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  • Athenian Motorsports to run full time Xfinity schedule: Athenian Motorsports, LLC announced it will field a Chevy Camaro full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and a Chevy Silverado in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015 with engines provided by Hendrick Motorsports. Georgia native John Wes Townley will compete full-time for AMS in the Truck Series and run a partial schedule on the circuit previously known as the Nationwide Series. A search is underway to find a driver with sponsorship who will pilot the #25 Camaro in the remaining Xfinity Series events. Veteran crew chiefs Mike Ford and Michael Shelton will continue to call the shots for AMS. Ford, a multiple-race winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, will return to lead the Xfinity team. Michael Shelton, who guided James Buescher to a NASCAR Truck Series title, will direct Townley's 2015 effort in the Truck Series. Athenian Motorsports will call Concord, N.C. home, beginning in January. That's when the second-year organization will take possession of the 43,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport that currently houses Richard Petty Motorsports.(Athenian Motorsports)(11-21-2014)

  • Congrats: to JD Motorsports' #01 car chief Ryan Bell and his wife Sarah on the birth of their son, Harvey Scott Bell, Friday morning at 4:30am. He weighed in at 8 pounds 6 oz. and was 23.25 inches long.(11-21-2014)

  • FoxSports1 to have Nationwide, Truck banquet coverage: FOX Sports 1 offers coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony from the Trump National Doral Miami, the celebration's first year at the venue, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:00pm/et. The joint NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series celebration, hosted by NASCAR on FOX's Adam Alexander and Krista Voda and featuring musical performances by Gavin DeGraw and Jana Kramer, honors ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton as the first back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and JR Motorsports' Chase Elliott as the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. The top five drivers in each series also are celebrated during the banquet. Team Penske's #22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team and Kyle Busch Motorsports' #51 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team are feted as winners of the season's owner championships. Among other honors handed out, Elliott, son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, is recognized as the Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver and Ryan Blaney as the Truck Series' Most Popular Driver.(FoxSports)(11-20-2014)

  • Elliott, Crafton honored at banquet: NASCAR's first year celebrating its Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet at the Trump National Doral Miami feted one of the sport's newest champions and a repeat victor Monday night. But before the festivities came into full swing, it included a warm-up by the resort's namesake. The day after the thrilling conclusion to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Chase Elliott and Matt Crafton -- stock-car racing's other national series champions -- took center stage Monday as the toast of the glitzy Donald J. Trump Ballroom. But before their speeches and moments of remembrance, "The Donald" himself gave the industry a warm welcome. "I didn't watch a minute of the NFL yesterday," Trump said about Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I watched NASCAR. You're much more brave."
    Participants in both series donned their formal best Monday evening, celebrating the accolades of two seasons of racing that began in February at Daytona. Those assembled at the 62 tables cheered the contributions of departing entitlement sponsor Nationwide and longtime broadcast partner ESPN, but also paid tribute to two deserving champions.
    Elliott's first full season in a NASCAR national series was welcomed with a championship in what will become the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year. But it also came with a surprise honor in the form of the series' most popular driver award. His father, NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott, was a 16-time winner of the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR's premier series.
    Crafton's return to the head table came by virtue of his second straight title, a historic first for the Camping World Truck Series. Last season his heart-tugging acceptance speech took several emotional turns; this year, a quip beforehand about his 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Elladee, helped him channel his inner comic. "She's been around two years and I've won two truck series championships," Crafton said. "Why'd I wait so long to have kids?"
    Ryan Blaney, the truck series' runner-up this year, brought home the most popular driver award in the Camping World Truck Series but waved off making an acceptance speech.
    The Team Penske #22 Ford (Nationwide) and Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota (trucks) were honored for their team owner championships in their respective series. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (Nationwide) also claimed top honors in the year-end Keystone Light and Coors Light Pole Awards, leading both series in the number of poles this season. Busch was also lauded with the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year in the truck series. Kyle Larson won the award in the Nationwide Series.(NASCAR.com)(11-18-2014)

