Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.
Chance 2 was founded in 2003 by Teresa Earnhardt, widow of Dale Earnhardt, and Earnhardt's son Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The team name originates from Chance Racing, the team Earnhardt, Sr. founded for his children Kerry, Kelley, and Dale Jr. which was the precursor to Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Earnhardt is the middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt and the great-grandson of Ralph Earnhardt and nephew to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt's first race came in the Hornet Division at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He scored 3 feature wins and finished in the top 5 in division points, winning Rookie of the Year. The following year he moved up to the Sportsman division at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, finishing the season in the top 10 of the division standings.
He competed in the late model season finale at the track as a teammate to RCR developmental driver Allison Duncan.
Arthur W. Radford sustained an estimated $32.7 million in damages and the damage prevented Radford from leaving 26 March on a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea with the carrier Theodore Roosevelt battle group. Repairs aboard Radford were completed on 13 September and the destroyer then deployed with the Eisenhower battle group. As a result of the collision, Radford 's commanding officer was relieved.
In 2006, General Motors created a driver developmental search program wherein they looked for individuals they believed to be the stars of the future and invited them to test a late model and a Busch car at 2 different tracks with the best moving on. Jeffrey made the final cut. In 2007, Earnhardt drove a #1 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch East Series. He finished 5th in the 2007 Busch East point standings and won the Most Popular Driver award at the end of the season.
In 2007, Caisse was joined by Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of Dale Earnhardt, to race in a second Santerre Camping World Wast East car under NASCAR's new rule reducing the minimum age in the Grand National and Whelen Modified divisions to 16.
Caisse won four races and finished second in points to champion and rookie of the year Joey Logano. Earnhardt would place fifth in the standings. Caisse and Earnhardt would move on from Andy Santerre Motorsports to pursue other opportunities.
In 2008, Earnhardt returned to what is now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for another full season, along with selected Nationwide Series races. Earnhardt was unexpectedly replaced in the car at Dover in September 2008 with Aric Almirola who won the race. When DEI subsequently merged with Chip Ganassi Racing, their driver development program went into limbo, and Earnhardt was released.