The rest of the 2019 racing season for Jeffrey Earnhardt is unclear after the grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion and Corridor of Famer Dale Earnhardt tweeted this morning that he has “parted methods” with sponsor IK9.
IK9 had sponsored Earnhardt in 5 of his seven Xfinity Collection begins this season. These 5 races have been within the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Earnhardt’s different two Xfinity begins have been for XCI Racing. IK9 additionally sponsored Earnhardt’s sole Cup begin for XCI Racing this season at Talladega.
Earnhardt tweeted: “Simply wished to let ya’ll know that iK9 and I’ve parted methods and wished to thank them for the chance to race with @JoeGibbsRacing & @ToyotaRacing. Want them the perfect of their future.”
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) August 7, 2019
As lately as Aug. 5, Joe Gibbs Racing tweeted Earnhardt can be competing on this weekend’s Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course.
In response to a JGR workforce assertion, “IK9 stays a sponsor with us and might be on the automotive this weekend as scheduled. He (Earnhardt) is parting methods with IK9 as he indicated in his tweet. We are going to announce the motive force for this weekend for the No. 18 IK9 Supra quickly.”
The son of former racer Kerry Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt has one top-five (a career-best third at Charlotte) and two different top-10 finishes (sixth at Atlanta, eighth at Texas) in his seven Xfinity begins this season. All three of these finishes have been with JGR.
“Jeffrey has an awesome relationship with JGR and Toyota and that has not modified,” a Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc. spokesman stated in an e-mail to NBC Sports activities.
It’s unclear whether or not Wednesday’s information will influence the 30-year-old Earnhardt’s tenure with XCI Racing.
Earnhardt has 76 profession Cup begins, 73 Xfinity begins, 10 Truck Collection begins and has additionally competed on the Pinty’s (Canada), Okay&N East and Whelen Euro collection.
IK9 issued this tweet Wednesday afternoon:
Jeffrey cancelled his contract with us. We’ve all the time been supportive of our drivers and sponsor a few of the greatest within the sport.
— iK9 (@iK9_Global) August 7, 2019