Sadler joining Roush Fenway in 2015: OneMain Financial announced today that it will be the primary sponsor of the Roush Fenway Racing #1 OneMain Financial Ford Mustang driven by Elliott Sadler in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). This sponsorship reunites the two organizations as OneMain Financial (previously known as CitiFinancial) sponsored Roush Fenway entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2008 to 2010. The 2015 season will mark OneMain Financial's 12th season in NASCAR, and the company's return to a full-season sponsorship, serving as primary sponsor for all 33 races for the #1 Ford Mustang in the NXS. Sadler, a NASCAR veteran, will continue his relationship with OneMain Financial as he competes for a championship in the 2015 season. Sadler has 260 Nationwide Series starts to his credit, earning 10 wins, 16 pole awards, 61 top-five and 128 top-10 finishes. During the previous three full seasons, Sadler finished fourth in 2013, and second in 2012 and 2011. He was also voted the 2011 Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. In 2010, Sadler became the 21st driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series).(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #1 team paint schemes page.(10-31-2014)
Sieg names Texas sponsor: JoeUSA.com has partnered up with Ryan Sieg as a primary sponsor of the #39 Chevy Camaro for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. JoeUSA.com offers all inclusive website development, including design, hosting and support. Earlier this month ryansiegracing.com was launched thanks to JoeUSA.(RSS Racing)(10-30-2014)
Scott Lagasse Jr. Joins RCR for Homestead: Richard Childress Racing will have Scott Lagasse, Jr. driving the #33 Alert Today Florida/Boy Scouts of America Chevy Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead-Miami 300 with Nick Harrison as crew chief. Lagasse will pair with the Florida Department of Transportation in their "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" initiative. The campaign helps raise awareness that safety doesn't happen by accident, reminding everyone on the roadways to pay attention while following the rules of the road. The Boy Scouts of America will also ride along as a sponsor for the 200-lap event.(Richard Childress Racing), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(10-29-2014)
Alex Bowman returns to the #5 at Phoenix: JR Motorsports announced that LINE-X, North America's largest retail automotive aftermarket franchise and leading provider of high-performance spray-on bedliners, will sponsor Alex Bowman in the #5 Chevy for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. LINE-X is recognized as the industry leader in spray-on bedliners and an innovator of versatile protective coatings. The company's product line includes items that are utilized in commercial, industrial, agricultural, military and custom applications. LINE-X boasts more than 500 locations in 46 countries. The Phoenix race marks the 21-year-old Tuscon, Ariz., native's second start for JR Motorsports. Bowman started seventh and finished 12th in his JRM debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 10. Over the past two seasons, Bowman has made 71 combined starts across NASCAR's top-two series, posting two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He also recorded a pair of pole awards in Nationwide Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013.(JRM), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(10-29-2014)
Jamie Dick gets Phoenix sponsor: Viva Motorsports is hoping to have a fiesta in Phoenix to celebrate a good finish for their new sponsor, Fiesta Auto Group. Fiesta Auto Group is a brand new car dealership located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, specializing in both new and used cars. The #55 Camaro will be making a stop in Albuquerque on its way to the racetrack to show off the new look and to thank the Fiesta customers and employees for their support. Additional support will come from Viva Auto Group, Viva Powersports, and Bestway Autos. Dick has made 5 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix with a best result of 18th place.(Viva Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #55 team paint schemes page.(10-29-2014)
Mackena Bell to make Nationwide debut at Phoenix: Have you ever wanted to sponsor a big-time race car? Well, now's your chance to sponsor a NASCAR Nationwide racer in one of the final races of the 2014 season. Carson City's own Mackena Bell, who started racing an Outlaw Kart at 11 years old at Champion Speedway, will make her debut in one of NASCAR's premier touring series on Nov. 8. Bell will drive the Rick Ware Racing #23 Chevy Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide series DAV200 "Honoring America's Veterans" race at Phoenix International Raceway. Bell will be one of only a few female drivers to compete in the Nationwide series, following in the footsteps of Patty Moise, Erin Crocker, Joanna Long, Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Danica Patrick, who's now a Sprint Cup regular. Bell is also the only female graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Program to race in the Nationwide series. This is an important career move for Bell, who has been running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East the past two seasons. It means she will be certified by NASCAR to run bigger tracks, something that makes her more valuable to teams in the ARCA, Camping World Truck, and Nationwide series. But in order to do this, she needs funding.(Nevada Appeal)(10-29-2014)
