Golden Corral (1 race) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Daytona - 2/22
Contract Status: Driver: race-to-race; Primary Sponsor: race-to-race
#44 team withdraws from Martinsville: Team Xtreme Racing has officially withdrawn from the upcoming STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. "With the threat of rain and our position in the points, we made the decision to channel our resources towards racing at Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks," said owner John Cohen. "Our crew is hard at work and our focus remains on qualifying into races each week. We will be back after the Easter break with a renewed effort to make the Duck Commander 500."(Team Xtreme)(3-27-2015)
Arrest warrant issued for #44 team owner UPDATE: NASCAR team owner John Cohen, whose small Team Xtreme made news last month when it had to miss the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta after its race car went missing in an apparent robbery, said Thursday he never got the paperwork that has resulted in a warrant issued for his arrest in New Jersey. The warrant was issued as part of a 2012 civil lawsuit that Cohen has agreed to settle by paying $55,000 to investors who gave him money in 2010 for a proposed New York City nightclub that never opened. One of the investors also gave Cohen $3,000 to help buy tires for a race in 2010, according to the complaint. Cohen said in a phone interview Thursday with ESPN.com that he never made a settlement and hasn't lived at the address listed in the lawsuit for months. Cohen also said Thursday that when he first heard of the warrant listing the name John, he thought it could be for his father, who lived at that address and died several years ago. John was his father's legal name, while Cohen's legal name is Jonathan. Paperwork provided by Elliott Malone, an attorney for the investors, shows that at a deposition in May 2014, the listed address for Cohen was the one on the warrant and Cohen never changed his address with the court. In October, the court ordered Cohen to comply by the terms of the settlement. In January, an order to enforce the investors' rights was issued, and that allowed the investors to get the warrant issued Feb. 27. Cohen said he never got the order to enforce the investors' rights and found out Thursday about the warrant, which was issued the same day his race car was allegedly stolen. The race team will compete with driver Travis Kvapil this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR could take disciplinary action against Cohen for having a warrant out for his arrest, but it had not announced any discipline as of Thursday afternoon.(ESPN.com)
AND Cohen told USA Today that the warrant was caused by a clerical error. "The bench warrant was issued because it seems like I wasn't responding to [court documents], which I wasn't getting any information about," he said, according to the newspaper's website. "Everything was being sent to an address I wasn't living at." But, according to a court document obtained by NJ Advance Media, Cohen's own attorney, Tracey Hinson, and a paralegal in her office attempted to contact him multiple times - via email, certified mail and over the phone - about deadlines involving a civil-case settlement and the arrest warrant during the fall. In fact, one email - listed as Exhibit L in the 49-page document - was sent from the paralegal Ericka Nelson and delivered to Cohen's address on Feb. 20, with an importance level marked as high. Cohen claims he never received the emails. But Hinson, in the court document, said that her paralegal called Cohen on Jan. 6, 2015 and, while he was on the phone, resent an email with the request for his arrest warrant and asked him to confirm receipt. Cohen, according to the document, told the paralegal that he was in a meeting and would have to call her back. He never did. "Defendant John Cohen claimed for the first time that he had not received the emails or correspondence and further advised that he was in a meeting and had to call her back. This despite the fact that my office has communicated with Defendant via email for the past two years and there had never been any problems with him receiving or responding to emails," the document reads.(NJ.com)
Statement from Cohen: A spokesperson for John Cohen stated, "This civil matter has been on-going for several years and is not connected in any way to his NASCAR team and does not jeopardize or impede the functionality of Team Xtreme Racing. Court documents allege the diversion of funds for Mr. Cohen's race team in 2010 when, in fact, the team did not compete during that season. The bench warrant was a summons by the court for Mr. Cohen to appear before a judge and offer testimony. An additional statement regarding this matter will be forthcoming through Mr. Cohen's attorney."(3-13-2015)
UPDATE: Team Xtreme car owner John Cohen, who has had a bench warrant issued in New Jersey in relation to a civil lawsuit, said he's tried to settle the matter for three years, and that he has a new lawyer handling the case. "For three years I offered $50,000, which is the only money I received," Cohen told NASCAR Talk in the Sprint Cup garage Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. An attorney representing the investors told USA Today that he has begun the process of placing a lien on Cohen's assets for repayment and said "if (Cohen) doesn't pay the judgment, then I'll start the process of seizing assists, including the car." Cohen's response: "No way. If you look at the initial complaint, it had nothing to do with the race team," he said. "A year later, they tried to say they gave me money for tires to gain leverage on the team. I wasn't racing in 2010." Cohen said he's made NASCAR aware of the matter. "I contacted them, but it's not a criminal case," he said. "No crime has been committed."
