WATCH: Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Heartwarming Tribute to “Superhero Grandpa” & NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt After Talladega Pole

Published 04/23/2022, 2:15 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 12: Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the #35 DalStrong Toyota, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Earnhardt is perhaps the most famous name in all of American motorsports history. While the image that comes into mind with that name in most people’s minds is of the great Dale Earnhardt and his son, many forget that there’s also Jeffrey Earnhardt.

But despite his relatively lesser fame, he recently proved that he too has all the Earnhardt racing genes in him.

The grandson of arguably the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, Jeffrey Earnhardt recently earned the pole for the Xfinity Series race at Talladega. What made the achievement even better was the fact that he did it while driving a No.3 car, the same number his grandfather made iconic.

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In the post-qualifying interview, Earnhardt acknowledged the gravity of his achievement as he paid tribute to the most famous of all Earnhardts.

“It’s huge. You know, I saw him. I could throw my heart beating in my ears. Sitting there waiting to make the first run. I thought it’d be a little bit better the second run,” he said.

“And it wasn’t so, you know, just like I said, my grandpa’s, my hero.”

Jeffrey Earnhardt is “speechless” about competing in the iconic No.3 car

Jeffrey Earnhardt described how big of an honor driving the No.3 car, the number with which Dale Earnhardt won six of his seven, record-equaling Cup titles in, is.

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“To be able to compete in a car like his for the guy that he drove for, it’s not in the Cup series, but it’s still a pretty amazing opportunity that I’m just speechless about,” Earnhardt said.

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the #18 iK9 Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series RINNAI 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 22, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

He added how incredible Dale Earnhardt’s achievements are in the sport, something that elevated him to the highest mountain in NASCAR for the drivers, for the fans, and for American people.

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“Like I said, he’ll always be my superhero. I’m just trying to do the best I can to make him and their and our fans proud,” he added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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