Contreras to make 100th NASCAR start this weekend: A week after watching his nephew make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville, Carlos Contreras will exchange a radio for a steering wheel and compete in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. More importantly, Contreras' start on Saturday will reach a huge milestone for the Hispanic racer. By taking the green flag in the final stretch of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Contreras will have competed in 100 national series races across the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, dating back to 1999. RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the #87 Chevy Camaro as the primary marketing partner in Contreras' 13th race of the season.(Rick Ware Racing)(10-29-2014)
Crescent Companies joins Clements at Texas UPDATE: Crescent Companies will serve as the primary sponsor of the #51 Chevy for Jeremy Clements and Jeremy Clements Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Crescent Companies is a diversified independent oilfield service company that operates through two primary business segments, Crescent Services and Crescent Consulting. Crescent Services is focused on fluid logistics and provides high and low volume water transfer services to facilitate drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations by pumping water directly to the well site.(Clements Racing PR)(10-27-2014)
UPDATE: Jeremy Clements and Jeremy Clements Racing will be paying tribute to the two Canadian soldiers - Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo - who lost their lives as a result of two separate fatal terrorist attacks last week. The names of both soldiers will appear on the #51 Crescent Companies Chevrolet for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Clements has multiple family members in the Montreal area and throughout Canada, as well as JCR Team member who resides in Toronto. The tragedy that struck Canada last week and the loss of both soldiers impacted the entire team. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent served in the Canadian military for 28 years and was working with the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Personnel Support Unit, which provides support services to the families of fallen soldiers and to ill and injured active and former military personnel and their families, when he was fatally struck by a vehicle in a parking lot on October 20, 2014 by a suspected terrorist. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist based out of Hamilton, Ontario, was fatally shot while performing the duties of a sentry at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2014 by another suspected terrorist. An authorized trust fund set has been set-up for Cirillo's 6 year old son via TD Bank by Lt. Col. Rick Kennedy, chair of the Argyll Regimental Foundation.(Clements Racing PR)(10-28-2014)
Bit-O-Honey sponsoring Chris Buescher: Chris Buescher heads to his home track of Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Buescher's home town of Prosper is located just under an hour away from the 1.5-mile track. The #60 Ford Mustang carries the Bit-O-Honey colors this weekend. The honey flavored taffy and almond candy was first manufactured in 1924 and is now produced by Pearson Candy Company in Minneapolis.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #60 team paint schemes page.(10-28-2014)
Austin Dillon in the #33 at Texas: Austin Dillon will pilot the #33 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Grainger joins Dillon and the #33 team in the Nationwide Series team this weekend. Grainger is a distributor of more than 1.2 million products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. Millions of organizations worldwide rely on Grainger for safety gloves, ladders, cutting tools, motors, hand tools, janitorial supplies, fasteners and much more.(RCR)(10-28-2014)
Berryhill ready for Texas: Tanner Berryhill will be competing at Texas in the Vision Racing Toyota Camry #17 with sponsorship from New Gulf Resources, Excel Sports Therapy and Nuke Optics. The hood of the car will also feature the Scholarship Foundation of a former fallen racer and personal friend of the Berryhill family, Donny Ray Crawford.(Berryhill PR)(10-28-2014)
The Motorsports Group selling Nationwide team: Curtis Key's The Motorsports Group is closing their NASCAR Nationwide team (#40 and #46) at the end of the season and moving to Sprint Cup next year. All assets of the team are for sale.(TMG)(10-28-2014)
Congrats: to #14-Eric McClure and his wife Miranda. They announced Miranda is pregnant via a YouTube video. It will be their 6th child.(10-27-2014)
Tweaker sponsoring Bliss at Texas: TriStar Motorsports announced that Tweaker Energy Shots will be back on board the #19 Camry this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The #19 Camry will feature a new paint scheme during the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on November 1st. Tweaker Energy Shots new flavor, Extra Strength Green Apple, will adorn Bliss's Camry. This new flavor can be found at most convenient stores and grocery stores.(TriStar Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #19 team paint schemes page.(10-27-2014)
