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January 2018 News Archives

News from January 31, 2018

Darlington planning renovations: Known lately for throwing it back to the past, Darlington Raceway has its sights set on the future. The track announced Wednesday a capital improvement project to the 1.366-mile speedway, slated to begin immediately. The project, coined A Better Darlington…The Tradition Continues, will feature a renovation of the track’s Tyler, Wallace and Colvin Grandstands, giving fans a more comfortable seating experience when they attend the September NASCAR race weekend. The track will once again celebrate NASCAR’s history with its throwback platform with the “Seven Decades of NASCAR,” in tribute to the 70th anniversary of the sport.[More](1-31-2018)

Kroger expanding Clicklist to Buescher’s #37 this season: As Kroger enters its ninth year as a primary sponsor at JTG Daugherty Racing, the supermarket giant is expanding its involvement in the two-car operation by rebranding their marketing efforts to create “Team Kroger ClickList Racing” for the 2018 season and beyond. Kroger and its digital shopping experience, ClickList, have always been a primary partner of AJ Allmendinger and the No. 47 team, and Allmendinger will continue to pilot the No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2018. As part of the “one team, two drivers” synergy, Kroger ClickList will now also be prominent on the fire suits, crew apparel, and team equipment of Chris Buescher and the No. 37 team. Buescher will also accompany Allmendinger at various Kroger race market store appearances throughout the season. The rebranding strategy is aimed to convey a united front among the two JTG Daugherty Racing drivers, building collaboration and a steady footwork for the future. [More](1-31-2018)

Jack Ingram injured in car accident UPDATE 3: NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram is now back home, more than a month after being seriously injured in a car accident. The racing legend was involved in a crash in December, just a few hundred feet from Carrier Park, which is the former location of the Asheville Speedway. His daughter Ingrid posted that he’s home with his wife Aline, and thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.[More](1-31-2018)

Las Vegas organizational test on the horizon: Before Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams arrive in Daytona Beach for Speedweeks and the official start to the 2018 season, some drivers will be participating in a much-anticipated open test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sixteen Monster Energy Series drivers including Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, as well as rookies Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron, will turn laps on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track this Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 as part of the test, which includes one car per organization. This will be the last NASCAR organizational test until July, when teams will turn test laps on the Charlotte Road Course, however there will be several Goodyear Tire tests between now and then. [More](1-31-2018)

Flex Seal returns to JDM for sixth season:JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is thrilled to welcome back long-time partner Flex Seal for the sixth consecutive year. The Flex Seal family of products will be on board the JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaros for multiple races throughout the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.[More](1-30-2018)

Forrister and All Out Motorsports to compete in partial Truck schedule: Newly-formed All Out Motorsports will run a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule in 2018 with Korbin Forrister as the driver. The No. 7 Toyota Tundra team will make its debut at Daytona International Speedway in the Feb. 16 NextEra Energy Resources 250. NASCAR veteran crew chief Doug George will take the lead for the newly-formed team. All Out Motorsports will compete in the NCWTS at Daytona, Dover, Charlotte, Iowa, Chicagoland, Eldora, Michigan, Bristol, Talladega and ISM Raceway.[More](1-31-2018)

Anderson to run full Truck season as owner/driver: Jordan Anderson announced Wednesday he will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for himself. Anderson will drive the No. 3 for Jordan Anderson Racing. He will receive support from Niece Motorsports and will run a spec engine.
[More](1-31-2018)

NASCAR safety technology lends helping hand to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: NASCAR and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo may vary greatly in their definition of horsepower, but they are one in the same when it comes to the safety of their competitors. The flex-wall system was installed in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in early January prior to the start of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The innovative system incorporates design concepts used at NASCAR race tracks such as Texas Motor Speedway, ice hockey rink “dasher board” wall systems and matting materials adopted by Olympic caliber gymnastic competition facilities. [More](1-31-2018)


News from January 30, 2018

NASCAR announces key strategic personnel moves: NASCAR today announced key leadership appointments across its growing international business landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of Chief International Officer, reporting into Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. Joining Cassidy in these efforts will be Chad Seigler in the new position of Vice President, International Business Development. NASCAR additionally announced that Ben Kennedy has been named to the leadership position of General Manager, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[More](1-30-2018)

Valvoline and Hendrick extend partnership through 2022: Valvoline Inc. – a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services — has extended its partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports through 2022. In 2018, Valvoline will become a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of 24-year-old driver Alex Bowman for two Cup Series races annually over the next five seasons. [More](1-30-2018)

Jeffrey Earnhardt, VRX Simulators and StarCom Racing team up:StarCom Racing, who recently acquired a Charter for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, signs Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt. [More](1-30-2018)

Earnhardt planning to run Richmond XFINITY race, hoping for more: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. responded to a tweet regarding his plans for racing in the XFINITY Series in 2018. He revealed he has just one race locked in for 2018, in hopes of adding more. [More](1-30-2018)

JP Motorsports announces three race deal with Jani-King: JP Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Jani-King as a primary sponsor in the first three events of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Jani-King will be featured on the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning next month at Daytona.[More](1-30-2018)

Sobriety Nation to serve as primary for Chavous: Sobriety Nation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the tragedies addiction causes families, has teamed up with Premium Motorsports and driver Wendell Chavous for the entire 2018 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the primary sponsor of Chavous’ No. 49, Chevy Silverado. Brian Keselowski will continue to serve and call the shots as crew chief for the team.[More](1-30-2018)

Arctic Glacier Premium Ice partners with Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway announced today a multi-year partnership with Artic Glacier Holdings, Inc., the largest producer of packaged ice in Canada and among the largest producers in the United States. Arctic Glacier Premium Ice becomes the ‘Official Ice Provider of Pocono Raceway’ and will supply ice to all hospitality, catering and retail concessions locations at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’ Ice will also be available for purchase in all camping locations and inside the garage, for race teams, during our NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends.[More](1-30-2018)


News from January 29, 2018

Court hearing to be held on BK Racing: A North Carolina judge will conduct a hearing next Monday to determine whether to appoint a receiver selected by Union Bank to operate BK Racing and either sell or lease out the team’s charter, which would guarantee a spot for all 2018 races including the Feb. 18 Daytona 500. Having determined the bank has established that BK Racing owes it more than $8M in unpaid loans and fees, the court issued a temporary restraining order Friday that prohibits BK Racing from selling or leasing the charter or any assets until the hearing.[More](1-29-2018)

Ford looking to enhanced inspection process: The newer models from Chevrolet [Camaro] and Toyota 9updated Camry in 20160 have raised concerns for some Ford drivers. Some say, they have to work harder to compete. Others note that NASCAR’s new inspection process could help keep one manufacturer from pulling ahead. “If the new Hawkeye system is put in place and implemented for 2018 fully, not partially, fully, it would certainly level the playing field for Ford by enforcing the rules,” Brad Keselowski said of the new inspection station.[More](1-29-2018)

Gibbs announces Erik Jones’ sponsor lineup: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR.(1-23-2018)
UPDATE: Sport Clips website lists four primary sponsorship races of Erik Jones (ISM Raceway in March, Richmond in April, Darlington, and Texas in November, as well as the XFINITY race at Darlington with Denny Hamlin.[More](1-29-2018)


News from January 28, 2018

GT Le Mans class victory for Chip Ganassi one for history books: The class victory — considered a win in this form of racing — was Ganassi’s 56th sports car victory (and eighth in the Rolex 24). The organization has 103 IndyCar wins, 39 stock car wins and two rallycross wins.[More](1-28-2018)

Justin Marks plans limited NASCAR schedule: In recent years, Justin Marks has been more of a part-time racer as he’s focused on his businesses, like GoPro Motorplex. However, the 2018 season is shaping up to be his busiest season in a number of years. Marks will drive full-time for Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian in the No. 93 Acura alongside Lawson Aschenbach. Outside of that, Marks has indicated that he hopes to compete in up to six NASCAR races in 2018.[More](1-28-2018)

Tyler Matthews joins MDM Motorsports: Tyler Matthews recently signed with MDM Motorsports to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2018 season. His first race in his No. 99 Chevrolet Silverado will be March 24 at the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.[More](1-28-2018)


News from January 27, 2018

Jack Roush to be honored by NCMA with ‘Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award’: Racing legend and entrepreneurial pioneer Jack Roush will receive the prestigious Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award by the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) during the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 30.[More](1-27-2018)

NASCAR revved up for start of season, West Coast swing: NASCAR’s season kicks off in three weeks with the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, but several members of the industry gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Friday for its annual West Coast Media Day. Held at Mountain Shadows Resort, the event was highlighted by a question-and-answer session with drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Erik Jones. It also featured an interview panel with ISM (Phoenix) Raceway Track President Bryan Sperber, Auto Club Speedway Track President David Allen and Las Vegas Motor Speedway President & General Manager Chris Powell. FOX Sports NASCAR Reporter Kaitlyn Vincie moderated the festivities.[More](1-27-2018)


News from January 26, 2018

Allmendinger ready for Rolex 24: NASCAR drivers spent the first half of the week speaking with the media about the 2018 season. Among the drivers who held court was AJ Allmendinger, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t the only thing on his mind.[More](1-26-2018)


News from January 25, 2018

Coca-Cola changing motorsports marketing strategy: Coca-Cola this year will have a different motorsports marketing strategy as it aligns the program with the company’s overarching One Brand strategy. That strategy brings together Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola Life under one portfolio and markets them collectively. However, Diet Coke will continue to be excluded from motorsports marketing.[More](1-25-2018)

Michigan announces guest enhancements: Michigan International Speedway continues to enhance the experience for guests all week long at NASCAR’s most entertaining track. In 2018, MIS will debut a new high-end campground, seating option, ticket package and hospitality area. A new high-end campground will overlook Turn 1 with upscale amenities. In addition, countertop seating will be added to rows in the Turn 1 Grandstands. The track is also introducing a new all-you-can eat ticket package and the track’s hospitality area will move to Turn 1.[More](1-25-2018)

Dover Speedway hosting Daytona 500 watch party: Celebrate the start of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with your friends at Dover International Speedway at our Daytona 500 Watch Party on Sunday, Feb. 18. Held at the Fire & Ice lounge in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, the event is FREE for everyone. Children are welcome in the lounge but prohibited from the bar area. [More](1-25-2018)


News from January 24, 2018

Wednesday Media Tour Notebook: Bubba Wallace is ready to have fun; Christopher Bell is XFINITY favorite; Familiarity a plus for Buescher; Suarez doesn’t like to wreck cars.[More](1-24-2018)

StarCom Racing acquires charter for full Cup season: StarCom Racing acquired a NASCAR Charter for the upcoming 2018 MENCS season and will run a full 36-week schedule. SCR, a new team in 2017, led by Team Manager Derrike Cope will hit the track at the Daytona 500 in the 00 Chevy Camaro.[More](1-24-2018)

RCR announces multiple drivers for No. 3 XFINITY Series entry:Richard Childress Racing announced its No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series will feature a talented multi-driver lineup. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, ARCA Racing Series competitor Shane Lee, second-generation racer Jeb Burton and two-time NXS winner Brendan Gaughan will all share time behind the wheel of the Camaro SS throughout the season.[More](1-24-2018)

Ryan Sieg returning for a full XFINITY season: RSS Racing and driver Ryan Sieg are happy to announce a return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for a full schedule in 2018. The Georgia based team will field two additional entries for Daytona and beyond. Veteran Jeff Green, who joined the RSS Racing last year will pilot the #38 car. The driver of the third entry has not been determined.[More](1-24-2018)

JAG Metals signs multi-year renewal of fall Truck race at Texas: JAG Metals LLC, a local metal supply company based in Weatherford with multiple locations that specializes in quality metal buildings, components, steel fabrication and roofing materials, has signed a multi-year renewal as the entitlement sponsor of the annual fall NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](1-24-2018)


News from January 23, 2018

Tuesday Media Tour Notebook: Harvick says Danica started stock car career at a disadvantage; Kyle Busch: No-ride-height rule promotes safety at superspeedways; Crafton returns to his roots with manufacturer switch.[More](1-23-2018)

Nationwide and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will continue their partnership:Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s full-time racing career may be over, but his relationship with Nationwide is still going strong. Dale and Nationwide announced today that the NASCAR legend and long-time Nationwide member will remain a company spokesman after signing a multi-year personal services agreement with the company. Dale will work with Nationwide to promote the company’s products and services that provide protection and financial planning solutions. He will also make appearances for Nationwide at key events such as national sales conferences and other industry events.[More](1-23-2018)

K-LOVE extends partnership with McDowell: K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports, partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. K-LOVE is known nationally for its “Positive & Encouraging” message and has been part of McDowell’s racing career since 2010. On the 2018 schedule, K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).[More](1-23-2018)

Roush Fenway Racing releases No. 60 Ford development team driver schedule: Roush Fenway Racing has announced the full 2018 driver schedule for the No. 60 Ford Mustang, that will feature the trio of talented young up-and-coming Ford Development drivers Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Cindric will kick off the season in the No. 60 Ford Mustang, making his Daytona NXS debut at the famed superspeedway. Briscoe makes his No. 60 debut the following week in Atlanta and Majeski takes the helm for the first time in 2018 at Bristol.[More](1-23-2018)

Hoist signs on with JD Motorsports: Hoist, a Perfectly Isotonic Premium Hydration beverage, will now be the official hydration supplier of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller for the 2018 NASCAR XfFINITY Series season. Hoist will be on board all of the JDM Chevrolet Camaros as an associate sponsor for the entire season.[More](1-23-2018)

Brandon Jones, Spencer Davis, Riley Herbst added to KBM driver lineup: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the additions of Brandon Jones, Spencer Davis and Riley Herbst to the organization’s driver lineup for 2018. Davis and Jones will each compete in five races during the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, while Herbst will make two starts.[More](1-23-2018)

Enfinger to remain at ThorSport: Grant Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Champion, will return to ThorSport Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, piloting the No. 98 Ford F-150. Enfinger’s 2018 campaign will once again be led by veteran crew chief Jeff Hensley, and he will continue his partnership with Curb Records, and Champion Power Equipment.[More](1-23-2018)

Rhodes returns to ThorSport: Entering his third full-time season in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, Louisville, Kentucky-native Ben Rhodes will return to ThorSport Racing for 2018. Piloting the No. 41 Ford, Rhodes will again be led by crew chief Eddie Troconis.[More](1-23-2018)

Speedway Motorsports outlines 2018 fan initiatives: Continuing its “Fans First” approach and building on its lasting legacy of providing exceptional sports entertainment experiences, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have revealed new, cutting-edge developments at several speedways. “Speedway Motorsports works very hard to continually modernize our facilities, with the ultimate goal of providing fans with the very best amenities and experiences,” said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. [More](1-23-2018)


News from January 22, 2018

Danica Patrick to drive Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports:Danica Patrick is teaming with Premium Motorsports for next month’s Daytona 500, the final race of her NASCAR career. The one-race deal will put Patrick in the seat of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, the same number she drove when she entered stock car racing in 2010. Her former crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., will return to Patrick’s pit box for her finale.[More](1-22-2018)

Keen’s Buildings returns to Rick Ware Racing: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that longtime Keen’s Buildings will return as a financial and marketing partner for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. The Keen’s Buildings colors will fly as the primary partner for upcoming announced races, while serving as an associate marketing partner for the remaining events. Last month, Rick Ware Racing announced that they had secured a charter from Richard Petty Motorsports securing the team a berth not only into the Daytona 500, but the remaining 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events in 2018 as well. RWR’s driver announcement for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18 is forthcoming.[More](1-22-2018)

Gaunt Brothers Racing to field Daytona 500 entry for D.J. Kennington: A year after qualifying into the 2017 Daytona 500, Gaunt Brothers Racing and D.J. Kennington are returning to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 18. GBR will field the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Kennington in the 60th running of the 500, allowing the team’s Canadian owner, Marty Gaunt, and their Canadian driver another crack at The Great American Race. British Columbia-based Lordco Auto Parts and Castrol (Wakefield Canada), a longtime Kennington partner, and will co-sponsor the effort.[More](1-22-2018)

Love’s Travel Stops returns to Front Row, Finley to crew chief: The Love’s Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love’s paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell. Derrick Finley will be the one calling the shots atop the No. 34 pit box in 2018. Finley has been named crew chief for McDowell’s team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 team in 2017.[More](1-22-2018)

National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame members inducted: Terry Labonte and Donnie Allison were half of some of NASCAR’s most famous brother combinations. The two were inducted into the 2018 National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame along with legendary crew chiefs Buddy Parrott and “Suitcase” Jake Elder in a Sunday night ceremony.[More](1-22-2018)

NextGen Motorsports to run XFINITY, Trucks: Last season, NextGen Motorsports took its turn in NASCAR, putting together a K&N Pro Series East program. Less than one year later, the family-owned operation is heading to the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series on a part-time schedule. This season, the team plans on competing in eight XFINITY races, five of which Huffman will be the driver, the three road course events will be split up between 2015 Stock Car Brasil champion, Marcos Gomes, and Enrique Baca.[More](1-22-2018)

JJL Motorsports set for increased NASCAR Truck Series presence in 2018: Officials from JJL Motorsports announced today that the No. 97 owned team plans to increase their involvement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this season with primary driver Jesse Little at the helm. The team will make their 2018 debut at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in the Feb. 24 running of the Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Currently, the team has eight to 10 Truck Series race circled on the calendar, but that schedule could increase as the season progresses.[More](1-22-2018)

ThorSport Racing partners with Ford Performance: ThorSport Racing will partner with Ford Performance for the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond. Racing into its 23rd year of competition, the team looks to add to its notable history with support from the manufacturer. Matt Crafton returns for his 14th consecutive season, continuing his partnership with Menards in the NCWTS. A full driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the near future.[More](1-22-2018)

David Gilliland Racing merges with CROSLEY Sports Group to form Truck team: David Gilliland Racing (DGR) and CROSLEY Sports Group have announced that they have formed a new race team, effective immediately. DGR-CROSLEY has purchased Red Horse Racing assets, a longtime NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winning team. DGR-CROSLEY is based in Mooresville, N.C., and has retained the same race shop that Red Horse Racing used successfully over the last 10 years. From this location, DGR-CROSLEY will be fielding late model, K&N, ARCA and NASCAR Trucks.[More](1-22-2018)

Charlotte Motor Speedway reveals faster, tougher Roval layout:Playoff drama will be at an all-time high this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Monday, speedway officials revealed the finalized, revolutionary Roval layout ahead of the historic Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30. The first road course race in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will see drivers attempt to tackle a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course that features a faster infield portion and additional passing opportunities.[More](1-22-2018)


News from January 21, 2018

Talks ongoing between Monster, NASCAR: Monster Energy has had several high-level meetings with NASCAR execs in recent weeks regarding the future of its Cup series title sponsorship, according to sources, but no decision has been reached yet about the future beyond ’18.[More](1-21-2018)


News from January 20, 2018

Bank asks court to allow receiver to take over BK Racing’s assets:Union Bank & Trust, which filed a lawsuit in North Carolina court in November claiming ownership of two NASCAR charters originally controlled by BK Racing (with one now controlled by Front Row Motorsports), has asked a federal court in Virginia for injunctive relief and to immediately appoint a receiver take over all the team’s assets and property. The bank alleges BK Racing owes it more than $7 million in unpaid loans and fees, and already has had $210K worth of assets seized by the N.C. Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. Classic Auctions, a North Carolina auction house, is advertising that it will auction off three BK Racing haulers and a passenger car. BK Racing also owes more than $1.59M to its engine supplier and more than $667K in federal tax liens, according to N.C. court records.[More](1-20-2018)

2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors five NASCAR legends: Five NASCAR icons – two drivers, a crew chief/owner, an engine builder/owner and a broadcaster – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates make up the ninth class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which now holds 45 inductees. [More](1-20-2018)

Precision Performance Motorsports shuts down XFINITY team: After three years of existence and 18 races later, Richard Gdovic, owner of Precision Performance Motorsports has decided to close the doors on an XFINITY Series entry. Heading into the 2017 season, Gdovic had set out to run the entire 33-race schedule, kicking it off with a 22nd-place finish at Daytona with Anthony Kumpen. Quin Houff recorded a pair of top-15 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (15th) and Iowa Speedway (12th) before Parker Kligerman picked up the organization’s lone top-10 finish in its existence at Road America in August.[More](1-20-2018)

Unleash your inner Spider-Man at Bristol Motor Speedway:Remember when Spider-Man would use his powers and spidey-sense for all sorts of tricks, including the ability to wall-crawl? Now you can do just that (and in a Spider-Man costume if you’d like!) at The Last Great Colosseum. On Saturday, April 7, the YWCA and the Bristol chapter of SCC are partnering up for “Over The Edge”, a unique and adrenaline-inducing event that will provide a new perspective of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. For the first time, participants will have the chance to traverse the sides of buildings like Spider-Man, rappelling 10 stories down the iconic Bristol elevator tower. [More](1-20-2018)


News from January 19, 2018

Robert Yates posthumously inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame:Robert Yates lived long enough to hear his name announced as a NASCAR Hall of Famer. Although he lost his battle with liver cancer five months after he was voted into the Hall, Yates was able to write his own acceptance speech for Friday night’s ceremony. It was read by Dale Jarrett, a Hall of Famer who won the 1999 championship driving for Yates.[More](1-19-2018)

1000Bulbs.com sponsoring Ragan for four races: Online lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com will return to the No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018, partnering with driver David Ragan for four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. The Garland, Texas-based company agreed to the multi-race deal after Front Row Motorsports introduced it to the NASCAR landscape in November, when 1000Bulbs.com sponsored Ragan’s team at Phoenix International Raceway.[More](1-19-2018)

Innovative Evernham finds pot of Hall of Fame gold at the end of the ‘rainbow’: Even before answering the first question from a ready group of racing reporters about his induction Friday into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ray Evernham, 60, insisted on making an important point.[More](1-19-2018)

Hornaday’s years of Camping World Truck Series dominance delivers him to the pinnacle of NASCAR: The genuine excitement and gratitude for earning a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame was evident last week as Ron Hornaday Jr. spoke to reporters about the upcoming milestone in his life.[More](1-19-2018)

With Hall nod, Squier earns his own place among the legends he helped build: Ken Squier, the man who coined the phrase “The Great American Race” to describe the Daytona 500 will formally join NASCAR’s “Greatest” later this week. The co-founder of Motor Racing Network (MRN) and longtime voice of the sport will become the first broadcaster among the Hall of Fame’s legendary list of inductees.[More](1-19-2018)

Championship engine builder and car owner Robert Yates honored by the sport he loved: Robert Yates showed up at the NASCAR Hall of Fame that late afternoon last May genuinely not knowing if this would be the year – if that would be the day – he heard his name called as part of the official unveiling of the five-person 2017 Hall of Fame induction class.[More](1-19-2018)

Two-time champion Red Byron laid the foundation for future NASCAR titlists: Robert “Red” Byron was a true NASCAR original – the sport’s first crowned champion (NASCAR Modified Series) and first Strictly Stock Series (the current-day Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) title winner – and now he will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a nod to his historic achievements and the exciting foundation he helped establish for the sport.[More](1-19-2018)

Kaulig Racing announces Bar Harbor and Sea Watch International as new partners for 2018: Kaulig Racing is pleased to announce the addition of outside primary sponsorship for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will serve as primary sponsors on the No. 11 that will be driven by Ryan Truex. Starting with the season opener on February 17th, and for the next nine NXS races of the season, Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will adorn the blue, green and black Chevy Camaro.[More](1-19-2018)

Ticket Guardian sponsoring ISM Raceway spring race: ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today a partnership with TicketGuardian, a leading mobile ticketing insurance provider, to deliver fans an even better ticket buying experience, in addition to the title sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on March 11, the TicketGuardian 500.[More](1-19-2018)


News from January 18, 2018

NASCAR updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system: Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.[More](1-18-2018)

Shriners Hospitals for Children continues partnership with David Ragan: Shriners Hospitals for Children® will once again sponsor David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports’ (FRM) No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018. Shriners Hospitals for Children will be the primary sponsor of Ragan during three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races: Dover International Speedway on May 6, Daytona International Speedway on July 7 and Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18.[More](1-18-2018)

Kelley Blue Book and Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership through 2020: Kelley Blue Book, the most trusted brand for car pricing, research, valuation and selling your car, has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a three-year contract renewal through the 2020 racing season. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kelley Blue Book will be featured as a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. [More](1-18-2018)

GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in ‘Danica Double’: Danica Patrick is going back to green. GoDaddy Green, to be exact — a fitting color for her farewell tour. The company will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming “Danica Double” that will close out her racing career, The Associated Press has learned. Patrick has no ride yet for next month’s Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the financial backing to pull it off.[More](1-18-2018)

BRANDT to continue sponsorship off Allgaier: With the release of a new paint scheme, BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced the continuation of its sponsorship with JR Motorsports and championship contender, Justin Allgaier, for 19 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2018 season.[More](1-18-2018)

JP Motorsports plans full 2018 XFINITY schedule: Officials from JP Motorsports announced on Wednesday that they will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. JP Motorsports has obtained cars from TriStar Motorsports and will field the No. 55 Toyota Camry.[More](1-18-2018)

Austin Cindric driving the #60 at Daytona: Roush Fenway Racing announced on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that Team Penske driver Austin Cindric will pilot the No. 60 RFR Ford in the Power Shares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.[More](1-18-2018)

Go Bowling to sponsor Cup race at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling today announced Go Bowling as title sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at The Glen starting this season. The Go Bowling at The Glen race will headline a NASCAR tripleheader weekend also featuring the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, August 2-5.[More](1-18-2018)

FireKeepers Casino Hotel extends its entitlement sponsorship at MIS: Michigan International Speedway and FireKeepers Casino Hotel have extended their partnership for many years to come that will keep the casino as the entitlement sponsor for the June Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[More](1-18-2018)


News from January 17, 2018

Ricky Benton Racing to attempt Daytona 500 with David Gilliland:Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced today that the team will be jumping to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the season-opening Daytona 500 in February. David Gilliland has rejoined the team to pilot the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts/Ford Fusion.[More](1-17-2018)

Go Fas Racing and Circle Sport Racing partner to secure charter for 2018: It’s been a busy offseason in the shop and also in the office at Go Fas Racing. With the addition of an XFINITY program featuring driver Joey Gase and a 2018 partnership with the historic Wood Brothers Team, GFR is excited announce a partnership with Circle Sport Racing to acquire a charter for the No.32 Ford driven by Matt DiBenedetto.[More](1-17-2018)

Horizon Global Corporation to sponsor Keselowski in two races:Horizon Global Corporation has joined Team Penske with a new multi-year partnership beginning in 2018. Horizon Global towing and trailering brands REESE® and Draw-Tite® will serve as primary sponsors for the No. 2 Ford Fusion driven by Brad Keselowski in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and Richmond Raceway in September. The No. 2 Ford will also carry the REESE branding as an associate sponsor throughout the 2018 MENCS season.[More](1-17-2018)

Coca-Cola renews agreement with NASCAR & ISC: Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and NASCAR today announced an extension to each of its long-standing partnerships. Coca-Cola, an iconic global brand, will continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across NASCAR’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks.[More](1-17-2018)

Former Roush Fenway engineer joins Nissan Supercars in Australia:Long-time Roush Fenway Racing engineer Nick Ollila has joined the factory-backed Nissan Supercars squad in Australia. Ollila has taken up the newly-created position of Technical Director at the four-car squad, having arrived in Melbourne just before the Christmas break.[More](1-17-2018)

Tiny House Village available for Bristol spring race weekend: A new and unique way for race fans to experience luxury, home-style accommodations at the Food City 500 is coming in 2018 with the introduction of Bristol Motor Speedway’s Tiny House Village.[More](1-17-2018)


News from January 16, 2018

Dale Earnhardt Jr. interested but not involved in Panthers purchase: Dale Earnhardt Jr., retired as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s top series, has an interest in being a minority owner of the Carolina Panthers. The sports’ 15-time most popular driver told The Associated Press that he recently called Marcus Smith, the president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., about potential involvement in purchasing the Panthers.[More](1-18-2018)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl, Olympics:Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he’s got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch — his first brunch ever — with his wife and friends, then was persuaded to get his first pedicure. The best is yet to come.[More](1-18-2018)

DC Solar to sponsor McMurray and Larson: After partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) for three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), DC Solar is moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the 2018 season as a primary partner with both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Wasting no time getting on track with Larson, the No. 42 Camaro will feature DC Solar as the primary partner for ‘The Clash at Daytona’, the season opening non-points race. In addition to partnering with CGR in the MENCS, DC Solar will continue to be seen in the Xfinity Series for several races on the No. 42 Chevrolet with both Larson and McMurray behind the wheel.[More](1-16-2018)

Wood Brothers Racing enters partnership with Archie St. Hilaire for a charter: Wood Brothers Racing today announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford.(1-15-2018)
UPDATE: Go Fas Racing says it will have a charter to use in 2018 and an announcement is coming soon.[More](1-15-2018)

JD Motorsports plans four full-time teams: Johnny Davis has been in the NASCAR realm for over three decades. In 2018, though, he plans on expanding JD Motorsports, running four full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series entries for the first time. JD Motorsports is coming off a season in which Ross Chastain finished 13th in the championship standings, picking up back-to-back finishes of sixth or better during the summer races at Iowa Speedway and Daytona.[More](1-16-2018)

Coughlin joins GMS lineup: Adding to the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) lineup, GMS Racing officials announced today the addition of Cody Coughlin to the Statesville-based team. Climbing back behind the wheel of a Chevrolet for the first time since 2013 in Late Models, Coughlin will drive the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for his second full-time NCWTS season. Looking to add veteran knowledge to Coughlin’s sophomore campaign, crew chief Jerry Baxter will call the shots atop the box this year for the No. 2 team. [More](1-16-2018)

ThorSport Racing, Toyota agree to part ways: After a successful six-year relationship with Toyota, ThorSport Racing announces today that the two partners have agreed to part ways ahead of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. During the six-year run, the team captured two driver championships, 19 wins, 117 top-five and 227 top-10 finishes, 10 pole awards and 2,900 laps led.A complete driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the coming weeks ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.[More](1-16-2018)

‘World’s Largest’ Daytona 500 watch party returns to Texas Motor Speedway: Texas Motor Speedway is planning on its “World’s Largest” Daytona 500 Watching Party getting even bigger this year. Last year’s highly successful event attracted in excess of 300 RVs and more than 3,000 campers and tailgaters to the Texas Motor Speedway infield for NASCAR’s opening race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The race was shown live on the world’s largest TV known as “Big Hoss.”[More](1-16-2018)


News from January 15, 2018

Wood Brothers Racing enters partnership with Archie St. Hilaire for a charter: Wood Brothers Racing today announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford.[More](1-15-2018)

Dex Imaging to sponsor Ryan Blaney: DEX Imaging will be featured as a primary sponsor for three 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season on Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, including events at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February, Richmond Raceway in April and Kentucky Speedway in July. The Florida-based company will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 12 MENCS Ford Fusion in 2018.[More](1-15-2018)

Danica Patrick confirms she is dating Packers QB Aaron Rodgers:Danica Patrick’s heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers. Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback. “Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” Patrick told The Associated Press.[More](1-15-2018)

Daytona / Indy announcement coming from Danica Patrick soon?:Talks with Penske and Ganassi have reportedly fallen apart in the past few week.[More](1-15-2018)

Justin Haley and the Fraternal Order of Eagles return to GMS Racing for 2018: GMS Racing announced that Justin Haley would once again pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2018. Long-time sponsor Fraternal Order of Eagles will also rejoin the group as a primary sponsor throughout the season. The No. 24 crew will be led by Kevin Bellicourt, now in his second season as crew chief with GMS and Haley.[More](1-15-2018)

Martinsville Speedway removing some seats: The two ends of Martinsville Speedway will look a bit different when fans fill the grandstands in March. Speedway President Clay Campbell confirmed Friday that the Speedway is taking out rows of seats from the top of the Bill France Tower between Turns 3 and 4, and all of the seats above the press box between Turns 1 and 2.[More](1-15-2018)


News from January 14, 2018

Christopher Bell races to second consecutive Chili Bowl crown: Kyle Larson had hoped for another epic battle night with Christopher Bell, about seven weeks after they thrilled fans at “Turkey Night” in California, where Bell beat Larson in a major midget-car race. The stage was set Saturday night as they traded the lead at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, but a blown engine in Larson’s car with 13 laps remaining ended that drama, and Bell sped to his second consecutive Chili Bowl crown at the Tulsa Expo Center. [More](1-14-2018)

Brian Clauson to be inducted into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame:The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the names of its eight inductees for 2018. Those that will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 2, during the twenty-ninth annual ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa, are:[More](1-14-2018)


News from January 13, 2018

Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on outside looking in at Chili Bowl: Kasey Kahne, competing in only his second Chili Bowl Midget Nationals event in the last eight years, couldn’t match the drivers who regularly compete in those cars and will have to race his way into the main event Saturday night at the Tulsa Expo Center. Justin Grant, who finished third in the Chili Bowl last year, won the main qualifying race Friday night, followed by the 2017 U.S. Auto Club Midget national champion Spencer Bayston.[More](1-13-2018)

Pre-Race experience gives fans up close view of driver intros at Martinsville Speedway: At a place where every seat offers a good view, Martinsville Speedway is offering fans the best view of their favorite drivers before the race at the lowest price ever. The Pre-Race Experience, $20 for adults, $10 for youth 12-and-under, gives fans the opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track prior to start of the STP 500 on March 25 as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns from the West Coast Swing for some short-track action at the Half Mile of Mayhem.[More](1-13-2018)


News from January 12, 2018

Is NASCAR considering team budget caps? Across the professional sports landscape financial mechanisms are used to prevent stick-and-ball teams from spending themselves into oblivion while at the same time leveling the playing field to improve competition. But what if NASCAR, at a time when costs to compete remain astronomically high while television ratings and attendance are flat, implemented a cap or tax akin to what others sports leagues have in place?[More](1-12-2018)

Ganassi not talking to Danica Patrick about 2018 races: An executive from Chip Ganassi Racing said Thursday night that the team no longer is in discussions with Danica Patrick to have her drive for the team in either the Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500. Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing, made the comments on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “Dialed In” show.[More](1-12-2018)

Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale partnering with JD Motorsports: Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, will be on board all of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolets as associate sponsors for the entire 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Dr Pepper Snapple Group will also be the official drink supplier of JD Motorsports with their iconic soda brands filling the team coolers every weekend.[More](1-12-2018)

Safelite AutoGlass joins KBM for primary sponsorship of Gragson:Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Noah Gragson will return to the No. 18 Tundra for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season with primary sponsorship for all 23 races from Safelite AutoGlass®. The nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services will also serve as an associate sponsor on Harrison Burton’s No. 51 Tundra for his nine races at KBM this season.[More](1-12-2018)

Sad News – Chandra Shear: Chandra Dae Vanderkolk Shear, 43, of Mooresville, NC, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at her home. She was born on November 21, 1974 in Austin, TX to Theresa Mayo Simmons and the late Chris Duff Vanderkolk. Chandra had a huge heart and loved to help others. She had a dream of helping families in tough medical situations and she was working as a student to make that dream come true. She loved racing, painting, music, traveling and diving. She dearly loved her dogs, Sheyda and Stormy. Chandra is survived by her husband, Joel Shear, Jr. and the entire Shear family; step-mother, Pam; cousins, Adam and Ryan and their families; her chosen sisters, Rayna and Victoria; step-brothers, Kenneth and Christopher and many other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lucky Labs Rescue, P. O. Box 49663, Charlotte, NC 28277. A celebration of Chandra’s life is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, 2018, in Dallas, TX. A Chandra Shear Memorial Fund has been set up through YouCaring to give to Lucky Labs Rescue of Charlotte.[More](1-12-2018)

Dalton Sargeant to Join GMS Racing for 2018 season: With the start of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season being only 35 days away, GMS Racing officials are proud to announce the addition of Dalton Sargeant to their driver lineup. Competing for Rookie of the Year honors this season, Sargeant will be the driver of the No. 25 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado.[More](1-12-2018)

Richmond Raceway to launch new fan engagement initiative, Richmond Raceway eSports: As eSports grows across the globe, the gaming evolution continues at Richmond Raceway with a full slate of interactive initiatives for the 2018 NASCAR season. Richmond has partnered with 704Games, NASCAR’s official video game licensee, and Richmond-based Sim Seats to introduce Richmond Raceway eSports. The new initiative will feature multiple tiers of online engagement featuring NASCAR Heat 2 on XBOX One and Playstation 4. Gamers and race fans will now have the opportunity to battle in the popular NASCAR Heat 2 game throughout the 2018 NASCAR season.[More](1-12-2018)

More than a dozen NASCAR drivers to participate in test session at LVMS: More than a dozen NASCAR drivers – including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champions Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch – will be turning laps at the 1.5-mile oval on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1, during two days of testing in advance of the 2018 NASCAR season. LVMS grandstands and the Neon Garage will be open and available to the public free of charge, so fans can get an early racing fix roughly a month before the speedway’s March 2-4 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.[More](1-12-2018)


News from January 11, 2018

Sabates interested in Carolina Panthers ownership UPDATE: Over the previous week, Felix Sabates’ name arose as a possible buyer for the Panthers. Sabates currently has minority ownership in Chip Ganassi Racing and a minority ownership role in the Charlotte Hornets, the region’s National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise.(12-23-2017)
UPDATE: Felix Sabates, a Charlotte businessman who is part of a local group exploring a bid for the Carolina Panthers, said Wednesday he is talking to the Smith motorsports family about joining his group. Bruton Smith is executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, the Concord-based operator of Charlotte Motor Speedway and other tracks, and his son, Marcus, is the CEO. In the past, they both have expressed interest in buying Charlotte’s NFL team if it ever came up for sale.[More](1-11-2018)

Legends, star power and fan appreciation highlight ninth annual NASCAR Hall of Fame weekend: An exciting weekend is in store for NASCAR fans beginning on Friday, Jan. 19 in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring the stars of today and the legends of yesteryear. The weekend will be filled with activities starting on Friday evening with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony. The star-studded event will be followed by NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and will include a one-of-a-kind experience for fans.[More](1-11-2018)

Roush Fenway Racing debuts scheme for #60 Ford development team: The No. 60 Ford Performance Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing will hit the track in Daytona for the first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race of the 2018 season with a brand new design. The scheme features a gray and white color combination, with hints of red highlighting the number and spoiler. Ford development program drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Ty Majeski will share the ride for the duration of the NXS season.[More](1-11-2018)

Truck teams set to test at Charlotte:As a lead-up to the N.C. Education Lottery 200 on May 18, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host a high-speed shakedown of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines on Jan. 17. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch and Camping World Truck Series title contender Noah Gragson are among those scheduled to participate in the one-day open test.[More](1-11-2018)

Textron Aviation returns to KBM for five races with owner-driver Kyle Busch: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2018. Busch’s Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation.[More](1-11-2018)

Advanced ticket pricing available at Talladega Superspeedway:Incredible ticket prices are blooming for Talladega Superspeedway’s springtime triple-header weekend, April 27-29. Beginning, Monday, January 8, fans have the most economical opportunities to be a part of the Talladega experience with the track’s advance-priced ticket offers.[More](1-11-2018)


News from January 10, 2018

Brendan Gaughan set to return to Beard Motorsports in 2018: Beard Motorsports is proud to announce that driver Brendan Gaughan will return in 2018. The Beard Oil Distributing and TTS Logistics sponsored Chevrolet Camaro ZL1will be joined by new partners South Point Hotel & Casino and City Lights Shine for both Daytona and Talladega restrictor plate races. Along with new sponsors, the team will now be running a number that fans familiar with Gaughan will recognize, his iconic #62.[More](1-10-2018)

Kroger expanding Clicklist to Buescher’s #37 this season: Kroger is expanding its Clicklist activation with NASCAR’s JTG Daugherty Racing to have the digital shopping experience promoted across both the team’s Cup Series cars starting this season. Kroger began activating the Clicklist program, which allows curbside pickup of groceries purchased online, last year in NASCAR, but only promoted it on JTG’s #47 Chevy driven by A.J. Allmendinger. This year, it will begin promoting Clicklist on both the #47 as well as the #37 driven by Chris Buescher.[More](1-10-2018)

NASCAR President talks about Monster sponsorship, other issues:NASCAR has given Monster Energy an extension to determine if it wants to remain the Cup series sponsor. NASCAR President Brent Dewar revealed that Tuesday night in an appearance on Motor Racing Network’s “NASCAR Live” show. Among the other topics Dewar, who is entering his fifth season at NASCAR, discussed was the effort to bring new manufacturers and how soon one could arrive, any tweaks to stage racing and the new pit stop rules.[More](1-10-2018)

Kyle Larson advances to main event of Chili Bowl Nationals: Kyle Larson went back to victory lane on the opening night of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The NASCAR star drove to a commanding victory in Tuesday night’s opening night of the Super Bowl of Midget Racing. The win automatically advanced Larson into the 55-lap Saturday night main event at the Tulsa Expo Center.[More](1-10-2018)

NASCAR Summit recognizes track services professionals: Planning and preparation for the 2018 season reached an important milestone this week as track services professionals from the U.S., Canada and Mexico participated in the 18th annual NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response. The three-day conference, held at the Concord (North Carolina) Convention Center, featured numerous presentations and small-group seminars that addressed best practices in the safety, track services, medical and security functional areas.[More](1-10-2018)

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame announces 10 candidates for final 2018 Induction vote: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame has announced the 10 finalists for its Class of 2018 induction, a list that includes five first-time nominees. The five first-time nominees to emerge from the board’s first of two rounds of voting are George Follmer, Joe Garone, J.D. Gibbs, Greg Pursley and Bryan R. Sperber.[More](1-10-2018)

Kligerman returning for a part-time schedule with Henderson Motorsports in 2018: Parker Kligerman wears multiple hats these days. Not only is he a racecar driver, but he also frequently plays the role of analyst for NASCAR on NBC. Kligerman is still hanging onto his original hat, though. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner will be returning for a part-time schedule with Henderson Motorsports in 2018, piloting the No. 75 truck for the second year in a row.[More](1-10-2018)

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta joins Active Pest Control in sponsoring Trucks race at AMS:Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, will join McDonough, Georgia-based Active Pest Control in sponsoring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will cap off the only same-day, same-track doubleheader on the 2018 NASCAR national touring series calendar.[More](1-10-2018)

Rascal Flatts to perform DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show: Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts will perform the pre-race show at the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Rascal Flatts recently released their 10th studio album (Big Machine Records), as well as back-to-back chart topping singles “Yours If You Want It” and “I Like The Sound Of That.”[More](1-10-2018)


News from January 9, 2018

Elliott takes Chevy Camaro for 1st NASCAR Cup laps at Texas Chase Elliott took the new Chevrolet Camaro for its inaugural NASCAR Cup laps on Tuesday and Martin Truex Jr. climbed into his Toyota for the first time since becoming series champion. Soon-to-be clean-shaven Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola, both with new teams, ran laps at Texas Motor Speedway in their Fords.[More](1-9-2018)

Several NASCAR drivers at the Chili Bowl: Defending winner Christopher Bell is one of the NASCAR drivers among more than 325 entries for the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., that begin Tuesday with four nights of qualifying. Bell book-ended the 2017 season with two big accomplishments in his early racing career by winning the 2017 Chili Bowl and then the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.[More](1-9-2018)

Ryan Truex replaces Blake Koch at Kaulig Racing: In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing announced today that Ryan Truex will drive the #11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR’s premiere series.[More](1-9-2018)

Pocono Raceway accepting Fan Council applications: Pocono Raceway is now accepting applications for their Fan Council. The purpose of the Pocono Raceway Fan Council is to assist the Raceway staff in developing and improving the overall fan experience at ‘The Tricky Triangle.'[More](1-9-2018)


News from January 8, 2018

Goodyear tire test at Texas: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola will participate in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday, January 9 at Texas Motor Speedway.(1-6-2018)
UPDATE: Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will officially bring in the sport’s New Year during a two-day closed Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway this week.[More](1-8-2018)

Robby Benton joins Team Penske: Motorsports industry veteran Robby Benton will join Team Penske in 2018, serving as NASCAR Team Manager, the organization announced today. Benton, who has spent time as a driver and owner in a number of different series from NASCAR to IMSA, will report to Competition Director Travis Geisler.[More](1-8-2018)

Kahne expects to run more sprint car races: After a missing last year’s Chili Bowl Nationals, Kasey Kahne is thrilled to be heading to Tulsa again. He will pilot the #67 Take 5 Oil Change midget prepared by his cousin, Willie Kahne, in the first of many open-wheel opportunities for the driver and World of Outlaws team owner in 2018. When the NASCAR season starts in five weeks, Kahne will make his debut in the #95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet. But his schedule will also include 20 to 30 WoO races alongside his drivers, Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet.[More](1-8-2018)

Carl Edwards content outside of NASCAR: [Carl] Edwards said he’s content with his life since he shocked the racing world one year ago by walking away from his ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, shortly after nearly winning a NASCAR Cup Series championship. He lives in the Columbia, Missouri area with wife Kate and their two children. Many people believe Edwards – who won 72 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions – will return to racing’s big leagues at some point. But he doesn’t sound like a guy who’s coming back.[More](1-8-2018)

Harrison Burton returns to KBM in 2018 with expanded schedule:Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Harrison Burton will return to the organization in 2018 with an expanded NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. Burton will drive the No. 51 Tundra in nine NCWTS races this season, beginning March 24 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.[More](1-8-2018)


News from January 7, 2018

Jeffrey Earnhardt still working on 2018 plans: An update to Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Facebook page stated in part: “As you all know, there are limited Cup seats available since the 33 team gave their December surprise to Jeffrey and brought their charter to another team. We found an incredible opportunity that requires a certain level of sponsorship to make things work. In a very short period of time we’ve put together most of the puzzle. Out of respect for all involved Jeffrey has to maintain confidentiality until there is 100% certainty in sponsorship.”[More](1-7-2018)

Conor Daly interested in NASCAR: Conor Daly’s goals, ambitions and dreams all lie within the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock. But if his hopes of staying in the series in 2018 and beyond fail, the Hoosier could end up in a NASCAR garage area. Speaking with RACER’s Marshall Pruett on the “Marshall Pruett Podcast”, Daly expressed interest in gaining NASCAR experience should his search for an INDYCAR ride for 2018 and beyond fail.[More](1-7-2018)


News from January 6, 2018

Goodyear tire test at Texas: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola will participate in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday, January 9 at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](1-6-2018)

Jeff Gordon among 2018 inductees to Motorsports Hall of Fame: An illustrious seven-man list representing six motorsports disciplines and one iconic racing facility comprise a most unique class of 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) inductees announced today at Daytona International Speedway. The milestone 30th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone is set for Tuesday, March 13 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. [More](1-6-2018)

Chip Ganassi to Serve as Grand Marshal for 2018 Rolex 24: Renowned champion car owner Chip Ganassi will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, giving the ‘Drivers, start your engines,’ command. The twice-around-the-clock endurance race will take place on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course Jan. 27-28.[More](1-6-2018)

Scott Pruett to retire after Rolex 24: Scott Pruett, one of the most prolific American sports car racers in history, will end his 50-year driving career following the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month. He has a record 60 wins in American sports car competition. His five Rolex 24 wins are tied for most with Hurley Haywood.[More](1-6-2018)


News from January 5, 2018

Congrats to the Loganos: Joey and Brittany welcomed their first child, a son, Thursday night.[More](1-5-2018)

Danica Patrick still working on Daytona, Indy 500 ride: As the 60th running of the Daytona 500 is fast approaching, Danica Patrick is still searching for a ride in “The Great American Race” and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick, 35, joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” on Thursday to discuss how those plans are unfolding.[More](1-5-2018)

Tony Gibson still looking to make a difference: After 31 years, Tony Gibson will have a job in NASCAR that doesn’t send him on the road. The former crew chief enters the 2018 season as the new production manager for Stewart-Haas Racing. Gibson, 53, will supervise many of the departments responsible for building the cars for its four drivers, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. That includes the chassis, body shop and fabrication shops.[More](1-5-2018)


News from January 4, 2018

Doug Richert leaves BK Racing: After seven years, crew chief Doug Richert has parted ways with BK Racing. Richert led Dale Earnhardt to rookie-of-the-year honors in 1979 and his first championship 1980, but now is looking to move in a new direction.[More](1-4-2018)

M&M’s Caramel returning to the #18: After a significant push last year around the Caramel line, which was its largest launch ever for a new kind of M&M’s, Mars has decided to keep with that theme in ’18.[More](1-4-2018)

Menards sponsoring Brandon Jones in 10 races: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Menards home improvement stores along with several of their best vendor partners will be the primary sponsor for Brandon Jones for 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. The #19 Menards Toyota Camry will display one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the Menards races.[More](1-4-2018)


News from January 3, 2018

Brian France heading group to buy Carolina Panthers UPDATE:Brian France, the head of NASCAR, is part of a group that wants to buy the Carolina Panthers with France becoming the new major holder, multiple sources confirmed to NBC Charlotte.
UPDATE NASCAR issued a statement denying the validity of a report Brian France is involved in the Carolina Panthers bidding process.[More](1-3-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team’s NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team’s INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR’s racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Dylan Lupton returning to JGL Racing: JGL Racing officials announced today that Dylan Lupton will return to the organization’s “Young Guns” program for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. After making 14 starts this past season in the team’s No. 24 entry, Lupton will compete in at least 21 races this coming season in JGL Racing’s No. 28 Ford Mustang.[More](1-3-2018)

Brandon Brown planning 10 XFINITY races in 2018: Brandon Brown will return to the XFINITY Series for 10 events in 2018 after also running 10 races in 2017. Brown, 24, will kickoff the season competing in the #86 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, fielded by his father, Jerry Brown. It’s possible that he will return the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 24) to race under the King Autosport banner, owned by Mario Gosselin.[More](1-3-2018)

City of Joliet renews use agreement with Chicagoland Speedway: The city and Chicagoland Speedway have signed on for another 20-year relationship. The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved a use agreement that officials said basically continues most of the terms of the original annexation agreements that brought two major racetracks into the city.[More](1-3-2018)


News from January 2, 2018

Roush Fenway sells charter to Penske: Roush Fenway Racing confirmed it has sold a charter to Penske Racing, which needed one for the addition of the No. 12 NASCAR Cup car with driver Ryan Blaney to its stable for 2018. Roush Fenway sold the charter – NASCAR’s form of a franchise that guarantees a spot in each race plus accompanying revenue — of its former No. 16 car, a charter it leased in 2017 to JTG Daugherty Racing.[More](1-2-2018)

Childress fires shots at men who attempted break-in UPDATES:Authorities continue to search for three masked men who allegedly attempted to break into the home of Hall of Fame NASCAR driver and team owner Richard Childress. The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Reedy Creek community in Davidson County.(12-20-2017)
UPDATE: Clothing recovered from the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress could lead law enforcement to finding out the identities of three armed men, who are being sought for the attempted home invasion robbery, according to Davidson County Sheriff David Grice.(12-22-2017)
UPDATE 2: Two Winston-Salem men and another from Salisbury have been charged with attempting to break into NASCAR owner Richard Childress’ home on Dec. 17.[More](1-2-2018)

PEAK sponsoring Suarez in 2018: Daniel Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, returns to Joe Gibbs Racing for his sophomore season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and he’s bringing a familiar sponsor with him. PEAK, a family-owned business that has been developing high-quality automotive products for four decades, will be the primary sponsor of Suarez’s #19 Toyota Camry for one race in July at Chicagoland Speedway.[More](1-2-2018)

Martin Truex, Jr. & Brittany Force named Drivers of the Year: NHRA 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and NASCAR Cup 2017 champ Martin Truex Jr. have been named co-winners of the Jerry Titus Memorial Award Driver of the Year honors by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. Force and Truex tied for the most votes in balloting among AARWBA members.[More](1-2-2018)


News from January 1, 2018

Dave Blaney still racing: When it comes to Ryan Blaney, he definitely has followed in his father Dave’s footsteps as a race car driver. While Ryan spent his youth growing up watching his father racing first in sprint cars and then in NASCAR, their roles are now reversed. Now it’s Dave who spends much of his time watching his son develop into one of NASCAR Cup’s rising young stars.[More](1-1-2018)