2014 Scheduled Races: (22 attempts, 19 races run)
1) Daytona - 2/24, K-LOVE (DNQ)
2) Phoenix - 3/3, K-LOVE
3) Las Vegas - 3/9, WRL General Contractors
4) Bristol - 3/16, K-LOVE
5) Martinsville - 3/30, Triangle Office Equipment
6) Texas - 4/6, TWD
7) Richmond - 4/26 (DNQ)
8) Talladega - 5/4, Jordon Truck Sales / Black Dragon Tools
9) Charlotte - 5/25, JPO Absorbents
10) Sonoma - 6/22, K-LOVE
11) Daytona - 7/5, JPO Absorbents
12) Indianapolis - 7/27, K-LOVE
13) Watkins Glen - 8/10
14) Bristol - 8/23, Thrivent Financial
15) Atlanta - 8/31, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (DNQ)
16) Chicago - 9/14
17) Kansas - 10/5, K-LOVE
18) Charlotte - 10/11
19) Talladega - 10/19
20) Texas - 11/2, TWD
21) Phoenix - 11/9
22) Homestead - 11/16
Contract Status: Driver: 2015; Primary Sponsor: 201?
McDowell and #95 LFR Team honors all 2014 sponsor on the car at Homestead: The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was an important one for Leavine Family Racing. The growing single-car race team fielded the #95 Ford in 19 races this season, seven more races than 2013. Highlights of the season included a team-best 7th-place finish at Daytona and a hard-fought 18th place finish at Bristol. Heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale race on Sunday, Michael McDowell and the LFR team continue their course of action and plan to push forth, in spite of any challenges, toward a solid finish for the 2014 season. "This has really been a growing year for us and we really want to work hard at Homestead and finish off this season strong," said McDowell. "We have an awesome group of sponsors behind us and our entire team is appreciative for their support and glad we can showcase all of them at the season finale race." The #95 paint scheme will sport colors from all of Leavine Family Racing's sponsors this weekend as a 'Thank You' for another great year of growth. Sponsors include: KLOVE, Thrivent Financial, TWD, JTS, Triangle Office Equipment and E6 apparel. The Parts House joins Leavine Family Racing as a new sponsor at Homestead and will be featured on the car with Parts Plus. The Parts House (TPH) is a warehouse distributor of premium automotive and heavy-duty truck parts and accessories for the automotive repair industry. Following Homestead, McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team will join forces with Thrivent Financial and pack gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan's Purse project, on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC.
As for 2015: "We¹re excited to have Michael McDowell back with Leavine Family Racing next year and we¹re currently working to finalize our races and sponsors for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season."(LFR), see an image of the car on the #95 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2014)
Leavine Family Racing to hold a special presentation at Phoenix: #95-Michael McDowell will be returning to his hometown this week as the Leavine Family Racing team heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. McDowell was born in Glendale, Arizona and grew up racing BMX bicycles and karting. He won the World Karting Association Championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships before moving on to Formula racing and eventually entering NASCAR. "I always enjoy going to Phoenix and spending time with family," said McDowell. "We tested at PIR last month with some of the Chase contenders, so from a competition standpoint, I'm feeling confident for this race."
In honor of Veterans Day, Leavine Family Racing wants to thank the following #95 team members for their service to our country: Kenneth Roettger Jr., Active U.S.M.C. 1993-97; Bob Moore, Active Army 1976-80; Brad Carson, National Guard.
