Kerry Earnhardt to run Charlotte

(Huntersville, N.C.)-Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to run the Marcis Auto Racing No. 71 Team Realtree Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup UAW-GM 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (Concord, N.C.) this weekend. Earnhardt made his Winston Cup debut in the...

(Huntersville, N.C.)-Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to run the Marcis Auto Racing No. 71 Team Realtree Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup UAW-GM 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (Concord, N.C.) this weekend. Earnhardt made his Winston Cup debut in the Realtree Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway's (Brooklyn, Mich.) August event.

Earnhardt qualified the Realtree machine in the 27th position, just one position shy of a qualifying spot for the prestigious Bud Shoot Out Qualifier. He finished the race 43rd due to an accident in the first portion of the race, caused by an extremely loose condition in the car.

Dave Marcis, team owner of Marcis Auto Racing and the Realtree Chevrolet commented on the weekend at Michigan. "I know we need to work with Kerry and get him comfortable in the race car. We just didn't compensate enough for the changing weather that weekend. Most of the teams had the loose problem, we had it real bad. It was a shame. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and my team (Marcis Auto Racing) worked really hard on that car."

Earnhardt added, ""I was just trying to run a smooth lap and hit my marks like we talked about and we got in a good lap to qualify. I was disappointed with the way things went down on Sunday. But what happened, happened. We just gotta move on and prepare another good car for the Charlotte race."

Earnhardt ran the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) spring event at Lowe's Motor Speedway, finishing second in a neck and neck battle with race winner Lyndon Amick. "I did really good in the ARCA race in May. I'm expecting the experience to help out and boost my confidence."

Similar to Earnhardt's last Winston Cup run, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. will prepare the No. 71. Dave Marcis will be on-hand and calling the shots from the garage and pits.

"I just can't thank Dave (Marcis) enough for giving me this chance. It shows that he really believes in this project and me. He's a great person to work with and to learn from," continued Earnhardt.

Earnhardt's father, seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt thanks Marcis for the opportunity also, "Dave has the ability to provide tremendous experience to Kerry. We also have to thank Realtree for all of their support- for both Dave and Kerry."

"Dale and I have been good friends for a number of years," said Realtree President Bill Jordan, "and it's been a real pleasure getting to know Kerry. Working with Dale and Kerry gives both Marcis Auto Racing and Realtree a tremendous amount of exposure. We look forward to Kerry having a good run at Charlotte."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Lyndon Amick , Dave Marcis , Kerry Earnhardt , Bill Jordan