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  • 2015 Races (5) that Ty Dillon is scheduled to drive the #33 car:
    1) Daytona 500 - 2/22, Cheerios/Kroger
    11) Kansas - 5/9, SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton
    14) Pocono - 6/7, Yuengling
    15) Michigan - 6/14, Nexium
    36) Homestead - 11/22, Nexium

  • 2015 races (10) that Brian Scott drove the #33 car for Richard Childress Racing:
    3) Las Vegas - 3/8, Whitetail
    5) Auto Club - 3/22, Whitetail
    10) Talladega - 5/3, Shore Lodge
    13) Dover - 5/31, ACME / Kraft Singles
    17) Daytona - 7/5, Shore Lodge
    20) Indianapolis - 7/26, Shore Lodge
    26) Richmond - 9/12, Shore Lodge
    27) Chicago - 9/20, Jewel-Osco
    31) Kansas - 10/18, Shore Lodge
    34) Texas - 11/8, Shore Lodge

  • 2015 Races (13+1) that Alex Kennedy drove the #33 car for Circle Sport:
    4) Phoenix - 3/15, Dream Factory
    6) Martinsville - 3/29, Dream Factory
    7) Texas - 4/11, Dream Factory
    8) Bristol - 4/19, MediaCast
    9) Richmond - 4/25, Honor and Remember
    Charlotte, Sprint Showdown - 5/15, Honor and Remember
    12) Charlotte - 5/24, Honor and Remember
    16) Sonoma - 6/28, MediaCast
    18) Kentucky - 7/11
    21) Pocono - 8/2
    22) Watkins Glen - 8/9
    29) Dover - 10/4
    30) Charlotte - 10/10
    32) Talladega - 10/25

  • 2015 Race that Derek White drove the #33 car:
    19) New Hampshire - 7/19

  • 2015 Race that Travis Kvapil drove the #33 car:
    23) Michigan - 8/16, no sponsor

  • 2015 Race that Mike Bliss drove the #33 car:
    24) Bristol - 8/22, no sponsor
    25) Darlington - 9/6, no sponsor, painted throwback, like Harry Gants old #33 car

  • 2015 Race that B.J. McLeod drove the #33 car:
    28) New Hampshire - 9/27

  • 2015 Race that Ryan Ellis will drive the #33 car:
    35) Phoenix - 11/1

  • The 2015 Race that Michael Annett drove the #33 car when his #46 Chevy failed to qualifying for the race:
    2) Atlanta - 3/1 (replacing Brian Scott, one race deal)

  • Contract Status: Sponsors: ?; Drivers: ?

#33 Team News and Rumors
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  • 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)

  • Hillman drops lawsuit: Mike Hillman Racing (#40 Chevy) has voluntary dismissed its lawsuit (indicating a settlement) against Circle Sport-Leavine Familuy Racing (#95 Chevy) over the charter.(ESPN's Bob Pockrass Twitter)(7-1-2016)

  • Hillman suing Circle Sport over charter: A Sprint Cup team owner's lawsuit seeks the charter NASCAR granted his former partner. Hillman Racing, team owner Mike Hillman and partners Doug Fuller and Matt Miller filed suit Friday in North Carolina Superior Court in Iredell County against former partner Joe Falk, Circle Sport, Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing. Hillman Racing and its partners seek a judgment in excess of $25,000, punitive damages, rights to ownership of the #33 team, its charter and all the profits and benefits that Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing's #95 car enjoys. Falk aligned with Leavine Family Racing before this season to form Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing. As part of the merger, the No. 95 was maintained but inherited the #33 team's points and performance, making it eligible for one of the 36 Sprint Cup charters NASCAR granted before the season. Hillman Racing's #40 was not granted a charter because it had not competed full-time the past three seasons. The complaint by Hillman Racing states that Falk improperly entered into an agreement with Leavine Family Racing.
    Court documents state that for the 2015 season, the partnership [between Hillman and Falk] agreed to divert more resources to the #40 car, making it the flagship car. The partners agreed to allow Richard Childress Racing to operate the #33 car for multiple races in return for a payment of $25,000 for all races except the Daytona 500 (in addition to other details regarding the payment of purse and plan money, etc.). RCR would pay $75,000 for the Daytona 500. The complaint alleges that before the Daytona 500 Hillman "discovered that Falk directed a sponsor for the 40 car to write the sponsorship check (for funds due from the 2014 season) payable to Circle Sport and not Hillman Racing. Of course, the parties had all previously agreed and understood that sponsorship funds were to be utilized to fund racing operations, for which Hillman Racing incurred substantial debt." After the Daytona 500, according to the complaint, Hillman and Falk agreed to terminate their partnership after the 2015 season.
    Among the agreements the complaint states is that following the 2015 season, Circle Sport and Falk would "transfer all of their right, title and interest in and to the 33 points, and to all other property acquired by the Partnership to the remaining partners or an entity to be designated by them." In March 2015, then-counsel for Hillman Racing drafted a written "Purchase Agreement" for the termination of the partnership and transfer of assets, including the No. 33 car's points. The complaint states that Falk initially did not respond with any objection but later failed and refused to sign the agreement.
    The complaint states that in Oct. 2015 Hillman was informed by NASCAR personnel that material terms of the charter system had been agreed upon. Court documents state that NASCAR informed Hillman that the field would be reduced from 43 to 40 cars and that 36 would receive charters. Hillman was informed that the #33 would receive a charter but not the #40.
    In late January 2016, Circle Sport announced its merger with Leavine Family Racing. The complaint states that Hillman and his partners were not included in the discussions with Leavine and that the announcement came as a "surprise." The complaint states: "As a results of the circumstances described ... the 40 points are of negligible value, the Partnership is unable to race full-time during the 2016 race season, Hillman and Hillman Racing have no ability to pay for the significant debt incurred in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 race seasons, and the remaining partners have been forced to liquidate many of the Partnership's remaining assets."
    See much more at NBC Sports.(3-23-2016)