Leavine Family Racing will hold a special presentation in the media center at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday at 10:30am featuring Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial and Operation Heal Our Patriots. Thrivent Financial will donate $10,000 to Operation Heal Our Patriots, a Samaritan's Purse program designed to strengthen the marriages of wounded members of the U.S. Military. The check presentation will include guests of honor Johnny and Shannon Montoya, a married couple from Prescott, Ariz., who is participating in the Operation Heal Our Patriots program. Johnny served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008.(LFR)(11-8-2014)
Special scheme for Leavine Family Racing at Talladega: Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing are on the go this week with a three-day test taking place mid-week at Phoenix International Raceway and then heading straight to Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. The team is looking forward to taking their #95 Jordan Truck Sales Ford Fusion to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend as their season best performance has come at a superspeedway - a seventh place finish at Daytona this summer. The #95 will sport a pink paint scheme at Talladega for Breast Cancer Awareness month.(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the car on the #95 team paint schemes page.(10-17-2014)
Steve Byrnes' cancer has returned UPDATES: Longtime NASCAR on FOX on-air personality Steve Byrnes is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, effectively immediately, to focus on his health after receiving news he has suffered a recurrence of cancer. Byrnes, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for head-and-neck cancer in late 2013, steps away from his NASCAR Race Hub co-hosting and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series play-by-play duties for FOX Sports 1 to concentrate on his upcoming medical treatment and time with his family. Any further updates on Byrnes will come at the discretion of the family.(FoxSports)(10-8-2014)
UPDATE: Byrnes tweeted, "On behalf of my family, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kind expressions. Starting chemo next week and I'm ready to fight!"(10-11-2014)
UPDATE 2: Leavine Family Racing will be running a special decal on the #95 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night in support of Fox reporter Steve Byrnes.(LFR PR)(10-11-2014)
McDowell to run special scheme at Charlotte: The Charlotte Motor Speedway race weekend will be a meaningful one for Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team as they honor a Davidson, N.C. child who recently lost his battle with cancer. Pieter Cornelis Swart, IV, age 5, passed away on Sept. 21, 2014 after a long battle with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer. Pieter was diagnosed at age 3 and his family stated "he fought with dignity and strength, inspiring many along his journey." McDowell's son Trace, 5, has been a preschool classmate with Pieter for the past three years. To celebrate Pieter's life and bring awareness to this type of cancer, Pieter's Pals will be placed on the hood of the #95 KLOVE Ford Fusion. "It's really special to me and I'm thankful that Bob and Sharon (Leavine, team owners) are so supportive," McDowell said. "It's great for their friends and families and all the kids at the school to see. We want to bring some awareness to what this particular neurological cancer is and try to help prevent this from happening in the future." Race fans can offer words of support and find more information at the Pieter's Pals Facebook page. The family has stated that memorials may be made to: Pieter's Pals at DCPC Preschool, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036. The donations will "be distributed to organizations helping kids & their families battling cancer and groups committed to finding a cure for childhood cancers."(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the car on the #95 team paint schemes page.(10-8-2014)
Leavine Family Racing's #95 set to race 6 of 7 final races in 2014: Leavine Family Racing will finish up the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season competing in six of the final seven races on the schedule. Michael McDowell will pilot the #95 Ford at Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead (skipping Martinsville). "This is an important stretch of races for us," said McDowell. "We have an opportunity to build our data and information to prepare for the 2015 season. This season has really been about perseverance for us. We've had a steady course of action and have worked hard to continue on that path in spite of challenges." Leavine Family Racing's two best finishes this season have come at a superspeedway (seventh at Daytona) and a short track (18th at Bristol). The mile and a half tracks have proven a challenge for the team and Kansas will be an important race to further develop the team's intermediate race program. "We're looking forward to the race weekend and excited to be racing six out of the last seven events on the schedule," said crew chief Wally Rogers. "Our team had a good test at Kansas earlier this year where we learned a lot and we'll be looking to put that information to good use this weekend." KLOVE will be the primary sponsor at Kansas Speedway on the #95 Ford.(LFR)(10-2-2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured on #95 of McDowell at AMS: The Atlanta Motor Speedway will welcome Nickelodeon's iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) for its NASCAR Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31, 2014. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo will bring their fast-action, high-adventure style of fun to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series for a weekend of family entertainment, including two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed cars, which will be driven by Nationwide Series driver Chris Buescher and Sprint Series driver #95-Michael McDowell.
McDowell will drive the #95 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Ford Fusion for Leavine Family Racing (LFR) in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. With its race shop based in Concord, N.C., Leavine Family Racing (LFR) fields a single-car effort in the competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Owned by Bob and Sharon Leavine, LFR has competed in NASCAR's top series since 2011. Fueled by a passion for performance and a focus on growth, LFR continues to have a positive impact in the NASCAR community.
Also at the speedway, fans of all ages will be able to enjoy end-of-the-summer activities chock-full of 'Turtle power'. The Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in the Fan Zone adjacent to the main entrance to the speedway, will offer free family fun with appearances from Buescher and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a TMNT photo station, micro-stock car racing, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles obstacle course, as well as a Turtles-themed cooling lounge and tattoo station. Nick Radio's J Boogie will be broadcasting from the Nick Radio DJ booth and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters will visit the Nickelodeon Kids Zone throughout race day and various surprise locations all weekend. Special highlights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon will air on the in-house monitors Saturday and Sunday before the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races. Audio will be available through the track scanner frequency.
