Pilot Flying J (26+ races) was the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Daytona - 2/21
Atlanta - 2/28
Las Vegas - 3/6
Phoenix - 3/13
Auto Club - 3/20
Martinsville - 4/3
Texas - 4/9
Bristol - 4/17, Battle of Bristol
Richmond - 4/24
Talladega - 5/1
Dover - 5/15
Charlotte - 5/29
Daytona - 7/2, Stars & Stripes
Kentucky - 7/9, Stars & Stripes
New Hampshire - 7/17
Bristol - 8/20, Battle of Bristol, Allgaier drove
Michigan - 8/28
Darlington - 9/4
Richmond - 9/10
Chicago - 9/18
Dover - 10/2
Charlotte - 10/8
Talladega - 10/23
Martinsville - 10/30
Texas - 11/6
Phoenix - 11/13
Allstate Peterbilt Group was the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Kansas - 5/7
Pocono - 6/5
Michigan - 6/12
Indianapolis - 7/24
Pocono - 7/31
St, Jude Children's Research Hospital will be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Northland Motor Oils & Lubricants was the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Kansas - 10/16
Contract Status: Driver: 2016 then leaves; Primary Sponsors: 2016 then leaves
HScott Motorsports Will Not Compete in NASCAR in 2017 UPDATE: Harry Scott, Jr. announced in a team meeting that HScott Motorsports would not field a NASCAR entry during the 2017 season. Below is Mr. Scott's statement: "Over the past several months I considered a number of options for moving forward with the team. Regrettably there are no viable sponsor/driver options immediately available to allow the team to participate in 2017. One thing I learned about NASCAR is that it is a 'people business.' I will forever be grateful to the men and women who worked tirelessly to make HScott Motorsports successful. This includes our dedicated employees, sponsors and partners. We were fortunate to have the support of world-class sponsors like Brandt, DC Solar, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Pilot Flying J, and 5 hour ENERGY. Our racing program would not have been possible without the assistance of Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports, and Chevrolet. I love this sport and being part of it. I invested in NASCAR because I truly believe it represents the best racing competition in the world and the best people in all sports. Looking back, I will always be especially proud of the unprecedented success of our NASCAR K&N Series teams, including four consecutive championships and for the lifelong friendships that were forged over the last seven years. My hope is that we were able to develop drivers that will thrive at the highest levels for years to come. In a deal that was finalized late last week the #15 Charter, which was owned by HScott Motorsports, has been sold to Premium Motorsports (#55 & #98). The charter that was leased for the #46 team was sold by Premium Motorsports to Furniture Row Racing."(HScott Motorsports). So that means the 2nd FRR #77 with Erik Jone has a Charter for 2017. Premium Motorsports still has one Charter left (from the #15) to use, sell or lease in 2017.(12-5-2016)
UPDATE: Scott had leased a charter from Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson for Annett's #46 car in 2016. That charter was returned to Premium, who then sold it to Furniture Row Racing, which is adding a car for rookie Erik Jones next season. Premium then bought the single charter Scott owned for the #15 car of Bowyer.(ESPN)(12-6-2016)
Future of HScott Motorsports uncertain: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Harry Scott says no decisions have been made concerning the future of the HScott Motorsports organization and likely won't be until after the completion of the 2016 season. HScott currently fields two full-time teams in Sprint Cup, the #46 of driver Michael Annett and the #15 of driver Clint Bowyer. The organization, which runs under the Chevrolet banner, utilizes engines from Hendrick Motorsports. It was announced Friday that Annett would move to JR Motorsports next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Pilot Flying J, his current sponsor in Sprint Cup, will make the move to JRM as well. Bowyer's stay with HScott has been for the '16 season only as he moves on to Stewart-Haas Racing next year to take over that organization's #14 for three-time series champion Tony Stewart. Sponsor 5-hour Energy will move to Furniture Row Racing where it will be aligned with driver Erik Jones.