  • McDowell back with Leavine Family Racing, switches to Chevy, merges with Circle Sport UPDATE3: Leavine Family Racing is announcing parts of their 2016 season plans. So far the team has announced that driver Michael McDowell will return to drive, that the TEAM will run the full 2016 Sprint Cup Series season and that the team is now known as Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing (LFR Facebook / Twitter). Joe Falk, owner of the #33 Circle Sport team, has merged / sold the team to Leavine Family Racing, so the #95 team has #33 owners points to be eligible for a charter (when/if NASCAR goes to that ownership system) or be higher in owners points. Also hearing the team will switch manufacturers from Ford to Chevy and Thrivent Financial will return to sponsor the team in an unknown number of races. Another piece is a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and Ty Dillon driving in some races (1-20-2016)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing and Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2016 season. The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing as they switch their #95 Sprint Cup Series cars to Chevy beginning with the 2016 season. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing will also benefit from utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines. Ty Dillon will run select races, including the Daytona 500, for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing in 2016. Sprint Cup Series veteran driver Michael McDowell will be the primary driver for the team.
    "I admire the hard work, dedication and passion that Joe Falk and Bob and Sharon Leavine have for NASCAR and I know their addition to our RCR alliance teams will be mutually beneficial to both Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing and our current roster of technical alliance partners," said Richard Childress, Chief Executive Officer of RCR. "I'm looking forward to success in 2016 and beyond."
    With their race shop based in Concord, N.C., Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing has a veteran group of racing personnel and ownership that has been active in the Sprint Cup Series for multiple years. "The resources that Richard Childress and RCR can provide, including ECR engines, the Chevrolet SS and access to shared information and technology will be a tremendous help as we continue to grow as an organization," said Bob Leavine. "RCR has an extremely competitive program with a storied history of winning races and championships and joining that culture of success makes this partnership especially attractive."(Richard Childress Racing)(1-21-2016)
    UPDATE2 Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will join forces with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). In addition, the race team will enter into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and will make the switch to run Chevy race cars powered by ECR Engines this race season. Michael McDowell will be the primary driver and compete in at least 26 NSCS races in 2016. RCR driver Ty Dillon will pilot the team's entry for the remaining NSCS races. Specific races for each driver are being determined but both drivers will enter the Daytona 500 (supposedly McDowell in a 2nd car). Leavine Family Racing team owner Bob Leavine has been preparing to take the team from a partial schedule to the full series schedule since the team's inception. The 2016 season proved to be the perfect time to make the leap, thanks in part to the new alliance with Joe Falk's Circle Sport team and technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing.
    "The manufacturer and alliance switch provides our team with the best opportunity to improve on-track performance and to create long-term sustainability," said Leavine. "This was the right time for us to make this change. We have been turning over every stone looking for the right plan for our team and our people in 2016, and we've finally found a great fit that's going to help us continue to grow both on the track and as an organization."
    Joe Falk, owner of Circle Sport Racing (was #33 Chevy), had been an owner in NASCAR starting in the late 1990's. Circle Sport competed in its first race in 2012 and has been associated with Richard Childress Racing during that time. "I'm happy to be working with Bob (Leavine) and the team to combine our efforts for a successful 2016 and beyond," said Falk. "We've put together a top notch program obtaining all cars and engines from RCR."
    "This is a big step for our competition program," said McDowell. "The technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing is a huge asset to our growing team and we'll have access to some of the top equipment in the Cup Series. This type of alliance has worked really well for single-car teams such as JTG Racing and Germain Racing in the past and I'm excited about what we're going to be able to do in 2016."
    Primary sponsorship of the #95 Chevy will include Thrivent Financial, K-LOVE Radio and Cheerios Brand. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing is seeking additional sponsorship to fill out the season.(1-21-2016)
    UPDATE3: Thrivent Financial announced its continuing sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing and driver Michael McDowell in the 2016 race season. Thrivent, a not-for-profit financial services organization that serves Christians, will be the primary sponsor for fifteen (15) races during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with McDowell behind the wheel. The organization will also serve as a secondary sponsor on 15 additional races.
    Thrivent started its relationship with Leavine Family Racing and McDowell in August of 2014. The mutually beneficial relationship expanded in 2015 for a 20-race sponsorship that included 10 primary races. This year, Leavine Family Racing has partnered with Circle Sport to field the #95 in the full 36-race schedule and entered into a new technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, making the manufacturer switch to Chevrolet.
    "We're thrilled to extend our sponsorship with Michael McDowell and Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing in 2016," said Craig Stacey, Director of Marketing at Thrivent. "We had a tremendous response and reception from NASCAR fans in our first full season as a sponsor. In 2016, we're planning to provide more unique opportunities and content for fans through our social media channels and website. We like to think of our fans as part of our team and it's fun to give them a behind-the-scenes view of Thrivent Racing!"
    For Thrivent, the off-the-track integration with McDowell and the race team was just as important as the race weekend competition. In 2015, McDowell and the race team raced go-karts with Wounded Warriors, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and volunteered alongside Thrivent members to repair homes of those in need through the organization's Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program. Additionally, by creating a custom, fan-driven online game, Thrivent Financial donated $95,000 to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of NASCAR fans at the end of the 2015 season.
    "I love working with Thrivent! Their mission to help Christians be wise with money and live generously is really a good fit with my personal values," said McDowell, who became a member of Thrivent in 2014. "We were able to team up and do some great things last year with race fans and Thrivent volunteers - especially at the Habitat events and speaking with Thrivent members nationwide. This is a perfect partnership and I'm excited to have Thrivent back as a sponsor in 2016."
    This season, Thrivent will be featured as the primary sponsor at major NASCAR events and tracks including the Daytona 500, Talladega, Charlotte, Bristol, Indianapolis, Darlington and Homestead. Formed in 2016, Joe Falk, owner of Circle Sport Racing and Bob and Sharon Leavine, owners of Leavine Family Racing teamed up to compete in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. The team will field the #95 Chevrolet SS, which will be driven by Michael McDowell as well as Ty Dillon in select races. The team operates out of their Concord, N.C.-based race shop with a veteran group of racing personnel and is driven by several core principals including Value, Integrity, Flexibility, Opportunity, Access and Experience.(Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing), see images of the schemes on the #95 Team Schemes page (1-21-2016)

  • Brian Scott to replace Hornish in the #9 UPDATES: After a lengthy process, Richard Petty Motorsports has selected NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Brian Scott as the new driver of its #9 Fords in the Sprint Cup Series, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. An official announcement of Scott's hire is expected by the end of the week, sources said. A spokesman from RPM said the organization had no comment on the report of Scott's hire. Scott, 27, has competed fulltime in the Xfinity Series the past six seasons, the last three with Richard Childress Racing. In 208 starts, Scott has 20 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes and won five poles. His best finish in the series standings was fourth in 2014. Scott, an Idaho native, has received sponsorship support in his NASCAR career most recently from Shore Lodge, owned by his father, Joe, who is also heir to the Albertsons enterprise. He will make his debut with the team at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Goodyear tire test on Monday.(Motorsport)(12-9-2015)
    UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning to make a driver announcement "for 2016 and beyond".
    AND: According to Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal, the "sponsor will be Albertsons, which struck [business to business] deal with Smithfield as part of pact."(12-10-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that XFINITY Series veteran Brian Scott will join Aric Almirola in their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series lineup. The 2016 season will mark Scott's first full-time Sprint Cup Series schedule, where he will have the opportunity to compete for the Rookie of the Year. Scott will make his debut with Richard Petty Motorsports at the Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway Monday, December 14, before hitting the track for the season opener Daytona 500, in February. Scott brings nine years of experience in NASCAR's top three series after making his NASCAR debut in 2007 in the Camping World Truck Series. Since then, he tallied 17 Sprint Cup, 208 XFINITY and 62 Camping World Truck Series starts. He scored his best Championship Points finish of fourth during the 2014 XFINITY season. In his six full seasons competing in the XFINITY series, he has five Poles, an average finish of 15th, and 20 Top-Five and 77 Top-10 finishes, including four runner-up finishes. Not a stranger to Sprint Cup competition, Scott earned a Pole at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 and best finish of 12th at Kansas Speedway this fall.
    "I am thrilled to go Sprint Cup Series racing full time next year and to do it with such an iconic team," said Scott. "When you think NASCAR racing, you think Petty. I'm glad to now be a part of that legacy. I had a lot of fun competing in the XFINITY Series for the last seven years, and I'm excited to take the next step. I ran some races in the Sprint Cup Series the last few years and learned a lot. I feel like we are in a good position to compete for the Rookie of the Year next year and continue the consistency that RPM built over the last few years."
    Richard Petty Motorsports has shown its commitment to winning, and through relationships with Ford Performance, Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines, it continues to build consistency on the track. In 2015, the team was consistently a top-finisher in the Ford camp and posted three Top-Five, nine Top-10 and 22 Top-15 finishes.
    "We're happy to welcome Brian to the team," said co-owner Richard Petty. "Our team has worked very hard to continue our winning tradition and building consistency. We feel Brian is a great addition to that. He's made a steady progression through the ranks, and now, we feel he's ready to compete in the Sprint Cup Series."
    More details, including sponsorship, will be released in the upcoming weeks.(Richard Petty Motorsports)(12-11-2015)

  • New manufacturer for Front Row? Brian Scott joining? Front Row Motorsports is entertaining different manufacturing options for 2016. General Manager Jerry Freeze told Motorsport.com he's assessing what the best opportunity would be for the three-car operation. In 11 seasons, FRM has fielded Chevrolets, Dodges and most recently Fords - since 2010. "There's a couple of things we've been looking at really hard but we haven't come to any final decision yet," Freeze said. "We're going to need to because we need to in the next week or two because we're going to need the off-season to obviously ramp up with some of the changes coming down the pike - even if we remain doing what we're doing. There's a lot of changes coming down the road with the Fords, and we need to adapt to that. So it will be a very busy off-season regardless of what we do. We just have to figure out what's best for us."
    What drivers will fill the Front Row Motorsports' seats in 2016? "We're not there yet," Freeze said. "Again, it's kind of all tied up with what's going to put us in the best place for competitive reasons - along with the financial part - and just kind of weigh out both the as much of the financial part and as much of the competitive part as you can to have the best package put together." With Furniture Row Racing moving to Toyota next season, Richard Childress Racing could include FRM into its technical alliance. Currently, JTG/Daugherty and Germain Racing remain RCR partners. One option presented to Front Row Motorsports -- that was similar to the deal presented to Richard Petty Motorsports earlier this year - would include Brian Scott as the driver with a built in sponsor. "There are certainly still some things that need to be decided," Freeze added. "We're just trying to stay in the mix. We're just really, really, really trying to make this situation more competitive next year.(Motorsport)(11-25-2015)

  • Ty Dillon in the #33 at Homestead: Ty Dillon will make his Sprint Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway debut this weekend in the #33 Nexium 24HR Chevy. Dillon has made two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, resulting in one top-10 finish. In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has two top-10 finishes. Nexium 24HR, the over-the-counter heartburn medication, will be featured on the #33 Chevy this weekend, Nexium 24HR was the sponsor for Dillon in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan in June. Nexium 24HR is now available without a prescription for frequent heartburn. Veteran crew chief and current #3 XFINITY Series crew chief, Nick Harrison, will be a top the pit box for the #33 team this weekend in Homestead. Harrison, a Columbia, Tenn.-native, has been a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series for 120 races. Last season, Harrison and Dillon worked together at the Cup level for Dillon's career debut at Atlanta and again at Phoenix last November (Circle Sport), see images of the scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(11-18-2015)