Ticket packages for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invasion of Atlanta Motor Speedway include the front stretch tickets in the Earnhardt Grandstand. A family of four can see all the Sunday racing action for only $264 with two adult tickets and two children's tickets for children 12 and under. All children must have a ticket. For tickets and information call 1-877-9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com. Nickelodeon is currently airing the second season of the CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Episodes currently air on Nickelodeon on Friday's at 7:00pm, with season three set to debut this fall.(Victory Management Group), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(8-25-2014)
New sponsor for Leavine Family Racing debuts at Bristol: Not only is it one of the most anticipated races of the season for NASCAR race fans, but Leavine Family Racing and Michael McDowell, driver of the #95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion, are also eager to return to Bristol Motor Speedway for the IRWIN Tools Night Race this Saturday, Aug. 23. McDowell and the #95 team had a very strong run during the spring Bristol race that ended abruptly in an accident. After two rain delay periods, McDowell had climbed his way up to the Top-15 when an on-track accident occurred causing heavy damage to the No. 95 and relegating the team to a 37th place finish. McDowell's #95 Ford Fusion will have a new paint scheme this weekend - a white and red scheme featuring Thrivent Financial, a new sponsor for LFR and the organization's first time in NASCAR. Leavine Family Racing recently created a time-lapsed video that documented the transition to the new paint scheme. A Bristol tradition, drivers get to choose their entrance song for driver introductions during the pre-race ceremony. In honor of the new sponsorship, McDowell has chosen "Thrive" by Casting Crowns. McDowell will have an extended role in the Bristol Motor Speedway ceremonies and will give the invocation prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. As part of its sponsorship with the team, Thrivent Financial is running a #DrivenToThrive sweepstakes and giving away McDowell's Thrivent firesuit and pieces of the #95 race car to fans who enter to win at www.thrivent.com/driventothrive. For each entry, Thrivent will donate $1 to support wounded veterans through the Operation Heal Our Patriots program. Thrivent will donate up to $10,000 as part of this initiative and its mission to live life generously.(LFR), see an image of the car/scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2014)
Stewart-Haas; McDowell to test at New Hampshire: With the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship moving to an elimination-style format for the first time, the stakes have never been higher for the annual Sylvania 300 on Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. One race team could have the inside track for a strong run on Sept. 21, as Stewart-Haas Racing will be in town for a test and tune session on Sept. 2 and 3. With seven combined wins at the Magic Mile - #4-Kevin Harvick, #41-Kurt Busch, #14-Tony Stewart and #10-Danica Patrick will log laps and exercise their cars in an effort to get the best possible results in the Sylvania 300. Michael McDowell, a part-time driver of the #95 for Leavine Family Racing, will also take part in the test session. The grandstands will be open and free of charge to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm both days.(NHMS)(8-7-2014)
McDowell gets Bristol primary sponsor: Leavine Family Racing has announced a multi-race partnership this season with Thrivent Financial for the #95 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team and driver Michael McDowell. Thrivent is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. The NASCAR race team sponsorship is a first for Thrivent and will include five races with LFR, starting with a primary paint scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 23, and four associate sponsorships on the #95 Ford Fusion this season. Thrivent is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization of Christians, with approximately 2.4 million members and over 100 years of experience. Thrivent Financial, based in Minneapolis (domiciled in Appleton, Wis.), offers a broad range of products and services-including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds-along with guidance from financial representatives nationwide.(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the car on the #95 team paint schemes page.(7-30-2014)
Career best finishes for drivers at Daytona Four drivers scored a career-best finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday:
#43-Aric Almirola's win bested his 3rd place finish at Bristol in April;
#3-Austin Dillon finished 5th. His previous best was 9th at Daytona in February;
#95-Michael McDowell's 7th place finish topped his 9th place finish last year in the Daytona 500;
#23-Alex Bowman finished 13th. His top finish had been 22nd at California in February.