Scott said, "As for the 2017 season, I am considering a number of options -- including an offer to run a different driver -- but no final decisions have been made and won't be announced until after the end of the season." Scott has a charter, which guarantees a spot in the starting field each week, for both the #15 and #46 entries. However, the charter for the #46 entry was a one-year arrangement between HScott and Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson.(NASCAR.com)(11-5-2016)
Michael Annett to run full XFINITY season for JR Motorsports: JR Motorsports will expand its NASCAR Xfinity Series program to four full-time teams in 2017, as the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned company has signed a multi-year agreement with driver Michael Annett and Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. Annett will compete full-time for an NXS championship with JRM's #5 Pilot Flying J entry next year. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Annett will join a 2017 JRM roster that already includes full-season drivers Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, and rookie William Byron. JR Motorsports will run a fifth car, the #88 entry, in select races with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Additional details surrounding crew duties on the No. 5 Pilot Flying J team will be announced at a later date. (JR Motorsports)(11-4-2016)
Drivers treated after Martinsville race: Following the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Sprint Cup drivers #95-Michael McDowell, #47-AJ Allmendinger and #46-Michael Annett were treated in the infield care center for various ailments.
McDowell, driver of Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing's #95, was treated for dehydration and burns on his feet. McDowell had to be taken to the medical center on a stretcher. McDowell entered the race having dealt with pneumonia and strep throat according to NBC Sports' Mike Massaro.
Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Chevrolet for JTG-Daugherty Racing, was treated for overheating but was quickly released from the medical center.
HScott Motorsports' Annett was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning a team spokesman told NBC Sports. Damage to the left-rear of Annett's #46 car caused fumes to enter the car. (NBC Sports)(10-31-2016)
Annett Set For 100th Career Start: #46 HScott Motorsports driver Michael Annett is scheduled to become the 197th driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to make 100 or more starts when he takes the track this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(10-8-2016)
HScott Motorsports unsure of 2017 plans: With multiple sponsors on the way out after '16 and questions swirling about the future of his organization, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Owner Harry Scott is only ready to say that he is "considering several options" for next season, according to a statement provided to THE DAILY. The two-car HScott Motorsports outfit, which Scott purchased and renamed from Phoenix Racing in '13, will lose the primary sponsor of its #15 Chevy, 5-Hour Energy, and driver Clint Bowyer after this season as part of a pre-set move for Bowyer to replace the retiring Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing in '17. HSM, whose other primary sponsor is Pilot Flying J, also will lose less prominent sponsors Peak and Visine after this season. Pilot Flying J's future with the team is unclear; its contract with HSM is year-to-year. HSM was not allowed to pursue renewals with Peak, Visine or 5-Hour due to the terms of its contract with Bowyer, who brought the brands to HSM from the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing for '16 only. Because of the outgoing sponsorship, HSM would likely need to find new sponsorship, or inject private funding, to continue on in its current form. HSM, which also has a presence in NASCAR's regional K&N Series, owns one of NASCAR's 36 charters, the #15, and has for this season leased another one, the #46 from Premium Motorsports. If HSM were to sell or lease its charter, candidates for it would likely include Furniture Row Racing. FRR has publicly stated its desire to get a charter for the #77 Toyota that it will bring to the series next year as it expands to a two-car operation. [Tuckahoe Strategies President Ramsey] Poston said HSM is currently "in no formal discussions with Furniture Row" over the possible charter sale. While generally agreed upon that it is somewhere in the seven figures, the value of charters is a still-unfolding topic of high interest to industry executives, and any sales of them over the coming months will be watched closely.(Sports Business Daily)(9-16-2016)
Kyle Busch wrecks, not happy with #46 team: #18-Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car wreck when a part broke on his car while running 2nd at Bristol Motor Speedway on lap 357. Busch led a race high 256 laps. His comments:
Q) What broke to end your race?
Kyle Busch: "I don't know. It's a shame. The last few times we've been here, we've had really fast M&M's Toyota Camrys and we haven't been able to finish. We've been having parts failures here, so something we've got to address and fix. I'm really tired of losing races here with parts falling apart, so they'll hear about it on Tuesday. But the person that's really the biggest moron out there is the spotter of the 46 and the driver of the 46 (Michael Annett). I've been wrecking for half a lap and they just come on through and clean us out. That's stupid, so I don't know - frustrating day. Let's go home."
Q) Did a part eventually break?