  • Ty Dillon will return to the #33 at Homestead: Richard Childress Racing announced that Pfizer Inc., a premier innovative biopharmaceutical company, will be the primary sponsor of Ty Dillon for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Nexium 24HR, the over-the-counter heartburn medication, will be featured on the #33 Chevy SS Circle Sport Racing entry. Dillon debuted the purple and yellow Nexium 24HR paint scheme earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway. Nexium 24HR, The Purple Pill you know and trust, is available without a prescription for frequent heartburn.(Richard Childress Racing), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(10-23-2015)

  • Ryan Ellis to make Cup debut at Phoenix in the #33: Two years ago Ryan Ellis, backed by a family legacy in professional racing, made the mid-season decision to transition from a successful career in sport car racing, to NASCAR. Since then, Ellis has made a name for himself within the sport he grew up watching, with numerous starts in both, the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. ScienceLogic experienced a two-year trajectory similar to Ellis, focusing on providing an unmatched hybrid cloudmanagement and monitoring solution. As a result, ScienceLogic is now leading the hybrid cloud industry, with hundreds of new global customers relying on its solution to manage their critical cloud infrastructure. Ellis has been signed by Circle Sport to campaign their #33 Chevy SS with sponsorship by ScienceLogic in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15th. "Racing is one of the biggest things in my life, and I can't thank ScienceLogic, Mike Hillman, Joe Falk, and everyone at Circle Sport enough for this opportunity," said Ryan Ellis. "I look at this as my whole team - everyone that has ever helped me, making it to the next level."(Ryan Ellis PR), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(10-20-2015)

  • Brian Scott returns to the #33 at Kansas: Brian Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway this weekend and 16th Series start. In six XFINITY Series starts at Kansas, Scott has an average starting position of 7.7 and an average finish of 17.5 with four laps led and one top-10 finish. Scott has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts earning one top-five and one top-10 finish, three laps led, an average starting position of 9.0 and an average finishing position of 8.5. In addition to competing at Kansas Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend, Scott is scheduled to drive the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series race on Saturday. In his eighth Sprint Cup Series starts in the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy this season, Scott finished 22nd at Chicagoland Speedway after starting 21st and battling in and around the top 20 for the 400-mile event.(Circle Sport Racing)(10-15-2015)

  • Todd Parrott helping out JTG Daugherty Racing: "We've got Todd Parrott helping us out," #47 JTG Daugherty Racing owner Tad Geschickter said. "He's a part of the Childress (Richard Childress Racing) alliance and provides an extra resource to help us improve on the last seven races." All in: "I'm 100% with JTG Daugherty Racing and making our cars better," crew chief Brian Burns said. "Richard Childress is willing to do what it takes to help us get stronger. He's volunteered Todd's experience and knowledge to work with us and help us identify some weak areas so we can get stronger." Glad to help: "We want JTG Daugherty Racing to succeed," said Parrott. "RCR has a great partnership with the team. With the alliance, it makes sense for me to help out and I want to. There are some really good people at JTG Daugherty Racing that work really hard and I know AJ is a passionate guy capable of winning races."(JTG Daugherty Racing)(10-7-2015)

  • Two Drivers making Cup debut at NHMS: 44 cars are on the entry list for the second race of the Chase at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and two of those cars will be piloted by drivers looking to make their debut at the pinnacle of stock car racing. Ryan Preece, 24, is the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified champion and current points leader. He will run double duty this weekend, piloting the #98 in the Cup race while also continuing his quest for a second title on the Modified side. Along with over a dozen Modified starts, two of his three Xfinity Series starts have come at NHMS, posting a career-best finish of 14th there in 2014.
    B.J. McLeod, 31, will be driving the #33 Joe Falk-owned Chevy and like Preece, he will be pulling double duty. Unlike Preece, his other start this weekend will come in the Truck race, his 30th career start in the series. In 29 previous Truck appearances, McLeod has posted a best result of 15th at Bristol in 2012. This season, he also made his debut in the Xfinity Series, running seven races and placing as high as 25th, which came at this very track earlier this year. He will be the sixth different driver behind the wheel of the #33 car this year.(Motorsport)(9-25-2015)

  • Brian Scott returns to the #33: Brian Scott is scheduled to pilot the #33 in Sunday's MYAFIBRISK.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This Chevrolet SS is a new chassis to the #33 fleet and will make its debut during Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend and 15th Series start. In 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile paved speedway, Scott has an average starting position of 11.8 and an average finish of 9.2. Scott has earned three pole positions, including back-to-back poles in both visits to the track last season. Featured on the car will be Jewel-Osco and Kraft Velveeta. Albertsons is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The retailer operates stores across 33 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.(Circle Sport Racing)(9-16-2015)

  • Brian Scott unsure of 2016 plans: Despite racing in the XFINITY Series for seven seasons now, Brian Scott has yet to make his inaugural trip to victory lane. Even though he has yet to visit victory lane, he has come close on several occasions, leading the most laps at Richmond in 2013 before being called on jumping a late race restart. This season, Scott has run up front throughout the season, putting himself in a position to win an XFINITY Series race. He has finished in the top-three on four different occasions - Talladega, Iowa, Elkhart Lake and Richmond - but has come up short each event. With his plans up in the air for next year, and possibly this being his last full XFINITY Series season, a win would be huge right now for Scott. "I don't have plans yet," he stated on Thursday. "We're focused really hard in moving into the Sprint Cup and finding a competitive ride, but really, the options are slim up there, and they are tough to find. But really, we're focused on making that step up and putting together the pieces that we need to for a competitive ride, and trying to not be in the XFINITY Series on a full-time points basis." Scott added that he has explored every option that has been out there thus far in his search. He has discussed with RCR about possibly running a fourth car for their organization, as well as possibly racing for a team that has a technical alliance with RCR. He added, though, that he's willing to break ties with RCR if that need be. "We're not closing any doors; we're open to all opportunities, and nothing is off the table right now," he commented. "We're exploring everything and be very thorough in this process."(Popular Speed), Scott has run 14 Sprint Cup Series races the past three years, including 7 in 2015. Scott's best Cup finish is a 13th at Las Vegas this season in the #33 Circle Sport Chevy. Scott is scheduled to run the #33 Chevy at Chicago this weekend.(9-14-2015)

  • MWR Points for sale; RCR? Penske?: Before the fire sale begins at Michael Waltrip Racing, team owner Rob Kauffman has isolated a few assets that could bring a handsome price prior to the dissolution of the company at season's end. Among the coveted commodities remaining in the MWR inventory are the points from the #15 and #55 Toyotas. Two organizations that could be interested in obtaining those points are Richard Childress Racing for Ty Dillon and the Wood Brothers for Team Penske protege Ryan Blaney. Team owner Richard Childress said that the organization is still working on Dillon's schedule for next season but acknowledged,"Yeah, we're talking to some people about points in case we run him full-time next year. As of now, we're still in the making. We're still trying to find out the way to go."
    Similarly, owner Roger Penske is contemplating Blaney's future. "We definitely want to work something out where we can run Blaney the whole season," Penske said. "Hopefully, a combination with the Woods or something here. We'll just have to see how the whole thing works out."(Motorsport)(9-11-2015)

  • Brian Scott returns to the #33 ride: Brian Scott is scheduled to pilot the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy in Saturday Night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. Scott is also set to make his 200th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at Richmond. Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond, 7th of 2015 and 14th Series start. In his sixth Sprint Cup Series start in the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy this season, Scott finished 36th at Indianapolis in July.(Circle Sport), see images of the #33 Shore Lodge car and other #33 images on the #33 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2015)

  • Kvapil expects to run more Cup races this season: The racing season started strange for Janesville native Travis Kvapil. Back in March, his NASCAR Sprint Cup car and the trailer that contained it were stolen from a hotel parking lot near the Atlanta Motor Speedway the night before the team was due to qualify. Since then, Kvapil has been running for a few different teams in the Cup Series while running full-time in the Camping World Truck Series. The number of remaining Sprint Cup races that Kvapil will run is still week-to-week. "I would guess I'll run about half (of the Sprint Cup races remaining). I might also be in the #33 (Circle Sport Chevy), but for the most part I'll be driving the truck for the remainder of the truck schedule. Whatever Cup races come up, we'll see," he said. Kvapil's truck series team, MAKE Motorports, is also a newer, smaller team. With only eight races left on the truck series schedule, Kvapil thinks he'll be staying with MAKE Motorsports in the truck series next season. "It's all up in the air right now, but the team is in talks with sponsors, and we have some things looking good," Kvapil said. "It's too early to tell if it will pan out, but I plan on running trucks with them next year. Whatever Cup chances come up, I'll pursue them, but I won't do it for free and I'm not going to freak out if it doesn't happen. I've been around a long time, but I feel like I can still compete and win races at the Cup level," he said.(GazetteXtra)(9-4-2015)