Cohen also is in a lawsuit against Brandon Davis and Swan Racing. The complaint from Swan Racing alleges that in agreement to taking the car owner points from the #30 team in 2014, Cohen's team would pay $200,000. Cohen's team was to pay Swan Racing monthly in payments equal to 10 percent of the prize money earned by the car in Cup races. The complain alleges that after running the #30 car in one race after the agreement - April 2014 at Richmond International Raceway - the team changed the car number to #44 and failed to pay what it owed. Cohen's response states that the team, with the assistance of Swan Racing and Brandon Davis, transferred the points to the #44 team "per the agreement to do so." Swan Racing filed a response and denied that. As for the Swan Racing lawsuit, Cohen said: "Swan, when I first got into the deal with him, I didn't know that he owed to a lot of money to a lot of people and I was getting lawsuits from different people, so I backed out of one of the deals we had."(NBC Sports)(3-14-2015)
Arrest warrant issued in theft of Team Xtreme's race car: An arrest warrant has been issued in the theft of Team Xtreme's #44 NASCAR Sprint Cup car, which was stolen from a hotel parking lot Feb. 27. Sgt. Larry Oglesby of the Morrow (Ga.) Police Department, told NASCAR Talk that the warrant was issued Friday. Oglesby said the warrant was for a person of interest in the case who declined to be interviewed by police. Oglesby said he's talked to the person's attorney. The stock car and pickup truck have been recovered. The trailer remains missing. Among items not recovered include a spare race engine and various tools.(NBC Sports)(3-10-2015)
Team Xtreme Pre-Race: Back on Track at Vegas: After making national headlines last week, #44 Team Xtreme is focused on one goal, heading back on track this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After being forced to withdraw in Atlanta, Travis Kvapil will attempt to qualify into the Kobalt Tools 400 and make his first start with Team Xtreme. Safe and sound back back with her rightful owner, the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy appropriately named "Old Faithful" is right back to work and ready to hit the track. Kvapil says: "Las Vegas is one of my favorite tracks we visit. After winning here in the Craftsman Truck Series this place has special meaning to me. After the week we had in Atlanta, coming to Vegas with Team Xtreme means a lot."(140 Buzz), see images of both cars on the #44 Team Schemes page.(3-6-2015)
Police find a 'person of interest' in race car theft: A Morrow detective hopes he is close to overtaking the potential thief of NASCAR Sprint Cup car #44 [Team Xtreme Racing], the theft of which forced a driver to withdraw from a [Atlanta] race last weekend. "I have a person of interest I have spoken to and I am setting up an interview with him as well,' Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was forced to withdraw from the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton when he discovered his Sprint Cup car missing Thursday. That might be the greater crime in the eyes of fans, but the rare theft itself has generated accelerated police work.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution), see the past news about the theft on the #44 Team News and Links page.(3-3-2015)
#44 car stolen outside hotel UPDATE4 truck found: A trailer carrying a NASCAR racing team's car was stolen overnight in Morrow, GA, according to the driver of the vehicle hauling the trailer [NJ plates]. The driver says the unmarked white Xtreme Racing trailer had the #44 car inside and was stolen from a hotel sometime overnight. Local authorities have been notified.kfvs12.com.
AND A spokeswoman for Team Xtreme (#44 car) confirms Atlanta car and trailer were stolen from outside the team hotel.(Jeff Gluck/USA Today twitter)
MORE Travis Kvapil's car for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway has apparently been stolen. A spokeswoman for Team Xtreme confirmed a Missouri TV station's report that the #44 car and its hauler disappeared from outside the team's hotel [Drury Inn & Suites] in Morrow, Ga. overnight. KFVS reported the trailer was white and unmarked and said the hauler driver reported it missing. Team Xtreme, owned by John Cohen, qualified for the Daytona 500 last week and finished 32nd with driver Reed Sorenson. But Kvapil is in the car this week with Sorenson driving for another [#29 RAB Racing] team. NASCAR teams tested at Atlanta on Thursday, meaning all the other cars are already secured inside the track (USA Today)
UPDATE: Sgt. Larry Oglesby of the Morrow (Ga.) Police Department told ESPN.com that they are treating the car's disappearance as a stolen vehicle after a report was filed at 5:50am/et at the Drury Inn. Team owner John Cohen, who was not at the track, told ESPN.com by phone that the team will have to withdraw from the race and was still trying to gather information as to what had happened. The first practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is scheduled for 1:00pm/et Friday, and teams typically must present a car for inspection an hour or two prior to the start of Sprint Cup practice.(ESPN.com)
UPDATE 2 Statement by Team Xtreme Racing: Team Xtreme Racing can officially confirm that we have withdrawn the #44 entry from the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #44 hauler was sent ahead of the bad weather that hit the Charlotte area on Wednesday night and parked at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With minor work remaining on the #44 Chevrolet, the car was brought separate from the hauler, in an enclosed 26-foot trailer pulled by a pickup, which arrived at the team hotel in Morrow, Georgia on Thursday night at 11:00pm/et. Hotel surveillance video shows the theft occurred at 5:32am/et. According to the police report a silver or grey Jeep Cherokee was spotted leaving the hotel at the time of the theft. "While this is obviously a setback for this weekend, our plans remain to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season," said team owner John Cohen. "We are working closely with the Morrow police in hopes that our truck, trailer and race car are safely returned".(2-27-2015)