Busch: "It finally did break and it was breaking, but it finally did break and I couldn't hold onto it there and it spun out and then spun out the wrong way and it's frustrating. We've had really, really fast race cars here. The guys do a great job setting them up, but, man, we've got parts failures, you know? You can't have parts failures in this business. That's stupid. My Camrys have been fast. We've just got to stop making stupid mistakes that take us out of races and beyond that the 46 (Michael Annett) spotter needs fired and the damn driver too. He's an idiot. I've been wrecking for half a lap and they come through and clean us out. I mean, there's plenty of room to miss me. Everybody else seemed to be able to do a good job of it."(Toyota Racing)
Allgaier's comments on the wreck: Justin Allgaier, who subbed for an ill Michael Annett in the #46 Pilot Flying J / Battle of Bristol Chevy comments on what happened in the wreck:
Allgaier: "Well from my point of view we got done in the corner. I was trying to let the leaders go as best I could. We were a couple laps down right there and let them go. The #22 (Joey Logano) ducked in front of me getting into (Turn) 1 and I had to jam on the brakes pretty hard. I got really loose and I was just trying to catch it. That is when the spotter was telling me that the #18 (Kyle Busch) was spinning and he kept rolling down the hill so at first I committed to go below him because I was already on the bottom and then he was still coming down the hill so I tried to go out around the outside of him and unfortunately I just didn't make it. The #22 was right there and just really a shame. I hate it for these guys. This Pilot Flying J #46 team they did a good job all day. We weren't up there battling for the lead, but we had a good solid day going. I just cost us a decent finish. Thanks to them for letting me drive the car today. Sorry to Kyle (Busch) that is the worst possibly scenario when the leader spins out and you hit them. Just really frustrating." (Team Chevy)(8-22-2016)
Allgaier to sub for Annett in the #46 at Bristol: Due to flu-like symptoms, Michael Annett will not compete in tonight's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol. Justin Allgaier will start and race the #46 Pilot Flying J Chevy in his place. Allgaier will have to start at the rear of the field due to the driver change.(HSM's Facebook)(8-19-2016)
HScott Motorsports makes personnel moves: HScott Motorsports has made personnel changes in order to better utilize its expertise and resources over the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The following changes are effective immediately:
• Jay Guy is promoted from crew chief of the #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett, to HScott Motorsports Technical Director. Guy will report to Competition Director, Steve Addington.
• Mike Hillman, Sr. takes over as the crew chief of the #46, under direction of Addington and Guy.
Jay Guy, who has been with HScott Motorsports since the start of the 2015 season, has been involved in management or crew-chief positions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dating back to the 2003 season. Guy has one previous win as crew chief during the 2013 Talladega Superspeedway Aaron's 499 for David Ragan. Mike Hillman, Sr. served as a crew chief and general manager in each of NASCAR's top three series. In 2012, he started Hillman Racing, which competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series through the 2016 season and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through the 2014 season.(HScott Motorsports)(7-19-2016)
Special St. Jude scheme for Annett at Watkins Glen; fans can get name on car: In association with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the St. Jude Tournament of Hope, NASCAR driver Michael Annett is offering race fans everywhere an opportunity to have their name adorn his car. Annett will sport a special St. Jude paint scheme for the August 7 race at Watkins Glen International in New York. Fans who donate a minimum of $46 will have their names appear on the deck lid of Annett's #46 Chevrolet SS. St. Jude is the charity of choice for Annett, who will serve as the honorary chairperson for the St. Jude Tournament of Hope golf tournament on Monday, August 8 at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. Fans have until July 22 to make their $46 donation.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Everything they do is centered on theirr mission: Finding cures. Saving children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since they opened in 1962.(Rising Star Management), see an image of the car on the #46 team paint schemes page.(7-14-2016)
Allstate Peterbilt Group makes first appearance on #46: Allstate Peterbilt Group, the upper Midwest's largest truck dealer group and a longtime partner of Michael Annett dating back to his time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will adorn the #46 Chevrolet SS this weekend. It was last featured on Annett's car last fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(HScott Motorsports), see images of the car on the #46 team paint schemes page.(5-5-2016)