See more stats on active driver wins and drivers without a win on the Active Winners page.(7-7-2014)
JPO Absorbents returns to the #95 team: After a successful partnership at the 2014 Coca Cola 600, JPO Absorbents returns to continue their partnership with Leavine Family Racing at the Coke Zero 400. JPO will adorn the hood and rear quarter panels as the primary sponsor. The black paint scheme will see the addition of JPO Absorbents signature green in the form of pin striping on the #95 Ford Fusion.(Leaving Family Racing), see an image of the car on the #95 team paint schemes page.(7-2-2014)
Different K-LOVE scheme for the #95 at Sonoma: Michael McDowell will debut a brand new paint scheme for Leavine Family Racing's #95 Ford this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. The #95 Ford Fusion team will sport blue, yellow and black colors with K-LOVE adorning the hood and quarter panels and K-LOVE's "music city" added to the background. K-LOVE Radio, part of EMF Broadcasting, is headquartered in Rocklin, Calif., a growing community in northern California about 30 miles east of Sacramento. Although this weekend marks McDowell's first Sonoma Raceway appearance with Leavine Family Racing; the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made two other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.99-mile road course. He earned a career-best 28th-place finish at the track in June 2008. McDowell also has one GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series start at the track, where he finished 10th in 2006. In seven previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course races, McDowell has an average starting position of 27.1, and an average finishing position of 33.4. In 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on a road course, McDowell has posted three top-five and five top-10 finishes including two pole awards.(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2014)
Congrats to Michael & Jami McDowell: #95-McDowell tweeted Tuesday that his wife Jami had given birth to a daughter, "Rylie Kristine McDowell is a 8.1 lbs healthy sweet girl. [Jami] pulled last minute audible and went natural."(5-28-2014)
McDowell gets a sponsor for Charlotte: JPO Absorbents announced Tuesday their single-event sponsorship of Leavine Family Racing. JPO Absorbents will be the primary sponsor on the #95 Ford Fusion for Michael McDowell in the Coca-Cola 600. JPO Absorbents, owned and operated by CEO Jamie P. O'Brien, is committed to "saving our environment one clean up at a time" with extraordinary products that will clean up virtually any liquid, on any surface, in any industry, and at a competitive price. The #95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red, white and blue colors this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with JPO Absorbents adorning the hood and quarter panels. The #95 JPO Absorbents Ford Fusion will don a special patriotic paint scheme for Sunday's 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in honor of Memorial Day.(Leavine Family Racing), see images on the #95 Team Schemes page.(5-21-2014)
New sponsor on the #95: The #95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red, white and blue colors this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where the Triangle Office Equipment logo will adorn the hood and quarter panels of the car. Triangle Office Equipment is a family owned company based in Chapel Hill, NC, that offers a full line of office furniture and architectural products. Triangle Office Equipment furniture is in the Leavine Family Racing front office and throughout the team facilities.(Leavine Family Racing)(3-28-2014)
Kenseth suggests satellite teams helping Penske: #95-Michael McDowell calls #20-Matt Kenseth's suggestion that McDowell has tested for Team Penske's benefit a matter of "sour grapes." Kenseth raised the issue after qualifying Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway when asked about Penske's success this season. Penske drivers #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano have started no worse than the second row in the last three races and Keselowski swept last week's Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas. Kenseth pointed to McDowell and Leavine Family Racing with helping Keselowski and Logano. "Without opening a can of worms, it's my understanding that they (Team Penske) got to do a lot of testing - I think they've been to all three tracks with their 'satellite teams' - Michael McDowell and cars like that I think in the Penske trailer," Kenseth said.
Leavine Family Racing, a Ford team, purchases chassis and parts from Team Penske. That's a new arrangement. Leavine Family Racing bought its cars from Roush Fenway Racing the past three years. McDowell and Leavine Family Racing have used two of their four allotted tests at Cup tracks at Phoenix and Bristol this season. "What was he really suggesting or saying that somebody had an unfair advantage?'' car owner Bob Leavine said of Kenseth. "They could go out and do what they want to do."