Goody's to sponsor Earnhardt, Jr. in one 2015 race: Goody's announced that it is expanding its partnership with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR. The expanded partnership marks the first time Earnhardt-who has been a spokesperson for Goody's for the past two years-will drive a Goody's-sponsored car. Beginning in 2015, and extending through 2017, Earnhardt will drive the #88 Goody's car in one race each year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. "It has been a pleasure having Dale Jr. as a partner on the Goody's team," said Joseph Juliano, brand director for Goody's. "His success on the track and his commitment to his fans is an inspiration to all of us. We're thrilled he won our sponsored race at Martinsville-it is the perfect start to our expanded partnership."(JR Motorsports), see an image of the car on the 2015 #88 team paint scheme page.(10-27-2014)
Whataburger returns to sponsor Starr at Texas: David Starr will partner once again with San Antonio, Texas-based Whataburger for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Starr will be behind the wheel of the #44 Whataburger Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports on November 1st. Earlier this season, Starr piloted the #44 Whataburger Camry at Texas Motor Speedway and brought home a 15th place finish. With over 40 starts across NASCAR's top three national series at the 1.5-mile speedway, Starr is ready to race this weekend at his home track.(TriStar Motorsports)(10-27-2014)
Gaughan to return to RCR: Richard Childress Racing and South Point Hotel & Casino announced the renewal of their partnership for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season with driver Brendan Gaughan. South Point Hotel & Casino's partnership with Richard Childress Racing began in 2012 with Gaughan running a limited Nationwide Series schedule and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The partnership continued in 2013 with a full time Camping World Truck Series schedule where the team finished seventh in the driver championship point standings. South Point Hotel & Casino made the full time move to the Nationwide Series for the 2014 season. The Las Vegas-native collected his first-career win at Road America in June, which was only the third time in NASCAR history a race has been run in the rain. This victory came after he made 98 Nationwide Series starts. Gaughan returned to victory lane three months later at Kentucky Speedway in September. With only three races left this season, the 39-year-old driver leads the Nationwide Series regulars with most green flag passes (1,813), earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes with 54 laps led.(RCR)(10-23-2014)
Winn-Dixie to sponsor Xfinity Series race at Talladega: Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it is entering into a new partnership with NASCAR's Most Competitive Track to sponsor the "Winn-Dixie 300" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, 2015. With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company is proud to sponsor the Winn-Dixie 300 at NASCAR's biggest and baddest track, which opened in 1969. The goal is to make meaningful connections with customers throughout the state of Alabama and beyond by being a part of events they are passionate about. This isn't the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world's fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.(Talladega Superspeedway)(10-22-2014)
Hunt Brothers Pizza sponsoring Harvick in 4 races in 2015: Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation's largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, is returning to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 with its sponsorship of Kevin Harvick and JR Motorsports. For the second consecutive season, Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as primary sponsor on Harvick's #88 Chevrolet for four XFINITY Series races. Harvick, a two-time series champion and winner of 84 races across NASCAR's three national series, will share driving duties of JR Motorsports' #88 entry in 2015 with veteran drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. To date, Harvick has earned four victories, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 14 starts during his debut season racing part-time for JR Motorsports.(Hunt Brothers Pizza)(10-22-2014)
NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series To Incorporate Updates In 2015: NASCAR announced three key enhancements in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season. The updates include:
" Beginning next season, the qualifying rule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will resemble that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and will emphasize speed.
" The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series maximum starting field will be set at 32 trucks.
" The drivers' last name will be featured on the back window of each series' cars and trucks, helping fans to better identify the drivers.
2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Procedure
Next season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will follow the same procedure for positions 1-27. In the XFINITY Series, the next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the next four positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking trucks in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a fifth truck will make the field based upon owner points. Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars and top 25 trucks in owner points in each series, respectively, were guaranteed a starting spot in each of those series' events. Starting next year, a maximum of seven cars and five trucks will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, respectively. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series' field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.