UPDATE 3: The Team Xtreme #44 Chevy that had been stolen from a Georgia hotel parking lot was found early Saturday morning. Gwinnett County police found the car in Loganville, Georgia -- northwest of Atlanta, according to Team Xtreme Racing. The team tweeted several photos of the #44 car Saturday, one day after it was stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway, the site of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Cohen told ESPN.com that the car was located off Lenora Road in Loganville. Only the car was found; police did not recover the other contents of the trailer, which included a spare engine valued at $100,000 and racing equipment valued at $17,500. Cohen was relieved that at least the car, which he said is the most consistently fast in his fleet, was found. "You can't buy that back or time put into it," he said. The recovery of the car will help the low-budget team go forward with its plans to race at Las Vegas next weekend.(ESPN)(2-28-2015)
UPDATE 4: While the truck and trailer that were hauling the race car weren't found at the scene, the truck was spotted a few hours later in Stockbridge, Georgia, not far from the hotel where the theft took place, said Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, who led the investigation in the south Atlanta suburb. "The truck was on the side of the road," Oglesby said. "A citizen driving by noticed it and said, 'Hey, that looks like the truck on TV.'" He said the handle on the driver side door was busted, as well as the ignition switch. While no arrests had been made, Oglesby said his department had a "person of interest" and was continuing to pursue leads to determine just how many people were involved. He also identified a vehicle used by the thieves, which was spotted on a surveillance video. There was still no sign of the trailer and its other contents, which included a spare engine valued at $100,000 and racing equipment valued at $17,500. "We've got two out of three," Oglesby said. "Now we're looking for the trailer." Since the #44 car wasn't damaged, Cohen said it should be able to run at Las Vegas with Kvapil behind the wheel. The team also plans to send a backup car. Kvapil is also set to run for Team XTREME the following week at Phoenix. (Associated Press)(3-1-2015)
Travis Kvapil joins Team Xtreme: After competing in the Daytona 500 for the first time in the organization's history, Team Xtreme heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway with added confidence in their young program. Travis Kvapil climbs into the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet this weekend after competing in the Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona. Returning to Team Xtreme for a multi-race deal throughout the 2015 season is Phoenix Warehouse of New Jersey and California. Phoenix Warehouse is a full-service logistics warehouse and distribution company founded in 1976. Their clear objective has been and remains, "Provide comprehensive and superior logistic services to a myriad of industries." Kvapil says: "Atlanta is a fast track - it is also one of the few tracks we go to that we use up the entire track. From the bottom white line to riding up alongside the wall, it gives you options to figure out where your car handles the best. Tire management and pit strategy will be keys to succeeding in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500."(140Buzz / Team Xtreme)(2-26-2015)
Team Xtreme Heads to Their First Daytona 500: With a seventh place finish in the 2nd Budweiser Duel, Reed Sorenson and the #44 Golden Corral Chevy of Team Xtreme Racing have locked in to the Daytona 500. After a week that included a crashed primary car, countless hours to prepare a backup at the team shop in Mooresville, NC and a second journey back to Daytona; the feat of making the Daytona 500 was extra sweet for the team. "I'm real proud of these guys," Sorenson said. "Monday morning, we didn't know if it would be possible to pull it off. But we did. I'm extremely happy for all the guys back in Charlotte that worked on this car and all the work these guys had to do when they got here. They had a lot left and did an awesome job putting it together. It's a big deal for a team like this to make the Daytona 500. I'm proud of everyone, and now we can have fun. We have nothing to lose in the race and we're gonna give it all we've got."
A NASCAR team owner for over six years, John Cohen noted that he has never attended the Daytona 500 before, waiting for the day that his team was a part of the race. "I don't think I can put into words what this means to me. This team worked so hard to get a back-up car ready - the odds were stacked against us - but we came through when it counted. I'm so grateful and proud to have a team that never gave up and allowed us to make the race."
Guiding Sorenson through the action in the Duel and on Sunday is veteran spotter Mike Calinoff, a two-time Daytona 500 winner with Matt Kenseth, Calinoff says, "These qualifying races are all about positioning yourself for the end. It was a bit nerve-racking because I've never been part of a scenario where we had to race in. But we overcame a lot of adversity and put ourselves solidly in the show. I'm happy for John because I know that being a car owner in NASCAR, especially for the Daytona 500, is very fulfilling. I can't wait until Sunday."
