Jeffrey Earnhardt is out to prove that NASCAR drivers are athletes. The grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, Jeffrey is a driver but he is also a MMA fighter. Earnhardt will make his debut Tuesday in Charlotte in a fight against Chris Falson.
“A lot of people don’t see race car athletes as true athletes,” he said. “They don’t think we’re capable of doing anything other than sitting in a car and driving in a circle. A lot of people don’t understand the reality of it. This is an opportunity to prove to people that race car drivers are athletes. It’s a lot harder than people realize. Hopefully this MMA fight will help people realize that, and that we can hold our own as athletes.”
That quote from Jeffrey Earnhardt pretty much sums up how I feel about NASCAR drivers being athletes. Driving a car like that is not a picnic. You have to be in tremendous shape. The cars are hard to steer, it’s hotter than you can imagine, and it requires amazing reaction time and vision. Sounds like they have a lot in common with a lot of other athletes.
The name Earnhardt has always been attached to racing, but maybe Jeffrey Earnhardt can branch it out to more sports. The son of Dale’s first son Kerry, Jeffrey is still a race car driver. Having him branch out into this could give him a chance at a new career.
Who knows, maybe Jeffrey can pick up his first win on Tuesday and give his uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr. some good vibes for him to break his winless streak at Charlotte on Sunday.