  • Ty Dillon still unsure of 2016 plans: As Ty Dillon spent Friday preparing for Saturday's XFINITY race at IMS, the 23-year-old third-generation driver from Lewisville, North Carolina seemed just as uncertain as he did six or seven weeks ago about what exactly he'll be doing next year. "Nothing's really changed yet, no announcements yet, but we're still working and the plan is still to be in Cup full time," Dillon said. Whether that will be with RCR or not, though, remains to be seen, after Childress told FOXSports.com last month at Sonoma Raceway that other teams had expressed interest in his grandson. In the meantime, Dillon is focused on more immediate matters -- specifically, trying to close his points deficit on XFINITY Series championship leader Chris Buescher and second-place Chase Elliott. With the season about to enter its stretch run, Dillon believes it's go time if he wants to make a serious title bid -- even if there seems to be no big rush to nail down plans for 2016.(FoxSports)(7-27-2015)

  • Derek White to attempt Cup race at New Hampshire UPDATES: Per a post on the Carl Long Motorsports Facebook page: "Motorsports Business Management's [XFINITY teams 13 & 40] main owner...driver Derek White will be driving in our #13 Dodge next week at Loudon. Derek is also going to start in his first Cup race. The team Derek is driving for, will put out a press release shortly. Derek will be the first North American native to compete in the Cup series. There are many people in racing with Native Indian bloodlines, however Derek still lives and works on the Kanawake Reserve outside Montréal."
    UPDATE: White tweeted Monday afternoon, "Big news I'll be in the #33 car Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire Speedway next Sunday".(7-12-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Derek White, a Mohawk residing in Kahnawake, just outside of Montreal, Canada, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend in the #33 Circle Sport Chevy SS. With 22 national series starts between the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series to his credit, White will become the first Native American driver in Sprint Cup Series competition with his start in Sunday's New Hampshire 301. In addition to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, White also will drive in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday as part of the White Motorsports season commitment to that series. The extra track time will provide White better knowledge of the track and allow him to make the most of his debut in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. With a background in drag racing that spans more than 30 years, White has been racing stock cars since 2009, earning 2010 Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series before transitioning into NASCAR's top national touring series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series. In addition to his racing in the United States, Derek's White Motorsports also competes in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with rookie driver Marc-Antoine Camirand and support of Grafoid, Braille Battery and O.C.R. GazBar.(Circle Sport)(7-15-2015)

  • Ty Dillon could break into Cup with another team: Speaking earlier this month about a possible move to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon said, "We're 100% focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR." Dillon's team owner and grandfather, Richard Childress, doesn't seem totally settled on that plan, however. Childress told FOXSports.com on Saturday at Sonona Raceway that his youngest grandson could move up next year -- but possibly do so with another organization. Any plans for Dillon to go Sprint Cup racing next year likely won't be announced in July, Childress also indicated at Sonoma. "We're going to wait and see a couple of months, anyway," he said. "We're working on some things and we've got another team already put together -- the fourth (RCR) team -- and he may even someday ... it's no telling where he'll end up, because he's got some people that's been pretty interested in him, so we'll see how it goes. Right now we're working on, if the right sponsorship comes along, and we're going to watch him a little more the rest of this year to see how he progresses. I just don't want to move either one of them too soon. And you've got to wait. When the opportunity's there, you've got to take your opportunity."(FoxSports)(6-28-2015)

  • Todd Parrott to crew chief #33 team: Sources tell motorsport.com that Todd Parrott will take over the duties on the #33 Sprint Cup team [when RCR runs the car, Pat Tryson is the crew chief when Circle Sport runs the #33] starting next week at Daytona International Raceway. Brian Scott, who is competing for Richard Childress Racing full-time in the XFINITY Series and is currently seventh in the point standings, will drive the car. Parrott spent last weekend at Chicago [XFINITY race] getting acquainted with Scott. Parrott takes over as crew chief for Slugger Labbe, who left the #33 team to oversee the #3 Cup car and driver Austin Dillon. Gil Martin started the season with the #3 team but has since been reassigned to RCR's R&D department. Most recently, Parrott was subbing for Luke Lambert and driver Ryan Newman during the suspension of the #31 team's crew chief (Motorsport). Circle Sport shares the #33 team with RCR. Brian Scott and Ty Dillon run the car for RCR. Alex Kennedy runs the car for Circle Sport.(6-25-2015)

  • Slugger Labbe takes over as Dillon's crew chief: Richard Childress Racing has made a change in crew chiefs for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program, effective immediately. Veteran crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe will assume crew chief responsibilities for the #3 Dow/American Ethanol/Cheerios/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS team with Austin Dillon as the driver. Labbe's first race with the team will be the Sonoma Raceway road-course event on Sunday, June 28. Labbe's wins include the 2003 Daytona 500 and 2011 Brickyard 400 championship, as part of 433 Cup starts to his credit. Dillon, a two-time NASCAR champion, is currently 23rd in driver's points standings. Gil Martin will move into a leadership role within the RCR R&D Department, taking over Labbe's responsibilities.(Richard Childress Racing)(6-15-2015)

  • Ty Dillon to run another full season in XFINITY Series UPDATES: In preparation for an eventual move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, Ty Dillon will increase his presence in NASCAR's top series next year, pending sponsorship. Dillon will spend another year running for the XFINITY Series championship in 2016. He currently is second in the series standings behind leader Chris Buescher. "We're kind of working on it now," said Richard Childress, Dillon's grandfather and team owner. "It sort of depends on the sponsorship and all, but we want to get him set up for the XFINITY Series next year, and if we can get him going in the Cup [Series], that's kind of our plan."(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-25-2015)
    UPDATE: Ty Dillon will be back behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car this weekend at Pocono Raceway, driving the Joe Falk-owned #33 Chevy with sponsor Yuengling on board. However, there has been talk in the garage of the 23-year-old driver wanting to go full-time Sprint Cup Series racing in 2016. On Tuesday's edition of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint," Dillon set the record straight and said that is in fact the plan for next year, but there is still a lot of work to be done in order for it to happen. "I don't know if we can fully commit to say anything," Dillon told host Jim Noble. "We don't have anything in concrete, and that's the way the sport goes. I think we have full intentions -- I know I do and my grandfather both sat down talking of full intentions of doing both full-time series and running for the points in the Sprint Cup Series. That's all in due time and that's what we're working toward right now." The younger Dillon brother admitted that could be "off in the future and sponsor-pending." "I know I can get in the Cup Series next year do a good job and run for the rookie of the year. We have to continue to work hard and wait for opportunities to come up," he said. There are a variety of options at Dillon's disposal in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Childress Racing is currently a three-car team with Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. Ty Dillon and fellow RCR driver Brian Scott often compete in Falk's #33 Chevry, and Brendan Gaughan -- RCR's third XFINITY Series driver -- often runs Sprint Cup entries for team owner Jay Robinson. In addition, RCR has a close technical alliance with Furniture Row Racing. The long-time single-car team recently told FOXSports.com it is open to the idea of fielding a second car, if sponsorship were to work out.(FoxSports)(6-2-2015)
    UPDATE: Friday, Ty Dillon was asked about current plans for next season:
    "No, nothing real concrete. We had talks, actually starting last year that going into this year we were going to start searching for an opportunity for me to run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series, like my brother, after his second year in the XFINITY Series. But it's a slow process. We're doing a lot of different things and working with a lot of different people. It's not really our main focus. It's kind of on the back burner at this point. But, if we could get something nailed down early, it would only help our effort for next year. But right now, my main focus as a driver is getting experience. When I do get to run the Sprint Cup Series this year, if something were to happen for next year; and also, getting experience so I can go win the XFINITY championship this year."
    IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN, WOULD IT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE WITH THE RCR TEAM, OR COULD IT PERHAPS BE WITH AN RCR-AFFILIATED TEAM? "The plan is to be with RCR. And that's definitely what I want to do and my grandfather (Richard Childress), so we're working 100 percent. There might be options later down the road, but right now we're 100 percent focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR."(Team Chevy Racing)(6-6-2015)

