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Earnhardt to run full Nationwide slate in 2014

January 10, 2014, Staff report,

Nephew of Dale Jr. looks to add to family lineage on the track

Another Earnhardt has secured a full-time ride in one of NASCAR's national series.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, 24, will drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in 2014.

Owner Johnny Davis announced the agreement Friday afternoon in a move that puts Earnhardt -- son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of Dale Earnhardt -- in the No. 4 Chevrolet, and pairs the driver with teammate Landon Cassill, who will drive the No. 01.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Earnhardt said in the team's release. "This sport runs in my family, and it's where I want to be every week. Racing with Johnny and Gary and the guys will give me a shot at running well every week and adding on the experience I need."

Earnhardt has 27 career Nationwide Series races to his credit, including 17 last year in the No. 79. His best career finish is 16th in the 2013 Talladega race.

Earnhardt also has one top-10 in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, and finished fifth in points in the 2007 K&N Pro Series East season as an 18-year-old.

"Jeffrey is a smart guy, a good driver and a kid with a bright future," Davis said. "We'll do the best we can to give him good cars every week. I’m excited to see what we can do together."


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