  • Regan Smith to get new crew chief: JR Motorsports just completed its most successful season, with drivers #9-Chase Elliott and #7-Regan Smith finishing 1-2 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. But changes are ahead for the 10-year-old organization founded by Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., and capably run by Kelley Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of the team as well as the vice president and business manager of the organization. Ryan Pemberton, who as served in the dual role of competition director and crew chief for the #7 Chevy team fielded for Smith, will return to the singular role of competition director. Greg Ives, who guided Elliott and the #9 team to the championship, is moving to Hendrick Motorsports to replace Steve Letarte atop the pit box for Earnhardt in the Sprint Cup Series. Ives will be replaced by Ernie Cope, a veteran crew chief that has overseen the third team, the #5, at JRM that has featured several drivers, including Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, behind the wheel. That leaves a need for a crew chief for Smith as well someone for the #5 entry (which will be the #88 entry next season in the XFINITY Series), something Earnhardt said has been addressed and will be announced likely as soon as week's end.(NASCAR.com)(11-18-2014)

  • Zipadelli leaves Turner Scott: Scott Zipadelli has been released from Turner Scott Motorsports. Most recently, Zipadelli was the crew chief for Kyle Larson and the #42 Chevy in the Nationwide Series. Zipadelli, 45, was promoted from car chief to crew chief in 2007. His first assignment was with Kelly Bires at the #47 team owned by Tad Geschickter. He has 253 starts in eight seasons. Team owner Harry Scott said on Saturday that he hopes to have his lineup set in the next two weeks. There have been rumblings that Ganassi Racing would take Larson and Kwasniewski's NNS programs in house. "I don't want to race as much Nationwide stuff, but I would like to run a handful of races," Larson told Motorsport.com on Friday.(Motorsport)(11-18-2014)

  • Discount Tire renews sponsorship with Penske: Team Penske announced that it has reached a multi-year extension with Discount Tire, the world's largest tire and wheel retailer, to continue as a key marketing partner with the team. Discount Tire will remain a primary sponsor of the #22 Team Penske Ford Mustang for at least 24 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and serve as an associate sponsor for both the #2 and #22 Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A long-time NASCAR supporter, Discount Tire established a successful relationship with Team Penske after joining forces for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. That year, the #22 Discount Tire team earned a series-record 26 top-five finishes en route to the NNS Championship with Brad Keselowski, which gave Roger Penske his first NASCAR title as a team owner. In 2013, Discount Tire and Team Penske continued their success together, earning the NNS Owners' Championship and 12 wins with four different drivers, including Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger. The production continued this season with the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford team once again claiming the 2014 NNS Owners' Championship with Keselowski, Logano, Blaney, Alex Tagliani and Michael McDowell sharing driving duties.(Team Penske)(11-18-2014)

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Fast Facts:
    Driver Champion: Chase Elliott
    Team: #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet

    Chase Elliott won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship; becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR national series history at the age of 18 years, 11 months, 18 days - previous record holder was Brian Vickers at 20 years, 0 months, 2 days.
    Elliott is the 25th different driver to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. Elliott finished the season 42 points ahead of second-place Regan Smith.
    Elliott is the first driver to win a series title in his Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign. He also is the first rookie to post three or more wins (Darlington, Texas-1, and Chicago) since Carl Edwards in 2005.
    The Elliott's (Bill and Chase) have become the fifth father/son combo to win NASCAR-sanctioned championships; joining the Jarretts (Ned and Dale), the Pettys (Lee and Richard), the Pearsons (David and Larry) and the Earnhardts (Dale and Dale Jr.) as the only NASCAR father/son champions in all of national series competition.
    Chase Elliott has become the third champion from the state of Georgia, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Bill Elliott (father) and Tim Flock. Bill Elliott (NHOF inductee - Class of 2015); Tim Flock (NHOF inductee- Class of 2014)
    Elliott's 2014 Season-To-Date Loop Data: Driver Rating (108.6) and Average Running Position (7.022).

