did the right thing and logged laps and learned a ton about these NEW cars.”

Hill fell back to through the field while trying to balance a fast pace with a tight car early in the race, giving constant feedback to crew chief Doug Richert and the Fuel Doctor-Rick Ware Racing team.

A long green flag run at the start of the race put the 18 year old two laps down before the team could make adjustments on lap 47 and a clean race only providing three cautions did not allow the team to make adjustments as needed for the rest of the race.

“We made changes when we could but our goal was to run clean, gain seat time and respect from my fellow competitors. I feel we did just that. We finished 29th which isn’t great but we will take it as a debut. I will head to my first mile and a half track at Las Vegas and apply what we learned about the car and my driving style and better our results.”

Hill will be making his Las Vegas Motor Speedway debut in the #15 Ford Mustang for the running of the Sams Town 300 on Saturday.