Maximum Field Set At 32 Trucks For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
As NASCAR continues to encourage and reward hard racing, help solidify and build the ownership base, add even more drama and intrigue to the race weekend and most importantly, provide fans the best competition possible, the maximum starting field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be set at 32 trucks starting in 2015, as opposed to the 36-truck field in previous years. A maximum NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field continues to stand at 43 cars while the NASCAR XFINITY Series will remain at 40.
Drivers' Last Names On Rear Window
This new design element is part of the implementation of NASCAR's Industry Action Plan, specifically in the area of Driver Star Power. This enhancement will feature the drivers' last name displayed on the upper rear window of cars and trucks, helping fans more easily identify the drivers. The window treatment will not affect the on-track competition and placing it on the back window allows for both series sponsors - XFINITY (starting in 2015) and Camping World - to continue to maintain placement on the front windshield.(NASCAR)(10-22-2014)
Koch in the #44 at Homestead: Blake Koch is back with TriStar Motorsports for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Koch will pilot the #44 Celsius Flo Fusion Camry, as he will attempt to top his break out performance from the 2013 season finale. Blake Koch is teaming up with Grammy nominated and multi-award winning hip-hop artist, Flo Rida for the final race of 2014. Both who call Southern Florida home, have teamed up to promote Flo Rida's new work out powder, Celsius Flo Fusion. Celsius Flo Fusion is a great tasting Pre-Workout energy drink to fuel those who live an active lifestyle. Using the same formula as your favorite Celsius products, Flo Fusion is powered by scientifically tested, calorie burning MetaPlus.(TriStar Motorsports)(10-20-2014)
Nationwide race at Phoenix to honor Disabled American Veterans: Phoenix International Raceway announced that DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's November NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the featured event on the third day of PIR's Veterans Day race weekend. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the semifinal race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. With the Nationwide Series title on the line, the green flag will drop at 5:00pm/et on Saturday, November 8. DAV's National Commander, Ron Hope, said this race weekend is a fitting addition to the many events across the country that remember America's fallen, wounded, ill or injured. "This is the time of year our country pauses to reflect on those who ensured we enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted'" said Hope. "This event, in addition to the excitement of attendance for a semi-final event, will make veterans aware of the free services available to them and educate the public on volunteer opportunities and other ways they can say 'thanks' to those who served."(PIR)(10-15-2014)
Charlotte TV Ratings: ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte on Friday night, Oct. 10, earned a 0.8 U.S. rating, the same as last year's race, and averaged 1,249,000 viewers, slightly down from last year's average of 1,302,000.(ESPN)(10-14-2014)
Voting Opens For 2014 Most Popular Driver Award In NASCAR Nationwide Series: It's another showdown between the rising stars and seasoned veterans of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR's seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins, Thursday, October 9. Additionally, fans can also vote on their top NASCAR Nationwide Series moment. Regan Smith looks to defend his NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver title, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed to have a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver, and for the NASCAR Nationwide Series top moment at www.NASCAR.com/nnstopmoment. Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 14 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 15 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 15. The winners will be announced at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Trump National Doral Miami on Monday, Nov. 17. To be eligible to receive Most Popular Driver votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2014 championship driver points. Additionally, for all voting, drivers must have attempted at least half of their respective series races this season. Selected by a panel of NASCAR industry representatives, here are the top NASCAR Nationwide Series moments from the past seven seasons that fans can vote on starting today:
Aug. 1, 2009 - Brad Keselowski wins the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, taking home the Dash 4 Cash bonus in front of 60,000 fans.
July 3, 2010 - The new NASCAR Nationwide car makes its race debut at Daytona. Driving a blue-and-yellow #3 Wrangler Chevrolet reminiscent of his father's car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
March 5, 2011 - Danica Patrick finishes fourth at Las Vegas, marking the best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history.
Aug. 6, 2011 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards wreck coming across the finish line at Iowa Speedway battling for the win. Stenhouse would emerge as the winner, earning his first victory of the season.
Aug. 26, 2011 - Kyle Busch's victory at Bristol Motor Speedway moves him past Mark Martin as the series' all-time wins leader (50). Busch has since upped his win total to 69.
