Rick Ware Racing and driver Jeffrey Earnhardt have opted to continue their association in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, after indicating earlier this week that they would go separate ways. The two sides have come to an agreement for Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in the No. 1 Fuel Doctor Chevy at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
"We just want to race, and sometimes the issues of business just seem to make us lose focus on why we are here," team owner Ware said. "Jeffrey will be in the truck at Martinsville and we will work hard to continue to keep him in that seat. The amount of effort we have poured into his career and having a place for him to perform is important in his development. He is young and there is a lot of promise in him and both the management of RWR and JEI have the same goal for him." Ware said.
Jeffrey Earnhardt – grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt and son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt – was released as driver of Ware's No. 1 truck Tuesday after the team owner alleged Earnhardt and his management company were shopping sponsor Fuel Doctor in an effort to land another ride. Ware said he, not Earnhardt, was responsible for getting Fuel Doctor as sponsor. Earnhardt said he went searching for another opportunity when Fuel Doctor told Ware it wouldn't continue to sponsor Ware's truck.
Earnhardt scored his first top-10 finish with a seventh at Daytona in the season opener, and is 10th in the points after the first three races of the season. The 21-year-old ran five times for Ware in 2010, with a best finish of 18th at Las Vegas.