For the first time in his career, Jeffrey Earnhardt will be doing double-duty.
On Saturday Earnhardt drives the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series’ Money Lion 300. A day later he drives the No. 81 Xtreme Concepts Toyota Camry for XCI Racing.
“Double duty will definitely be a new experience for me, but it’s something we’ve been preparing for,” Earnhardt explained. “The JGR cars have been fast every race. We’ve seen Kyle (Busch) go out and absolutely dominate in the No. 18, and we’ve been able to pull out some really great runs. So, I’m excited to have another shot at it, especially after doing so well at Daytona.”
Earnhardt’s first double-duty comes at a track synonymous with his family’s name. Jeffrey’s uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Talladega six times while his grandfather won 10 times in the MENCS.
“If you look back at Texas, that was the first Xfinity race for Xtreme Concepts,” Earnhardt continued. “We fought for position all day and ended up in the top-10 before it was all over. I think you can look at that and see we aren’t just here to finish. We’re here to finish up front and fight for every spot. It will be the same on Sunday.”
“This weekend is about putting on a great show and coming out of Talladega with two good finishes between Joe Gibbs Racing and Xtreme Concepts Racing. The support from these two groups has been amazing, and the best way for me to show that is to go out, take care of the equipment and be there at the end with a chance to win. We don’t know what to expect at Talladega.”