Homestead: Texas Motor Speedway news 2009-01-20

Earnhardt Jr. To Compete In April's O'Reilly 300 Nationwide Series Race At Texas Motor Speedway FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan.20, 2009) The O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will be one of the select Nationwide Series races that NASCAR superstar ...

Earnhardt Jr. To Compete In April's O'Reilly 300 Nationwide Series Race At Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan.20, 2009) The O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will be one of the select Nationwide Series races that NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. will compete in for the upcoming season.

Earnhardt Jr., who is scheduled to run only seven Nationwide races, will be driving his own JR Motorsports entry the No.5 Fastenal Chevrolet for the O'Reilly 300 scheduled for Saturday, April 4. He also will be competing in the weekend's marquee event, the Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 5.

This will mark only the fourth time since he began competing in NASCAR in 1998 that he will run in a Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. His first visit was his most memorable as he posted his first career Nationwide Series victory in 1998. Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th in 1999, and his most recent visit came in last season's O'Reilly 300 when he finished seventh.

"The Junior Nation has a strong presence in Texas and I hope they take advantage of seeing Dale Jr. chasing victories in both the O'Reilly 300 and Samsung 500,'' Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "We traditionally have a dozen or more Sprint Cup stars competing in the O'Reilly 300 and the addition of Dale Jr. adds even more luster to this prestigious Nationwide Series event."

The No.5 entry for JR Motorsports is slated to run 21 Nationwide races this season and additional drivers and races for this team will be announced at a later date. Fastenal will sponsor 14 of those races, with their season debut being with Earnhardt Jr. in the O'Reilly 300. This team won twice last year, with Mark Martin winning at Las Vegas and Ron Fellows in Montreal.

"We've worked really hard putting a program together that will keep this No.5 car on the track and we are extremely pleased to bring Fastenal into the JR Motorsports fold for 2009," said Earnhardt Jr., a 22-time winner and two-time champion in the Nationwide Series. "This team was a two-time winner last season, and I feel all the pieces are in place to keep that momentum going."

Tickets for the Samsung 500 double-header weekend are available by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

-credit: tms

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Fellows , Mark Martin
Teams JR Motorsports