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Jeffrey Earnhardt Running for APR Full Time in 2023

Jeffrey Earnhardt is back full time in NASCAR, running the No. 44 for the full NASCAR Xfinity Series season in 2023, Alpha Prime Racing announced Dec. 13.

ForeverLawn will be one of Earnhardt’s sponsors for the effort.

“We’re so excited to have Jeffrey with us next season,” APR President Tommy Joe Martins said in a team release. “Jeffrey has been a competitor and a friend to me for a few years now. When Caesar [Bacarella] and I started this team last year, we both talked about having Jeffrey at the top of our roster — so to see this all come together for 2023, he and I both feel like we finally got our guy.”

Added Earnhardt, “I’m really pumped this came together with Tommy and Caesar. We were evaluating different options and after speaking with them we knew this would be the perfect fit. They are making major moves to strengthen their program and they made me feel welcomed. I’m fortunate to have my sponsors from last season continuing their support and we’ve got some new partners onboard. I’m looking forward to putting on that bowtie and leading this team to their first victory next season.”

See also
2022 Xfinity Series Awards: Going Streaking in Strange & Unusual Ways

Earnhardt joins part-time APR drivers Ryan Ellis and Sage Karam as the organization’s announced competitors for 2023. Ellis and Karam’s car numbers have not been announced yet.

Earnhardt drove 13 Xfinity races in 2022 for a variety of suitors, including Richard Childress Racing, Sam Hunt Racing and Emerling-Gase Motorsports. His best result was a runner-up finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

In 144 career Xfinity starts since 2009, Earnhardt has two top fives and five top 10s.

APR began under its current iteration in 2022, fielding the Nos. 44 and 45 full time.

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