    Owner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports
    This is JR Motorsports' first NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship. The organization's previous best series championship finish was third (twice: Regan Smith, 2013 and Brad Keselowski, 2008).
    Owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time (1998, '99) NASCAR Nationwide Series driver champion, fielded his first car as an owner in the series with driver Mark McFarland at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2005.
    JR Motorsports has posted 21 victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (2005 - 2014).

    Crew Chief Champion: Greg Ives
    This is Greg Ives first career NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
    Ives' previous series best points finish was in 2013, when he finished third with Regan Smith.
    Ives is scheduled to move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season to work with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team, replacing Steve Letarte.

    Owner Champion: Roger Penske, #22 Team Penske Ford
    This is Team Penske's second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series owners' championship. Roger Penske won last season's NNS owner title with drivers (starts): Brad Keselowski (15 races), Joey Logano (14), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (two).
    This season the #22 captured the title with drivers: Brad Keselowski (10 races), Joey Logano (10), Ryan Blaney (10), Michael McDowell (one) and Alex Tagliani (two).
    The #22 Team Penske Ford Mustang team had five wins, 23 top fives and 29 top 10s in 2014 (NASCAR)(11-15-2014)

  • Florida DOT sponsoring Daytona race: To promote the important messages of pedestrian and bike safety throughout the Sunshine State, the Florida Department of Transportation will serve as the title sponsor of the prestigious season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. The 120-lap, 300-mile race will be known as the Alert Today Florida 300. The partnership will increase the visibility of the safety campaign - Alert Today Alive Tomorrow - which is designed to raise public awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety in the state of Florida. In addition to the entitlement, FDOT is partnering with Florida native Scott Lagasse Jr., who will drive the #33 Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Boy Scouts of America car in the event.(DIS)(11-15-2014)

  • Wallace expected to move to Xfinity next season: Darrell Wallace, Jr. won his fourth race of the season and fifth of his career in his final ride in the #54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, as the organization picked up its 14th victory in 22 races. Signed to Joe Gibbs Racing, Wallace is expected to move up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series next year. "It is going to be sad to see him go," Busch said, "but we've got another great shoe that's going to be able to fit into that role really, really good with Erik Jones. It's not that I'm saying good-bye, but I'm wishing him the best next year in what he gets to do, and I'm excited about his growth and opportunity to move up to the Nationwide Series." Wallace said he hopes to get plans for 2015 settled soon. "I wish things were finalized," Wallace said. "We're continuing to work hard to find my future plans. For me, I'm just going to go play some golf while I'm down here in Miami and enjoy this win, enjoy the offseason. But as far as plans, we're continuing to work hard."(NASCAR Wire Service)(11-15-2014)

  • Northeastern Supply Company renews sponsorship of Regan Smith: The Northeastern Supply Company will commemorate its 22nd consecutive season of NASCAR Xfinity Series race team sponsorship in 2015 by renewing its support of driver Regan Smith and JR Motorsports' #7 Chevy team. Northeastern Supply is a leading, regional distributor of plumbing, heating, HVAC, water system and hardware products. Over the 21 years in which the company has been a NASCAR Xfinity Series team sponsor, Northeastern Supply has grown from a 2-state, 5-branch organization to a 5-state, 32-branch operation with sales branches located throughout Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.(Northeastern Supply)(11-11-2014)

  • ParkerStore to sponsor Larson in select 2015 races: Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced today that Kyle Larson, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, will reunite with former sponsor ParkerStore for a multi-year, multi-series partnership starting with the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the season, the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14. After originally partnering with Larson when he raced midget cars in California, ParkerStore will be the primary sponsor of the #42 NCWTS Turner Scott Motorsports entry driven by Larson at Homestead and will be on board the #42 NNS entry in 2015. ParkerStore will serve as a primary and associate sponsor for Larson in a number of races throughout the 2015 NNS season.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(11-10-2014)

  • JR Motorsports Championship Notes Package:
    Chase Elliott, the driver of the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy, clinched the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship after scoring a fifth-place finish today at Phoenix International Raceway.  The rookie driver from Dawsonville, Ga., will carry an insurmountable 52-point lead into next week’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  This marks the first national touring series championship for JR Motorsports, the company owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    A FRATERNITY OF CHAMPIONS: Elliott becomes the 24th driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in this, the 33rd year of the series.

