Earnhardt – Jeffrey That is – on pole for Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 22, 2022) – Jeffrey Earnhardt took too much advantage of a career opportunity on Friday when he took pole position for the Ag-Pro 300 (3 p.m. CDT on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Talladega Superspeedway – the first time that he sat behind the wheel of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

It was announced last week that the grandson of 10-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt, Sr., would be getting a one-race contract with RCR (his first ever with the team), and it would be in a n ° 3 – that his “grandfather” made famous

“I tell you he’s an incredible man,” said an emotional Earnhardt. “It’s been a dream of mine for years, to take this opportunity and everything falls into place. The good Lord takes care of us. Everyone at ForeverLawn has been so supportive of me. All the guys at RCR, man, everything what I have to do is hold a nice wheel. They’ve proven time and time again that they bring fast cars to superspeedways. Not a bad starting point. We’ll try to stay there the whole race and , hopefully put him on the path to victory.

For Childress, whose No. 3 Earnhardt, Sr., earned nine of those triumphs, it was very special. “To see this third car back on the track with an Earnhardt in it still touches me because I’ve always been a big Earnhardt fan. And this is Earnhardt country… pretty amazing.

Jeffrey’s career-best finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series came in 2019 when he finished third at Charlotte in a Joe Gibbs Racing machine. His best at ‘Dega is a 12and (2015). Hoping for his first career triumph, he will have FOX analyst Larry McReynolds as his team leader. McReynolds, before beginning his stint at FOX in 2001, had 23 wins as a crew chief, including the 1998 DAYTONA 500 with Dale Sr. at the wheel.

RCR took three of the four spots with Austin Hill second and Sheldon Creed fourth. Ty Gibbs finished third and Daniel Hemric fifth.

Dash 4 Cash continues in AG-Pro 300, other scenarios

Jeb Burton earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the Ag-Pro 300 last year, leading the final nine laps and eventually fending off current series points leader AJ Allmendinger Austin Cindric , Riley Herbst, Ryan Sieg and Noah Gragson.

Burton, who now drives the No. 27 Our Motorsports Chevrolet, would like to back up his victory with his first top 10 finish of the year – and the first for his new team – at Talladega this weekend. However, he can expect generally tight competition, between multiple riders and the kind of last-lap drama that has long characterized the speedway and made it one of the most exciting races of the season.

Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger is in the midst of a stellar start to the season, earning his first win of the year at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas road course and is the only NASCAR Xfinity Series driver to place among the top 10 in the eight races. Last year’s third-place effort at Talladega is his best showing in four Xfinity Series starts there.

Gibbs, 19, who will make his Xfinity Series Talladega debut, is currently second in the Xfinity Series driver standings, behind Allmendinger by 20 points, with a series-best three wins. His only superspeedway experience to date, however, is a season-opening 11th place finish at Daytona in the Beef. That’s what’s for dinner. 300. The No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver had a series-best 325 laps led this season and took pole position in the last three races.

Noah Gragson sits just behind Gibbs in the standings and the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet driver has been good on the high banks at Talladega, earning top 10s in four of his six starts there with a best third-place showing. in 2020 Gragson finished third in the first superspeedway race of 2022 – at Daytona. And his four-race run atop the championship standings mid-season is the longest period a driver has led the points consecutively so far.

Brandon Brown, Ryan Sieg, and past Xfinity Series race winner Brandon Jones (in Martinsville, Virginia) all have strong cases as race favorites. Brown won the last race of the series at Talladega in October 2021 – his only victory in the series. He has finished in the top 10 in the last three races at the track.

Sieg, who has five top-10 finishes in 2022, has finished 11th or better in Talladega’s last three races, including a second-place finish in 2020. Jones, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, has three among the top five and finished second to Brown in the fall race last year

Saturday’s race marks round three of the Dash 4 Cash incentive with $100,000 up for grabs for Saturday’s top driver among those four: Brandon Jones, Landon Cassill, Allmendinger and Austin Hill.

General tire 200

Willie Mullins led the way during ARCA practices Friday in preparation for the General Tire 200, which takes place Saturday at noon CDT. Greg Van Alst finished second followed by Drew Dollar, Daniel Dye and Rajah Caruth.

Drew Dollar will start on pole for the General Tire 200, followed by Corey Heim, Parker Chase, Nick Sanchez and Toni Breidinger. Dollar won the event in 2020. Bret Holmes, a native of Munford, AL, will win 16and.

To view all weekend admission opportunities, including Sunday’s GEICO 500 which will feature NASCAR’s Next Gen car, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Several options await fans, such as the fan-favorite 140,000 square foot Talladega Garage Experience, which includes close access to the garage’s observation decks, pre-race ceremonies and Victory Lane. Additionally, there are hospitality areas such as Fan Suites, Premium Box Seating, and the Busch Balcony, as well as incredible programming for kids.

Fans are encouraged to follow all the happenings at the biggest and baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on Twitter, Facebookand instagram

About Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway is the most competitive race track in the NASCAR program (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), steepest (33 degrees) and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and more fan-friendly. Three- and four-wide races at 200 mph are a norm at Talladega Superspeedway, along with biting photo finishes. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

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