When Jeffrey Earnhardt starts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in eight days, he will represent the third generation of Earnhardts to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 21-year-old truck series rookie is the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., son of Kerry Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeffrey Earnhardt is scheduled to make the third truck series start of his career in Saturday’s race in Loudon, N.H., in the No. 47 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing.
His father competed in the 2006 truck race at Las Vegas and finished 11th.
The Smith’s 350k at LVMS will be a single-day event on Sept. 25 with practice from 9 a.m. to noon, qualifying at 3:15 p.m. and the nationally televised 146-lap, 219-mile race at 6:30 p.m.
■ SHOPPING CART RACE — The public is invited to watch the only racing NASCAR truck drivers will do before activities begin at the speedway Sept. 25.
Veteran Ken Schrader, points leader Todd Bodine, Brian Ickler and Austin Dillon will compete with select fans in a special shopping cart race at noon Sept. 24 in the Smith’s supermarket at the corner of North Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.
■ AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS — Nearly 20 truck racers are to participate from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in a free autograph session at the Stratosphere.
Among those scheduled are Jeffrey Earnhardt, Bodine, Ickler, Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Nelson Piquet Jr., Aric Almirola, Stacy Compton and Ricky Carmichael.
■ TAKE A BUS — Coach America will provide shuttle service to the truck race from the Golden Nugget on Sept. 25. Hours of service are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 one way and $25 round trip.