Hendrick will not look to replace Stewart-Haas business: Hendrick Motorsports won't look to replace the engine lease program and the chassis business it will lose when Stewart-Haas Racing moves to Ford starting next season, but it also does not plan to lay off any employees. Team owner Rick Hendrick said Sunday that the decision "kind of caught me by surprise" but it was no surprise that another manufacturer would go after SHR. It will make for an interesting year as SHR remains a customer but one that will start building its own chassis and leasing engines from Roush Yates Engines next year. Hendrick, speaking prior to the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, said his team is committed to working with SHR this year and will move on after the season. That doesn't mean looking for new people to sell chassis and lease engines. HMS leases engines to two-car organizations HScott Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. It also supplies engines and support to JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. HScott Motorsports plans to remain a Hendrick affiliate next year, said team owner Harry Scott, whose team also has an affiliation with Stewart-Haas Racing this season. "We've been pretty much taxed to keep up with all the customers we have," Hendrick said. "I think what we're going to do now is turn our efforts inward and do more R&D and give us a chance to do more, really, research and development than we've been doing in the last couple of years because our guys have been flat-out. While the team will fulfill the terms of its contracts with SHR, Hendrick said he expects SHR to begin the process of working on its own chassis this year. Losing the SHR business likely would cost Hendrick tens of millions of dollars, but Hendrick said his company has the ability to compensate for the lost business.(ESPN.com)(2-29-2016)
Daytona Warnings issued: Written warnings were issued to the teams of #7-Regan Smith, #38-Landon Cassill, #44-Brian Scott, and #46-Michael Annett for failing the Laser Inspection Station on February 14, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway during prequalifying inspection.(NASCAR)(2-24-2016)
HScott Motorsports Reaches Agreement for Short Term Transfer of Charter: HScott Motorsports announced that it has reached agreement with Premium Motorsports for use of its Charter in 2016 to run the #46 Pilot Flying J Chevy driven by Michael Annett. This agreement has been accepted and approved by NASCAR. "The #46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driven by Michael Annett will be locked into the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016 thanks to an agreement HScott Motorsports reached with Premium Motorsports for a short term transfer of its Charter," said team owner Harry Scott, Jr. "I want to thank Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports, for his collaborative approach and belief in HScott Motorsports." Earlier this week NASCAR and team owners came to a historic agreement for a NASCAR Charter System. Under the agreement HScott Motorsports was granted one Charter. That Charter will be used to field the #15 5-hour ENERGY Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer. The new system allows Charters to be transferred on a short term basis. "The new Charter License structure is the result of monumental and unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR and the teams that will further advance the sport into the foreseeable future," said Scott. "The Charter System provides equity and certainty necessary for owners to build a successful business plan and maintain the health of their investment that will benefit fans and sponsors.(HScott Motorsports)(2-12-2015)
Gibbs, Stewart Haas expected to buy charters; HScott to lease one UPDATE: There are 38 teams committed to full-time racing in 2016. Four weren't awarded charters -- Joe Gibbs Racing's #19-Carl Edwards (team started in 2015), Stewart-Haas Racing's #41-Kurt Busch (2014), HScott Motorsports' #46-Michael Annett (2015) and #21-Wood Brothers Racing's Ryan Blaney (formerly part-time team now going full time). Former Michael Waltrip Racing owner Rob Kauffman, who has two charters from his teams that ceased operations after last year, said he expects to sell his charters to JGR (for Edwards) and SHR (for Busch). Kauffman estimated the value of a charter at the "single-digit millions." The transfer of a charter must be approved by NASCAR, which will charge an administrative fee but not get a percentage of the sale. All NASCAR team owners will be allowed to see the transfer application, which would include the price of the charter sold. Charters can only be sold prior to the start of a season and can be transferred only once every five years.(NBC Sports)