Nov. 5, 2011 - At Texas Motor Speedway, Kenny Wallace supplants Jason Keller as the series' all-time starts leader (520).
Nov. 16, 2013 - Austin Dillon wins the series championship by a scant three points over Sam Hornish Jr. It was Dillon's second national series championship in three years.
April, 2014 - Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott wins consecutive races at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, becoming the youngest driver to win back-to-back races in series history.
Aug. 16, 2014 - Chris Buescher claims his first career win in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio, while honoring six year-old patient champion Luke Benner.(NASCAR)(10-9-2014)
Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association announce renewal with Roush, Reed: Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association have announced a multi-year renewal of their successful Drive to Stop Diabetes NASCAR program with Roush Fenway Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Reed. "I am very excited for the opportunity to move forward and expand the program," said Reed, who at the age of 17 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. "As someone who was diagnosed and told that my dream of being a professional driver was over, I personally understand the importance of education and awareness as well as tapping into resources to manage my diabetes. With so many people living with or at risk for diabetes, it is so important that we continue to educate people about how to get out ahead of it and live with this disease." Over the past nine months, the Drive to Stop Diabetes platform has utilized a multi-faceted approach to reach children, parents and at-risk adults of all ages to bring education and awareness to diabetes. Through the program, Reed has been able to educate, inspire and personally connect with thousands of children living with diabetes, while raising unprecedented awareness of the disease across the country. The program has included visits to children's hospitals and summer camps as well as holding a major presence at diabetes scientific conferences, designed to educate those dealing with and affected by diabetes. In addition, the Drive to Stop Diabetes team launched a dynamic social media campaign to regularly engage those in the diabetes community and hosts an at-track activation experience at selected races that features educational materials, games and prizes, while providing insight to fans as to how Reed manages his diabetes with a successful racing career.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-8-2014)
Pinnacle Food renews with JR Motorsports:JR Motorsports announced a multi-year sponsorship extension with Pinnacle Foods Inc. that will start with four NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015 with drivers Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick. Pinnacle Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, and its brands can be found in more than 85 percent of American households. The sponsorship will be leveraged in store at key retailers nationwide. As it did this year with Harvick, Pinnacle Foods will continue featuring the Armour brand on JRM's all-star car. Armour specializes in canned meats and includes Vienna sausages, chili, luncheon meat, beef stew and more. Additionally, the company's Vlasic and Wish-Bone brands will receive primary sponsorship placement on Regan Smith's #7 Chevy for the upcoming event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 10, 2014.(JR Motorsports)(10-8-2014)
NASCAR releases Xfinity Series logo: NASCAR announced last month that beginning in 2015 Comcast's XFINITY brand will be the title sponsor for what is currently known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In preparation for the transition, planning has already begun with XFINITY in what will be an ongoing process in the coming weeks and months to be ready for January 1, 2015, when XFINITY officially takes the reigns of the entitlement.An integral part to that transition is the development of the official NASCAR XFINITY Series mark, which makes its debut today. The NASCAR XFINITY Series mark is creatively aligned, and in a similar genre, to the other NASCAR national series marks. Fans will see the new NASCAR XFINITY Series mark in the same places as they see the NASCAR Nationwide Series marks, including NASCAR XFINITY Series racecar windshields, NASCAR XFINITY Series officials' and drivers' uniforms, haulers, pace cars, headsets, grass stencils, banners / flags, credentials / hard cards, Victory Lane accessories, websites, media guides, schedules, souvenir programs, tickets, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship trophy. Nationwide remains the series entitlement partner through December 31, 2014, and continues on as an Official NASCAR Partner and Sprint Cup team sponsor for years to come.(NASCAR)(10-7-2014)
