DARLINGTON, S.C. – Jeffrey Earnhardt rang up his second straight top-20 finish Friday night in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Earnhardt finished 19th the previous weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and backed up that run with a 20th on the lead lap at Darlington, one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks. The race was only Earnhardt’s second at Darlington.

“Jeffrey is really stepping forward and showing a lot of progress,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “He’s bringing our cars home and showing that he can move through traffic. He’s making good progress.”

Over the past two races, Earnhardt has jumped two spots to 17th in Nationwide driver points.

Rookie Chase Elliott won Friday night’s race, his second series win in a row.

The Nationwide Series is off next weekend before returning to action April 25 at Richmond, Va.

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