Sunday, June 26, 2022

Jeffrey Earnhardt shakes up the primary scheme for the Texas race

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The #26 Toyota Supra will have a bright new look for the Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Jeffrey Earnhardt will continue to have ForeverLawn as his main partner, but he will present a new scheme.

Sam Hunt Racing gave a first look at the updated scheme ahead of the trip to Texas. The team confirmed that Earnhardt will be back in 26th place for the first time since a 13th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19th.

It will still have the black and green scheme on #26, but there will be no white circle behind the door numbers. The front turf of the production car will also be very different from the versions that competed at Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt will make his fourth start for SHR during the trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the SRS Distribution 250 on May 21 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1). He has two top 15 finishes for the team so far, one 24th and one 26th. Now he will look to surpass those accomplishments at Texas Motor Speedway while also highlighting his new ForeverLawn program.

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As a part-time driver in 2022, Earnhardt wasn’t at the track every week. He only started five of the first 11 races. His last foray was the trip to Talladega Superspeedway where he made his first start in the Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing while driving the legendary No.3.

Earnhardt enjoyed a successful weekend at the track in Alabama. He set the fastest time during qualifying while working alongside America’s Crew Chief Larry McReynolds. He then went out and battled with the biggest names in the Xfinity series before finishing second overall behind Noah Gragson.

Earnhardt missed two weeks after scoring a career-best result, but he is back in action for several races. He will compete for SHR at Texas Motor Speedway and return to the No. 26 for the Memorial Day Weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following week.

The trip to Texas Motor Speedway will give Earnhardt an opportunity to surpass an earlier strong performance. He has four career top 10 finishes, a list that includes a 2019 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The SHR #26 has shown speed at several points during the 2022 season of the Xfinity Series. Earnhardt rode in the front half of the field at several races, while John Hunter Nemechek secured two top five finishes at Phoenix Raceway and Darlington Raceway. He was also within range of another prior to a late incident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With Earnhardt’s previous strong showings at Texas Motor Speedway and a solid machine at his disposal, there’s a good chance he’ll be fighting for another top 10 finish. However, he first has to secure a good grid position in qualifying.

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