    NASCAR’S YOUNGEST CHAMPION: At the age of 18 years, 11 months and 18 days, Elliott will officially become the youngest driver to win a championship in any of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series next Saturday.  He will break the record previously held by Brian Vickers, the 2003 Nationwide Series champion at the age of 20 years, 0 months and 22 days.

    ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY: If Elliott is named 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, he would become the first driver in any NASCAR national series to win the championship and rookie of the year in the same season.  The award’s winner is not determined until the end of the season because its format factors off-track merit as well as on-track performance.  Elliott entered the Phoenix race weekend with a 52-point lead in the ROY standings.  Three former rookie-of-the-year winners who came close to winning series championships were James Hylton (Sprint Cup in 1966), Kurt Busch (Camping World Truck in 2000) and Kyle Busch (Nationwide in 2004).

    CHAMPIONSHIP ‘KNOW HOW’: This marks NAPA AUTO PARTS’ third championship since becoming a NASCAR team sponsor in 1996.  NAPA won championships with Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) and driver Ron Hornaday, Jr., in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1996 and 1998.  This is NAPA’s first season as a sponsorship partner of JR Motorsports.

    LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Bill Elliott, the 1988 Sprint Cup champion, and Chase Elliott, the 2014 Nationwide Series champion, become the fifth father/son duo to win NASCAR national series championships.  They join an esteemed list that includes Lee Petty (Sprint Cup in 1954, 1958 and 1959) and Richard Petty (Sprint Cup in 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979), Ned Jarrett (Sprint Cup in 1961 and 1965) and Dale Jarrett (Sprint Cup in 1999), David Pearson (Sprint Cup in 1966, 1968 and 1969) and Larry Pearson (Nationwide in 1986 and 1987), and Dale Earnhardt Sr. (Sprint Cup in 1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Nationwide in 1998 and 1999).

    A LONG TIME COMING: JR Motorsports’ first Nationwide championship comes in its ninth season in the series.  The company started competing full time in the NNS in 2006 (it entered one race in 2005).  Mark Martin delivered JRM its first victory on March 1, 2008, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Since then JR Motorsports has earned 21 victories.  The 2014 season has featured nine victories from four drivers - Kevin Harvick (4), Chase Elliott (3), Regan Smith (1), and Kasey Kahne (1).  Elliott’s top-finishing points position supplants the company’s previous best of third (achieved three times by Brad Keselowski in 2008 and 2009 and Regan Smith in 2013).

    DECORATED DRIVERS: While this is JR Motorsports’ first championship, the company’s current stable of drivers has five Nationwide Series titles among them - Earnhardt Jr. with two (1998, 1999), Harvick with two (2001, 2006) and Elliott with one (2014). 

    OWNERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES: Elliott’s championship marks the third for Earnhardt Jr. as an owner.  His first company, Chance 2, won Nationwide Series championships with driver Martin Truex Jr., in 2004 and 2005 in partnership with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

    THE HENDRICK CONNECTION: Elliott is the fifth driver to win his first career championship with Rick Hendrick, co-owner of JR Motorsports.  Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers and Jack Sprague were the others.  This is Hendrick’s 16th overall championship and second in the Nationwide Series. 

