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Barring the unlikely, it appears that the Daytona 500 will feature two Earnhardts for the first time since 2001.

Circle Sport with The Motorsports Group announced on Monday via Twitter that Jeffrey Earnhardt has been signed to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet in the Great American Race with financial backing from athletic apparel company, Starter.

The team has an ownership charter, which guarantees Earnhardt a starting spot in the event.

Two Earnhardts have not taken part in the race since the 2001 running, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second to Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammate Michael Waltrip. That was the race Dale Earnhardt Sr. tragically lost his life in a last lap crash in turn four.

Kerry, Jeffrey’s father, attempted to qualify for the race back in 2005 but missed the show.

Earnhardt has 24 starts in the Cup Series, with 22 of them coming in 2016 with Go Fas Racing and BK Racing. He posted a career-best finish of 26th in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, North Carolina, in October.
















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