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News from January 28, 2019

Jeff Gordon comments on possible ownership of Hendrick Motorsports: At some point, Jeff Gordon could be introduced as the owner of Hendrick Motorsports. If that moment comes, the four-time Cup champion said he would be “truly honored” to take the reign from the team’s founder, Rick Hendrick.[More](1-28-2019)

National Motorsports Press Association announces annual awards: The National Motorsports Press Association’s annual convention and awards ceremony was held Saturday evening with a number of annual awards being presented.[More](1-28-2019)

JACOB Companies returns to Rick Ware Racing for 2019 Cup season: With the start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season less than a month away, officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that West Palm Beach, Fla.-based JACOB Companies will return to the team this year in a variety of roles beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sun., Feb. 17. JACOB Companies is a multifaceted nationwide construction firm with a focus on construction, development, management, design-build and technology services.[More](1-28-2019)

News from January 27, 2019

NASCAR may open Cup garage to fans UPDATE: Details are being finalized, but look for the Cup garage to be open to fans at a select time on some race weekends. This has been done in the Xfinity and Truck Series and will expand to Cup this season. How tracks offer this to fans, how many fans will be allowed in, what time and what day this will take place on a race weekend will be set by tracks and NASCAR.(1-25-2019)
UPDATE: NASCAR has announced a relaxed garage policy for the big-league Cup Series this year. Plans are still being worked out between NASCAR and the tracks, but NASCAR said Saturday that occasional garage access for fans has “worked well” in the Trucks and Xfinity Series.[More](1-27-2019)

International Speedway Corporation continues to reduce track seating: The new seating capacity for seven tracks is down a total of 78,000.[More](1-27-2019)

David Reutimann now a crew chief: Ryan Rackley will embark on his first full season of Late Model racing this year after signing with Lee Faulk Racing and Development and he’ll have an experienced crew chief to help him through the 2019 campaign. To help guide Rackley’s career, LFR has hired former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Reutimann to serve as crew chief for the 2019 season.[More](1-27-2019)

Fans can watch testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Fans who can’t wait for Atlanta Motor Speedway’s NASCAR weekend next month are in luck: they’ll be able to satisfy their high-speed needs during a test for select NASCAR teams next week. The Speedway’s grandstands will open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 28, and Tuesday, January 29, for anyone who wants to watch the test. Fans attending the test will enter the grandstands through Gate 15.[More](1-26-2019)

News from January 26, 2019

NASCAR connections abound in 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona: It may still be three weeks until the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, but there is a distinct NASCAR presence at Daytona International Speedway this weekend for IMSA’s Rolex 24 endurance race (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be working for the NBC Sports crew covering the Rolex 24, a race he competed in twice. [More](1-26-2019)

J.D. Gibbs honored at memorial service: The NASCAR family paid its respects to J.D. Gibbs on Friday, mourning a devoted father and team owner who touched many facets of the stock-car racing community. J.D. Gibbs died Jan. 11 after a long-fought battle with a degenerative neurological condition. He followed his father, Coach Joe Gibbs, into a life immersed in sport, from football to extreme sports and ultimately to auto racing.[More](1-26-2019)

Mike D’s BBQ named official sponsor of Group Tailgate at Richmond Raceway: Richmond Raceway (Richmond) announces a multiyear partnership with Mike D’s BBQ for naming rights to the Group Tailgate at America’s Premier Short Track. The official name will now be Group Tailgate presented by Mike D’s BBQ. “Richmond Raceway’s Group Tailgate continues to be a popular option, so it is great to welcome a partner to make it even better for our loyal fans,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The new partnership with Mike D’s BBQ showcases the generational impact and reach of Richmond Raceway in the RVA community as we welcome Michael De Los Santos and his company back home as a sponsor.”[More](1-26-2019)

News from January 25, 2019

NASCAR may open Cup garage to fans: Details are being finalized, but look for the Cup garage to be open to fans at a select time on some race weekends. This has been done in the Xfinity and Truck Series and will expand to Cup this season. How tracks offer this to fans, how many fans will be allowed in, what time and what day this will take place on a race weekend will be set by tracks and NASCAR.[More](1-25-2019)

JR Motorsports reshuffles team car numbers entering 2019: JR Motorsports is off to a fresh start. Today, through a video from team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., the team announced the restructuring of its car number lineup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Most notable is the news that the organization will add the iconic No. 8 Chevrolet to its stable, a number long associated with the Earnhardt family. The No. 9 entry will now race with the familiar and popular No. 8. The team will inherit points from the No. 1 team. Its driver roster currently includes Zane Smith, Jeb Burton, Ryan Truex, Spencer Gallagher and Ryan Preece. The only thing changing on the teams are the numbers themselves. The previously announced crew chief and roster lineup will remain with their respective drivers.[More](1-25-2019)

Ray Black, Jr. returns to SS Greenlight Racing: SS Greenlight Racing announced today that Ray Black Jr. will once again pilot the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro for Bobby Dotter in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Long-time team member Jason Miller will serve as crew chief to Ray Black Jr. on the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro. Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys and ScubaLife will serve as a joint primary sponsorship for Ray Black in the 2019 season. [More](1-25-2019)