McDowell noted the relationship between Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing for Toyota. "This sport, the way it is, as fast as it is developing, you have to be aligned with a manufacturer that is working with all the teams," McDowell said. "The reality is there might be some sour grapes there because they haven't been able to align themselves with an organization that can help them to do some of those things like RCR, Hendrick and Stewart-Haas and all the other teams have."(Motor Racing Network)3-16-2014)
McDowell attempting 150th race: Michael McDowell, who will run the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford this weekend at Bristol, will attempt to make his 150th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.(NASCAR)(3-12-2014)
WRL General Contractors on the #95: The WRL General Contractors logo will adorn the hood this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Team owner Bob Leavine is also the owner of WRL General Contractors Ltd., which has been in operation for more than over 35 years. WRL General Contractors Ltd. work includes the construction of commercial, institutional, and industrial projects.(Leaving Family Racing)(3-6-2014)
Drivers test at Bristol: According to MRN's Dustin Long, drivers #13-Casey Mears, #32-Travis Kvapil, and #95-Michael McDowell tested at Bristol Motor Speedway on Tuesday. What as planned as a two day test was condensed down to one day because of weather.(2-26-2014)
Phoenix International Raceway 50th anniversary logo on the #95: Phoenix International Raceway will team with local driver Michael McDowell to kick off the race track's 50th anniversary in true NASCAR style with a sponsorship of McDowell's car, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced. PIR's 50th anniversary logo will adorn McDowell's #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion during The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 2. "Growing up in Phoenix, PIR has always held a special place in my heart," McDowell said. "To be able to play a role in celebrating the track's 50th anniversary is a tremendous honor and is something I'll always remember." The logo will be prominently featured on the left and right rear quarter panels of the car, providing tremendous visibility. "We are thrilled to be able to support Michael McDowell this year and tie in our 50th anniversary," Sperber said. "Having grown up here in the Valley, Michael and his family know how important PIR is to our community. To be able to support his NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign during our golden anniversary season is very exciting for us." McDowell, a Glendale native, is in his first year with Concord, N.C.-based Leavine Family Racing and his seventh year of full-time competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Season tickets for 2014 are available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or calling 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-18-2014)
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
Leavine Family Racing signs Black Dragon Tools as Assoc Sponsor: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced a one-year partnership with Black Dragon Tools as a full-season associate sponsor of the #95 Ford driven by Michael McDowell in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Setting a new standard for automotive tools, Black Dragon Tools is sought out by professional mechanics and technicians around the globe. "At Black Dragon Tools, we take pride in being at the leading edge of industry innovation," Ben Thompson, founder and chief operations officer of Black Dragon Tools, said. "We could not be more proud to partner with Bob Leavine and Leavine Family Racing for 2014. Leavine has put together an amazing team. Michael McDowell is an exciting driver and crew chief Wally Rogers is an experienced and innovative racing veteran." Under the new partnership, Black Dragon Tools has already outfitted Leavine Family Racing's garage and pit box with their latest tools. The Concord, N.C.-based team will also use the company's electronic testers as well as other various hand tools at the team facilities and trackside.(Leavine Family Racing)(2-6-2014)
K-LOVE Joins Leavine Family Racing for Daytona 500: K-LOVE will sponsor Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) during the season-opening Daytona 500, the race team announced Monday during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. K-LOVE will be making its sponsorship premiere at Daytona with the Concord, N.C.-based team; the announcement has also revealed that K-LOVE will appear on the #95 Ford Fusion for a total of three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season as a primary sponsor, including the road course race at Sonoma Raceway and another race to be determined, and it will also serve as an associate sponsor throughout the season. "We are excited for the new season and our partnership with Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing," said K-LOVE chief creative officer David Pierce. "K-LOVE has supported Michael for five years and we appreciate his skills and his heart both on the track and off. Michael is always encouraging people in their life and we're excited to encourage his success again this year!"