    STORYBOOK SEASON: Elliott’s championship-winning campaign has featured three victories - the Texas 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on April 11, and EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19.  His Texas win came in only his sixth career start, making him the second-youngest winner in Nationwide Series history behind Joey Logano, who in 2008 was three months younger than Elliott was in 2014 when scoring his first victory.  However, Elliott became the youngest multiple-race winner with his victory the following week at Darlington. 

    BOWTIE BRIGADE: This marks the 18th time that a Chevrolet driver has won the Nationwide Series championship.  Chevrolet is close to winning the Bill France Performance Cup, which is awarded to the Nationwide Series’ top manufacturer, for the 16th time.  Chevrolet entered the Phoenix race weekend with a 34-point lead in the manufacturers’ standings.

    POWER SOURCE: This will be the 15th NASCAR championship and second Nationwide Series championship for Hendrick Motorsports engines, which supplies the motors for all JR Motorsports teams.  Hendrick Motorsports engines won its first NNS championship in 2003 with Brian Vickers.

    PEACH STATE CHAMPIONS: Elliott becomes only the second Georgia-born NASCAR champion.  His father and 1988 Sprint Cup champion, Bill Elliott, was the first.  There are three others who were not born in Georgia but were longtime state residents and considered “from Georgia.”  Red Byron (born in Anniston, Ala., but resident of Georgia most of his life) was the first NASCAR modified champion in 1948 and first strictly stock champion in 1949.  Tim Flock (born in Fort Payne, Ala., but resident of Atlanta, Ga.) won Sprint Cup titles in 1952 and 1955.  Rex White (born in Taylorsville, N.C., but later moved to Georgia and still resides in Fayetteville, Ga.) won the 1960 Sprint Cup championship.  Before the formation of NASCAR in 1948, there were other drivers from the peach state considered “national champion” drivers, including Roy Hall (Dawsonville, Ga.) in 1940, 1941 and 1946, and Lloyd Seay (Dawsonville, Ga.) in 1938 and 1941. Ed Samples (Atlanta, Ga.) won stock car championships in 1946 and 1949.  

    DAWSONVILLE DIAMONDS: Bill and Chase Elliott aren’t the first racers to come from the town of Dawsonville, Ga.  In fact, the small Georgia community has given stock car racing a long line of successful racers not named Elliott. The list includes:
    " Ted Chester, car owner - Sprint Cup champion in 1952 with driver Tim Flock.
    " Gober Sosebee, driver - winner of two Sprint Cup races; two-time winner on Daytona’s beach and road course prior to NASCAR’s inception in 1948.
    " Bernard Long, driver - Daytona’s beach and road course winner in 1941.
    " Roy Hall, driver - national champion in 1939.
    " Lloyd Seay, driver - winner of more than 40 races; inaugural class of Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (2002).
    " Harry Melling, owner - NASCAR champion owner in 1988 with driver Bill Elliott; won Daytona with Elliott in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1991.
    " Raymond Parks, owner - won the first two NASCAR championships as Red Byron’s car owner in 1948 (modified class) and 1949 (strictly stock class, now known as Sprint Cup); inaugural class of Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (2002); inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

    RING MASTER: Greg Ives has won championships in six of his 11 years in the sport of NASCAR.  Joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2004 as a mechanic in the 24/48 shop, Ives quickly elevated to an engineering role on the No. 48 team.  He was part of Jimmie Johnson’s historic run of five Sprint Cup championships from 2006-10.  The Bark River, Mich.-native came to JR Motorsports as a rookie crew chief in 2013.  Following the season, Ives will return to Hendrick Motorsports to begin his new role as Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief on the No. 88 Nationwide Insurance / Diet Mountain Dew team.

    QUICK WORK: Chase Elliott is the first driver since Brad Keselowski in 2010 to clinch the Nationwide Series championship before the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The last non-Sprint Cup Series driver to secure the title early was Martin Truex Jr., in 2004.