Daytona International Speedway partners with Olympus America Inc. : Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced today a multi-year partnership with Olympus America Inc. that will provide the optical products company the naming rights to the photographers room of the Infield Media Center at the “World Center of Racing.” [More](1-25-2019)

News from January 24, 2019

Brad Keselowski launches new company: With years of experience harnessing the competitive advantages of advancements in engineering and manufacturing, NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski is launching a company on the cutting edge of a new technology, poised to start a new American industrial revolution. Keselowski unveiled his company – Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) – on Thursday at its state-of-the-art facility in Statesville, N.C. He is investing tens of millions of dollars in equipment and expertise that will be based in the 70,000-square-foot space.[More](1-24-2019)

Robin Pemberton joins Andretti Autosport: Robin Pemberton has joined Andretti Autosport to oversee the team’s newest racing initiative in the Pirelli GT4 America Series. With over 10 years served as NASCAR’s Vice President of Competition, as well as four decades of racing involvement, Pemberton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.[More](1-24-2019)

JR Motorsports and GMS Racing launch Drivers Edge Development:Building on a successful technical alliance, JR Motorsports and GMS Racing jointly announced today the establishment of Drivers Edge Development, a program presented by Chevrolet aimed at grooming the next generation of racing superstars through a tiered competition pipeline coupled with comprehensive off-track education. Drivers Edge Development will give participating drivers, all with differing levels of experience, the opportunity to race in five types of developmental series with JRM or GMS-fielded entries while staying aligned with Chevrolet.[More](1-24-2019)

Jesse Little; JJL Motorsports set to return to Trucks in 2019: On the heels of a successful 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season which saw JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little deliver six top-10 finishes in nine races, the family-owned team is ready to deliver more in 2019. The team plans to increase their schedule in 2019 by competing in 12 to 15 races depending on sponsorship. The team will make their season debut in the second race of the year at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Sat., Feb. 23, 2019.[More](1-24-2019)

Alsco to sponsor spring XFINITY race at Bristol Motor Speedway:Alsco, a global leader in uniform and linen rental services, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the April NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials announced today. The race boosts Alsco’s NASCAR Xfinity Series entitlements to three, as the company also recently extended Xfinity Series event sponsorships at BMS sister tracks Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Alsco is the only company with multiple race sponsorships on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule in 2019.[More](1-24-2019)

Donnie Allison, Red Farmer tour Talladega’s new tunnel: At various times over the years, racing legends Donnie Allison and Red Farmer of the original famed Alabama Gang were on top of the world at Talladega Superspeedway with victories and trips to Gatorade Victory Lane. Well, Wednesday, they found themselves on top again, but this time in a boom lift, getting a bird’s eye view of the precast tunnel arches that were put into place as the roofline for the all-new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, the first development of the 2019 Transformation Infield Project.[More](1-24-2019)

Ducks Unlimited to host expo at Texas Motor Speedway: Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has partnered with Texas Motor Speedway, one of the largest venues in Texas, to host the inaugural Ducks Unlimited Expo (DUX), April 17-19, 2020. “DUX is a three-day, family-friendly, hands-on consumer show consisting of 13 interactive villages where you can see, try and buy the latest in outdoor products, talk with industry experts and experience everything in the great outdoors,” said Dana Barton, Ducks Unlimited director of national events. “The Ducks Unlimited Expo will also feature exhibitions, educational seminars and demonstrations. It’s the ultimate playground for all outdoor enthusiasts.” [More](1-24-2019)

News from January 23, 2019

Kroger shifting sponsorship strategy UPDATE: Major NASCAR sponsor Kroger is shifting its marketing focus this year with the JTG Daugherty Racing team to a “Delivery, Pickup, Ship” campaign to align with its three different e-commerce initiatives. Kroger had been most recently focusing on its ClickList initiative, where customers select their grocery order online before picking it up in stores. However, Kroger has rebranded the ClickList program as part of a wider e-commerce initiative, and the Cincinnati-based company is changing up its NASCAR focus as a result.(1-5-2019)
UPDATE: For a quarter of a century, JTG Daugherty Racing has been admired as a NASCAR team that is progressive in their sponsorship program development. The team today announced a revolutionary new NASCAR sponsorship strategy that focuses on shopper themes and will help participating brands communicate more effectively with consumers. The goal: to significantly increase sales for the sponsor brands and for The Kroger Co.[More](1-23-2019)

Jamie McMurray to also run the Clash: Jamie McMurray will start Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway by competing in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, driving the No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet adorned with an AdventHealth livery.[More](1-23-2019)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. among North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame 2019 inductees: The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is honored to announce its 2019 induction class. The new members, listed alphabetically, are Ernie Barnes, Willie Bradshaw, Eddie Bridges, Rod Broadway, Gene Corrigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Gabriel, Dee Kantner, Davis Love III, Paul Miller, Neill McGeachy, and Thell Overman.[More](1-23-2019)

Kansas Speedway tickets on sale: Ready to see who visits Gatorade Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway in 2019? Now is your chance – 2019 Kansas Speedway tickets are on sale. Tickets for the May 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and May 10 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series races under the lights are available and begin at $64 and $25, respectively. [More](1-23-2019)

