Tag:Jeffrey Earnhardt
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 7:39 pm

Jeffrey Earnhardt to make Bristol debut

By Pete Pistone

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(There hasn't been an Earnhardt in a Ford since Dale Sr. back in 1983)

Jeffrey Earnhardt
will make his Bristol Motor Speedway debut in two weeks when the half-mile track hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 

The fourth-generation driver will pilot the Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang at the site of his grandfather Dale Earnhardt’s first Sprint Cup victory in 1979. It will also be the first time an Earnhardt drives a Ford since 1983 when Dale Earnhardt drove the No. 15 Ford for Bud Moore

Earnhardt, who is competing full time in the Rolex Grand Am series, has been working hard to add several sponsors to his Nationwide effort and has landed Sam’s Club as one for the upcoming Bristol race.

“Our sponsors have been great partners and having Sam’s Club and MET-Rx on the #15 Ford Mustang for Jeffrey’s Bristol debut is a great way to start 2012,” said team owner Rick Ware.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 5:34 pm

Ware, Earnhardt make up for "the love of racing"

Posted by Pete Pistone

Remember that war of words between team owner Rick Ware and Jeffrey Earnhardt that broke out on Tuesday?

Forget it.

The two sides have apparently mended fences in the wake of allegations by Ware that Earnhardt was trying to take his team's sponsor to another organization and "shopping it around." Late Wednesday Ware's team distributed this press release saying the two parties will be working together again this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway for "the love of racing:"

Team News Release

As one day ends, another one begins and the relationship between Rick Ware Racing and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc continues.

Emotions and a lack of communication between Rick Ware Racing (RWR) and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc (JEI) in a stressful time have been resolved. Why?  “We just want to race, and sometimes the issues of business just seem to make us lose focus on why we are here!” stated Rick Ware.

The two sides have come to an agreement for Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy at Martinsville Speedway.

“Jeffrey will be in the truck at Martinsville and we will work hard to continue to keep him in that seat.  The amount of effort we have poured into his career and having a place for him to perform is important in his development.  He is young and there is a lot of promise in him and both the management of RWR and JEI have the same goal for him,” continued Ware.

“Fuel Doctor has become a recognized brand in both NASCAR and with consumers all over the world and I am proud to say that we have had a part to do with that success,” stated Ware.

Rick Ware Racing will be strenuously looking for marketing partners to keep Jeffrey competing in the truck series for 2011.

When the haulers enter the Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the running of the Kroger 250, one thing is for sure, Rick Ware Racing and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc will be together once again, all for the love of racing.


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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 7:03 pm

Earnhardt responds to Ware allegations

Posted by Pete Pistone

Jeffrey Earnhardt issued a response to the allegations from team owner Rick Ware that the driver was actively shopping a sponsor to other teams that had backed the team's Nationwide Series effort. Earnhardt is expected to discuss the situation futher with an appearance on Sirius NASCAR Radio:

News Release

Unfolding today are some disturbing events for Jeffrey Earnhardt and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc. as they were informed through a press release written today by Rick Ware Racing that Jeffrey would not be driving for their team effective immediately.

In addition to the release stating that Jeffrey will not be driving the #1 NCWTS Fuel Doctor Racing truck and continuing his battle for the Rookie of the Year standings where he currently sits in 2nd in points, the team also made an announcement that contains erroneous claims that JEI and Jeffrey have breached their contract with RWR.

“To read that release was very upsetting and I’m disappointed to hear the inflammatory and disparaging statements personally made by Rick Ware about me and my company.  The facts support that we did reach out to other race teams after the sponsor notified Rick Ware and my group that they were pursuing alternative marketing venues and after we were contacted by Rick Ware informing us that he would be unable to support me without the sponsor’s funding.  This past Sunday, Rick advised us that he would only race me in Martinsville providing we signed a release to allow him out of his contract with JEI.  That release never arrived and we notified him in writing on Monday that we expected to drive the #1 truck in Martinsville, in accordance with our contract.  To suggest anything other than these facts does not reflect the truth and is unfair to the fans and us,”  stated Earnhardt.

"We are extremely thankful for Fuel Doctor's support over the past two years and will avoid compromising our progress this season by giving credence to the misinformation coming from RWR.  This news speeds up the need to find an alternative ride and we look forward to continuing our run for rookie of the year with a new team.” Said Earnhardt.