  • Mears hopes to return to Germain Racing next year UPDATE: Casey Mears' status is uncertain for next season. While the 37-year-old driver of the #13 Geico Chevrolet remains optimistic, Mears expected to have his next contract signed by now. "Honestly, I really don't know yet," Mears told motorsport.com on Friday. "We've had a lot more speed this year. Obviously, our stuff has gotten better. As far as I know, everything is really positive. We haven't really dove into those conversations yet. All indications are that we're moving forward into next year. But some point, we need to have that conversation for sure. I'm surprised that it took so long for someone to mention it because in this day and age, everything happens so early. Definitely, we need to start having conversations and find out when that's going to be." Mears has piloted the #13 Geico Sprint Cup car for Germain Racing since the Bristol August race in 2010. The team changed manufacturers before last season from Ford to Chevy - along with a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. While there were rumors that Ty Dillon could end up with the ride next season, it's more likely that Richard Childress' grandson would drive the #33 Chevy with support from Bass Pro Shops. Germain Racing declined comment on Mears' status.(Motorsport)(5-10-2015)
    UPDATE: Mears and his Germain Racing team are working through the second season of a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, and that has brought the driver something even more than competitive engines and chassis: It's brought stability, the ability to focus on fine-tuning instead of starting from scratch. It's a breath of fresh air for a driver who knows all too well what it's like not to have that luxury. 2015 is a contract year for Mears. In early May, the driver said that he hoped to return, but there had not been much conversation between him and the team yet, and there were rumors that the ride would go to RCR development driver Ty Dillon. Mears says that he and the team have talked since, and he feels positive about the future. "We definitely have talked about it," he recalls. "Things sound really good. Nothing's nailed down yet, but we're definitely talking about moving forward and nothing really changing, hopefully. I've talked to Bob (Germain) and he's excited about our future. Everybody seems to be on the same page, so we just have to figure it out." The team has come so far together. It's climbed from a start-and-park operation that some in the sport ridiculed to a contender that almost everyone respects. Mears and his teammates have done it the hard way, and they've done it together. They want to build a future together.(Frontstretch)(5-30-2015)

  • ACME debut for Scott on the #33 at Dover: This weekend at Dover, the #33 Circle Sport team with driver Brian Scott welcomes their partner, Albertsons, for their first Sprint Cup Series endeavor. Albertsons and the Safeway family of stores, the second-largest supermarket chain in North America, has partnered with Richard Childress Racing, Scott and the #2 XFINITY Series and #33 Sprint Cup Series team in 2015. RCR also welcomes Albertsons' supporting partners Reser's Fine Foods, Kraft and their products, Kraft Singles and Velveeta Shells and Cheese, and Sanderson Farms.(Circle Sport/RCR), see images of the scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(5-29-2015)

  • Honor and Remember returns to the #33 for Charlotte: Circle Sport's Alex Kennedy will once again represent Honor and Remember in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when he gets behind the wheel of the #33 Honor and Remember Chevy this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Memorial Day Weekend's Coca-Cola 600. Proudly displaying the emblem of remembrance on the hood of Kennedy's #33 as part of the overall scheme, the national non-profit organization Honor and Remember, Inc., is using the event to promote the national symbol honoring all fallen service members and their families. This weekend, NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc., will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who have died in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Circle Sport), see images of the car on the #33 Team Schemes page.(5-24-2015)

  • Ty Dillon could move to Cup in 2016: When Austin Dillon wrapped up his 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship run, he'd run two full-time Camping World Truck seasons (winning a title in his second) another two at the XFINITY level and had a ride with the sport's most famous number - 3 - waiting for him in the Sprint Cup Series. Austin's brother, Ty, is well on his way to his own XFINITY Series championship - in his second campaign after two full-time seasons in the Truck Series, no less - as the points leader after the season's first nine races. Only difference is, with Richard Childress Racing's three-car stable occupied by Austin, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard, there's no clear option for Ty to advance to. That doesn't mean Ty and his grandfather and RCR team owner, Richard Childress, aren't coming up with a plan. "We've definitely talked about (my Cup plans for 2016) and I think it's our goal," Ty said Saturday at Iowa Speedway. "It's my goal and my grandfather and I have talked about it a lot, (running) in Cup next year. Still working on things, but that's next year. I think if we win the championship this year, it'll make plans easier to come by."(NASCAR.com)(5-17-2015)

  • Ty Dillon in the #33 Plankton Chevy at Kansas: The SpongeBob SquarePants team just welcomed another of its friends to the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015, -- with NASCAR young star Ty Dillon set to drive the #33 Plankton Chevy SS. Dillon's #33 Chevy, campaigned by Circle Sport Racing, will feature Plankton, the show's pint-sized microbe with an evil plan... to steal the Krusty Krabs' secret Krabby Patty recipe! But Dillon has designs on stealing the coveted SpongeBob SquarePants 400 trophy instead. Dillon will be making his fourth career Sprint Cup Series start and his career debut at the 1.5-mile speedway. Dillon last drove in a Sprint Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season. The 23-year-old, Welcome, N.C.-native is currently the NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader in his second full-time season in the #3 Chevy Camaro.(Richard Childress Racing), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(5-5-2015)

  • What happened to Brian Scott in Talladega wreck: #33-Brian Scott, lost an engine on lap 18, got in his own oil and spun, collecting #55-Waltrip at Talladega. Scott said: "Unfortunately blew an engine, no warning. The temperatures were fine. I blew it going into Turn 1. I have to apologize to the other teams that we took out. Of course the bad thing about Talladega is when something happens other cars are all around you, unfortunate short end to our day. ECR engines and RCR everybody at the shop does a great job. I'm sure they will bring it back and they will diagnosis it and they will fix the problem whatever it was. But their horsepower, our engines everything has been great. On the XFINITY side they ran flawlessly. I hate it for our partners Shore Lodge, Whitetail, Albertsons, everybody to have a day ruined like that."(Team Chevy)(5-3-2015)

  • Ty Dillon to run at Michigan with Nexium 24HR as sponsor: Richard Childress Racing has partnered with Pfizer Inc., a premier innovative biopharmaceutical company, to be primary sponsor of Ty Dillon for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Nexium 24HR, the over-the-counter heartburn medication, will be featured on the #33 Chevrolet SS Circle Sport Racing entry. Nexium 24HR, The Purple Pill you know and trust, is available without a prescription for frequent heartburn and that is good news for race fans everywhere. By taking Nexium 24HR proactively, consumers can enjoy their racing experience with its all-day, all-night protection.
    "Nexium 24HR has helped my wife Judy and me improve our heartburn routines," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "The NASCAR schedule requires long days at the race track and Nexium 24HR gives me complete heartburn protection all-day and all-night so I can stay focused on our race team."
    "This will be a great partnership to help drive sales of Nexium 24HR to win at Walmart," said Nathan Spang, Chief Marketing Officer of Charlotte, N.C-based agency, Retail Sports Marketing. "In the case of NASCAR, events on and off the track can lead to frequent heartburn. Nexium 24HR allows fans to enjoy the foods they love while witnessing the intensity racing generates."
    In conjunction with its primary sponsorship of the #33 Chevy, Nexium 24HR will feature racing-themed displays, exclusively at Walmart, with a unique opportunity for shoppers to win a chance to be an honorary crew member and to meet Richard Childress. Shoppers will also be able to get a free, one-year subscription to NASCAR Illustrated with any Nexium 24HR purchase at Walmart. Other prizes include a Victory Lane hat or a NASCAR Illustrated Collector's book. This exclusive program will kick-off June 1 and run through June 30, 2015. "NASCAR fans have an opportunity to participate in a promotion to win a VIP experience to join me at the track and meet Richard Childress," said Dillon.(RCR), see images of the car/scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(4-28-2015)

  • Honor and Remember featured on #33 at Richmond: Circle Sport and team owner Joe Falk announce a special partnership with the national non-profit organization, Honor and Remember, Inc., to promote the national symbol honoring all fallen service members and their families. Alex Kennedy will pilot the #33 Honor and Remember Chevy SS featuring this emblem of remembrance during the April 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Honor and Remember was founded on Memorial Day 2008 to promote the adoption of a nationally-recognized flag to serve as a constant reminder of the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to say thank you to the grieving families they left behind. Honor and Remember flags have flown at race tracks across the country and will be visibly prominent during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend. "We are truly humbled by Circle Sport's willingness to help us in this noble cause," states George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, whose son George Anthony Lutz II was killed by a sniper's bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005. "Having this message displayed on a NASCAR Sprint Cup car will raise tremendous awareness with millions of patriotic fans who understand the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the families of these heroes."(Circle Sport PR), see an image of the car on the #33 team paint schemes page.(4-21-2015)