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS: With Elliott clinching the top spot, the quest now for JR Motorsports is for Regan Smith to finish second.  If Smith holds on to the runner-up position after next week’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami, JR Motorsports would become the first team in 14 years to finish first and second in the series point standings.  The Greg Pollex-owned ppc Racing did it in 2000 with drivers Jeff Green and Jason Keller. 

    AS GOOD AS IT GETS: If Smith finishes second in the 2014 Nationwide Series standings, JR Motorsports will have successfully finished first and second in each of its racing divisions this year - the Nationwide Series with Elliott and Smith, and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Hickory Motor Speedway with late model drivers Josh Berry and William Byron.(JR Motorsports)(11-8-2014)

  • WESCO extends sponsorship of Ty Dillon: Richard Childress Racing announced that WESCO International, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Ty Dillon and the #3 Chevy team for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. WESCO is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain procurement services. Pittsburgh-based WESCO has been a sponsor of RCR and Ty Dillon in the Nationwide Series since 2012 and will continue the sponsorship in 2015, when XFINITY will become the Series premier sponsor. This is Dillon's first full-time season in the Nationwide Series. He is fifth in the driver point standings leading up to the final races at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend and in Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15.(RCR)(11-7-2014)

  • Vision Racing to expand in 2015: Vision Racing is gearing up for an expanded season with the addition of its #37 team for the 2015 season. "We are very excited to allow opportunities for development of additional drivers in the XFINITY NASCAR series", "We have been instrumental in developing careers for other drivers over the years with our program considering that we work hard to subsidize the cost for them to compete and gain experience" said team owner Adrian Berryhill. Vision Racing will have support from several of its 2014 sponsors for 2015 allowing the improvement of its personnel, equipment and engine program. "We have recently formed an agreement with Triad Racing Technologies of Mooresville North Carolina to manage our engine program going into the 2015 season", "This paired with several Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota chassis being purchased will certainly give us the opportunity to advance our position on the track" said Berryhill. Vision Racing is looking to fill the seat of the current fulltime #17 Nationwide Series team moving into the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015.(Vision Racing PR)(11-6-2014)

  • Jones to run partial schedule with JGR in 2015: Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing jointly announced today that Erik Jones will compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 for KBM and run a part-time schedule for JGR in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the last two seasons, Jones has registered three wins, one pole, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.7 across 16 starts. The Michigan native picked up his first career Truck Series victory at Phoenix International Raceway last November, when at the age of 17 years, five months and nine days old, at the time became the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series event. This season, he added wins at Iowa Speedway in Newton and Las Vegas Motor Speedway and collected his first career pole in July at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Jones made his Nationwide Series debut for JGR at Chicagoland Speedway in July, qualifying fourth, leading one lap and ending the day with a seventh-place finish. He followed his successful debut up with an eighth-place finish in the August race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Announcements on truck number and sponsor for Jones' Truck Series effort are forthcoming as well as total number of races, his crew chief, car number and sponsors for his part-time schedule in the XFINITY Series.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(11-6-2014)

  • Elenz to be named crew chief for JR Motorsports: The trend is continuing at JR Motorsports for promoting Hendrick Motorsports' engineers as crew chiefs. Dave Elenz will be the new crew chief for the #5 JRM Chevy in 2015. He is replacing Ernie Cope, who is taking the place of Greg Ives on the #9 crew with driver Chase Elliott. Ives, the former team engineer for Jimmie Johnson at HMS, was named Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief for next season. Elenz, a Gaylord Mich.-native who attended Clemson University, moved from the #88 team with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and replaced Ives on the #48 Hendrick team after the 2013 season. Ives spent one year with Regan Smith at JRM before guiding Elliott to the top of the standings this season. Elenz started at Jasper Racing, where he first met JRM competition director Ryan Pemberton. The pair worked together at Ginn Racing and Red Bull Racing prior to Elenz joining the Hendrick Motorsports stable. The #5 team campaigned with Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne this season.(Motorsport), the team is expected to change from the #5 to #88 next season.(11-3-2014)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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