Jeff Earnhardt may race in Busch Series next season

LOUDON, N.H. -- Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 18-year-old grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt and son of Kerry, could be in a Busch car next season for a limited number of races.

Earnhardt currently is competing in the Busch East series that ran on Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway and will do so again next season.

John Story, vice president and general manager of Dale Earnhardt Inc., said the company plans to run him in seven NASCAR Busch series races in 2008.

"That way we maintain his rookie status," Story said.

Story said that if Earnhardt continues to progress DEI expects to back him for a full Busch season in 2009.

Chaffin qualifies for New Hampshire

Brian Vickers thought he'd made Sunday's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway and Chad Chaffin thought he hadn't.

Then came post-qualifying inspection.

Vickers' car that qualified 28th was sent home after officials ruled the left front end too low, allowing Chaffin to make the 43-car field for the first time this season.

David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com.