In addition to Golden Corral, the team is sponsored by Fastwax.com, a high-performance cleaning wax in an aerosol can. In less than 30 minutes, you can wash and wax an average sized car. One can on Fastwax will wax four average sized cars. Sorenson will start the 57th running of the Daytona 500 from the 14th position.(Team Xtreme/140 Buzz)(2-21-2015)
Team Xtreme's backup plan includes a backup car for the Duels: Reed Sorenson thought his opportunity to race in the Daytona 500 would be one and done entering qualifying on Sunday. After Sorenson blocked #15-Clint Bowyer - and went into the spin cycle process - it appeared the #44 Golden Corral Chevy and Team Xtreme Racing's hopes to run in the 500 were over. "We don't have a backup car as of now," Sorenson said on Sunday after the wreck. But Sorenson got a reprieve. "We had a car back at the shop we weren't going to bring it unless we needed it," Team Xtreme owner John Cohen told Motorsport.com on Tuesday. "The car will be coming down tonight." Sorenson will start 20th (but fall to the rear of the field for using a backup car) in the second Duel for Team Xtreme Racing. In July, he started second in the Daytona Cup race. His best finish on the 2.5-mile track is fifth - in the 2008 Daytona 500.(Motorsport)(2-17-2015)
Fastwax partners with Team Xtreme: Fastwax.com announced that they have partnered with Team Xtreme Racing as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Daytona 500. Fastwax is a high-performance cleaning wax in an aerosol can. In less than 30 minutes, you can wash and wax an average sized car. One can on Fastwax will wax four average sized cars. "We are excited for our return to the Sprint Cup Series; Team Xtreme Racing is a perfect fit for our brand," said Paul Baukus of Fastwax. "As we expand our ventures in the motorsports arena we always look at who will be a good representative for a company such as ours. We are happy to be part of John Cohen's efforts with Reed Sorenson behind the wheel."(140buzz)(2-16-2015)
Bowyer rips new Daytona 500 qualifying format, other driver comments: #15-Bowyer and #44- Sorenson tangled in the first round (group A) of qualifying for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, triggering a wreck that destroyed both cars as well as damaging #32-Labonte, #11-Hamlin and #23-Yeley. Bowyer made some comments about the new qualifying format:
Q) What happened in the accident?
Bowyer: "First of all I wasn't behind the 44 (Reed Sorenson), he came flying around and came up on the apron, jumped up in front of me and then runs over the 51 (Justin Allgaier), stacks us all up and I run into him. It's idiotic to be out here doing this anyway. It makes no sense in being able to put on some cute show for whatever the hell this is, then you have a guy out there in desperation doing this crap like this. There's no reason to be out here. These guys have spent six months working on these cars, busting their asses on these cars to go out there and have some guy out of desperation do that crap, but it ain't his fault. It's not, it's NASCAR's fault for putting us out here in the middle of this crap for nothing. We used to come down here and worry about who was going to sit on the front row and the pole for the biggest race of the year and now all we do is come down here and worry about how a start-and-park like this out of desperation is going to knock us out of the Daytona 500. We've been in meetings for 45 minutes just trying to figure out what in the hell everybody is going to do just so we can make the race. There's no sense in doing this."
Q) Is there blame to be placed for the accident?
Bowyer: "It wasn't his fault, he's desperate and trying to get into the biggest race of the year. We need to be focused on qualifying and who is going to sit on the pole for the biggest race of the year and the front row just like we always have. There's no reason to be putting a show on and trying to make something out of something that doesn't need to be. We put a hell of a show on for the Daytona 500 and unfortunately these guys have worked the last six months for nothing."(Toyota Racing)
Reed Sorenson's comments on the accident:
Q) DO YOU HAVE A BACK-UP CAR?
Sorenson: "Not right now, we don't. I don't know if we'll try to get a car up here or what they'll try to do. But as of right now, we don't have a back-up car."
Q) CLINT BOWYER WAS REALLY UPSET. WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU AFTERWARDS?
Sorenson: "Yeah, he came up to the window. He was pretty upset. He has a right to be upset. I was trying to block. I think what he saw is what I was trying to do. I was just trying to stay in front of him to get that good lap. I didn't think that he was all the way up to me yet. And, listening to my spotter, I was going high, and then he says going low and I went low as soon as he said that. The next thing I know, I'm spinning. I guess I didn't think he was quite that far up. It's just a product of trying to run that one good lap and I was trying to stay in front of that line. That was our only shot to run a good lap was to stay in front of him. You see blocking here all the time. It's part of this racing and now it's part of the qualifying here."Sorenson: Q) CLINT BOWYER SAID IT WAS NASCAR'S FAULT AND THAT THEY SET IT UP THIS WAY. DO YOU THINK QUALIFYING SHOULD BE DONE ANOTHER WAY?