Crew chief changes expected with JGR: They're preparing to shuffle the crew chief deck at Joe Gibbs Racing. Multiple sources say Kyle Busch and longtime crew chief Dave Rogers will end their long-running association at season's end, as part of a multi-divisional realignment involving both JGR and Kyle Busch Motorsports. While Rogers' departure from the #18 team was announced in-house on Tuesday of this week, no one from JGR has commented publicly on the move. Sources close to the team say Adam Stevens will move from JGR's Nationwide Series operation to replace Rogers atop the #18 pit box. Stevens has gone to Victory Lane five times this season with Busch, and is the obvious heir-apparent to Rogers. Stevens will be replaced in the Nationwide Series garage by Eric Phillips, who has served as crew chief on the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series entry. Under his guidance, the team has won eight times in 17 starts this season with Busch (six wins) and Erik Jones (two wins). He won the Truck Series owner's championship for KBM a year ago and is solidly in the running to defend that title this season.(Godfather Motorsports).(10-3-2014)
Regan Smith returning to JR Motorsports UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tweeted Wednesday morning, "@ReganSmith and @JRMotorsports just finished the paperwork that keeps him in the 7 car for 2015. Couldn't be more pleased about this."(10-1-2014)
UPDATE: Regan Smith still harbors dreams of driving for a Sprint Cup team again. He just isn't in such a hurry to get there that he was willing to give up a pretty sweet gig. Smith has agreed to a one-year extension with JR Motorsports to continue driving in the Nationwide Series, which will be rebranded the Xfinity Series next season. Smith, who is second in points heading into Saturday's race at Kansas Speedway, said that the opportunity to continue driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a championship-caliber team was a big enough incentive to put less certain Sprint Cup opportunities on hold. Smith has three wins over the past two seasons for JR Motorsports.(Associated Press)(10-3-2014)
Australian-owned team announces plans UPDATE: NASCAR is coming to Salisbury (North Carolina), according to the head of an Australian based team that hopes to field a truck in the Camping World Truck Series, and a car in the Nationwide Series. Roo Motorsports is expected to announce that it will set up its racing headquarter in the Speedway Industrial Park just off I-85. The park is now home to a quarter midget race track and other businesses. Robert Van Geons, head of RowanWORKS, the economic development platform for Salisbury and Rowan County told WBTV about the announcement. Roo Racing will be the first Australian owned race team to compete in a NASCAR touring series, according to Van Geons. Scott Saunders is slated to be the driver for the team. Scott is a relatively unknown Australian Motorsports star due to most of his racing career being outside of Australia, according to his web site. Since 1996 at the age of 9, Scott has been racing and has won National and World titles in Karting. Scott holds a US Karting record as one of only a hand full of drivers to win 4 USA IKF Grand National Championships.(WBTV).(9-29-2014)
UPDATE: Roo Motorsports is officially setting up shop in Salisbury at the Speedway Business Park just off I-85. The announcement was made Monday night. In addition, the team announced the Naming Rights sponsor for the 2015 Camping World Truck Series of NASCAR. Sax Suspension is an Australian suspension manufacturer specializing in the development and production of advance suspension components for on road and off road vehicles. Their products have been available in limited supply in the USA, and this partnering arrangement coincides with a hard launch into the US marketplace.Roo Motorsports is the first wholly owned Australian NASCAR team to enter the competition. Founded by team owner, Noel Saunders, Roo Motorsports will compete in the Camping World Truck Series for 2015 and beyond.(WBTV).(9-30-2014)
Faison Eyeing NASCAR Xfinity Series for 2015: The 21 year old Delaware native CJ Faison has built a name for himself inside the racing world by competing in everything from Go-karts to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. CJ Faison is now looking to take his career one step further, the NASCAR Nationwide Series. NASCAR's #2 series will have a new partner beginning in 2015 as Comcast's XFINITY brand becomes the entitlement partner for what is currently known as the Nationwide Series. CJ Faison is currently eyeing the NASCAR Xfinity Series full time for 2015. With the end of the 2014 race season coming up, CJ Faison is negotiating with teams for next year. While there are multiple options available, CJ believes he will find his home for next year very soon. CJ Faison has spent the last 4 years racing for multiple teams and acquiring as much track time as possible. As for this past year CJ Faison had decided to continue racing back in Delaware (his home state) while still looking towards a return to NASCAR in 2015.(Faison PR)(9-25-2014)
