In the racing world, the name Earnhardt is synonymous with greatness.
It all started with Ralph Earnhardt, who began racing in the late 1940s and made it his full-time job in 1953. Next came Dale Earnhardt, who might be one of the most famous race car drivers of all time.
Dale then had four children, two of which became drivers themselves – Kerry and Dale Jr.
20 years ago today, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Dale Earnhardt & Kerry Earnhardt before the 2000 Pepsi 400 @ Michigan. pic.twitter.com/f17pwoY422
— Andrew (@Basso488) August 20, 2020
In 2007, the Earnhardt family became a four-generation racing family when Kerry’s son Jeffrey drove the No. 1 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports at the Busch East Series.
It’s race week and I can’t wait to get down to @DAYTONA with our sweet @ForeverLawn #blackandgreengrassmachine . Who’s gonna be there? #nascar #xfinity #racing #drafting pic.twitter.com/ENSdRd89WR
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) February 8, 2021
Since his debut at the age of 17, Jeffrey has raced in 76 NASCAR Cup Series, with his best finish (36th) being at the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has also competed in 107 NASCAR Xfinity Series races. His best finish was 18th at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series.
We are back at @DAYTONA this weekend but on the road course this time. Y’all be sure to watch for our @ForeverLawn #blackandgreengrassmachine in tomorrow’s @XfinityRacing at 5pm on @FS1 #turf #nascar pic.twitter.com/SvlaEfQk5z
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) February 20, 2021
Jeffrey has raced in the legendary Daytona 500 twice – in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, he finished 11 places higher than his uncle, Dale Jr.
While he has a legendary last name to live up to, Jeffrey is already making his family proud. He is currently a full-time JD Motorsports driver and has already raced a couple times this year!
Good day here @JDMotorsports01 getting some preseason photos done before we head down to @DAYTONA . Can’t wait to get back on track. @ForeverLawn #nascar #racing #xfinity #xfinityseries pic.twitter.com/xeGt53LvXR
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) January 29, 2021
Not only is Jeffrey a skilled race car driver, he also made his MMA debut in 2012. He beat Chris Faison by unanimous decision.
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) January 19, 2021
Since then, he’s stayed out of the octagon and has focused on driving, and enjoys a good duck hunt every now and then.
Todays trophy did not disappoint. Love a good pintail shoot but I really love it when she’s got jewelry on! Can’t thank everyone at Albeck Adventures enough. Late season grind is tuff and the guides busted their ass to get us on birds. Duck was banded in South Dakota. #bandedduck pic.twitter.com/7RsowyKISv
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) January 28, 2021
Jeffrey was a guest on his uncle’s podcast, The Dale Jr. Download, in 2019 and they talked about the legacy of their last name.
“It’s awesome,” Jeffrey said. “The whole family’s continued to carry on that legacy, That’s what means the most to me and seeing how much it means to other people, it’s incredible.”
He then told a story about a fan who broke down in tears just at the sight of him – twice! Check out their conversation below.