40 years of Earnhardts: Jeffrey gets a ride in Feb. 18 Daytona 500


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Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story included an image of NASCAR driver Chris Buescher. Jeffrey Earnhardt is pictured below. 

Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive for the StarCom Racing team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, assuring that the Earnhardt driving legacy will continue in the Daytona 500.

There has been at least one Earnhardt in the 500 lineup for the past 39 years. After Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death in the race in 2001, Dale Jr. drove in every 500 through last season. Junior retired at the end of last year.

During much of the off-season, it appeared that the Feb. 18 500, the first points race of the year, would be Earnhardt-less, but Jeffrey’s arrival at the No. 00 team means the string will continue, barring injury or another unexpected circumstance.

StarCom recently leased a charter from Richard Childress Racing, giving its driver automatic entry into all 36 points races.

Jeffrey, 28, is Dale Sr.’s grandson.

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“There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years, so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me, and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news,” he said.

Earnhardt has driven in 58 Cup races over the past three seasons with no top-10 finishes. He also has raced in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.

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