Kerry's Racing Scrapbook

Learn more about Kerry's racing career, and keep up to date on his son, Jeffrey's racing!

| Published 10/3/2013Thumb
Kerry Earnhardt finishes 2nd at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan. (2002)-- Jeff Burton made his fourth Busch Series victory of the season look easy, beating rookie Kerry Earnhardt by more than three seconds in the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Burton, who started on the outside front, took control after driving his Ford past Earnhardt's Chevrolet on the 172nd of 200 laps on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Burton led 48 total laps. "I wanted to win real bad, but I knew couldn't hold Jeff off," said Earnhardt, who led for nine laps -- his first lead of the season -- en route to his best finish of the season. "Once he got an open track, he just ran me down in nothing flat." Joe Nemechek was third, followed by series leader Greg Biffle, who widened his lead over Jason Keller from 35 to 127 points. Tony Raines was fifth, followed by Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Green, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Lyndon Amick and Jamie McMurray. Keller, who ran second for much of the early race, lost his engine after 169 laps and finished 30th. Nemechek, who was leading when pole winner Michael Waltrip hit the wall in the third turn, slowed near the start-finish line to let teammate Randy LaJoie get back onto the lead lap. Green passed him just before crossing the line, then declined to give the lead back when NASCAR gave him the choice. "I was trying to back off and let some guys get their laps back," said Nemechek, who passed Green in the 162nd lap but was passed by Earnhardt on the next lap.
Racing Notebook | Published 5/21/2013Thumb
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeffrey Earnhardt’s much-anticipated debut for JR Motorsports did not disappoint. Earnhardt spent most of the night racing inside the top 15, even advancing as high as eighth in the final 50 laps. For much of the evening, Earnhardt reported his No. 5 CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet as loose getting into the corners and lacking the necessary forward bite to move up the leaderboard. Earnhardt took the green flag for the final restart at lap 239 in twelfth but contact from Travis Pastrana’s No. 60 car loosened up the No. 5 car, dropping Earnhardt back to a 17th-place finish. The finish marks the 23-year-old driver’s career-best finish in only 16 starts.
Racing Notebook | Published 5/21/2013Thumb
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 11, 2013) – JR Motorsports announced today a one-race sponsorship agreement with CorvetteParts.net for Jeffrey Earnhardt’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the April 26 race at Richmond International Raceway. CorvetteParts.net is a subset of Keen Parts Inc., a leading supplier of Corvette restoration parts. JR Motorsports announced on April 4 that Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 23-year-old nephew of team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., would fill the seat of the No. 5 Chevrolet at Richmond.
Racing Notebook | Published 5/21/2013Thumb
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 5, 2013) – JR Motorsports announced yesterday that Jeffrey Earnhardt, nephew to team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., will drive the team’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the April 26 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. The announcement was made on JRM 360, a weekly video series housed on the team’s official website, JRMracing.com.
Racing Notebook | Published 2/20/2013Thumb
LONG POND, Pa. -- Kerry Earnhardt heeded the advice of his famous father when the going got tough, and hung on Saturday to win the Pocono ARCA 200 for the first victory of his career. ''Dad was on the radio helping me out,'' the 30-year-old Earnhardt said of father Dale, the seven-time NASCAR champion. ''I kept my cool ... and here we are in Victory Lane.'' He had trouble getting there, but not only because he's raced more than 100 times over seven years -- mostly on short tracks in North Carolina -- without a victory. Earnhardt started fifth in a Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc., and moved into the lead on the 25th of 80 laps at Pocono International Raceway. It was a comfortable advantage until Mike Swaim Jr. began closing in.
Racing Notebook | Published 11/19/2001Thumb
HAMPTON, GA (November 17) -- Kerry Earnhardt, the eldest son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, won the ARCA RE/MAX Pork The Other White Meat 400, at Atlanta Motor Speedway on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Earnhardt, before a cheering crowd and a national television audience, captured his fourth series victory in just his 11th start, driving the Diamond Cut Jeans #2 Chevrolet, as the ARCA series concluded it's 49th season of racing competition in grand fashion. After his victory, Earnhardt credited his win to his friend, Blaise Alexander, who was killed in the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October. "It was hard losing Blaise," said Earnhardt. "That race (Earnhardt's victory at Lowe's) wasn’t a victory to me; it was a loss. This victory was to celebrate Blaise's life and the racer he was. This race here in November, this is Blaise's. This is his race; he was with us and that’s why we won."
Racing Notebook | Published 8/20/2000Thumb
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - There will be a crowd of Earnhardts in the NASCAR Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway on Sunday. Dale Jr., a rookie seeking his third victory of the season, will start on the pole. His brother, Kerry, earned his first Winston Cup start in second-round qualifying Saturday and will start in the 27th position. ''Our goal is to stay out of trouble and to gain as much experience as I can,'' Kerry said. ''I hope we don't make any of the other drivers mad at us.'' ''Especially your dad,'' Dale Earnhardt said. Nothing was going to dampen Kerry's joy at getting his first shot against the big boys of NASCAR racing. He was eager to show what he can do. ''I know I've made the show, and that's a big improvement from what we were doing yesterday,'' he said. ''We had a real good car.'' But the soft-spoken Kerry, whose low-key approach to racing stands in contrast to the swashbuckling forays of his 49-year-old father and 25-year-old brother, has a very ambitious plan. ''I just want to go out there Sunday and run with a big group and get comfortable with the car,'' he said. ''Maybe I can gain their respect from that.'' Kerry earned an ARCA victory at Pocono International Raceway two months ago, the first win of his career. He finished third in the ARCA race at Michigan in June, but the eldest of the four Ea