Theriault looking for 2015 opportunity: It has been an eventful year for Fort Kent race car driver Austin Theriault. But Theriault said in some ways, it hasn't been eventful enough. The 20-year-old landed a three-race series in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, and it didn't go as well as he had hoped. Theriault finished 15th at Iowa Speedway, 21st at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and, last Saturday night, he wound up 18th at Kentucky Speedway. He also has been in five Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North races and won his first ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway. He will probably conclude his season on Saturday afternoon at the Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150 PASS SLM North race at Oxford Plains Speedway. He has four top-five finishes in his five PASS races but will be looking to post his first win of the season. Then he will hit the road seeking sponsors and a ride for next season. He is taking everything in stride. "I'm going to stay positive. I know things take time. Hopefully, things are happening for the right reasons," he said. "I'm not going to dwell on it too much. You look at what happened, you make mental notes and you move forward." He said he does want to continue racing and would prefer "the bigger [3400-pound] cars with the radial tires." That would mean the Nationwide, Camping World Trucks or ARCA series. But he also knows he has to be a realist and take the best opportunity to get seat time, even if it isn't in one of those divisions.(Bangor Daily News)(9-25-2014)
Yuengling renews sponsorship of RCR, Dillon: Richard Childress Racing and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, announced the renewal of their partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series #3 Chevy team and driver Ty Dillon for the 2015 season. Yuengling will also sponsor the #33 Chevy SS at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Dillon behind the wheel. "We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Yuengling and showcase their great products to NASCAR fans," said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "We have enjoyed working with a family-owned and operated company with such a rich heritage and tight-knit culture. It's something we mirror here at RCR. Yuengling is an iconic American brand and the brewery has produced a quality beer for almost two centuries." The Yuengling beer Light Lager brand has been featured on the #3 Chevy Camaro in 2014, which is the 185-year-old company's first season partnering with a NASCAR team. The Pottsville, Pa.-based brewery has been American Owned and Family Operated since 1829 and sells beer in 16 states.(RCR)(9-24-2014)
Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports at Homestead: JR Motorsports champion late model driver Josh Berry, who made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last month, will get his second opportunity behind the wheel of the #5 Chevy at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15. JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller made the announcement on her Dirty Mo Radio podcast, Fast Lane Family presented by Charlie's Soap, on Wednesday. Ragu will be featured as the primary sponsor on Berry's car. America's leading pasta sauce brand since 1937, Ragu has been a partner with JR Motorsports since 2011. Regan Smith raced the #7 Ragu Chevy to victory at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year, giving JR Motorsports its first win in the season-opening event.(JR Motorsports)(9-17-2014)
Country Bob's Sauces & Seasonings sponsoring Scott at Texas: Country Bob's, an all-purpose sauces and seasonings company, will serve as the primary sponsor for Brian Scott and Richard Childress Racing's #2 Chevy team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1. In a partnership with Kroger, Country Bob's joins RCR for their first venture as a primary sponsor. In a promotion that started on Labor Day, September 1 and runs through the first week of December, fans who purchase Country Bob's sauces and seasonings at one of the nearly 200 Kroger stores in Texas will enjoy great sale prices. In addition to the sale prices on Country Bob's Sauces and Seasonings at Kroger stores, customers can enter a drawing to win the grand prize, two-minute Kroger shopping spree experience with RCR driver Scott. The grand-prize winner will also enjoy a VIP race experience and a Primo Oval 400 XL grill. The contest runs from now through October 6.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #2 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)
Preece to drive for Baldwin at Homestead: Ryan Preece of Berlin, Connecticut has made a significant change to his racing schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season. Instead of competing in his second NASCAR Nationwide Series event of the 2014 season at Richmond International Raceway Friday, he has decided to forego the start and exchange it for a start in the Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 at Homestead Speedway in November. The decision made by Preece and his supporters will allow him to chase his second career Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified division championship, as well as gain NASCAR's approval to compete at super-speedways such as Daytona International Speedway. "If everything runs well and we finish all the laps, have a good run, and everything goes good I'd be approved to run Daytona," Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "You're done with the approval process at that point. I talked to Tommy (Baldwin) and all my sponsors backing us and they were 100-percent behind me."(Speed 51)(9-4-2014)