Dale Earnhardt Jr’s return to NASCAR at the Richmond Raceway last weekend was met with rave reviews. Well, we have another Earnhardt that will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next month. Bobby Earnhardt, son of Kerry and grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr. will be making his return to the track next month at Kansas Speedway. Earnhardt, 31, will pilot the No. 66 HABCO car for MBM Motorsports in the Kansas Lottery 300.
This will be Earnhardt’s third career XFINITY Series start as he raced last year for the team in Richmond and Kansas. The goal is to run the remaining races on the 2018 schedule and the full season in 2019 too.
the fourth generation driver credits the opportunity to hard work and meeting Tim Buyse of HABCO, Inc. during a dirt track outing this summer in Kansas. HABCO is a material handling specialist and one of the best-known industrial contractors in the mid-west.
“Tim is a great guy, Earnhardt said while speaking about his opportunity to represent HABCO. “While I out running a few events in the Kansas Dirt Tim jumped in and helped all weekend with the car. He saw how passionate I was about racing and was willing to jump on board for Kansas.”
Earnhardt, who was Rookie of the year in the ARCA Racing Truck Series, ran several events in the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the Xfinity season.
“HABCO, Inc. is making this possible so we’re very thankful – it’s tough out there – finding sponsorship,” Earnhardt said about the work Earnhardt – Shearer Racing has done seeking partners. “With HABCO on board, we’re able to finish out this year on a high note and then make a run at rookie of the year in 2019.”
Earnhardt is also keenly aware of the expectations put on his family due to his familiar last name. However, he says it’s all about making your own way and doing the best you can.
“As an Earnhardt, both my younger brother Jeffrey and I were raised to work hard for what we want to do. Get in there and work – that’s the way my dad does it, my grandfather, great grandfather and uncle Dale… all of us. In the end, I think we are also determined to do all we can for the Earnhardt fan base and keep “Earnhardt excitement” on the track.”