News from January 22, 2019

Quinn Houff to drive for Spire Motorsports: Spire Motorsports announced today that Quin Houff will handle the driving chores for the team’s No. 77 entry in select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races beginning with the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., March 10.[More](1-22-2019)

Dumont Jets renews sponsorship of Leavine Family Racing: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) is proud to welcome back Dumont JETS as a primary sponsor with the organization for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company is a full-service aircraft charter, sales, maintenance, and parts organization who made the foray into NASCAR during the 2018 season. Dumont JETS has three primary sponsorship events slated for the 2019 season after they experienced tremendous success from the partnership their rookie season. The sponsorship, which came about initially because key members of the company were fans of Kasey Kahne and NASCAR, sparked from fandom into a successful overall marketing strategy for the company. [More](1-22-2019)

NASCAR working on deal with sports betting: NASCAR is working on striking a leaguewide data licensing deal with a sports betting company, and the plan is to have some of the revenue from that deal flow to teams.[More](1-22-2019)

Gilliland returns to KBM with Mobil1 and JBL: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Todd Gilliland will return to the organization as the full-time driver of the No. 4 Tundra for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. JBL and Mobil 1 are also both returning as primary sponsors on Gilliland’s Toyota.[More](1-22-2019)

Phil Gould to serve as crew chief at Niece Motorsports: Race-winning crew chief, Phil Gould will join Niece Motorsports in 2019, serving as the crew chief for the No. 45 TrüNorth™ Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. Gould was most recently with Roush Fenway Racing, as crew chief for Ryan Reed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). [More](1-22-2019)

MoneyLion to sponsor Talladega XFINITY race: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today that MoneyLion, America’s most powerful financial membership, has partnered with the iconic 2.66-mile venue and will serve as the entitlement sponsor of the MoneyLion 300 Xfinity Series event on Saturday, April 27, 2019.[More](1-22-2019)

News from January 21, 2019

John Darby joins USAC as national technical and safety director: The United States Auto Club (USAC) announced its USAC.25 Series (quarter midgets) has retained the services of seasoned motorsports official John Darby to oversee the technical and safety processes of USAC.25 effective immediately. Darby, the former Managing Director of Competition at NASCAR, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to USAC.25, most notably from his more than 30-year career span at NASCAR. In 1998 he was named the Series Director for the NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series). Three years later, Darby was promoted to Director of Competition for the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy Cup Series).[More](1-21-2019)

Sad News – TA Toomes: Mr. Toomes was born December 18, 1930 the son of Thadeus and Bertha Vickery Toomes.TA was a native of Randolph County and was the owner of Mopey’s High Performance in Randleman. TA built engines for Lee Petty, Petty Enterprise, Smokey Yunick in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bill Ellis in North Wilkesboro, and Hagan Enterprise in Thomasville for Terry Labonte Racing.[More](1-21-2019)

Dover International Speedway offering “Golden Ticket” promotion:One lucky fan has the chance to attend each NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway for the next 50 years as part of the Monster Mile’s “Golden Tickets” promotion, track officials announced today. The winner of the “Golden Tickets” contest receives four tickets to each Dover International Speedway NASCAR Cup Series race through the year 2069, starting with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5, 2019.[More](1-21-2019)

FGL Fest tickets on sale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Tickets for FGL Fest, the star-studded concert headlined by Grammy Award nominees Florida Georgia Line on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are on sale starting Friday, Jan. 18 at IMS.com. Fans of music and racing also can take advantage of new, money-saving ticket packages to add the Firestone Legends Day concert or NASCAR racing events, including the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, to their FGL Fest experience.[More](1-21-2019)

News from January 20, 2019

Bell pulls off last lap pass over Larson for third straight Chili Bowl win: The victory puts Bell in an elite class with Kevin Swindell as the only two drivers to win three consecutive Chili Bowl titles.[More](1-20-2019)

Sonoma Raceway launches Victory Lane Club: New ticketing concept designed to offer fans more access, value and flexibility for its 2019 race season, as the wine country facility celebrates 50 years of racing in the Sonoma Valley.[More](1-20-2019)

News from January 19, 2019

Ryan Newman Talks Change, Excitement in No. 6 at Roush Fenway Racing: There’s something to be said about an 18-year veteran in this day and age of NASCAR. Especially one with a Daytona 500 win, Brickyard 400 win, and Rookie of the Year title under his belt. But with anything new comes a learning curve, one Ryan Newman is excited to embrace heading into his first season in the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. New faces, new leadership, a new shop and a new ride. For Newman, everything is new heading into the 2019 season.[More](1-19-2019)

Construction underway for new premium infield RV area near Talladega’s start-finish line: Construction has begun for Talladega Superspeedway’s new Finish Line Premium RV area, located just past the start-finish line near the entrance to Turn 1, where fans have a bird’s-eye view to experience the thrill of the track’s wild checkered flag finishes from the comfort of their RV. Fans have already made a statement as this prime real estate area is filling up fast and limited spots remain for the motorsports tripleheader weekend, April 26-28, featuring the GEICO 500.[More](1-19-2019)

