Massive Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Underdog Announcement Has the Racing Community Going Bonkers

Published 09/05/2023, 10:58 PM EDT

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JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s feather in the cap, has been making waves in the Xfinity series. With their eyes set on the bigger fish—the Cup Series—it’s evident Dale Jr.’s fleet of drivers are burning the midnight oil to up their game.

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Now, what’s the latest buzz around the water cooler? One of the dark horses in the JR Motorsports stable is shifting gears to the truck series. And to do it while flying the flag of a prestigious brand? Well, that’s the cherry on top for both the team and the driver.

JR Motorsports driver is moving to the NASCAR Truck Series


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. might have hung up his racing boots a while ago, but he’s far from taking a back seat in the world of motorsports. The maestro behind JR Motorsports, Dale Jr., has been burning the midnight oil, pushing his team and its drivers to new heights.

After making waves in the Xfinity Series, JR Motorsports seems poised to spread its wings even further. The grapevine is abuzz with news that another shining star from Dale Jr.’s stable is revving up to break into the Truck Series. Carson Kvapil, who’s already turned heads in the CARS Tour Pro Late Model Stock class as the man behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, is now set to don the driver’s cap for the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado under Rick Hendrick’s Hendrick Cars banner. The jaunt to the upcoming UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway will mark Kvapil’s maiden journey in the NASCAR National Series.


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In a statement dripping with enthusiasm, Kvapil shared with Spire Motorsports, “I’m super excited for the opportunity to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado at Bristol. Bono, Greci, and all the guys are awesome to work with, and I can’t wait to work with them at the track.”

“Fortunately, I am getting some simulator time in with Bono and Andrew [Overstreet] to get ready for the race. Huge thanks to Jeff Dickerson, T.J. Puchyr, Mr. Hendrick, and everyone else who helped me get to this point. I’m ready to hit the track for my first start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series”, he further added.

With a track record boasting nine victories in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Tour over the last two seasons, including a championship win and an ongoing title defense, Kvapil is no stranger to the winner’s podium.

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The news has now taken the ever-loyal NASCAR community by storm, buzzing like bees in springtime and showering Kvapil with well-wishes for this new chapter in his racing journey.

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As the news revved up, waves of congratulatory messages poured in for Carson Kvapil, lauding him for this golden opportunity. But some didn’t just stop at the customary ‘congratulations.’ Instead, they waxed lyrical, calling the news nothing short of spectacular. Let’s dive into some of the ripples this splashy announcement caused as fans chimed in about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s driver taking the big stage:

“LFG! Good luck Carson! W!”




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In fact, many fans are on tenterhooks, eager to see how he’ll fare in his maiden voyage into the Truck Series, pondering, “Let’s go! Can’t wait to see how he does.”

The thrilled NASCAR fans also applauded the news, saying, “Awesome news! 👍”



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A keen-eyed fan peeked into the crystal ball, dropping a hint for the coming year: “Carson to the #77 next year.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s prodigies have consistently spread their wings and soared high whenever they’ve transitioned from JR Motorsports to other circuits. But with such a constellation of stars in their ranks, isn’t it about time JR Motorsports took the bull by the horns and made a grand entrance into the Cup Series? What’s your take?



Written by:

Neha Dwivedi


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Neha Dwivedi is a NASCAR Writer for EssentiallySports. Her ability to capture the spirit of the exhilarating races and relay the enthusiasm to her readers distinguishes her as a sports journalist. Neha's articles strike a nice balance between technical accuracy and story-telling.
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Shivali Nathta




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