  • Appeals panel reduces penalty for #33 team: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P4 penalty issued on March 25, 2015 to Joseph Falk (owner) and Richard Labbe (crew chief), relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #33 at Auto Club Speedway. The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
    12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
    20.14.2: Rear Suspension: Truck Trailing Arm
    E. The left and right side truck trailing arms must be mounted to the truck trailing arm mounting brackets using a one-piece, minimum ¾ inch diameter magnetic steel bolt.
    F. The horizontal centerline of the highest truck trailing arm mounting bolt must not be higher than the top surface of the truck trailing arm crossmember, at the respective truck trailing arm mounting bracket, when the vehicle is at inspection orientation.
    INFRACTION: The ¾ inch diameter magnetic steel truck trailing arm mounting bolt was not installed horizontally.
    J.Truck trailing arm must conform to the following drawing as specified in the NASCAR rule book: Rear Suspension-Truck Trailing Arm: A-008-00183-14 Rev.C
    INFRACTION: Truck trailing arm monoball sleeve does not meet the drawing specifications. Sleeve is required to be minimum .125 inch minimum thick x two inches wide sleeve machined for press fit of .750 I.D. or .875 I.D. monoball assembly. Truck Trailing Arm Crossmember Assembly:Truck Trailing Arm Mounting Brackets
    B. Truck trailing arm mounting brackets must be constructed of magnetic steel flat plate with a minimum thickness of 0.169 inch.
    INFRACTION: Truck trailing arm mounting bracket adapter was machined from Aluminum solid.
    20.20: Assembled Vehicle Overall Rules
    A. Except in cases explicitly permitted in the NASCAR rules, installation of additional components and/or modifications of existing components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle will not be permitted, including but not limited to, safety systems, chassis and roll cage, suspension, steering systems, brake systems, heat shields, body fillers, body sealers, filler panels, drivetrain components and exhaust components.
    The original penalty assessed included a $50,000 fine, three-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Labbe and the loss of 25 championship car owner points to Falk. The Appellants (Joseph Falk and Richard Labbe) appealed both penalties. Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
    · The Appellants violated one of the rules set forth in the penalty notice, specifically with regards to the aluminum component, but that the other infractions are subject to interpretation.
    · The panel amends the original penalty levied by NASCAR to a P2 penalty as follows:
    o Loss of 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship car owner points for Joseph Falk
    o $20,000 fine, three-race suspension (two of which have already been served) plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Richard Labbe.
    The panel consisted of the following three individuals: Mr. Russell Hackett, Mr. Lake Speed, Mr. John White.

  • Circle Sport to appeal penalties: Circle Sport will appeal the penalty and fines levied on the #33 Sprint Cup team by NASCAR on March 25th. Team owner Joe Falk told Motorsport.com he felt "the penalty was too severe". The P4 infraction stemmed from an illegal rear truck trailing arm and assembly kit which was mounted incorrectly according to the NASCAR rule book. The suspension piece was discovered during pre-practice inspection at Auto Club Speedway. Falk said modifications made to the rule book following the incident at Auto Club 400 would have changed the spirit of the rule. NASCAR released the new rules regarding the rear suspension along with drawings of the revisions on March 24. But at the time of the #33 Circle Sport Chevy's inspection on the previous Friday, the rules were not in place. The penalties included a three-race suspension for crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe and a $50,000 fine. Labbe is on probation until the end of the year. Car owner Joe Falk was docked 25 championship car owner points. Falk didn't believe the punishment fit the crime, particularly the 25 points. Falk conceded that "25 is like taking two races from us" considering that the #33 car's average finish this season is 28th. "We really think that we're in the right - we're not 100% right - but we're not as wrong as they're saying," Falk added. Falk expects the hearing to be held after next weekend's races at Texas Motor Speedway. Alex Kennedy will pilot the #33 Chevy with veteran crew chief Pat Tryson calling the shots.(Motorsport). Tryson had been the crew chief for the #30 TMG team, but that team is running a part-time schedule with driver Ron Hornaday. The team skipped the three west coast races in March, but attempted Martinsville last week, failing to qualify. No word if the team plans to attempt Texas.(4-3-2015)

  • Part taken from #33 team by NASCAR UPDATE: on Friday at Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR confiscated a truck arm (rear suspension part) from the #33 Chevy driven by Brian Scott and owned by Joe Falk. The sanctioning body will take the part to its research-and-development center in Concord, North Carolina, for further evaluation.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-22-2015)
    UPDATE: The #33 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during opening day inspection March 20 at Auto Club Speedway. This infraction is a P4 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
    12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
    20.14.2: Rear Suspension: Truck Trailing Arm
    E. The left and right side truck trailing arms must be mounted to the truck trailing arm mounting brackets using a one-piece, minimum ¾ inch diameter magnetic steel bolt.
    F. The horizontal centerline of the highest truck trailing arm mounting bolt must not be higher than the top surface of the truck trailing arm crossmember, at the respective truck trailing arm mounting bracket, when the vehicle is at inspection orientation.
    INFRACTION: The ¾ inch diameter magnetic steel truck trailing arm mounting bolt was not installed horizontally.
    J. Truck trailing arm must conform to the following drawing as specified in the NASCAR rule book: Rear Suspension-Truck Trailing Arm: A-008-00183-14 Rev.C
    INFRACTION: Truck trailing arm monoball sleeve does not meet the drawing specifications. Sleeve is required to be minimum .125 inch minimum thick x two inches wide sleeve machined for press fit of .750 I.D. or .875 I.D. monoball assembly. Truck Trailing Arm Crossmember Assembly:Truck Trailing Arm Mounting Brackets
    B. Truck trailing arm mounting brackets must be constructed of magnetic steel flat plate with a minimum thickness of 0.169 inch.
    INFRACTION: Truck trailing arm mounting bracket adapter was machined from Aluminum solid.
    20.20: Assembled Vehicle Overall Rules
    A. Except in cases explicitly permitted in the NASCAR rules, installation of additional components and/or modifications of existing components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle will not be permitted, including but not limited to, safety systems, chassis and roll cage, suspension, steering systems, brake systems, heat shields, body fillers, body sealers, filler panels, drivetrain components and exhaust components
    The options for a P4 penalty are outlined in the following sections of the NASCAR rule book: P4 Penalty Options:
    A. Violations leading to P4 penalties, in general, are very serious. They include, but are not limited to, a broad range of infractions such as:
    B. Parts which do not meet specifications
    F. Measurement failures of significance
    G. These often involve primary component or system infractions not otherwise to the magnitude of P5 infractions, but could also include secondary component or system infractions, particularly if of a nature suggesting some of the characteristics described in P5 ... and/or involving safety implications. Minimum P4 Penalty Options (includes all three points below):
    A. Loss of 25 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not.
    B. $40,000-$75,000 fine
    C. Suspension for the next three series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief, plus probation through the end of the calendar year, or probation for a six month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons.
    As a result of this violation, crew chief Slugger Labbe has been fined $50,000 and suspended for the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period. Labbe has also been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. In addition, car owner Joe Falk has been docked 25 championship car owner points.(NASCAR)(3-25-2015)

  • Scott returns to the #33: Brian Scott is making his second Sprint Cup Series start at the Fontana, Calif., track after making his debut last season in his fourth NSCS start. Scott will also be making his eighth NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend at the two-mile track. Whitetail Club returns as a primary sponsor for Brian Scott in 2015. Located in the mountains of McCall, Idaho, Whitetail Club is a private gated community that has a wide array of recreational amenities including golf, water skiing, hiking and snow skiing.(Circle Sport Racing)(3-18-2015)

  • Brian Scott to attempt Las Vegas: Brian Scott will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in only his eighth career Sprint Cup start [Ty Dillon was listed on the initial entry list in the #33]. Scott will also be making his sixth NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend in the Boyd Gaming 300. In five previous starts, Scott has an average start of 6.6 and an average finish of 19. Scott also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track. Whitetail Club returns as a primary sponsor for Brian Scott in 2015. Located in the mountains of McCall, Idaho, Whitetail Club is a private gated community that has a wide array of recreational amenities including golf, water skiing, hiking and snow skiing. In addition to competing at Las Vegas in the Sprint Cup Series event this weekend, Scott is scheduled to drive the #2 Albertsons/Sanderson Farms Chevy in the XFINITY Series race on Saturday.(Circle Sport)(3-3-2015)

