Jeffrey Earnhardt will start for Matt DiBenedetto in today’s AAA Texas 500. Wade Payne AP
Jeffrey Earnhardt will start for Matt DiBenedetto in today’s AAA Texas 500. Wade Payne AP

Texas Motor Speedway

The ‘Earnhardt’ streak will continue at Texas Motor Speedway

November 06, 2016 09:54 AM

UPDATED November 06, 2016 09:55 AM

The ‘Earnhardt’ streak will continue at Texas Motor Speedway, after all.

Jeffrey Earnhardt has been a late addition into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 field. Earnhardt will drive the No. 83 ZAK Backs the Blue Toyota, substituting for Matt DiBenedetto who sustained a concussion in Saturday night’s Xfinity Series race. Earnhardt will start in the rear of the field.

TMS has had an ‘Earnhardt’ run in every NASCAR Sprint Cup race in its history. That streak, though, appeared to be coming to an end with Dale Earnhardt Jr. out the rest of the season as recovers from concussion symptoms and Jeffrey Earnhardt not being in the initial field.

Jeffrey Earnhardt made his Cup debut at Texas last spring, starting 38th and finishing 35th.

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DiBenedetto posted on Twitter late Saturday that he’s “feeling totally fine. ... just having to follow the concussion protocol. Hate I can't drive tomorrow but I'm looking forward to Phoenix.”