Sorenson: "Well, like I said, I was trying to do everything I could to stay in front of Clint (Bowyer). Normally, in a race, I probably wouldn't be that aggressive unless it was the last lap and you're trying to win the race; just like (Matt) Kenseth did last night (in the Sprint Unlimited). He blocked (Martin) Truex to win. And for us, trying to get in the race, it's that big of a deal where I was treating it like it was the last lap every race. And that's how aggressive you have to be; especially when you're not guaranteed (a spot) in the race and you're on the outside looking in. That's the way this qualifying is. It forces you into that."
Q) IS IT TOUGH NOW WITH THE RISK VERSUS REWARD THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE A BACK-UP CAR?
Sorenson: "Yeah, and if that was the case, we could have decided on pit road and not gone out there at all if we weren't going to take a chance. We took that risk. And now, looking back on it, I don't know the answer to that question because maybe the same thing would have happened in the Duels. So, this was one of our two chances to get in the race and we were trying to do everything we could to do that."(Team Chevy)
Team Xtreme Racing tweeted that: "We are in the process of getting a back up car to Daytona. Thanks for all the well wishes and Support."
#78-Martin Truex Jr. thoughts of qualifying: "My thoughts are they need to do something different. I don't know, it's just doesn't seem like it's a good show. It's not fun. It's kind of chaos. I don't know, seeing cars get tore up and other stuff. I'm not a fan of it, but hey it is what it is. It's fun at every other race track it's just plate tracks we need to figure something else out. With that being said 12th is okay. We took a little gamble there at the last round and we missed our time calculation by about four seconds on when we had to leave pit road to be the only one to get a time. Everybody ended up getting there on time. We screwed that up a little bit, but all in all everything is good."(Team Chevy)
#31-Ryan Newman: "I wouldn't say it's frustrating. The frustrating part is dealing with this whole system which makes no sense whatsoever. It's hard to stand behind NASCAR when everybody I talk to up and down pit road doesn't understand why we're doing this. Maybe I need to be sat down and educated a little bit. Not what we wanted for our Caterpillar Chevrolet, no doubt, but we also avoided the next two crashes that come in qualifying, which should never occur."(Team Chevy) (2-15-2015)
Sorenson to drive for Xtreme Racing at Daytona UPDATE: Reed Sorenson is getting "xtreme" for the 2015 Daytona 500 as he joins John Cohen's Team Xtreme Racing. Sorenson joins the team after competing full-time with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014. Heading into the sport's most prestigious race of the season, Team Xtreme Racing is also proud to welcome Golden Corral onboard as primary sponsor of the #44 Chevy. Returning to the organization to resume crew chief duties will be 20-year NASCAR veteran Peter Sospenzo. "The 44 team has been hard at work over the offseason," said owner John Cohen. "We have made some big steps to further our efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it all begins at Daytona. Hiring Reed Sorenson to drive for us at the 500 was the right move for our team, he excels at restrictor plate racing and we are excited to get to Daytona."(140 BUZZ)(2-9-2015)
UPDATE: The Golden Corral is a one-off deal for Xtreme Motorsports. The sponsor will rejoin Tommy Baldwin Racing for the other three restrictor plate races on the #7 Chevy with driver Alex Bowman.(Motorsport)(2-10-2015)
Swan Racing suing Xxxreme Motorsports: not much info but a Swan Racing Company, LLC v. XXXtreme Motorsport, LLC et al lawsuit was filed on September 24, 2014 in North Carolina Western District Court, Statesville Office. Cause of Action is Diversity-Breach of Contract. More info at justia.com. XXXtreme Motorsport is now know as Team Xtreme Racing. Swan Racing ceased operations in April 2014 and haven't been heard from since. Haven't seen any updates or news on the case.(11-23-2014)
Changes to #44 team: Team Xtreme Racing, formerly known as Xxxtreme Motorsport has recently some major changes during their time off from their limited race schedule for the 2014 season. Along with the name change the team has also added a new, but familiar, face as Peter Sospenzo has recently been named crew chief for the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy which is now in its new home located on Knob Hill Drive in Mooresville, NC. Timmy Hill, son of former NASCAR driver Jerry Hill will be behind the wheel of the #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The car will be carrying a special pink ribbon in memory of two very special ladies who lost their lives to breast cancer recently. Donna Gmooch, sister of Alan Antonucci, President/CEO of Phoenix Warehouse and All City Leasing, and Chris Antonucci who is CFO for the corporation. Miriam Gonzales, girlfriend of Chris Antonucci also lost her battle with the disease that has claimed so many lives.(Team Xtreme Racing)(10-23-2014)
Xxxtreme Motorsports withdraws; expects to return to track: According to a tweet from Chris Knight: "A source close to Xxxtreme Motorsport [said] that the team is extremely disappointed that they are not attending NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Circumstances beyond their control will likely keep the team away from the racetrack for the next couple of weeks. However, the team is committed to resolving the setback promptly and efficiently, which will allow them to resume their plan to run the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with their #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chev7 SS and driver J.J. Yeley. The team continues to stand behind Yeley.(6-28-2014)
