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Jeffrey Earnhardt Released From Circle Sport and TMG Race Teams

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Jeffrey Earnhardt no longer has a ride for 2018.

This means that there is no Earnhardt competing in any NASCAR series next year, but it’s not due to Jeffrey’s abilities.

Earnhardt had signed a contract extension to drive the #33 for TMG and Circle Sport, but Circle Sport owner Joe Falk made the decision to split the race teams in a statement issued Tuesday morning:


Once Earnhardt got the news he was out of a ride, he tweeted out to his followers this message:

Jeffrey Earnhardt is the nephew of 2017’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr and son of Kerry Earnhardt.

Falk and Circle Sport own the charter the #33 car used in 2017. Earnhardt competed in 34 of 36 races in 2017 and averaged a finish of 33rd with three times finishing 26th.

The Motorsports Group says it intends to field a car in 2018 and should be able to secure a charter since there are several teams that are not fielding as many cars as they did last year.


TMG owner Curtis Key said that the race team put a plan together rather quickly, and that decision was “sudden for us.” He continued to say that he would continue on this journey and look to rebound in 2018.

Eddie Pardue, who took over the reins of crew chief from Pat Tryson mid-season 2017, will continue in that role.

A sponsorship opportunity remains open for 2018 for primary and associate partners for The Motorsports Group, as well as, of course, a new driver.

Hulu was the primary sponsor for Earnhardt in 2017. Earnhardt’s website said that he was slated to return to the #33 Hulu Chevrolet in 2018.

As Jeffrey said in his tweet, “like your parents tell you, don’t cry over spilt milk.”

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