Jeffrey Earnhardt will return to compete full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller, the organization announced in a Monday Morning press release.
The 31-year-old claimed five top-15s and 13 top-20s in his 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for the organization in 2020, including a season-best 11th-place run at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL – despite an incredible amount of percipitation and a part failure on the car.
“We got a late start and the plan was to run six to twelve races but something good was happening and by Bristol you could sense the momentum we were having” said Jeffrey. “We came home in 15th in our third race and that’s an accomplishment when just a few weeks earlier we had no plans to work together. We had great partners join us and the season had some real bright spots to build on.”
Earnhardt’s season-best efforts of 12th at Texas Motor Speedway and 11th at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL were also the two best finishes for crew chief Kase Kallenbach.
“We are all aware we are underdogs” commented Jeffrey. “We’re prepared for the hard work it will take to make the playoffs and with additional sponsorship I think we’ll turn some heads. I’m really excited to return to the No. 0 and look forward to working with Johnny to give the fans a ‘blue collar’ team to cheer for.”
Earnhardt joins Colby Howard – who will pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro — as the team’s announced full-time drivers for the 2021 season.
Further sponsorship announcements for Earnhardt’s No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro, along with announcements to round out the JD Motorsports driver lineup for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, will come at a later date.