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Jeffrey Earnhardt going Nationwide racing at Charlotte with Rick Ware Racing

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Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt

Rick Ware Racing says Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the team's No. 41 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend.

Jeffrey Earnhardt's 2011 season started with a top-10 finish at Daytona in the Camping World Truck Series. That effort was followed up with several strong outings in the truck races. In Martinsville's Kroger 250, the fourth-generation Earnhardt driver maneuvered his Ware Racing No. 1 truck from a 28th-place starting position into the top six before failing brakes on the No. 31 truck ended the day for both competitors.

When the trucks sponsor changed teams, Earnhardt and Rick Ware solidified their partnership and went to work to prepare for the future. That future begins on May 28 at Charlotte in the Top Gear 300 at 2:30 p.m., televised live on ABC.

"We had a lot of momentum in the truck series and it was disappointing when the sponsor left but that happens in this business and you have to move on," Earnhardt said. "I'm a competitor. Whether it's racing on a track or pulling the team together to work with sponsors, failure is not an option. Rick and his team have been great and the upcoming Charlotte race is a new beginning."

"We are looking forward to having Jeffrey in the #41 at Charlotte in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,"  Ware said. "The past month has been extremely exciting at RWR with Jeffrey making the jump to the Nationwide Series. He will be joining the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point leader, Timmy Hill, and the future looks really bright for our organization."