TOLEDO, Ohio (May 19, 2017) -- The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care coming to Toledo Speedway this Sunday is stacked with story lines, including one attached to 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships.
As has already been reported ,Thad Moffitt will be at the controls of the No. 46 Ford for Empire Racing, a development team for Richard Petty Motorsports. Moffitt is the grandson of seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty. But a recent entry from Hixson Motorsports is adding another seven Cup titles to the mix with Bobby Dale Earnhardt listed as the driver of Hixson's No. 3 Chevrolet. Earnhardt is the oldest grandchild of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and son of Kerry Earnhardt.
Dale made ARCA Racing Series starts on the road course at Heartland Park (Topeka, Kan.) and Texas World Speedway. Kerry won four ARCA Racing Series races over his career with victories at Pocono, Michigan Charlotte and Atlanta.
Crystal Bates, crew chief for Hixson Motorsports, says that the deal with Earnhardt had been underway for a few weeks.
“It’s exciting,” said Bates. “Bobby Dale met with us a few weeks ago at the track…we all talked, and things grew. We all explored the opportunity for him to gain some seat-time behind the wheel of a heavier ARCA car on a national touring series. He’s working hard to move things forward, build his career, make the move to the next level, all while trying to land sponsors for his efforts.”
According to Bates, just having the name Earnhardt above the driver's window gets attention and can assist in the pursuit of sponsorship and marketing partners.
“Bobby Dale is a great guy,” Bates said. “He’s more than just a driver named Earnhardt. He has a wonderful family…he’s a hard worker, and is looking to gain experience to move up the ladder in stock car racing. And, he’s doing it the hard way – knocking on doors, building relationships, rolling up his sleeves.”
Earnhardt is looking for sponsors of any level. Of course, the bigger the better, would make it easier, but any level would be appreciated according to Bates.
“Bobby is looking for a main sponsor and associate sponsorships. But, I’m sure he’d appreciate any help that he can get from race fans. If you would like to have your name on the car as a sponsor contact Bobby Dale Earnhardt.”
In addition to same-day coverage on FS1 at 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday (May 21), arcaracing.com will provide live timing & scoring and live chat during all on-track activities Saturday and Sunday.
About Bobby Dale Earnhardt
Earnhardt is the oldest grandson of famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and son of Kerry Earnhardt. His brother, Jeffrey Earnhardt, drives full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group.
Bobby Dale Earnhardt competed in the ARCA Truck Series where he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. During the same season, he finished sixth in driver points.
As his grandfather began his racing career with little more than a dream and determination, Bobby Dale too plans to climb to the top one rung at a time.
“I’m working to raise the money on my own and start in the development series like everyone else,” Bobby Dale said. "The last name always draws a crowd. It definitely puts pressure on me, but at the same time it gives me something to strive for. Everyone expects me to be at the top and I'm going to work my hardest to get to the top and be my best at it. It's kind of hard when I have bad days because everybody jumps on you. But it's a learning thing. You have a bad day and you learn from it."
Earnhardt will be teammates with Eric Caudell at Toledo. Caudell drives the No. 2 HMS Chevy.
For more information, please contact Bobby Dale Earnhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org.