Jeffrey Earnhardt joins Circle Sport-TMG for Daytona 500 start

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Another Earnhardt is set for his Daytona 500 debut.

The recently-merged Circle Sport-TMG announced on Twitter Monday that 27-year-old Jeffrey Earnhardt will compete for the team in the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, making his debut in “The Great American Race”.

Earnhardt will pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet with support from Starter, who first sponsored the fourth-generation driver for two races in 2016.

The tweet reads: “@CSTMG3330 welcomes JEarnhardt1. Will make first @DISupdates 500! @StarterBlkLabel returns in 2017”

A native of Mooresville, N.C., Earnhardt has 24 career starts in the MENCS with BK Racing and Go FAS Racing, with a career-best finish of 26th coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2016. The grandson of seven-time MENCS (then Winston Cup Series) champion Dale Earnhardt has also tallied 102 starts among the XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series, Pinty’s Series and K&N Pro Series.

CS-TMG has a charter for the No. 33 Chevrolet, indicating that Earnhardt should be guaranteed to make the field.

The plans for both the organization and Earnhardt beyond the Daytona 500 are unknown at this time.

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