Races, tracks, drivers and all the drama that comes along with it
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:31 pm
UPDATED with info from Earnhardt.]
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Tip to young drivers: If you're fortunate enough to have both a sponsor and a team willing to give you a ride, hold onto it with both hands.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 21-year-old grandson of Dale Earnhardt, has lost his truck series ride with Rick Ware Racing, apparently because Earnhardt and his advisors were looking to jump ship and bring his current sponsor along.
RWR announced the severance in a statement. "We have been informed by several team owners that our driver and his management company has been shopping around for another team," Ware said, "alluding that sponsorship was coming with them." Earnhardt had been sponsored by Fuel Doctor, which has been aligned with RWR since 2008.
Earnhardt had been slated to run the entire year with RWR in the Camping World Truck Series. In three races this season, he had three top-20 finishes and currently sits at 10th in the standings.
"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," Ware said. "It's a disappointment that I have not felt in this sport before."
Later Tuesday, Earnhardt issued the following statement:
"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.
"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."
Nothing's ever easy in NASCAR, is it?
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:46 pm
Rick Ware Racing has released Jeffrey Earnhardt from his full-time Camping World Truck Series ride effective immediately.
In the release announcing the move, RWR alleged that Earnhardt was testing the waters, resulting in a breach of contract.
“We have been informed by several team owners that our driver (Jeffrey Earnhardt) and his management company (Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc.) have been shopping around for another team, alluding that sponsorship was coming with them,” owner Rick Ware said.
“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.”
Earnhardt sits 10th in the driver standings after three races this season.
The team will now put the focus on finding a driver for the No. 1 Fuel Doctor Chevy at Martinsville and the rest of the season.
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:26 pm
Had Grandpa still been around, little Jeffrey would find himself behind the barn with Dale explaining why you keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut.
Dumb kid is already trying to play the "name game".
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:24 pm
They kissed & made up...lol
Ware to run Jeffery Earnhardt at Martinsville
Mar 30, 4:55 pm EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Rick Ware Racing says it will field a Truck for Jeffery Earnhardt this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, after all.
Ware had said Tuesday he had terminated the contract with the 21-year-old driver because Earnhardt was actively looking for another ride. Ware also accused Earnhardt of trying to steal the team’s sponsor.
On Wednesday, the team owner blamed the decision on emotions and a lack of communication between the two. He says he’ll use Earnhardt this Saturday at Martinsville and work to keep him in the Truck for the rest of the year.
Earnhardt is the grandson of the late seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt. He’s 10th in the series standings through three races, with a best finish of seventh at Daytona.