“Kasey and I were chatting about our Nationwide Series schedules, and I was looking for track time at a place like Chicago,” Earnhardt said. “Kasey mentioned how he would love a shot at winning at Talladega. Fortunately we have a partner like Great Clips that was willing to work with us. One of our 2013 goals at JR Motorsports is to be a better asset to Hendrick Motorsports. For me personally, this scheduling change helps us do just that.”
Earnhardt was originally scheduled to drive the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 4. Instead, Kahne will drive a No. 5 for JR Motorsports in that race.
Both drivers' number of Nationwide Series races will remain the same, though, as Earnhardt is now slated to race the No. 88 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14, a race in which Kahne was originally expected to race the No. 5.
The two drivers just, essentially, swapped a couple of races. Earnhardt is still planning to compete as a driver in four Nationwide races in 2013, driving the No. 88, while Kahne, along with Brad Sweet, will race the No. 5 for a combined 27 races.
JR Motorsports has one full-time driver, Regan Smith, driver of the No. 7.