AND According to Motorsports' Lee Spencer, "Been told Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports) has leased his charter to @Team_HSM #46. Hearing $1.6m for lease of charter.(2-9-2016)
UPDATE: A representative for SHR said Tuesday afternoon that "Stewart-Haas Racing will have four Charters and that process is nearly complete." A Joe Gibbs Racing representative said Tuesday afternoon that it was "just a matter of finalizing the transaction" that would bring a Charter to the #19 entry.(NASCAR.com)
AND: ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass tweeted that an HScott spokesman said: "HSM intends to field two full time cars for the 2016 season and is in the process of finalizing an agreement."(2-10-2016)
HScott Motorsports moves shop to Mooresville, NC: HScott Motorsports announced that it has moved its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team headquarters from Spartanburg, SC, to Mooresville, NC. The new shop features nearly 50,000 square feet and a closer proximity to industry resources. "The new HScott Motorsports headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., provides our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams ample room to prepare and maintain quality cars throughout the season and well into the future," said team owner Harry Scott, Jr. "The move to Mooresville also allows us to better coordinate with our partners and suppliers." Driving for HScott Motorsports in 2016 will be Clint Bowyer behind the wheel of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Chevrolet and Michael Annett driving the #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet.(HScott Motorsports) The team had been headquartered in the former Phoenix Racing shop.(1-14-2016)
Annett's hauler catches fire on way to Texas UPDATE: Authorities are responding to a vehicle fire near mile marker 595 on westbound Interstate 20. The driver Michael Dennis Smith said he's okay. He said he pulled over when he saw smoke, and then he and his passenger began detaching the trailer from the cab. He says the fire was around the back of the race car. The fire did not reach the cab. According to Smith, the trailer he was hauling had two NASCAR stock cars in the trailer. They were headed to Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas for a race this weekend.(KLTV) several photos are posted with the story showing an HScott Motorsports hauler with Pilot / Flying J decals.(11-5-2015)
UPDATE: The transporter of race cars for HScott Motorsports driver Michael Annett caught fire Thursday in Texas, destroying both race cars as well as additional equipment Annett was expected to use this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. An Annett spokesman said its drivers were not injured, and the team was preparing to send additional cars in a spare hauler for the approximately 15-hour drive Thursday afternoon to Texas. That should allow the team to participate in practice at 11:30am.ct Friday.(ESPN.com)(11-6-2015)
Jay Guy to serve as Annett's crew chief: Jay Guy will be the crew chief for Michael Annett and the #46 Pilot Flying J Chevy at HScott Motorsports. Since 1998, the 42-year-old crew chief has honed his leadership skills in both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series. Guy most recently worked with David Ragan at Front Row Motorsports where he led the #34 team - and the organization - to its first win in the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway. Over his career, Guy has worked with Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing and Furniture Row Racing.
Team owner Harry Scott also said during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour last week that HSM will pursue a technical alliance with Stewart Haas Racing in 2015. While the team's primary partnership is with Hendrick Motorsports, who supplies HSM's engines and engineering, Scott calls the alignment with SHR "a more formal relationship" than in the past. Despite rumors to the contrary, Scott said he has "no plans in the near future" to move his Spartanburg, S.C. shop to the Mooresville, N.C.-area.(Motorsport)(2-5-2015)
21 NASCAR founded, J.D. Gibbs, Kevin Swindell, Ben Rhodes, Jim Reed, Gene Comstock, Cannonball Brown, Jimmy Thompson, Dave Terrell, Gary Sain, Wayne Jacks, Sean Corr
22 Marshall Teague, Larry Foyt, Chuck Bown, Grace Kenseth, Logan Styers, Karla Lampe, Scott Robinette
23 Ralph Earnhardt, Bobby Moody, Dean Combs, Mike Marriner, Dawn Purvis, George Alsobrook
24 Michael Ritch, Jason Schuler, Aaron Daniel, Gilbert King, J.C. Hall
25 Davey Allison, Timmy Hill, Jaklyn Woodland, Derick Jennings, Butch Gilliland, Jonathan Toney
26 Bob Eolin, Brad Coleman, Terry Cook, Kertus Davis, Carl Haas, Colton Meyer
27 Ty Dillon, Todd Bodine, Dennis Setzer, Kevin Sharpe, Mike Warnecker
28 Mario Andretti, Teddy McClure, Jeff Almond, Billy Wade
29 Noreen Hofmann, Bun Emery, Barney Shore, Scott Cluka, Chuck Romeo