Swan Racing Restructures UPDATE Yeley in for Kligerman: Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the #26 and #30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a result, Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership of the #26 team into BK Racing, effective immediately. Cole Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the #26. The #30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen "Bones" Lane will serve as crew chief and be joined by several other former Swan Racing crewmembers. Driver Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track. Team owner Brandon Davis issued the following statement:
"I want to first thank our employees, fans, and others in the NASCAR industry for their patience and understanding over the past several days while we work out the future of Swan Racing. As previously stated, the team is restructuring due to a lack of additional funding. However, over the past couple weeks we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations. Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the #26 team and the #30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen respectively. "Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts. It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the #26 and #30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me. Swan Racing is exploring any and all options to keep Parker Kligerman on track throughout the season. We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties. Parker continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us, and we are certain of his success in the future.(Swan Racing PR)(4-23-2014)
UPDATE: "It went from a lot of fun to a nightmare in a matter of months," [Swan Racing owner] Brandon Davis told NASCAR.com by telephone Wednesday, after his race team farmed off both its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars to other organizations. "I'm not going to point my finger in any one direction. It was just the overall thing, probably adding two cars, etc. ... There were challenges there." Davis, whose Swan Energy oil and gas company has bankrolled the team for most of its brief existence. Davis was willing to dig into his pockets to get the team going last year, when it fielded one car. But he expanded to two entries for 2014 and had hoped to subsist on sponsorship dollars, and the pieces simply didn't come together in time to keep the organization operational. Combine that with the time demands of Davis' growing oil and gas businesses, and it added up to difficulty from the first weeks of the season. Davis added he's retained a few people to help "wind things down" with Swan Racing, and can't foresee the team returning to the track in any capacity in the immediate future. Although Swan lacked sufficient sponsorship dollars, money wasn't the only issue -- expansion to two cars took more of a toll than Davis expected, and the demands of his day job cut into the available time he had to help the race team grow. With two cars now in the stable, everything took double the time, money, and effort. The financial amount contributed to the team by Swan Energy, Davis said, was used up in a matter of weeks. Asked if expanding to two cars proved too much, he did not mince words. "Yes. Most definitely."(NASCAR.com)
AND: Per Xxxtreme Motorsports Twitter, the team will run the #30 Chevy at Richmond, then switch back to the #44 starting at Talladega, and have the owners points / race attempts from the #30 team (4-24-2014).
#44 to run Texas, has new crew chief: per Xxxtreme Motorsport Twitter, Xxxtreme is on the Texas (Entry) List. NASCAR will add it. And Joe Lax will be there new crew chief for the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsport crew chief for driver J.J. Yeley. Walter Giles had been the crew chief since mid-2013. The #44 Chevy is currently not listed on NASCAR Entry List for the Texas Sprint Cup Series race.(4-1-2014)
Xxxtreme motorsports making 2014 debut: Heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, #44-Xxxtreme Motorsport is preparing for their 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut with driver JJ Yeley. Joining Xxxtreme Motorsport for a multi-race deal throughout the 2014 season, Phoenix Warehouse of New Jersey and California is a first-time sponsor to NASCAR. Phoenix Warehouse is a full-service logistics warehouse and distribution company founded in 1976. Their clear objective has been and remains, "Provide comprehensive and superior logistic services to a myriad of industries."(Xxxtreme Motorsports / 140 Buzz), see an image of the car on the #44 team paint schemes page.(3-5-2014)
Yeley says he has a 2014 Cup ride UPDATE: J.J. Yeley, who drove the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in 2013 posted on his Facebook that he has a 2014 Sprint Cup Series ride, but didn't say if full-time or which team. Reed Sorenson was named the driver of the #36 ride on Tuesday.(2-6-2014)
UPDATE: Xxxtreme Motorsport announced renewed efforts to their Sprint Cup Series program and the 2014 NASCAR season. Beginning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9 the team will set out to compete full-time with J.J. Yeley as their new driver. "We've switched from Ford to Chevrolet and we're going out to complete full races," team owner John Cohen said. "It's a new team effort we've never shown before as far as running the full season." Yeley will pilot the team's #44 Chevrolet. "JJ and I have been friends since I came to NASCAR, we've always mentioned working together if we could. This opportunity came about when he mentioned he was available for this season and I knew that he was the driver to take our team to the next level. We've always said if we could do something together it would be pretty special," Cohen said. "JJ and I got together and we're going to try and do something special in 2014 and beyond." Xxxtreme Motorsport debuted back in the fall of 2012 with David Reutimann at Phoenix. Scott Riggs drove for the company during the 2013 season. Walter Giles will remain the team's crew chief while a sponsor will be announced before The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.(140 Buzz)(2-13-2014)