JEI is taking the official position that there will be no further comment.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:58 pm

Ware accuses Earnhardt of shopping sponsor

From Team News Release

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) recently became aware how small of a sandbox the NASCAR community is.  Over the past few weeks the out pouring condolences from fans/drivers and team owners resulting from the death of two crew members of RWR (Dean Shaut and Stephen “Dirt” Masch) has been uplifting but the same network of owners also delivered disturbing news to the organization within the same week.

“We have been informed by several team owners that our driver (Jeffrey Earnhardt) and his management company (Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc) has been shopping around for another team, eluding that sponsorship was coming with them,” stated owner Rick Ware.

Earnhardt, who currently sits 10th in the driver standings, is just three races into the 25 race season. 

“It is pretty amazing the amount of calls we have received from owners about this situation, asking us what is going on and their concerns that a young driver and his management company are aggressively looking for another team with less to offer than the position they are currently in,” continued Ware.

“To shop around the sponsor that has been with our organization since the fall of 2008 and not to mention so early into his career can only end badly”, stated Ware.

This aggressive move by Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc (JEI) has resulted in a breach of contract between RWR and JEI.

“It is disheartening that all the effort, time and money spent on Jeffrey have been for nothing, but we have been given no choice but to look for another driver.”

“I personally fronted the money and then got sponsors to take him to his first Nationwide and first Camping World Truck race.  I raced him at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and ironically introduced him to his vice-president and management team!  To think that Jeffrey and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc would try to leave and take my sponsor it’s more than just a legal issue, it’s a disappointment that I have not felt in this sport before.”

“I am proud of the fact that I cultivated this sponsor through AMA Arenacross, NASCAR K&N East/West, ARCA, NASCAR Camping World Trucks, NASCAR Nationwide and Rolex Grand Am Series’!  It is hard to keep sponsors and we got the sponsor, KHI trucks, ECR engines, race winning crew chiefs and a driving coach for Jeffrey.  I can’t do much more!” continued Ware.

Rick Ware Racing will now put the focus on finding a driver for the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy at Martinsville and the rest of the season.  “We have proven that our equipment can get to the front.  We have had several top 10 qualifying and finishes in the past eight months and we won’t let this stop us!”


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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:38 pm

Jeffrey Earnhardt gets full-time Truck ride

Jeffrey Earnhardt , son of Kerry and grandson of Dale Sr., will drive full time in the Truck Series next season for Rick Ware Racing. Earnhardt, 21, has driven in four Truck races this season for RWR with a best of 18th (Las Vegas).

Press release follows:

If having the number one name in NASCAR isn’t attention grabbing enough, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has finalized a deal with Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc. (JEI) to place Jeffrey in the RWR #1 Truck for the full 2011 season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“We all want to be #1, and next year, this team will be.  I feel very fortunate to be part of Rick’s team and we have a world class sponsor in Fuel Doctor USA.  We’re thrilled to be racing at Homestead this weekend and next year we’ll make a serious run for Rookie of the Year in the Fuel Doctor Chevrolet.”  Jeffrey Earnhardt said.

Over the course of the 2010 season, RWR and Fuel Doctor have catapulted from an unknown commodity to a top ten team with powerhouse drivers like Earnhardt, Hamilton, Barrett, and Kvapil at the wheel.

“When the green flag dropped back in Daytona, most fans wouldn’t have recognized Rick Ware Racing or Fuel Doctor.  It’s been a blast to see the progression in recognition, as our driver lineup has gotten stronger and the finishes have been improving.  We had a vision with Fuel Doctor from the beginning, and that vision was to grow exponentially together.  We’ve certainly done that, and we’ll continue the growth into 2011,” Rick Ware explained.

Earnhardt, the only fourth generation professional athlete in the world, will launch his campaign for the Rookie of the Year at a track that his grandfather helped make famous, Daytona.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for several years and to know that 2011 is a full race season for me with this team is incredible. The equipment & people are top notch and I look forward to being part of Rick’s winning team.”

Earnhardt has spent the 2010 season gaining approval at the various tracks. Starting at Gateway and finalizing it here at Homestead, for a total of five races.

“The series has some of the best drivers in the world, and we know we have the best fans, hands down. Our goal is to live up to the number on the side of the truck and deliver success to our fans and our great sponsors” said Earnhardt.

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