News from January 18, 2019

Spire Motorsports, CGR partner for Daytona 500 effort for McMurray: Spire Motorsports, through a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), announced today that 2010 Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2019 Daytona 500. McMurray’s Daytona 500 race car will carry sponsorship from several companies that have been integral to his NASCAR career. The No. 40 Chevrolet will feature branding from Bass Pro Shops, McDonald’s and Cessna to recognize the long-standing partnerships that the companies have had with McMurray over the years.[More](1-18-2019)

David Ragan’s Shriners Hospitals for Children raises $300,000:David Ragan was all smiles Thursday night at the world renowned car auction house, Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ragan joined patients from the Shiners Hospitals for Children on stage to watch the hammer drop after a final bid of $300,000 to purchase a 2018 No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Fusion Cup car. All of the proceeds of the bid will benefit the Shriners Hospitals.[More](1-18-2019)

Sad News – Glen Wood: NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood, who founded Wood Brothers Racing in 1953, has died. He was 93. While Wood won four times as a driver, the team — which is now run by sons Eddie and Len and daughter Kim — has won 99 times, most recently with Ryan Blaney behind the wheel in 2017. NASCAR’s longest-active team, Wood Brothers racing has won at least one race in seven consecutive decades.[More](1-18-2019)

Fire Alarm Services to continue sponsorship of John Hunter Nemechek: GMS Racing announced today that Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS), a provider in a superior fire, life safety, and security services, will serve as primary sponsor for John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 23 GMS Racing team in 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races in 2019. Since 2016, FAS has been a supporter of Nemechek. The Colorado-based company served as a primary sponsor in multiple NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) races for Nemechek, as well as 11 NXS races in 2018. FAS has been apart of many of Nemechek’s career-first accomplishments, including his first NGOTS pole award at Iowa Speedway in 2016, his first NXS win at Kansas Speedway and his first NXS pole award at ISM Raceway, both took place in 2018.[More](1-18-2019)

Diamond Gusset Jeans & Tommy Joe Martins partner up again for Atlanta: Tommy Joe Martins & longtime partner Diamond Gusset Jeans are pairing back up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Rinnai 250. It will be the first sponsorship for Diamond Gusset Jeans in NASCAR since Martins began driving for his current team, BJ McLeod Motorsports. Diamond Gusset has sponsored Martins since 2014, during his family team’s first run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. They more famously came aboard during Martins Motorsports tumultuous 2016 campaign in the NASCAR Truck Series.[More](1-18-2019)

Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson to drive for Niece Motorsports in 2019: NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) winner Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 45 TrüNorth Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. Chastain and Reid Wilson will share the No. 45 TrüNorth Chevrolet Silverado during the 2019 NGOTS season.[More](1-18-2019)

Dippel to drive the No. 02 for Young’s: Young’s Motorsports has signed Tyler Dippel to its lineup for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. Dippel will pilot the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado, joining teammates Spencer Boyd and Gus Dean. With this news, Young’s Motorsports expands its fleet to three full-time Chevrolet Silverados, following the previous season’s two team effort. It will be the first full-time season for Dippel in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. The Wallkill, N.Y.,-native will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.[More](1-18-2019)

John’s March at Sonoma Raceway raises more than $23,000: More than 350 walkers, runners and four-legged friends took to the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday for the 8th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer, the West Coast’s only fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer. The unique fundraiser generated $23,670 for No Stomach for Cancer (www.NoStomachForCancer.org), bringing the event’s eight-year total to more than $133,000 raised for gastric cancer research and awareness.[More](1-18-2019)

News from January 17, 2019

Mike Wallace talking to Rick Ware about Cup ride: When Mike Wallace developed a heart issue that resulted in triple bypass surgery in April 2015, it left the veteran NASCAR driver with unfinished business in his racing career. Now, nearly four years later and fully healthy, the 59-year-old brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace hopes to finish some of that business in the 2019 season with Rick Ware Racing.[More](1-17-2019)

Sad News – Clem Droste: Clarence “Clem” Droste, age 76, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at his residence. Clem was a service manager for Johnson & Sons in Wisconsin Rapids for 40 years and also was employed by NASCAR for 35 years. He retired in December 2017.[More](1-17-2019)

1A Auto partners with Boyd for 2019: Spencer Boyd Racing and 1A Auto Inc. are proud to announce 1A Auto’s sponsorship of NASCAR driver, Spencer Boyd, for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series. 1A Auto will make its debut on the Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado at the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona on February 15, 2019.[More](1-17-2019)

Camping World to sponsor Chicagoland Speedway races: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that Camping World, the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations, and the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for this year’s ultimate summer NASCAR festival June 28-30. The three NASCAR National Series races at Chicagoland Speedway will officially be known as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400.[More](1-17-2019)

Pocono Raceway upgrades more camping spots: Pocono Raceway announced today an upgrade to a popular camping area, now referred to as ’50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping,’ to include electricity and water. These improvements were made one year after the Raceway added power and water hook ups to the Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas. All camping spots, including the new 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping locations, are now available for purchase for the 2019 Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends. As a reminder, kids camp for free at ‘The Tricky Triangle.'[More](1-17-2019)

News from January 16, 2019

Jay Fabian named Monster Energy NASCAR Series Cup Series Managing Director: NASCAR has named industry veteran Jay Fabian as its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director. A respected leader within the garage area, Fabian previously served as the managing director of technical integration at NASCAR, where he oversaw post-race technical inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. A consistent presence in all three NASCAR national series garages, Fabian’s versatile career has included roles as an over-the-wall crew member, a crew chief and, now, the managing director of NASCAR’s premier series.[More](1-16-2019)

Ryan Truex to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in Daytona 500:Ryan Truex will pilot the No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener, DAYTONA 500, at Daytona International Speedway. Taking after family history, Ryan Truex has ascended to the top of the motorsports ladder in just a few short years competing throughout the top tiers of the sport.[More](1-16-2019)

Joey Gase joins MBM Motorsports: MBM Motorsports is proud to announce they have signed Iowa native Joey Gase to pilot the No. 35 entry for the full 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season PLUS pilot the No. 66 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series part time starting with the Daytona 500.[More](1-16-2019)

NASCAR suspension lifted: NASCAR has announced that James Bender has successfully completed the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program and his indefinite suspension has been lifted. A tire specialist on the RCR No. 31, he was indefinitely suspended after the fall Kansas race.[More](1-16-2019)

Alsco extends partnership with Richard Childress Racing: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has renewed its partnership with Alsco, the premier linen and uniform rental business, into the 2019 NASCAR season. Alsco will serve as an associate partner for the full year on both No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, piloted by Daniel Hemric in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Tyler Reddick in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.[More](1-16-2019)

Crew chief lineup set at Front Row Motorsports UPDATE: According to sources, veteran leaders Drew Blickensderfer and Mike Kelley will join Seth Barbour in overseeing FRM’s three Monster Energy Cup Series squads. Blickensderfer will oversee the No. 34 Ford and driver Michael McDowell. Most recently, Blickensderfer was crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team and driver Bubba Wallace.(1-13-2019)
UPDATE: Two veteran crew chiefs will join the growing Front Row Motorsports team for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. Drew Blickensderfer will lead the No. 34 team with driver Michael McDowell, and Mike Kelley will head up the efforts of the new No. 36 team with rookie driver Matt Tifft. Seth Barbour returns as crew chief of the No. 38 team with driver David Ragan.[More](1-16-2019)

Best-selling diecast of 2018: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports, dominated Lionel Racing’s list of best-selling die-cast in 2018. Not only was Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet the top seller of the year, his first win die-cast – as well as three more of his cars – also made the company’s annual list.[More](1-16-2019)

Wayne Carroll to serve as Landon Cassill’s crew chief: StarCom Racing has named Wayne Carroll as crew chief for driver Landon Cassill in the 2019 Cup season. Carroll served as crew chief for 12 Cup races last season on StarCom Racing’s No. 99 car.[More](1-16-2019)

News from January 15, 2019

J.D. Gibbs memorial service details announced: The J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund has also been established to support the Young Life Ministry.[More](1-15-2019)

Procore returning to sponsor Leavine Family Racing: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) today announced that Procore, a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction, will return as a primary sponsor for 2019. Procore will be featured as the primary sponsor aboard the team’s No. 95 Toyota Camry for a total of 12 races this coming season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Matt DiBenedetto behind the wheel.
The Carpinteria, California-based company took a chance on leveraging a NASCAR partnership in 2017 with two races aboard the No. 95 entry for the team. Seeing success from the 2018 season, Procore is increasing their program to include 12 races as the primary sponsor with LFR for 2019.[More](1-15-2019)

Plan B Sales to sponsor Bubba Wallace at Auto Club Speedway:Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced a fan-focused sponsorship with Plan B Sales and Marketing that will allow fans to not only design the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but also get their name on the car and then order the same diecast. Fans can now go to www.planbsales.com to learn how they can participate and be a part the team at Auto Club Speedway. Fans can submit designs for Wallace Jr. to race. Once the design is selected, fans will have their name on the car. The No. 43 will then race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 17 on FOX. That same car will then be made into a diecast to be sent to fans who participate.[More](1-15-2019)

Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund names recipients: Six Charlotte, N.C.-based couples are ringing in the new year with newfound hope at starting a family after the Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund awarded its largest grant offering to-date of over $100,000 to help cover the cost of respective in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments at the Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte (REACH). This is the eighth round of “Bundle of Joy” recipients to receive funding since Kyle and Samantha Busch started the fund in 2015 following their own IVF journey to conceive their first child, Brexton.[More](1-15-2019)

News from January 14, 2019

Josh Wise content not racing: He now serves as the driver performance manager for Chip Ganassi Racing.[More](1-14-2019)

Chili Bowl underway this week: With 355 drivers from 33 states and five countries converging on Tulsa for the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl, getting everything to fit within the confines of the River Spirit Expo Center continues to be a challenge every year. Time management is also a challenge, so for the first time, the Chili Bowl has become a six-day event, giving fans one more day of racing. It all gets started Monday.[More](1-14-2019)

News from January 13, 2019

Crew chief lineup set at Front Row Motorsports: According to sources, veteran leaders Drew Blickensderfer and Mike Kelley will join Seth Barbour in overseeing FRM’s three Monster Energy Cup Series squads. Blickensderfer will oversee the No. 34 Ford and driver Michael McDowell. Most recently, Blickensderfer was crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team and driver Bubba Wallace.[More](1-13-2019)

Barney Visser thanks fans: Furniture Row Racing’s owner Barney Visser thanks the fans for their support and sets a path for the team’s involvement in an adaptive motorsports program.[More](-2019)

News from January 12, 2019

J.D. Gibbs, co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, dies at 49: J.D. Gibbs, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs and a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing with his father, died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49. “Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates everyone’s respect for the privacy of the Gibbs family during this difficult time,” the team said in a statement.[More](1-12-2019)

Jeff Gordon, Mike Bliss, Rick Mears among 12 finalists for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s 2019 Class: Four-time NASCAR premier series champion Jeff Gordon and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears headline 12 finalists for election into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Gordon and Mears are among six first-time nominees to emerge from the Hall’s first round of voting that ended Dec. 31, 2018. They are joined on the final ballot by Mike Bliss, Bob Bruncati, Gary Bechtel and Tom Sneva. Previous nominees advancing to the final vote are George Follmer, Tom Gloy, Tommy Kendall, Doug McCoun, Eric Norris and Jim Pettit II.[More](1-12-2019)

News from January 11, 2019

NASCAR laying off some employees: The move is reportedly a response to the proposed merger with International Speedway Corp.[More](1-11-2019)

Jimmie Johnson unveils new Ally paint scheme: Legendary NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and Ally revealed the new look for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet this morning, unveiling a blend of Ally’s unique branding along with Johnson’s iconic number and color. “This is an exciting beginning with Ally, and we wanted a car that conveyed that excitement to our fans,” Johnson said this morning after unveiling the new car on Good Morning America. “Personally, I’ve put a ton of time in on this paint scheme to help our team develop the new look.” [More](1-11-2019)

Dover International Speedway, Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company to release ‘Splash & Go’ Lager: Dover International Speedway, in cooperation with Dover, Delaware-based Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, is releasing a special “Splash & Go” Lager as part of the celebrations surrounding the Monster Mile’s 50th anniversary this year. Splash & Go (4.2% ABV) was developed to be an easy-drinking lager for fans to enjoy at home or in the grandstands at Dover International Speedway. It is named for the pit road strategy of drivers stopping in their pit box only to take a small amount of fuel before heading quickly back on the track. [More](1-11-2019)

News from January 10, 2019

Oscar Mayer continues sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing: Oscar Mayer will debut as a 2019 sponsor of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang at the historic Daytona 500 on February 17, with driver Ryan Newman and Roush Fenway Racing. The race will mark Newman’s Roush Fenway debut behind the wheel of the Oscar Mayer No. 6 Ford, and with NASCAR’s winningest owner Jack Roush, a two-time winner of the Great American Race (2009, 2012).[More](1-10-2019)

Awards presented at NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit: This week, track services personnel from across the country convened at the 19th annual NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response (AMR) in preparation for the 2019 season. The annual three-day summit, which featured leading industry experts, panels and interactive workshops related to event operations, innovation and safety concluded yesterday at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Concord, North Carolina.[More](1-10-2019)

Alsco returns to Richard Petty Motorsports: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) today announced that Alsco will continue its relationship as an associate sponsor of the No. 43 team and driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. In addition, Alsco will continue to be the official linen and workwear uniform supplier for Petty’s Garage, Victory Junction, and also be a partner of Thad Moffitt in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Late Model competition. [More](1-10-2019)

BJ McLeod Motorsports to field three full-time XFINITY teams: B.J. McLeod and Jessica McLeod of BJ McLeod Motorsports are excited to start a fourth season as a NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Team in its new state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC. This year, the organization will field three cars with its respected No. 78, No. 8 and No. 99 car numbers. Vinnie Miller will pilot the BJMM flagship No. 78 NXS car. [More](1-10-2019)

Moffitt joins GMS for 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series season:GMS Racing announced today that 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion driver Brett Moffitt will join the organization for the 2019 season. The 26-year-old Grimes, Iowa native will be defending his championship title in GMS’ No. 24 Chevrolet, alongside veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter.[More](1-10-2019)

Woodstock Festival to be held at Watkins Glen: Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has announced that the official 50th anniversary concert will be held in Central New York. Lang announced Wednesday that “Woodstock 50,” a three-day festival honoring the original 1969 event, will take place at Watkins Glen, located 80 miles outside of Syracuse, on Aug. 16, 17 and 18, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in February; prices have not been announced.[More](1-10-2019)

Talladega tickets now on sale: Come and experience the celebration of Talladega Superspeedway’s 50 Years of Speed! Tickets for the track’s springtime tripleheader motorsports weekend (April 26-28) are officially on-sale and fans can save on countless ticket offers with the track’s economical, advance-priced tickets. Advance-priced ticket options give fans the chance to save on tickets for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 28, as well as the Talladega 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, April 27.[More](1-10-2019)

News from January 9, 2019

Jeff Gordon returning to Fox Sports in multi-year deal: Jeff Gordon’s second NASCAR career as a TV analyst isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. The four time Cup series champion, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next month, has agreed to a new multi-year deal as a race analyst with Fox Sports. Gordon’s first TV contract went through the 2018 season.[More](1-9-2019)

Teams to test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Four NASCAR Cup Series champions with a combined 10 titles highlight a list of 14 drivers tentatively scheduled to participate in a two-day test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas-born titlists Kurt Busch (2004) and Kyle Busch (2015), as well as 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, will be on-hand for the test, which will be open to the public free of charge. [More](1-9-2019)

Formosa Productions and Bristol Motor Speedway work to bring NASCAR back to Nashville UPDATE: Formosa Productions Inc. and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have today reached an agreement to explore bringing major NASCAR racing events back to Nashville. The joint effort intends to combine local racing and other major motorsports events that once made Fairgrounds Speedway one of the premier raceways in motorsports.(12-18-2018)
UPDATE: [Nashville] Councilman Robert Swope, a first-term councilman from South Nashville and an amateur racer, said it’s his understanding that the mayor’s office is beginning talks with Speedway Motorsports about a 30-year agreement with the city.[More](12-18-2018)

GMS Racing and Johnny Sauter to part ways: GMS Racing announced today the team will part ways with driver Johnny Satuer effective immediately. Sauter has been with GMS since the 2016 season when he claimed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship.[More](1-9-2019)

Gus Dean to run full season with Young’s: Dean will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the #12 Chevrolet Silverado. LG Air Conditioning Technologies will support Dean in a primary role for a minimum of eight races, while serving as an associate partner for the entire 23-race schedule.[More](1-9-2019)

Chicagoland Speedway to host carnival on NASCAR race weeekend:Chicagoland Speedway announced today that a Carnival will be added to the growing line-up of fan enhancements during the NASCAR Festival Weekend June 27-30. The carnival, a first at Chicagoland Speedway, will be set up in Champions Park, the ultimate pre-race fan experience in a park-like atmosphere with live entertainment and interactive displays, will be open Friday through Sunday. There will be family-friendly rides, multiple youth attractions and games including bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel and more.[More](1-9-2019)

News from January 8, 2019

Auto-Owners Insurance to continue sponsorship of Martin Truex, Jr.: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Auto-Owners Insurance has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as a primary sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](1-82019)

NASCAR Cup Series Awards Banquet could move to Nashville: Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, confirmed he is negotiating a deal that could bring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards banquet to town. Sports Business Journal writer Adam Stern reported Monday that the banquet, which has been in Las Vegas the past 10 years, is expected to move to Nashville, according to sources.[More](1-8-2019)

Coleman Pressley to spot for Brad Keselowski: Brad Keselowski will have a new spotter in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season as Coleman Pressley will join the No. 2 Ford team. The personnel move was first revealed Friday in a newsletter to Keselowski’s fans and confirmed by a Team Penske representative Monday. [More](1-8-2019)

JR Motorsports announces 2019 driver, crew chief lineup: The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is about to commence, and two-time defending series champion JR Motorsports will reset, reshuffle and hope to repeat its title-winning formula for the third straight year. Just 40 days remain before the engines are fired in anger once more, at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, and JR Motorsports will unveil a new-look squad with the intention of earning that third straight NXS championship and fourth in the past six seasons.[More](1-8-2019)

Austin Hill joins Hattori Racing for 2019 season: Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) team owner Shige Hattori announced today that the organization is pleased to welcome Austin Hill to drive the No. 16 Toyota Tundra in 2019. Hill, a native of Winston, Georgia, joins HRE’s team, led by crew chief Scott Zipadelli, to compete for the organization’s second consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) championship.[More](1-8-2019)

Mike Senica plans limited Truck schedule in 2019: NASCAR Driver Mike Senica and Speed Clothing Company (TheSpeed.co ) announced the collaboration and partnership for the upcoming 2019 NASCAR Truck Series season. The newly formed partnership will introduce NASCAR race fans around the world to the fastest growing fashion and apparel company as well as the creators of today’s hottest new designs. Senica will once again partner up with Copp Motorsports for select races in the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.[More](1-8-2019)

Watkins Glen International season tickets on sale: Tickets and camping for the 2019 season at Watkins Glen International will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, January 8 at 9 a.m. The calendar features exciting marque events such as the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen featuring the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (June 27-30) and the return of New York’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series weekend, with the Go Bowling at The Glen (August 4), XFINITY Series Zippo 200 (August 3), and K&N Pro Series East Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 (August 2).[More](1-8-2019)

News from January 7, 2019

Daniel Suarez teleconference transcript: Stewart-Haas Racing announced today that Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 41 Haas Automation/Arris Mustang this season. Suarez joins teammates Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola as part of the four-car operation. The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion was part of a teleconference to talk about his new opportunity.[More](1-7-2019)

Daniel Suarez joins Stewart-Haas Racing: Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has signed Daniel Suárez to its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2019. The Mexican driver, who turned 27 today, will pilot the team’s No. 41 Ford Mustang with sponsorship from Haas Automation and ARRIS International PLC, joining teammates Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. The 2019 season will mark Suárez’s third year in the elite NASCAR Cup Series, but his first with SHR. Suárez made 72 NASCAR Cup Series starts with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017-2018 after winning the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.[More](1-7-2019)

Spencer Boyd joins Young’s Motorsports for 2019 Truck Series season: Young’s Motorsports announced today Spencer Boyd has joined the team as the pilot of the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado. Boyd, who is entering his fourth season of NASCAR competition, will compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019.[More](1-7-2019)

Tire test at Auto Club Speedway this week: Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano and a driver from Stewart-Haas are expected to participate on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10.[More](1-7-2019)

Richmond Raceway names Fan Advisory Board members: The Fan Advisory Board (FAB) at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) has a legacy as the voice of loyal fans at the historic track. Now in its ninth year, this group of Richmond fans continue to provide feedback and ideas to senior leadership to aid the growth and development of the track to deliver the ultimate fan experience. The track will also continue to hear from the next generation of race fans as the Youth Fan Advisory Board (YFAB) enters its second season in 2019.[More](1-7-2019)

News from January 6, 2019

Front Row Motorsports moves to a new shop: Front Row Motorsports has relocated its race shop to Mooresville, North Carolina, NBC Sports has confirmed. The team moved 18 miles south from Statesville, North Carolina, to a shop at 114 Meadow Hill Circle, which had been the home of MDM Motorsports.[More](1-6-2019)

Crew members reinstated: NASCAR announced Friday they have reinstated crew members Brandon J. Lee and Doug J. Campbell following the successful completion of the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program.[More](1-6-2019)

Auto Club Speedway planning five wide salute for NASCAR Auto Club 400: For the first time ever on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up five wide during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400 on March 17, 2019. The “Five Wide Salute” not only pays homage to Saturday night short tracks, but also celebrates Auto Club Speedway’s signature racing style of flat out and five wide. Racers saluting their fans is a long-standing tradition and now NASCAR drivers will have the chance to do it in Southern California on the 2-mile oval that is Auto Club Speedway. [More](1-6-2019)

News from January 5, 2019

Kroger shifting sponsorship strategy: Major NASCAR sponsor Kroger is shifting its marketing focus this year with the JTG Daugherty Racing team to a “Delivery, Pickup, Ship” campaign to align with its three different e-commerce initiatives. Kroger had been most recently focusing on its ClickList initiative, where customers select their grocery order online before picking it up in stores. However, Kroger has rebranded the ClickList program as part of a wider e-commerce initiative, and the Cincinnati-based company is changing up its NASCAR focus as a result. [More](1-5-2019)

Jefferson Hodges joins Team Penske: Team Penske announced today that Jefferson Hodges, who most recently served as General Manager and Director of Competition for Rev Racing, will join the organization as NASCAR Team Manager beginning with the 2019 season. Hodges will report to Team Penske Competition Director Travis Geisler and help manage various administrative and competition-related duties for the team’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) programs.[More](1-5-2019)

Progress continues on Talladega’s vehicle tunnel: The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, but not the construction efforts for Talladega Superspeedway’s new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, the first development of the 2019 Transformation Infield Project. Crews worked through much of the holidays and the tunnel walls are now coming to life as a result despite battling a host of inclement weather. In addition to the walls, rebar and concrete pours continue for the extension of the tunnel slab (nearing the infield entry/exit access).[More](1-5-2019)

News from January 4, 2019

Bass Pro Shops sponsoring Truex at Joe Gibbs Racing: Bass Pro Shops, North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company, today announced it will continue its long partnership with Martin Truex Jr., joining the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion in his transition to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. Bass Pro has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Toyota Camry.[More](1-4-2019)

Chip Ganassi Racing shutting down XFINITY team: Ross Chastain was scheduled to drive for the full season. The move comes after the FBI raided the offices of sponsor DC Solar. The Cup teams are not impacted by the move.[More](1-4-2019)

Dover International Speedway to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019: Dover International Speedway is gearing up for the biggest year in its history as the Monster Mile celebrates its 50th anniversary season and hosts its 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[More](1-4-2019)

News from January 3, 2019

Ryan Blaney to appear on “Magnum P.I.”: He will appear on the Sunday, January 20 episode, directly after the AFC Championship Game.[More](1-3-2019)

Suarez to Stewart-Haas announcement coming next week? The SHR No. 41 car is the biggest unknown piece of the 2019 season remaining.[More](1-3-2019)

Roush Fenway will not field XFINITY team: Roush Fenway Racing will not field a team in the Xfinity Series for the first time in more than a quarter century, RFR President Steve Newmark confirmed Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.[More](1-3-2019)

News from January 2, 2019

Germain Racing relocates race operations: After a decade of operation in Mooresville, N.C., Germain Racing has relocated to Welcome, N.C., in preparation for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.[More](1-2-2019)

Congratulations to Corey LaJoie: He was married to Kelly Cassidy on New Year’s Eve.[More](1-2-2019)

Sad News – Carl Hill: He joined NASCAR in 1976 as a technical inspector but quickly promoted to a track official. During his time with NASCAR he traveled with the racing circuit from coast to coast. Some of his many accolades include being featured on several race trading cards and a special appearance in the movie ‘Stroker Ace’. He retired as Chief Steward of NASCAR in 1996.[More](1-2-2019)