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Jeffrey Earnhardt to Attempt Cup Debut at Richmond

There has been only one fourth generation driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. That happened when 20-year-old Adam Petty made his NSCS debut at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2000.

On Sept. 15, that may change as the second fourth generation driver in NASCAR history will attempt to make his Cup debut.

Go FAS¬†Racing has announced that 26-year-old Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the team’s No. 32 Ford for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Earnhardt is the son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt, the grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Earnhardt and the great-grandson of short-track legend Ralph Earnhardt.

The Moorseville, North Carolina, native will have sponsorship from CorvetteParts.net.

“I’m really excited to get this opportunity and thrilled that CorvetteParts.Net is sponsoring my debut in Sprint Cup,” Earnhardt said in a press statement. “The Keens have been very good to me and having their company be part of an important day in my career is pretty cool. I appreciate everyone at Go Green Racing for making this happen and look forward to doing my best to make it a good debut.”

Earnhardt has made 66 career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, including running all 33 races for JD Motorsports in 2014, where he finished 18th in points. Earnhardt made 17 career starts for Go Green Racing, which partially owns Go FAS Racing, in the NXS.

The No. 32 team is currently 41st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings. The team has used several drivers this season, including Josh Wise, who will drive the for the team in next weekend’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.