New sponsor for Xxxtreme Motorsport at Pocono: Xxxtreme Motorsport and Brabble team up for the Party in the Poconos "400" at Pocono Raceway. This will be the first appearance for the new social media app on the team's #44 Ford Fusion driven by Scott Riggs. Brabble is an interesting New York-based unique social media start-up which just soft-launched a beta version of their social sharing app and network in May. Brabble is a free multi-media social sharing app and network where users can capture and share moments in any of four media formats: video, audio, picture or text. Unique in itself for a social sharing app, what they call 'brabbling back' is what sets them apart from other social media apps- instead of just commenting back, users can respond with a video, an audio, picture or text of their own. Brabble's one-stop social multi-media posting and response, selective sharing / publishing, along with their innovative embedded media model make them quite different from the social media apps we all know, enabling them to be a significant challenge to the already dominated social media space. The Brabble social sharing app is available on the Apple appstore. Brabble for Android, as well as Brabble for tablet versions will be available later this summer. Jim Trolice, Brabble CEO says, "We are excited to join Xxxtreme Motorsport for this season. Social media has a huge role within NASCAR, the teams and corporate sponsors. Connecting to the fans is important for everyone involved or thinking of becoming involved in the sport. We'll be rolling out some amazing, innovative product extensions over the next 12 months that we believe will re-imagine what the social web is all about". For more information about Brabble, you can check them out at www.brabble.com , like them on www.facebook.com/brabble and tweet with them @brabble.(Xxxtreme Motorsport)(6-5-2013)
New crew chief for #44: Walter Giles has assumed crew chief duties for the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports team for driver Scott Riggs. Peter Sospenzo had left the #19 Humphrey-Smith team with some crew personnel and headed to the #44 team a few weeks ago, but has since left Xxxtreme Motorpsorts and headed back to Humphrey-Smith.(5-15-2013)
Changes with the #44 and #19 teams? UPDATE: been told that crew chief Peter Sospenzo has left the #19 Humphrey-Smith Racing team and is the new crew chief for the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports team. Supposedly Mike Bliss, currently the driver of the #19 Toyota could move to the #44 Ford for Xxxtreme Motorsports. Scott Riggs has ran three races for Xxxtreme Motorsports this season. Supposedly the next race for Xxxtreme Motorsports will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway, possibly as soon as the Sprint Showdown on May 18th. Former #44 crew chief has supposedly moved on to the #79 Go Green Racing team in the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series. No word who the new crew chief for the #19 team will be.
UPDATE: been told that Furr is not working with the #79 team and that Ben Leslie is working with the team as the crew chief.(5-1-2013)
Xxxtreme Motorsports at Phoenix? Xxxtreme Motorsports, who ran the #44 Ford at Phoenix in November with David Reutimann as the driver, tweeted on Monday that "Xxxtrememotorsport will be in Phoenix with Scott Riggs and @nolabel watches", along with a drawing of the #44 Ford. The Xxxtreme Motorsports has not been updated with that info.
See images of the scheme on the #44 Team Schemes page. (2-19-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports:: The team made its debut at Phoenix last November with David Reutimann driving. Supposedly the team was to make an announcement just after the holiday's but have not seen any. The team did not test at Daytona or Charlotte. Reutimann recently signed with BK Racing for the 2013 season. Crew chief Frank Kerr also signed a deal with Front Row Motorsports. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(1-29-2013)
Front Row Motorsports hire new crew chiefs: Front Row Motorsports' opening-day line-up is complete with the hiring of Frank Kerr as crew chief of David Gilliland's #38 Ford and Steven Lane as crew chief of Josh Wise's #26 Ford. The two NASCAR veterans joined the Statesville, N.C.-based Sprint Cup Series team this week. Kerr was most recently at #47-JTG Daugherty Racing [Kerr also crew chiefed on the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports Chevy team at the end of 2012 when David Reuitman qualified the #44 at Phoenix], where he served as crew chief for Bobby Labonte in 2011 and Marcos Ambrose in 2009 and 2010. The former sprint-car champion has been a staple of the Sprint Cup garage since 2000 and has worked with drivers including David Reutimann, Robby Gordon and Stacy Compton. He'll be rejoined with #38-Gilliland, who worked briefly with Kerr in a Nationwide Series ride in 2005 and now enters his fourth year with Front Row. "I'm looking forward to working with this young team," Kerr said. "As an organization they've only been on track for a few short years, but there's a lot of experience in the shop, in the leadership and behind the wheel. I'm looking forward to helping them continue to grow."
