Smith is okay with the idea but he does not want to sound like an ambulance chaser. United SportsCar Racing will have a home with FOX Sports in its debut season.
Earnhardt and veteran Nationwide Series owner Johnny Davis announced the partnership Friday.
Owen Kelly will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at The Glen with Phoenix Racing. He returns to the JGR team at Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide race.
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Jeffery Earnhardt moves up from 39th starting spot
Five-time champion to pilot No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.