While the race team continues to secure other sponsorships, team owner Bob Leavine is thrilled to be coming to the DAYTONA 500 with K-LOVE on board. "K-LOVE represents the values we have at LFR," Leavine said. "This is a partnership that is beneficial to everyone involved."(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(1-29-2014)
McDowell, Leavine Racing have sponsor: Leavine Family Racing is looking to make headway in 2014. The team enters its fourth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a new driver, Michael McDowell, and a renewed focus on ensuring strong qualifying sessions to make it into the 43-car Sprint Cup Series field in all 20 of its scheduled races this season. "I'm not even sure I'm allowed to say this, but I'm glad I don't have to start and park anymore," said McDowell. "We really need to find out what works best for us in qualifying and we'll get that figured out. But running 20 races will allow us to really manage our program and build to the future." As will its alignment with K-Love, a contemporary Christian music radio programming service that can be heard by over 12 million listeners over 440 FM stations and 47 states. K-Love will sponsor all 20 races for the #95 Ford this season. "To be able to have that kind of fan base and the values of their programming really speaks to me on a personal level," said McDowell. "Not only does it fit into my beliefs, but that connection is important to building existing and future partnerships, too."(Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour Notes)(1-28-2014)
Leavine Family Racing names furniture provider: Leavine Family Racing announced a partnership with Triangle Office Equipment, a family owned company based in Chapel Hill, NC, that offers a full line of office furniture and architectural products. The partnership will bring Triangle Office Equipment furniture and services into the Leavine Family Racing front office and throughout the team facilities, and will bring a completely new look to the Concord, N.C.-based facility. Triangle has been in business for over 45 years and this will be their first entry into the motorsports market.(Leavine Family Racing)(1-21-2014)
Sorenson to Make Phoenix a Springboard for 2014 Season: Sunday's AdvoCare 500 may be the final selected race of the 2013 racing season for #95 Leavine Family Racing (LFR), but the independent team considers the race at the Phoenix International Raceway their beginning of the 2014 campaign. Reed Sorenson will close out the season of the #95 Jetset Getset (JSGS) Ford in the 312-lap race in the Arizona desert. Jetset Getset, a teenage country music group, will adorn Sorenson's #95 Ford as an associate sponsor on the car's deck lid in celebration of their free song download. Jetset Getset is the official band of Leavine Family Racing. "It's our intention to create solid momentum for next year," Sorenson said. "We want to finish this season strong so they can hit 2014 at full speed." Earlier this year the team celebrated its first top-10 finish with a ninth-place effort at the Talladega Superspeedway, and the team will have Michael McDowell behind the wheel next year. "This is an important time for us because we have one last chance to put all the positive things we've learned into one final race," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "We feel good about Phoenix. It's a good racetrack for us and for Reed. I can't think of a better place to create a positive impression for the future." The Jolly Roger colors will be again be flying this weekend in the Arizona desert on the #95 Ford Fusion. The Peachtree City, Ga., native will drive the all-black Ford with the white skull and crossbones on the hood.(LFR).(11-7-2013)
McDowell to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2014: Leavine Family Racing announced that Michael McDowell will drive the team's #95 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in 2014. The announcement was made at Texas Motor Speedway - the team's home track, where the Glendale, Arizona native signed a single-year deal to drive for Leavine Family Racing. McDowell will make his debut when the team fields an entry for the February season-opening race at the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. "This is an extremely good opportunity for me," said McDowell, who has worked with the Leavine Family Racing Sprint Cup team before, at this season's Sprint All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Bob and I first started talking about the possibilities months ago. I'm happy to be a part of this organization." Vice president of marketing and partnerships Jeremy Lange said the goal of the organization is to run one full-time team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in addition to competing in select Nationwide Series races in the #95 car. Leavine Family Racing's 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be released at a later date.(Leavine Family Racing)(10-28-2013)
Leavine Family Racing adds NNS team: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced that it has expanded its role within NASCAR competition. The third-year, Concord, N.C.-based organization with headquarters in Tyler, Texas will field a single-car NASCAR Nationwide Series team out of its Concord shop in addition to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. The team will continue to further its relationship with Ford Racing and enter the #95 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series. Leavine Family Racing is finalizing its driver for the 2014 season, and currently will enter two of the 2013 season's Nationwide Series final four races, beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11. Reed Sorenson will drive the #95 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michael McDowell will be behind the wheel at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2. "We couldn't be more thrilled about our expansion this season," said Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing. "Our program is an independent team, but we have potential - and with an infusion of sponsorship, perhaps a lot more than that."(LFR)(10-2-2013)
Sorenson replaces Speed in the #95, looking for 2014 driver: Reed Sorenson will pilot the #95 Leavine Family Racing (LFR) Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event this weekend at Richmond. Sorenson will drive for Leavine Family Racing this weekend and for the foreseeable future - with the exception of the Dover and Phoenix events. Leavine Family Racing is in discussions with multiple drivers in search for a driver of the #95 car for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(LFR)(9-5-2013)
Leavine Family Racing hires VP of Marketing and Partnerships: Leavine Family Racing continues its strategic growth development with the addition of Jeremy Lange as vice president of marketing and partnerships. Lange will design activation programs for new and existing sponsors as well as marketing sales focused on landing new partners and fulfilling those sponsor contracts. A marketing and industry veteran, Lange boasts over 15 years of experience in strategic brand activation, creative marketing and advertising, most recently serving as national account manager in the business sales division at Best Buy.(Leavine Family Racing)(7-31-2013)
Former NFL player Terance Mathis joins Leavine Family Racing: When Terance Mathis retired from the National Football League (NFL) following 13 successful seasons, he refused to slow down with his ambitions. In fact, he was just catching his stride. Over the holiday, the record-setting wide receiver shifted gears, joining Leavine Family Racing (LFR) as the new Vice President of Marketing. He will work with sponsors while maintaining a presence at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this year.