  • Annett to run the #33 at Atlanta: Michael Annett will race in Sunday's Folds of Honor/Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta after all. Pending NASCAR approval, Annett will drive the #33 Pilot Flying J Chevy for Circle Sport Racing according to HScott Motorspors team owner Harry Scott,. Annett, 28, just started his sophomore Sprint Cup Season with HScott Motorsports in the #46 Chevy this season. However Annett was one of 13 cars that were unable to make it through NASCAR technical inspection in time to qualify on Friday. His good friend Brian Scott, who qualified 32nd but is running for the championship in the XFINITY Series, relinquished his ride to Annett. "Many thanks to (team principal) Mike Hillman, Sr. and Brian Scott," Harry Scott added in the text to Motorsport.com. Annett finished 13th last week in the Daytona 500. He is currently 12th in the Sprint Cup point standings.(Motorsport)(2-28-2015)

  • Albertsons to sponsor Scott in some Cup races: Albertsons and the Safeway family of stores, which combined is the second-largest supermarket chain in North America, will partner with Richard Childress Racing, Brian Scott and the #2 NASCAR XFINITY Series team in 2015. The stores operate under store banners Albertsons, ACME, Shaw's, Star Markets, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Tom Thumb, Randalls, VONS, Pavil-ions, Carrs and Safeway. In select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Scott will drive the #33 Circle Sport Racing Chevy with Albertsons as the primary sponsor. Founded in Boise, Idaho, the 76-year-old grocery chain will feature its supermarket brands along with several vendor partners this season.
    "Albertsons is a company rich with history and known for its quality supermarkets, innovation and people," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman for Richard Childress Racing. "Joe Albertson opened his first store in 1939 and built the company with a simple philosophy: 'whatever you do, take care of the customer.' It's something we strive to do at RCR every day and we're proud to represent the Albertsons' legacy and their 250,000 associates. They are a terrific addition to our family of blue-chip partners here at RCR."
    Albertsons will be making its return to NASCAR after leading Brian Scott to his first career NASCAR victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Dover International Speedway in 2009. "The relationship between Albertsons and my family is a very special one," Scott said. "This partnership will give me the opportunity to expand those relationship with the company and gain new ones with their associates. Albertsons was a part of my first NASCAR win, and if all things go well, they'll be a part of my first XFINITY Series win as well."
    With more than 2,200 stores, 250,000 employees and 27 distribution centers across 34 states, Albertsons rich legacy in the grocery business synchronizes with the roots of NASCAR and RCR. "The partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Brian Scott is important to everyone at the Albertsons-Safeway family of stores," said Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Merchandising. " Joe Albertson and Richard (Childress) both began their respective companies with humble beginnings, but with a focus on 'doing what it right for the customer.' We are proud to have Brian Scott representing the Albertsons legacy both on and off the track and look forward to this coming season."(RCR)(2-12-2015)

  • RCR names Daytona 500 crew chiefs for Ty Dillon and Brian Scott: Richard Childress Racing confirmed that two veteran, Daytona 500-winning crew chiefs will oversee the teams for Ty Dillon's and Brian Scott's runs in the Great American Race on Feb. 22. Todd Parrott, who won the 500 with Dale Jarrett in 1996 and 2000, will serve as crew chief the #33 Chevy with Dillon. Parrott also won the July race at Daytona with Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing in 1999 - the season the #88 team won the Sprint Cup title. In 20 seasons, Parrott led teams to 31 wins, 144 top fives, 230 top 10s and 23 pole positions. Parrott joined RCR at the end of last season to run its Xfinity Series program.
    Slugger Labbe will oversee Scott's effort in the #62 Chevy [earlier reports had Scott running the #29]. Labbe led Michael Waltrip to his 2003 Daytona 500 victory - six months after the pair won the July race. It was the first Harley J. Earl trophy for Labbe and the second for Waltrip. Together the pair won three restrictor plate races. Labbe guided Paul Menard to his first career victory three seasons ago at the Brickyard. Labbe stepped down as crew chief for the #27 Menard's team in October to oversee RCR's R&D dept.(Motorsport)(2-6-2015)

  • Dillon brothers to run seven truck series races: Austin and Ty Dillon will compete collectively in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for GMS Racing. GMS Racing will field a full-time entry for #23-Spencer Gallagher and a 16-race program with RCR driver #33-Brandon Jones. The Dillon brothers will run the #33 Chevy for the other seven races of the 23 Truck Series schedule. Ty Dillon will make his debut with GMS Racing at Daytona in February, also running at Atlanta in March, Charlotte in May and in the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. At Daytona, Ty, will run three races at Daytona: Truck Series, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series. Austin Dillon will run GMS Racing trick in the August races at Pocono and Michigan and at New Hampshire in September. Austin wants to join his brother on the starting grid at Eldora Speedway but hasn't finalized those plans yet. Ty Dillon also said that Rheem will sponsor the seven truck races.(Catchfence)(1-31-2015)

  • RCR to field #29 for Scott in Daytona 500: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will field the #29 Chevy in the Daytona 500 for RCR XFNITY Series driver Brian Scott, who will attempt his second Daytona 500. The #29 will return to Sprint Cup Series competition for the first time since 2013 at Homestead, where reigning Cup champion Kevin Harvick wheeled a 10th place finish in final start for RCR. Richard "Slugger" Labbe, who stepped down as crew chief for Paul Menard following the Charlotte race last October to take a leadership role in research and development is the leading candidate to lead Scott during Speedweeks 2015. Scott competed in last season's Daytona 500, qualifying a strong 12th, before finishing 25th in the #33 Whitetail Club Chevy for Circle Sport Racing. Circle Sport, which carries an affiliation with RCR will field an entry for Ty Dillon at Daytona [#33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevy]. Shore Lodge, a longtime backer of Scott's NASCAR career is expected to sponsor him in his eighth Sprint Cup Series race. Scott's pole at Talladega earned him an a spot in next month's Sprint Unlimited, but Scott is not scheduled to compete in the non-points event, which opens the door for RCR teammate #27 Paul Menard to take his place, based on the new Sprint Unlimited guidelines unveiled by NASCAR last month. Scott's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program has not been outlined, but he is expected to run a limited schedule with hopes of a full-time campaign in 2016.(Catchfence)(1-19-2015)

  • Brian Scott expects to run some Cup races: Brian Scott hopes to once again compete in several Sprint Cup events in '15 (he made six starts in '14), a bit of extracurricular activity that he said he believes to be very beneficial. "When you get in (an XFINITY Series) car after you've just got out of a Cup car where you've been going 200 (mph) at the end of the straightaways and ... you're going 180, it feels like everything slows down," he said. "It really feels like you're able to utilize your talents ... more effectively.(NASCAR.com), Scott ran 6 races in the #33 last season. He won the pole at Talladega in May.(1-10-2015)

  • Ty Dillon and Cheerios Team Up for the 2015 Daytona 500: Richard Childress Racing will continue a long-standing partnership with General Mills when NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon makes his Daytona 500 debut driving the #33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevy for Circle Sport Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway. "We are fortunate to have a great partner like General Mills giving me the opportunity to race in one of the most prestigious events in all of sports," Dillon said. "Not only has General Mills been a long-time supporter of RCR but also my family, partnering with Austin (Dillon) for the 2013 Daytona 500 and this past season. I can't thank General Mills and Kroger enough for being part of this race." General Mills continued its six-year partnership in 2014, helping to bring back the legendary #3 to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. The Minneapolis-based company's Honey Nut Cheerios brand, America's Favorite Cereal, was featured on the hood of the #33 Chevrolet in 2013 with older brother and current RCR driver, Austin Dillon made his career-debut in the Daytona 500. Now, younger brother Ty Dillon will make his Daytona 500 debut with Cheerios and Kroger. "We are proud to support Ty Dillon as he makes his Daytona 500 debut," said Brian Kittelson, director of Shopper Marketing and Motorsports at General Mills. "We have been an active sponsor within NASCAR for many years and look forward to joining Kroger in another season opener at Daytona."
    "The Daytona 500 is a major step in Ty's career and it's terrific to have General Mills as a big part of this monumental race," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "General Mills has such a great history in NASCAR and we are proud to feature the Cheerios colors on Ty's race car for the Daytona 500 and the millions of NASCAR fans who will be watching. We hope to bring Cheerios a victory."(RCR)(12-9-2014)

  • Brian Scott to run the #33 at Homestead: Brian Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead, driving the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy in his 7th Sprint Cup Series start. Slugger Labbe will be handling the crew chief duties this weekend. Shore Lodge is located in the heart of the Idaho Mountains. In Scott's last Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy team started in 18th and finished the race 32nd after early contact.(Circle Sport)(11-12-2014)

