07 Sep NASCAR: Jeffrey Earnhardt to drive for Premium Motorsports in Coca-Cola 600
Jeffrey Earnhardt is set to return to the NASCAR Cup Series driving for Premium Motorsports in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, 28, is set to make his return to the NASCAR Cup Series in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the 2018 Cup Series season, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
Earnhardt, who last drove in the Cup Series in the race at Fontana earlier this season when he drove the #00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet before he and StarCom Racing parted ways, is set to drive the 600-mile race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile quad oval for Premium Motorsports in the #55 Chevrolet.
Reed Sorenson has driven the #55 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet in seven races so far this season, including each of the last six. He finished no higher than 27th place in those seven races, with that 27th place finish coming in the most recent race at Kansas two weeks ago.
Here is how Earnhardt announced that he would be returning to Cup Series competition this weekend.
Earnhardt has not had success in his Cup Series career, which began back in the 2015 season, thus far, but he has never driven for a top-tier team. In 63 career Cup Series races, he has a career-high finish of 21st place, which is his only career top 25 finish.
While Premium Motorsports are by no means a top-tier team or even relatively close to being one, it is great to see Earnhardt back in the series, especially in light of the current discussion about whether or not small and uncompetitive teams should even be allowed to race.
Earnhardt recorded this 21st place finish in this year’s season opener, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, in his first of only five races with StarCom Racing, the team that he was supposed to drive for full-time this seasonwhen the season began.