"Terance was a strong impactful player and that type of mentality is what Leavine Family Racing is all about," team owner Bob Leavine said. "I knew after our first meeting that Terance shared the same values as our family, as well as our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. We all have a desire to impact the lives of the people we come in contact with. We all can't run in the top 15 in NASCAR but we can all impact those around us in NASCAR and that's our goal."
"I played college baseball, and as an athlete I know the commitment it takes to be successful. Terance impressed us as someone who has that commitment - and more."
Mathis is already working to expand the race team's presence in the business community. Leavine Family Racing currently has a 22-race schedule for the 2013 season with driver Scott Speed and the #95 Ford Fusion. They will be participating in the Budweiser Duel in Daytona and the Sprint All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as well. At 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds, Mathis gained a reputation in football for his tenacity. He promised to bring that same determination to Leavine Family Racing. "I have been involved in NASCAR before," Mathis said. "I love it. Leavine Family Racing has all the pieces to be successful. Hopefully I can play a role in taking it to the next level. It was an instant synergy and a perfect fit with Leavine Family Racing. I liked the approach that the Leavine family is taking. They are taking one step at a time and not putting the cart in front of the horse. I believe my background and diverse skill set will be a real asset to help the team progress. I did my research on the team after being referred to them by an engine-builder friend of mine who gave the team a high recommendation." After becoming the first consensus All-America player at New Mexico, he spent 13 seasons in the NFL. His best years came from 1994-2001 with the Atlanta Falcons where he set club records for touchdown receptions (57) and receiving yards (7,349). His goal is to help Leavine Family Racing achieve more success both on and off the track.(Leavine Family Racing)(1-24-2013)
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, February 21, 2015, TBA pm/et
Born in NOVEMBER:
27 Billy Standridge, Kate Dallenbach, Ricky Carmichael, Kaitlyn Punch
28 Chase Elliott, Billy Sutphin, Mitch Way, Nelson Stacy, Mason Mingus
29 Bob Dillner, Zach Brewer, Ryan Ellis, Tanner Berryhill
30 Danny Earnhardt, Dave Dion, Dick Hutcherson, Shawna Robinson, Chris Hussey, Andy Kirby, Brittany Glover
Born in DECEMBER:
1 Stanton Barrett Jr, Kenny Francis, David Evans, Danny Gill, Larry Gunselman
2 Erik Darnell, Kelly Kellis, Victoria Trickle
3 Bobby Allison, Cody Cook
4 Dean Johnson, Evelyn Andrews, Doug Keller
5 J.D. McDuffie, Jim Paschal, Jim Hurtubise
6 Stacey Witzke, Christian Elder
7 Geoff Smith, Paul Moore, Richmond Gage
8 Susan Adamczyk (sister), Garry Hill, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kerry Earnhardt, Nadine Lubejko, Zachary Jarrett
9 Steve Richards, Coy Gibbs, Brad Teague, Lori Wetzel
10 Mike 'Jimbo' Barrientos, Makayla Ann McSwain, Jerry Honeycut
11 Frankie Adamczyk, Mariah Belber, Eric McClure, Chris Horn, Tony Eury Sr.
12 Ed Watkins, Rick Pennington, Emerson Fittipaldi
13 Army National Guard, Jim Vandiver, Jarrett Andretti, David Stover, Mark Nickels, Michael Mumford
14 NASCAR (meeting at Streamline Hotel), Alan Kulwicki, Hershel McGriff, Darrin Dykes, Steve Hmiel, Bob Tracey, Harry McMullen
15 Lance McGrew, Jeff Beck, Eli Gold
16 A.J. Allmendinger
17 Mike Beam, Dustin Long, Matt Martin, Montgomery Lee Petty, Bobby East
18 Ted Musgrave, Vic Irvan, Tom Polansky
19 Patty Moise, Paul Tracy, Sheldon Schrader, John Monsham
20 Erin Marco, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kinsley Parsons
21 Michael McDowell, Travis Kittleson
22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Beth Simons-Dykes, Dorthy Schrader, Riley Craven, Ryan Blaney, Joe Hicks, Benny Ertel