  • Ty Dillon in the #33 at Phoenix: Ty Dillon will be making his second-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his first at Phoenix International Raceway. The NASCAR Nationwide Series regular finished 10th earlier this season in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at PIR and in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has one top-five finish. The #33 Circle Sport Racing Chevy will feature Charter Communications on the hood this weekend. Charter is the leading broadband communications provider and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter will also join the #62 Richard Childress Racing entry of Brendan Gaughan in Saturday afternoon's Nationwide Series race. Charter was also featured on the #2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro at Charlotte. Dillon has competed in all three of NASCAR's top series this year. One of only 11 drivers to accomplish the feat this season, the Nationwide Series regular raced in the second annual Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in July and made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Atlanta on August 31. Dillon will work with crew chief Nick Harrison this weekend. Harrison has worked with several drivers this season, including Brian Scott, Paul Menard, Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon and Cale Conley. The duo worked together in Dillon's Sprint Cup Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season where he finished 25th. Dillon was asked: What did you learn in your first Sprint Cup Series start at AMS that you can apply to this race? "Well first, the competition is that much stiffer. There is little to no room for error, even in a 500-mile race. Second, these cars carry a lot of speed and getting seat time and learning the race track during the practice sessions is critical. I've been fortunate to be surrounded with experienced guys like Nick Harrison and the crew. I'm really excited to have Charter Communications on board for this race."(Circle Sport / RCR), see an image of the scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2014)

  • Richard Childress Racing and Yuengling Extend Partnership: Richard Childress Racing and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, announced today the renewal of their partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series #3 Chevy team and driver Ty Dillon for the 2015 season. Yuengling will also sponsor the #33 Chevy at Pocono Raceway in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Dillon behind the wheel. The Yuengling Light Lager brand has been featured on the #3 Chevrolet Camaro in 2014, which is the 185-year-old company's first season partnering with a NASCAR team. The Pottsville, Pa.-based brewery has been American Owned and Family Operated since 1829 and sells beer in 16 states. Dillon is currently competing for the Nationwide Series championship and has one victory, which took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.(RCR)(9-25-2014)

  • Donlavey's career honored at RIR: The legacy of Richmond native Junie Donlavey to NASCAR is being honored at Richmond International Raceway. The Sprint Cup garage has been named the Junie Donlavey garage in honor of the owner who was a competitor at NASCAR's highest level for more than 50 years. The track placed a sign over the entrance to the garage that says "Donlavey Garage" with the words separated by the number "90." That was the number on Donlavey's cars for almost all of his races. Above the "90" is "Junie" and below it is "Chief". Donlavey died June 9 at 90.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-6-2014)

  • #33 to run #90 at Richmond to honor Donlavey UPDATE: David Stremme will drive the renumbered #90 (one race deal instead of #33) Circle Sport Chevy at Richmond on September 6. The team will run the #90 and colors that the late former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey. Donlavey's cars ran 863 Sprint Cup Series races from 1950 to 2002 with 1 win, 60 top-fives and 218 top-tens. Donlavey passed away in June 2014 (Circle Sport Twitter). Running the #90 instead of the #33 will have no effect on the #33 owners points standing.
    UPDATE: As a special tribute to the late Junie Donlavey, Circle Sport will run the #90 this weekend at Richmond International Raceway with David Stremme behind the wheel. Donlavey, a Richmond native and NASCAR team owner for more than 50 years, was a mentor to Circle Sport team owner Joe Falk, and NASCAR granted Falk a request to change the #33 entry to the number #90 at RIR for Saturday night's primetime Sprint Cup race. In addition to the one-time number change, Stremme will pilot a retro Truxmore-inspired livery made famous by Donlavey Racing during the 1970s and early '80s, which will also commemorate each of the 67 Sprint Cup drivers that drove for Donlavey with individual designation on the decklid of the #90 Tribute to Junie Donlavey Chevrolet SS.
    "When Junie passed away in June, we worked closely with NASCAR and the Donlavey family to make this tribute car possible by changing our familiar number 33 to Junie's signature 90 for the fall race at Richmond," said team owner Joe Falk. "Junie was a mentor of mine from the time I was competing in NASCAR all the way through my involvement in team ownership, and I always dreamed of one day driving his # 90 - a list that reads like a Who's Who of NASCAR. I'm just glad we're able to pay tribute to Junie and his family in front of the hometown crowd by showcasing the retro paint scheme this weekend and having some of his family in attendance on Saturday. Junie was one of the true pioneers of the sport of NASCAR, and I like to think we're building our team the same way he did over 60 years ago."
    Donlavey Racing began fielding a NASCAR team in 1950, and Donlavey earned a reputation of hiring young drivers over his tenure, with Ken Schrader and Jody Ridley winning NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year honors. A veteran of the United States Navy, Donlavey embarked on his automotive career following his time in the service by starting his own auto repair business and developed an interest in racing, where he briefly tried driving race cars before focusing on ownership. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007, and also was the recipient of the 1992 Smokey Yunick Award and the STP Richard Petty Achievement Award in 1998.(Circle Sport)
    See images of the car / scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(9-4-2014)

  • Ty Dillon Set to Make Sprint Cup Series Debut at Atlanta UPDATE2: Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing. Dillon, who is competing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season in the #3 Chevrolet Camaro, will have Nick Harrison as his crew chief for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500. "It's going to be a pretty special moment when I make those first laps this weekend, one that I won't forget," said Dillon, the 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C. native. "I've been fortunate enough in my racing career to have great opportunities like this one. I'm looking forward to racing the #33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet under the lights on Labor Day weekend." Dillon is no stranger to the 1.5-mile speedway. He won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at AMS in 2012 in the # 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado. He also participated in the Cup Series test there on August 5 and 6. Dillon is currently third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings with 10 races remaining.(RCR)
    UPDATE: Realtree, the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer and licensor, will be on the hood of the #33 Chevy for Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500. Realtree served as a primary sponsor for Dillon's Camping World Truck Series debut in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway. Rheem, a leading provider of heating, cooling and water heating products such as gas furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners and indoor air quality products, will be featured on the #33 Chevrolet SS this weekend. An American operated company, Rheem was founded in 1925 and is headquartered just a few miles from Atlanta Motor Speedway (Circle-Sport). see an image of the scheme on the #33 Team Schemes page.(8-26-2014)
    UPDATE2: #33-Ty Dillon met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday and discussed making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Atlanta, the transcript in part:
    DILLON: "I know we were already planning on hopefully doing some stuff next year. This year is kind of an open book. This whole Atlanta first race didn't come until a couple of weeks ago. I think it's wherever my Grandfather feels like he can throw me in and we will have a great opportunity. It's still open to running a couple of more hopefully this year and definitely planning on doing some next year also. Looking forward to the future opportunities and just trying to make the best out of this weekend."
    DILLON: "It all came together at different times. At the beginning of the year, my grandfather sat down with me and wanted to look over the schedule. We picked out four or five tracks where I felt like I could make my first Cup start and do well. This was one of the tracks on the list. We didn't really talk about it very much during most of the season, and then things kind of came together. Here recently we got the sponsorship to make things happen. So it all started off with me and him; he had a plan to run me in a Cup race. We sat down and picked a few tracks, and this was one of them. Then within the past couple of weeks, it all came together."(Team Chevy)
    UPDATE3: Larry McReynolds said on FoxSports1 Raceday that Ty Dillon will also race at Texas in November.(8-31-2014)

  • Ty Dillon to make Sprint Cup debut: Ty Dillon is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mike Dillon, vice president of competition at Richard Childress Racing, told Motor Racing Network. Mike Dillon says that Ty Dillon, his son, will drive the #33 Chevy at Atlanta. Part of the reason why Ty Dillon will make his debut at Atlanta is that Richard Childress Racing is scheduled to test there next month. It won't the first time Ty Dillon has tested a Cup car. Mike Dillon said his son has tested with Furniture Row Racing this season. Mike Dillon said the plan is for Ty Dillon to run a second Cup race later this season but where and when will depend on sponsorship.(Motor Racing Network)(7-15-2014)

  • Ron Fellows a no-go for both Sonoma and Road America: Sports car racing legend and one of Canada's most recognizable drivers, Ron Fellows, has long been regarded as one of the best - if not the best - of the NASCAR "road race ringers." But unfortunately, barring any last-minute adjustments, we won't be seeing the 54-year-old Fellows at either Sonoma Raceway (NASCAR Sprint Cup) or Road America (NASCAR Nationwide Series) this weekend. On the Cup side, Fellows' place in the #33 Circle Sport Racing Chevy that he had last year will be taken by Alex Kennedy. Meanwhile, his JR Motorsports Nationwide deal is a no-go for 2014 because of a sponsor conflict. "I'm heavily involved with Canadian Tire, and JRM has NAPA this year (for Chase Elliott, who, incidentally, won the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last year), so it doesn't work," Fellows told MotorSportsTalk at Le Mans this week. "It's unfortunate, but that's the way it is."(NBC Sports)6-17-2014)

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