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JR Motorsports
Owner(s) Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Rick Hendrick
Kelley Earnhardt Miller
Base Mooreville, North Carolina
Series Nationwide Series
Drivers #5 - Kevin Harvick/Kasey Kahne
#7 - Regan Smith
#9 - Chase Elliott
#88 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr./Kevin Harvick
Sponsors #5 - Hunt Brothers Pizza/Armour
#7 - TaxSlayer.com/Unilever
#9 - NAPA Auto Parts
#88 - TaxSlayer.com/Great Clips
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2005 Ford 300
Championships 0

JR Motorsports is a NASCAR Nationwide Series team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the owner of his Cup ride Rick Hendrick. The team currently fields the #5 Hunt Brothers Pizza/Armour Chevrolet Camaro part-time for Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, the #7 TaxSlayer.com/Unilever Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Regan Smith, the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Chase Elliott, and the #88 TaxSlayer.com/Great Clips Chevrolet Camaro part-time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

History of JR MotorsportsEdit

JR Motorsports began in a shed on the property of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 1998 with just one employee, as the marketing division of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s race team. The original intent of the business was to help Earnhardt, Jr. sell t-shirts and negotiate sponsorship deals.Template:O RLY?

It wasn't until 2002 that Earnhardt, Jr. turned the business into a race team. That's when T. J. Majors drove the first race, in the street stock division, at Concord Motorsports Park, in North Carolina.

The first win for the team came at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA, in 2004.

Today the team operates out of a 66,000 square foot state of the art race shop near Mooresville, North Carolina. JR Motorsports fields late model stock cars, a Hooters Pro Cup stock car, and the Number 88 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with sponsorship from the US Navy driven by Brad Keselowski.

Nationwide SeriesEdit

Owner StatisticsEdit

Year Starts Wins Poles Top Fives Top Tens
2005 1 0 0 0 0
2006 36 0 0 2 7
2007 35 0 0 1 9
2008 34 2 1 9 17
105 2 1 12 33

#5 car historyEdit

The #5 car is inherited from the Hendrick Motorsports' Busch Series stable, competing in the series since 1984. Shortly after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. signed with Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, Hendrick Motorsports announced that it would merge its operations with the JR stable to field a two-car team with the #5 and the #88, starting in 2008, using Hendrick engines and chasses.[1]

The #5 is scheduled to be driven by seven drivers in 2008 -- Jimmie Johnson, Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin and Landon Cassill as well as road course specialists, Ron Fellows and Adrian Fernandez.[2] The #5 will include sponsorship from Lowe's, National Guard, Delphi, and Godaddy.com.

#83 car historyEdit

The history of the 83 starts with Martin Truex Jr. who drove it in 2006. Car #83 would then take a two year hiatus before being fielded by JR Motorsports with driver and owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. behind the wheel at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 24, 2008.

#88 car historyEdit

The No. 88 began the 2006 season driven by Mark McFarland, but he was replaced by Shane Huffman,[3][4] with Martin Truex, Jr. and Robby Gordon filling-in for certain races. On Tuesday July 3, 2007 Dale Earnhardt Jr. released Shane Huffman from driving the #88 Navy Chevy for JR Motorsports. Earnhardt, Jr. drove the #88 on July 6, 2007 in the Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway.[5] Brad Keselowski will replace Shane Huffman for three races,[6] with "Road Course Specialist" and SCCA driver Andy Pilgrim to be in the car for the race in Montreal, and Watkins Glen.[7] Brad Keselowski finished the season.[8]. Brad won his first race at Nashville Superspeedway on June 7, 2008. Keselowski signed a two year contract with JR motorsports with the Navy returning as sponsor in 2008.[9].

Sprint Cup Series and Future of JR MotorsportsEdit

During a press conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 16, 2008, Dale Earnhardt Jr. stated that once the Nationwide Series starts using the Car of Tomorrow chassis, which is set for an August, 2009 debut at the intermediate tracks, his Nationwide teams possibly will leave the Nationwide Series, due to the costs of switching cars. When asked if he will move JR Motorsports to the Sprint Cup Series, Earnhardt Jr. said that due to the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series almost having the same expensive costs, he might move the team to the Sprint Cup Series as early as 2009 "if the right opportunity comes along with the right sponsorship and driver..." [10]

Other racing seriesEdit

JR Motorsports fields twolate model stock cars; the No. 71 R&B Chevy driven by Scott Young, and the #73 R&B Chevy driven by Curtis Truex.

SPEED 1Edit

In 2007, JR Motorsports are supplying cars for SPEED's NASCAR coverage. The SPEED 1 fleet for NASCAR RaceDay includes a superspeedway car, and car for intermediate tracks, and a Car of Tomorrow. SPEED 1 is driven by Hermie Sadler.[11]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Chevrolet in NASCAR
Models Impala (2008- ) | Monte Carlo (1995-2007) | Lumina (1989-1994) | Monte Carlo (1979-1988) | Chevelle (1964-1977) | Impala (50's-60's)
Sprint Cup Teams Dale Earnhardt, Inc. | Front Row Motorsports | Furniture Row Racing | Haas CNC Racing | Hendrick Motorsports | Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Teams CJM Racing | Day Enterprise Racing | Elite 2 Racing | Front Row Motorsports | Jay Robinson Racing | JD Motorsports | JR Motorsports | Kevin Harvick Incorporated | Mac Hill Motorsports | ML Motorsports | Mac Hill Racing | MSRP Motorsports | Phoenix Racing | Richard Childress Racing | Rusty Wallace Racing | SKI Motorsports
Craftsman Truck Series Teams Kevin Harvick Incorporated | Key Motorsports | MRD Motorsports | Randy Moss Motorsports | SS-Green Light Racing | TRG Motorsports | ThorSport Racing | Xpress Motorsports

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