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Jeffrey Earnhardt's tenure with StarCom Racing is over

Jeffrey Earnhardt (00) makes his way through Turn 4 during qualifying for the Daytona 500 auto race at the Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The combination of Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing lasted five races.

The team announced Sunday night that it had parted ways with Earnhardt following a 36th-place finish in Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway. StarCom’s No. 00 has consistently been one of the worst cars in the Cup Series. While Earnhardt finished 21st in the Daytona 500 by virtue of staying out of the trouble all of the top cars got in, he finished 31st or lower in each of the next four races.

When StarCom announced Earnhardt as the driver of its car, the team said Earnhardt would drive in the Daytona 500 “and the rest of the season.” His presence in the 500 meant an Earnhardt competed in the race for the 40th-straight year. The last Daytona 500 without a driver named Earnhardt came in 1978.

The team said Monday afternoon that Landon Cassill would pilot the car at Martinsville and Texas. Cassill has been without a ride in the Cup Series since he was replaced at Front Row Motorsports by Michael McDowell at the end of the 2017 season.

StarCom entered the Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season and ran two races. Derrike Cope, who is currently serving as the team’s manager, drove the car and finished 40th and 32nd.

The team is leasing a charter from Richard Childress Racing and has a guaranteed entry into every race on the Cup schedule. The charter is from RCR’s now-defunct No. 27 car that isn’t running in 2018 because Paul Menard went to Wood Brothers Racing.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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