For Jeffrey Earnhardt, a promising 2019 season quickly turned into a frustrating one. His stay with Joe Gibbs Racing was a short one, complicated by sponsor issues that eventually forced him out of his part-time role with in the No. 18 Toyota Camry.
It was his first shot in top equipment, and Earnhardt didn’t disappoint. He led 29 laps in the season-opener at Daytona, then backed that up with a strong sixth place run at Atlanta. Earnhardt brought home a season-best third place at Charlotte in May.
Since then, the search has been on for another opportunity. Just a week before the Xfinity Series season opens in Daytona, Earnhardt has found one. The 31 year old driver will run at least 12 races for JD Motorsports, returning to his 2014 home which saw him finish 18th in the points standings.
The news release from JD Motorsports cites an opportunity for Earnhardt to add races to his schedule if sponsorship can be found.
“I am really thankful to Johnny Davis and the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for having me onboard this season,” Earnhardt said. “These guys work hard every week and they’ve demonstrated the ability and desire to compete. I am looking forward to getting back on track this season!”
JD Motorsports announced that veteran driver David Starr would run full-time in the team’s No. 6 entry, which swapped numbers this season from No. 01.
Earnhardt’s first race for the team will come in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway.