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  • Sad News - Ronald Johndrone: Ronald Johndrone, longtime crew member for Means Motorsports #52, passed away Monday at the age of 71. Born in Chicago Illinois, Ron began his life time love affair with NASCAR when he started work with JD McDuffie's Cup team in the 80's. After JD's passing, "Ron John" as they called him, spent the next 24 years traveling the country as a full and part time crew member to help support his long time friend Jimmy Mean's Sprint cup driving days and in more recent years his effort with the #52 in the Nationwide Series. See the complete obituary at Legacy.com.(4-18-2014)

  • Kentucky names June Nationwide race sponsor: The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety announced its return to Kentucky Speedway as the title sponsor for the June 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series 300-mile event. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will be part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend June 26-28. Kentucky HERO is part of The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national campaign established by the family of Navy Ensign John R. Elliott of New Jersey. Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was killed in a head-on collision by a drunken driver in July 2000 as he was traveling home from Annapolis, Md. A key component of Kentucky Speedway's involvement with Kentucky's HERO program is to raise awareness about the importance of having a designated driver.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-16-2014)

  • Sage Fruit signs associate deal with JR Motorsports: Sage Fruit Company, long-time sponsors of Kasey Kahne Racing, just announced a new associate sponsorship with JR Motorsports, the professional race team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Based in Mooresville, N.C., JR Motorsports fields multiple teams and tours nationally in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. As part of the agreement, the Sage Fruit logo will have placement on the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy for all of Chase Elliott's races, as well as placement on Kahne's #5 Great Clips Chevy at Talladega (May 3) and #5 Hellmann's Chevy at Daytona (July 4).(Perishable News)(4-15-2014)

  • Sadler goes green at Richmond: OneMain Financial and NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler will support the NASCAR Green initiative in a month-long campaign to draw focus on environmental awareness. The campaign will culminate with a green paint scheme for the #11 OneMain Financial Toyota at Richmond International Raceway. Throughout the month, the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contender will participate in several green initiatives, such as assisting in RIR's tree-planting event at the end of April at a local park along the James River. In addition to the all green paint scheme at Richmond, OneMain Financial will announce a unique partnership later in the month to further reinforce its dedication to environmental sustainability and other green initiatives.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see an image of the car on the #11 team paint schemes page.(4-14-2014)

  • Chris Buescher to run special scheme: This weekend, Roush Fenway Racing will pay homage to the car that started the pony car craze: the Ford Mustang. RFR's Chris Buescher will be behind the wheel of a special 50th Anniversary Mustang paint scheme during the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in Darlington, to honor the car that inspired Detroit's muscle car wars.The first Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17th, 1964 at the New York World's Fair. Immediately, it went to work for Ford Racing, carrying generations of racecar drivers to victory lane. The Mustang's styling and engineering also inspired millions of people to buy their pony. Now, 50 years later, Ford is celebrating the Mustang's golden jubilee by unleashing a new generation of the legendary car.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #60 team paint schemes page.(4-9-2014)

  • Weller to make Nationwide debut at Richmond: Jimmy Weller will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 25. The Hubbard, Ohio native will pilot the #55 Chevrolet Camaro in a partnership effort between Viva Motorsports and SS Green Light Racing in the 250-lap event at the Virginia short track. While the race will mark Weller's first NASCAR Nationwide Series event, it will not mark the first time he's competed at the Richmond, Va. venue. Weller competed in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at the 0.750-mile track. After finishing 12th in his first event at the speedway, Weller returned to the track in April 2013. In that event, Weller was racing inside the top 10 when he was involved in an on-track incident. The driver rebounded to finish in the 17th position.(Jimmy Weller Racing)(4-8-2014)

  • Billy Standridge ill UPDATE to be honored: former NASCAR driver Billy Standridge has cancer and is seriously sick but is in good spirits. Billy made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts from 1993-1999 with a best finish of 14th in the 1995 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. See more and leave a well wish / comment at Billy's blog: Billy's Battle, a site for posting and sharing information for Billy Standridge. Billy commented on the page: "I just want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. This has been a hard time but the support has lifted my spirits. Thanks again."
    Jayski.com was the listed sponsor of the #47 Ford at Talladega in October 1997. I made a page back in 1997 with some notes and images at Jayski's Talladega Experience page.(4-5-2014)
    UPDATE The three cars entered by the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team in Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway will carry a decal honoring former NASCAR driver and team owner Billy Standridge. Standridge, who raced in the Nationwide Series from 1986 to 1993 and in Sprint Cup from 1993 to 1999, is battling cancer. He lives in Shelby, N.C., where his NASCAR team was based. JD Motorsports owner Johnny Davis formerly worked for Standridge as a crew chief, engine builder, truck driver and all-around mechanic. "Billy is a great guy who loves to race and who loves being around the sport," Davis said. "He put everything into that race team, and we ran full-schedule Busch (now Nationwide) racing out of that shop with just a few people and a lot of hard work. He has a lot of years in the sport." The Standridge decal will be carried on the C post of JDM Chevrolets driven by #01-Landon Cassill, #4-Jeffrey Earnhardt and #87-Kevin Lepage at Darlington and in other races this year, Davis said. Standridge, 60, ran 23 Cup races and 84 Nationwide events.(JD Motorsports)(4-8-2014)

  • Viva Motorsports forms partnership with SS Green Light Racing: Viva Motorsports announced a partnership with SS Green Light Racing for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, starting April 11th at Darlington International Raceway. The partnership between the two teams will enable multiple drivers to get behind the wheel of the #55 Chevy Camaro throughout the full 2014 NNS season. The driver lineup will include current driver Jamie Dick, while additional drivers will be announced at a later date. This is not the first time Viva Motorsports and SS Green Light Racing have teamed up together; in 2009 Jamie Dick made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driving for team owner Bobby Dotter and SS Green Light Racing. Viva Auto Group will continue to support the efforts, with additional sponsorship being announced in the near future.(Viva Motorsports)(4-3-2014)

  • Jimmy John's to sponsor Chicago Nationwide race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will serve as the precursor for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Champaign, Ill., based sandwich company, which will also sponsor Kevin Harvick for 12 races in the Sprint Cup Series, has made a visible commitment to the NASCAR Industry. Founded in Charleston, Ill., and based in Champaign, Ill., Jimmy John's has over 1,800 locations. What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's good, it's fast, at a decent price.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-2-2014)

  • Virginia529 College Savings Plan renews Richmond NNS sponsorship Richmond International Raceway officials announced the Virginia529 College Savings Plan has extended its partnership with America's Premier Short Track through the 2015 season. The Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race kicks off the September NASCAR Doubleheader weekend "under the lights" on Friday night, September 5. The Virginia529 College Savings Plan remains the Official College Savings Plan of the track, presenting sponsor of the Family Section presented by Virginia529 College Savings Plan and the Virginia529 Kids Zone powered by the Science Museum of Virginia.(RIR)(3-29-2014)

  • ROUSH Performance Parts to sponsor 10 races for Buescher: ROUSH Performance Parts has announced it will serve as the primary partner on the #60 Ford Mustang piloted by NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher for 10 races during the 2014 season. RPP will make its debut on Buescher's Ford Mustang at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 22. Created in 1995, ROUSH Performance Products combines race-proven technologies with advanced automotive engineering to continually provide customers the ultimate driving experience - the perfect combination of racecar and road car. Created as the first specialty-vehicle company to adhere to O.E. standards, RPP offers an extensive line of aftermarket performance parts and vehicles.(RFR)(3-21-2014)

  • Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff joins RCR: Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will serve as a primary sponsor for five races this season with NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan. Scott and his #2 team will wear the company's colors at Iowa Speedway on May 18, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, Richmond International Raceway on September 6 and Kansas Speedway on October 4. Gaughan and the #62 team will support the tobacco-free smokeless brand at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1. In addition to the five-race primary sponsorship, Smokey Mountain will also have an associate-sponsorship presence on both the #2 and #62 Camaros throughout the 2014 season. Known as America's original and best-selling, tobacco-free smokeless snuff, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff can be found in retailers across the country. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff is notably the world's largest tobacco-free smokeless company. An industry leader and inventor, the tobacco-free and nicotine- free chew, is an option for consumers who are looking to quit or reduce their consumption.(RCR)(3-17-2014)

  • NASCAR tweaks height rule: NASCAR informed its Nationwide Series teams in a technical bulletin on Friday morning that effective immediately teams will received an additional half-inch tolerance on the post-race minimum front height of the car. The minimum post-race front height moves from 43/4 inches to 41/4 inches. Chase Elliott's crew chief, Greg Ives, was placed on probation after Elliott's #9 Chevrolet was found to be too low in the front after last weekend's race at Las Vegas.(Charlotte Observer)(3-14-2014)

  • Reaume debut delayed: 23 year-old Redlands, CA native Josh Reaume will have to wait just a little bit longer for his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. In a mutual decision, Reaume has moved out of the #23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet for this Saturday's event at Bristol Motor Speedway with former series Rookie of the Year Timmy Hill taking the controls. The move comes after a rough start in 2014 with the team falling out of the top 30 in owner's points, a critical threshold which guarantees a starting position. Reaume's debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be postponed to April 25 at Richmond International Raceway as part of a multi-race program with Rick Ware Racing.(RWR)(3-12-2014)

  • Kwasniewski joins CGR developement program: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion has been added as the team's newest development driver. The Las Vegas resident made his NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2014, after winning the pole position and finishing eighth in his first start in one of NASCAR's top-three national touring series. Kwasniewski also became the youngest NNS pole-sitter in Daytona history, and will be competing full-time in the NNS with Turner Scott Motorsports.(CGR)(3-9-2014)

  • Efland joins RCR as race engineer: Danny Efland posted on his Facebook page that he has joined Richard Childress Racing as an engineer."For those who didn't know, I am now working for Richard Childress Racing as the team 33 engineer. We are running a part-time Cup and Nationwide schedule. It was tough to commit to a position outside the driver seat but it's also a great opportunity to learn from and work with the best racers in the industry. I look forward to what's ahead of me and appreciate everyone's support thus far," he explained. Efland ran six Nationwide Series races last season.(3-6-2014)

  • Ellis joins SR2: SR2 Motorsports, which fields two entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, made the announcement Monday that they signed Ryan Ellis to the team. Not only will he race, but will also serve as a testing driver within the organization. Starting this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ellis will run the #24 Toyota Camry. He will have sponsorship backing from Superlite Cars. The number of races with SR2 Motorsports will depend on sponsorship coming to the team throughout the 2014 season. Ellis will be entered throughout the year in both the #00 and the #24 as the racing season moves forward. Ellis is no stranger to the SR2 Motorsports team, as he made five starts with them in 2013, debuting at Richmond International Raceway in the #24 Toyota in September.(SR2)(3-5-2014)

  • Zippo renews sponsorship of Nationwide race at Watkins Glen: Zippo Manufacturing Company recently signed their multi-year renewal of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series entitlement at Watkins Glen International. Zippo has been a premier partner of The Glen since 1993, and is currently the longest continuous sponsor of Watkins Glen International. Now in its tenth year, the Zippo 200 is the third longest running Nationwide Series race under the same name and sponsorship. This season marks the 10th anniversary of Zippo's entitlement of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race during The Glen's traditional NASCAR race weekend in August. Zippo Manufacturing Company is located in nearby Bradford, PA, approximately two hours to the southwest of the historic racetrack. Zippo has unveiled many of their new products at WGI during the NASCAR weekends, including the award-winning Zippo refillable handwarmer.(WGI)(3-4-2014)

  • Conley to drive limited schedule for RCR UPDATE: Cale Conley will drive a limited Nationwide Series schedule in the #33 Chevy for Richard Childress Racing starting March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nick Harrison will be his crew chief. Conley competed full-time in the K&N Pro Series East tour last year and finished 12th in the point standings. He earned his first K&N win at Columbus and posted poles at Gresham and Iowa in 2012. Although Conley didn't compete on the tour full-time that season, his 299 laps led ranked third among drivers.(Fox Sports)(2-20-2014)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing announced today the addition of Cale Conley to the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver lineup in the #33 Chevy Camaro. Conley will run a limited schedule, making his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. Conley raced full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013 finishing with four top-fives, five top-10s and one pole award. The Vienna, W.Va. native will team up with crew chief Nick Harrison, who joined RCR in 2013. Harrison's crew chief experience spreads across 131 races in NASCAR's top-three series and includes a Nationwide Series victory at Daytona International Speedway in July 2012.(RCR)(2-27-2014)

  • Target expanding sponsorship of Larson: Target is expanding its sponsorship of NASCAR rising star Kyle Larson to include the majority of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season. During the season Target will feature its first-of-its-kind digital savings app, Cartwheel, on Larson's #42 Chevy Camaro and firesuit. This is Larson's second season with Turner Scott Motorsports' NNS program and first driving the #42 Chevy Camaro, where he competed in 2013 en route to NNS Rookie of the Year honors and an eighth-place finish in points. Cartwheel is a fun and easy new way to save at Target and allows guests to choose from hundreds of offers at Target stores nationwide. These offers are readily accessible from mobile phones, and can be shared easily with friends on Facebook. And as guests use Cartwheel more, they earn the opportunity to access even more offers. Since its launch last May, more than 5 million people have signed up for Cartwheel and saved more than $43 million on their Target purchases.(Chip Ganassi Racing), see an image of the car on the #42 team paint schemes page.(2-26-2014)

  • NASCAR considers limiting drivers on "double duty": Kyle Busch's thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR's top series. The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear. NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier event Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season. Officials have already talked about a potential rules adjustments, and Busch's win Friday night surely will lead to more discussions. Maybe even a change. "We're definitely aware of the fan messaging we get," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "There's a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide.We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points and we've looked at should they be limited in the number of races. It's something we are really studying." Busch has 63 wins in the Nationwide Series and 36 more in the Truck Series. Busch and fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski own Truck teams, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns a Nationwide team. And with sponsorship key to funding those operations, corporations often agree to sponsorship deals with the guarantee that the driver/owners will get behind the wheel in a handful of races or more. Tracks, television rights holders and NASCAR also all benefit from the draw of racing's top drivers. Of course, that usually means young and upcoming drivers get overlooked or left out of the car.(Associated Press)(2-22-2014)

  • Valvoline joins JR Motorsports as associate sponsor: Valvoline, a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services, announced that it has entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with JR Motorsports. The sponsorship will kick off at the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Official Lubricants Supplier of JR Motorsports beginning in 2014, the Valvoline brand will be featured as an associate sponsor of the team's Chevy Camaro race cars. The company will utilize Nationwide Series drivers #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #7-Regan Smith and #9-Chase Elliott to promote Valvoline premium motor oil products. In addition, JR Motorsports will use a specially designed Valvoline racing formulation in its Chevy racing engines.(Valvoline)(2-21-2014)

  • Sport Clips renews sponsorship of Darlington race: Sport Clips Haircuts announced it has extended its partnership agreement with Darlington Raceway to sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 through the 2016 season. The agreement ensures that Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway will continue to build on an already strong foundation started in 2012. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is slated to run under the lights at the track Too Tough to Tame on April 11, 2014. Sport Clips will continue to use its NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW's mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families. As the "Official Haircutter" of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated more than $2 million to the organization through its annual "Help A Hero" campaign, which was established in 2007. Since their first contribution of more than $80,000, Sport Clips' donations have increased annually. Earlier this year, Sport Clips made its most recent, and largest, donation of more than $520,000, benefiting the new VFW-administered "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program.(Darlington Raceway)(2-20-2014)

  • Salt Life joins TriStar at associate sponsor: TriStar Motorsports announces their partnership with Salt Life for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Salt Life will be an associate sponsor on board the #10, #14, #19 and the #44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camrys this season. Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the "Salt Life". Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says "I live the Salt Life".(TriStar Motorsports)(2-19-2014)

  • Preece to run two races for Tommy Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired Ryan Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, to run two races in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2014 in the #36 Chevy. Preece will make starts at Richmond International Raceway as well as returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece, a member of the prestigious NASCAR Next program, has a decorated NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career under his belt. He made his career debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 with Tommy Baldwin Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In seven years in the NWMT Preece has made 95 career starts including nine wins, 42 top five finishes, 54 top 10 finishes and 11 pole position starts. East West Marine, based out of Manorville, N.Y., will adorn Preece's #36 Chevy for both races.(TBR/140 Buzz)(2-11-2014)

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