Lane is a 12-year veteran atop the pit box, leading teams for organizations including Petty Enterprises and Chip Ganassi Racing in his Sprint Cup career and working with drivers such as Kyle Petty, Dario Franchitti and David Stremme. Joining the #26 team marks a return to Front Row Motorsports for Lane, who led the team's first full-time Sprint Cup campaign in 2009 with John Andretti behind the wheel of the team's flagship #34 car. He also served as crew chief for Travis Kvapil, who drove the #34 Ford in 2010. Lane will be paired with Wise in an expanded, full-time schedule for the young driver of the #26 Ford. "This will definitely feel like a homecoming of sorts, back with Front Row and back with Ford," Lane said. "It was a great experience to help get Front Row's first full-time Cup team off the ground back in 2009, and this will be a similar experience working with Josh as he expands his role with the team."
Jay Guy returns as crew chief for David Ragan's #34 team to round out Front Row's crew-chief line-up entering the 2013 season. The new hirings allow Derrick Finley to return full-time to his role of competition director for the young team. Finley had also been serving as Gilliland's crew chief since October. "It's great to have three veteran guys leading our race teams and have Derrick back exclusively in his competition director role as we start the season with the new Ford Fusions," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "Just like every other team, we're going to have a lot of benchmarking, analysis and building to do this season and it'll help us to have a solid, experienced group leading that effort with each guy having a focused role." The team will continue its pre-season testing of the new Fusions Jan. 17 and 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(1-17-2013)
Xxxtreme Motorsport Focused on 2013: After qualifying a solid 34th position for last Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the Xxxtreme Motorsport team will not make the trek to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, team owner John Cohen announced. The #44 No Label Ford, driven by David Reutimann, finished p40 on Sunday, exiting the race early with a vibration. Reutimann had a prior arrangement to run the final race of the season with another team, and rather than find a different driver for the Sprint Cup car, Cohen opted to use this time to keep looking forward and preparing for the 2013 season. "We're trying to develop consistency within the program, and that starts with the same driver," Cohen said. Cohen will now focus on locking in a full-time sponsor and driver, a deal on which he said he and the team are swiftly closing.(Xxxtreme Motorsport)(11-14-2012)
New team to debut at Phoenix with Reutimann UPDATE 2: hearing that a new Sprint Cup Series team will debut at Phoenix International Raceway this coming weekend. David Reutimann will run the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford [not Chevy]. Supposedly Frankie Kerr, formerly of JTG Daughtery Racing is the crew chief. The team is housed at the old TRG Motorsports location in Mooresville, NC.(11-5-2012)
UPDATE: Xxxtreme Motorsport announced its entry into the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The car, owned by John Cohen, will have veteran driver David Reutimann at the helm on Sunday. No Label Watches will be sponsoring the #44 Ford Fusion, with Frankie Kerr sitting atop the pit box as the team's crew chief. Cohen said the #44 Ford will be finishing out the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway and running a full season next year. "I'm looking forward to the 2013 season and building a solid program."(Xxxtreme Motorsports)(11-6-2012)
UPDATE 2: David Reutimann will attempt to qualify for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for a new, start-up race team. Xxxtreme Motorsport is owned by businessman John Cohen, a New York nightclub entrepreneur who owns M2 Ultra Lounge on West 28th St. in New York City. Cohen reportedly has extensive contacts in the rap music industry, and hopes to use those connections to secure sponsorship for his new race team. Cohen fielded a handful of NASCAR Nationwide Series entries under the Xxxtreme Motorsport banner for drivers Josh Wise and Chase Austin in 2009, with sponsorship from ADP Payroll Services, CAVI Clothing, Extreme Sports Performance and Macy's. Cohen has set his sights on a full schedule of Sprint Cup Series competition in 2013. Former Michael Waltrip Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief Frankie Kerr is overseeing the operation. He and Reutimann have worked together in the past, with Kerr serving as Reutimann's crew chief at MWR beginning in 2007. "Frankie is steering the ship, getting all the basic parts and pieces together," said Reutimann. "They're trying to run the last two races of the year at Phoenix and Homestead to get their feet underneath them for next season." Xxxtreme Motorsport will field a former Richard Petty Motorsports Ford this weekend at Phoenix, with horsepower from Roush Yates Engines. The team is operating out of the former TRG Motorsports shop, a 40,000 square foot facility in Mooresville, North Carolina. Kerr said the team will likely start and park in each of the next two weeks, focusing instead on gathering data for next season.(Godfather Motorsports)(11-7-2012)
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