An Earnhardt prepares for a fight of a different kind

Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his MMA debut Tuesday in Charlotte. Photo credit: Jeffrey Earnhardt

His family may be known as some tough fighters on NASCAR tracks, but Tuesday a young member of the Earnhardt clan will be taking on a fight of a different kind.

Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his MMA debut Tuesday in Charlotte. Photo credit: Jeffrey Earnhardt

Jeffrey Earnhardt grandson of seven time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt and nephew of NASCAR’s current most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his mixed martial arts debut Tuesday.

While his focus has been on racing, he has six races under his belt in the NASCAR Nationwide series and 10 in the Camping World truck series, like many people his age, the 22 year old has been a fan of MMA for some time.  Earnhardt took his love of the sport a step further however and started a rigorous training program. He hopes his training will pay off as he steps into the cage for the first time.

“I’ve been using MMA as my training regimen so I’m excited to show the fans that race car drivers are athletes just like in othe professional sports. I’ve been preparing for this fight since December and think I’m ready. My next race is in a few weeks so I felt comfortable that now was a good time.” said Earnhardt. MORE>>>

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