Jeffrey Earnhardt is the grandson of 7 Time NASCAR Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt and nephew of this generation’s most popular driver, Dale Jr.  Jeffrey began his race career piloting a silver 4 cylinder Yugo on the dirt tracks of Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He won Rookie of the Year at the local track and knew immediately that he’d be chasing his dreams to the paved tracks of NASCAR. Jeffrey hasn’t depended on his famous last name for opportunity.  Creating his own company and working his way thru the ranks like his grandfather did, Jeffrey has competed in Truck, Xfinity and Specialty events including the Rolex Series and NASCAR Euro Series.  He is absolutely committed to “Earning Earnhardt” and has his sights set on becoming a champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

NASCAR driver honors military by helping raise thousands for children of fallen servicemembers

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By Terace Garnier | Fox News


NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt, honored fallen U.S. servicemembers in a special way during the Memorial Day weekend.

“I don’t think I have ever had to hold back tears so hard in my life,” Earnhardt told Fox News on Saturday. 

He surprised Stephanie Manis, a Gold Star mom and her two children, George (Gino) and Kayden, with her husband’s name proudly inscribed on the driver’s side door. 

“Overwhelmed. I definitely knew I was going to cry,” Manis told Fox News. “There’s just no words for it. I mean he was a huge NASCAR fan and it’s just a real honor for someone to honor him and other soldiers. But it was overwhelming. There’s really no words.” 

Army Spc. George Manis served a tour in Iraq in 2006.  In 2011, he took his own life. 

“Being deployed I think he dealt with things that I didn’t understand and learning that after his death,” Manis said. “I mean things were really, really rough for him. I just don’t think he could handle all the pressure and it was just too much.”  

Earnhardt said the tribute on his vehicle is the least he could do for what servicemembers do to protect the country.

“I could never pay enough respect,” Earnhardt told Fox News. “We owe them everything for what they have done. So, it’s very touching. It’s very eye-opening and it really hits home.”  

Manis and Earnhardt weren’t the only ones choked up by the surprise. In addition, the names of 617 fallen men and women in uniform were inscribed on the hood of Earnhardt’s car.

Miranda Briggs saw her husband’s name, Army Spc. Garrett Briggs, on the vehicle. 

“It was a great feeling! It made me very proud of him,” Briggs said.

Her husband not only loved NASCAR, but he also had a history with the company. 

“My husband interned with NASCAR at Charlotte Speedway in 2009-2010 and worked at the Lowe’s pit area,” Briggs said. “He went to the Charlotte NASCAR Institute and graduated with honors on the Dean’s list!”

Briggs served in Afghanistan in 2013, but Miranda said he took his own life this past February, two weeks after she gave birth to their daughter Essex. 

Earnhardt also partnered with the veteran-owned clothing line Nine Line Apparel to sell “Remember the Fallen” T-shirts. 

Briggs is a member of Nine Line and she says she’s proud her husband was too.

The money raised from the T-shirt sales goes to Angels of America’s Fallen, an organization that supports children of servicemembers who died during combat or suicide due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — kids like Gino, Kayden and Essex. 

The organization helps children deal with the grief of losing parents by paying for extracurricular activities until they turn 18.

“…we pay for the activities that already exists in their community that they pick as their personal outlet. So we have done things like surfing, baking lessons, swimming lessons… Taekwondo and martial arts,” Joe Lewis, CEO of Angels of America’s Fallen, told Fox News. “As long as it’s a fun event and it has a coach or instructor component to it, we are going to find a way to say yes.”

On Sunday, Earnhardt and Nine Line CEO Tyler Merritt, a retired Army captain, presented a check for $15,000 — made possible by the T-shirt proceeds — to Angels of America’s Fallen during NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

“It brings awareness to the fact that there are thousands of children of our fallen that are out there trying to go through their childhood, the most crucial, formattable years without the support or guidance of their parent,” Lewis said. “It’s really important that as a nation we help those children mitigate the risks they face of increased anxiety, depressions, substance abuse, dropping out of school and even suicide.”

Manis’ children have been a part of the Angels of America’s Fallen family since 2014 and Briggs is on the waiting list. She says the program would be instrumental to Essex’s growth.

“It’s going to give her an opportunity to have an outlet for her grief,” Briggs said. “Between sports, athletics, art or music whatever she chooses to do they are going to be able to financially help her do those things.”

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Earnhardt Joins Premium Motorsports to Compete in Coca-Cola 600

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27 May 2018 – Charlotte, NC.  Fourth generation Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt will be piloting the Premium Motorsports number 55 Chevrolet during this Memorial Day weekends running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Earnhardts sponsors include a who’s who of veteran owned and veteran supporting partners including Nine Line Apparel & Black Rifle Coffee.  The car honors 617 American service members that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and highlights the foundation Angels of America’s Fallen.  This organization directs charitable donations towards the families of fallen service members.
“I’m really excited to get back behind the wheel with a new team and new sponsor partners that share my values and appreciation for our military and their families” said Earnhardt.  “The Coca-Cola 600 is a flagship race during the NASCAR season and with it being Memorial Day weekend I can’t think of any better way to honor our military than the way we’re doing it.  Being able to give something to the families of our fallen service members is very rewarding and very humbling.  I’m thankful to everyone that made this happen.”
This will be Earnhardts first race since departing the 00 team earlier in the 2018 season.  “We spoke with team owner Jay Robinson and manager Tommy Baldwin and there was definitely a like mindedness” commented Earnhardt.  “I understand the dynamics of a smaller team and appreciate them looking to maximize the opportunity.  I think we’ll run well against the teams of similar size and I can’t wait to get the race started.”
The Coca-Cola 600 will be televised on Fox beginning at 6pm.

Jeffrey Earnhardt Appearance Update:

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Come visit with Jeffrey Earnhardt this week at the following Walmart locations:


Tuesday May 22nd  1pm to 2pm 

Walmart: 150 Concord Commons Pl SW, Concord NC

Wednesday May 23rd  1pm to 2pm 

Walmart: 5825 Thunder Rd. NW, Concord NC