Jeffrey Earnhardt will reunite with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) this season, the team announced Friday.
Earnhardt is scheduled to drive at least 12 races for JDM in the Xfinity Series, with the prospect of more starts depending upon additional sponsorship being secured.
“I am really thankful to Johnny Davis and the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for having me onboard this season,” Earnhardt said in a media release. “These guys work hard every week and they’ve demonstrated the ability and desire to compete. I am looking forward to getting back on track this season!”
Earnhardt previously drove for JDM in a full-season Xfinity effort in 2014, finishing 18th in the final standings.
Earnhardt competed in just seven Xfinity races last season for both XCI Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, including a third-place finish for the latter in the spring race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He also recorded three other top 10 finishes.
The grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt also made one NASCAR Cup Series start in the spring race at Talladega last season for XCI Racing.
Earnhardt will not race in the Xfinity season-opening race at Daytona on Feb. 15. Rather, his first start will come at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14.
The team said Earnhardt’s car number and sponsorship will be announced at a later date.
Veteran NASCAR driver David Starr will race fulltime in the Xfinity Series this season for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, the team announced Thursday.
Starr joins the Gaffney, South Carolina-based team after spending the last two seasons driving for Jimmy Means Racing (finished 23rd in 2018 and 22nd in 2019).
The team has switched from the No. 01 car number to No. 6 Chevrolet for this season.
“It’s a new year, a new number, and a new driver all in one, and the team expects to make 2020 one of their best seasons yet,” a team media release stated.
Starr has 196 career Xfinity starts, with a career-best finish of fifth in the 2017 summer race at Daytona International Speedway.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to drive for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller,” Starr said in the release. “In the last two or three years, I have noticed their vast improvements as a race team on the competition side of things, and now that I will be joining forces with them, I hope to help a strong team become even stronger.
“I want to help grow their program and bring them long run success, and we have all the right pieces together to make it happen.”
Starr joins B.J. McLeod and Garrett Smithley on the team. Starr will make his debut with his new team in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 Xfinity Series season opener February 15 at Daytona.
Jesse Little will move up to the Xfinity Series in 2020 and drive full-time for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, the team announced.
The 22-year-old Little, son of former Cup driver Chad Little, has been competing in a part-time effort in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series the past five seasons. His team, JJL Motorsports, announced in September it will close at the end of this season.
Little has made 30 Truck starts and two Cup starts. He has not run in the Xfinity Series.
“I am beyond excited to have the privilege to race full-time in 2020 for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Little said in a statement from the team. “It’s something I have honestly dreamed about since I can remember. They are a successful, established team that I can’t wait to begin working with. I hope to represent Johnny, the JDM brand, and especially all their partners to the highest satisfaction.”