Category Archives: NASCAR

Bell to compete full-time in Xfinity Series in 2018

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2018.

The 22-year-old is currently running full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with five race wins and seven stage wins providing him a Series high 47 points.

“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”

Bell started 2017 on fire by winning one of NASCAR’s marquee events, the Chili Bowl, and followed it up by dominating and winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native also picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.

“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher continue through the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Series fulltime with JGR for 2018,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). “Christopher has been a part of the TRD driver development program for many years dating back to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s certainly been an integral part of our continued success to bring young drivers through the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been successful in every form of racing and we’re confident that he’ll add his name to the list of drivers to put a Camry in victory lane.”

Before racing on pavement, Bell was crowned the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion in 2013 and accumulated 26 feature wins on dirt in 2014, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget race. He also enjoyed success in Super Late Models, winning prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.

“I can’t express how excited I am about the opportunity to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Bell. “This has been a tremendous year for me and obviously I remain focused on finishing the Truck Series season strong and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t think I could ask for a better place to take the next step in my racing career. I’m already comfortable with everyone at JGR and I think the experience I have with them this year should help me at the start of 2018.”

Joe Gibbs Racing will announce additional details for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series program, including sponsors, car number and crew chief assignments at a later date.

— Joe Gibbs Racing

JGL Racing parts ways with Armstrong, suspends operations on #28

JGL Racing announces that it has suspended driver duties effective immediately with Dakoda Armstrong. Armstrong has piloted the team’s #28 Toyota entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2017 season with sponsorship for the program. However, due to lack of sponsorship payments, JGL Racing has been forced to make this drastic move for the rest of the 2017 season.

“We really hate that it has come to this,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “However, this business is driven by sponsorship and when payments aren’t made then we cannot continue to race out off our own pocket. I hate this for our race team as well as Dakoda. We all appreciate the effort he has put into the growth of JGL Racing and wish him nothing but the best of success moving forward.”

The #28 entry will not go to Dover for this weekend’s event but instead will re-focus on the remaining events on the 2017 schedule. The team’s #24 entry will continue for the remainder of the season with Corey LaJoie (youtheory) and Dylan Lupton (Nut Up Industries).

“We will focus on finishing out the season with our programs on our #24 Toyota,” added Whitener. “We will explore future options for the #28 entry as well as focusing on finalizing programs for both cars for the 2018 season.”

Kahne to LFR in 2018

Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the #95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR’s primary driver for the 2018 season.

LFR has recorded impressive finishes as a single-car team during the 2017 MENCS season and feels that Kahne, winner of the Brickyard 400 in 2017, would not only be a top driver for the team in the MENCS series in 2018, but also be instrumental in assisting the team to attract new sponsorship in the future.

“I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” said Kahne. “I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start. Bob and everyone at Leavine Family Racing put a lot into their program and I’m excited to become a part of it.”

“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” said LFR team owner, Bob Leavine. “This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship.

Overall, we think Kasey is a good fit and felt we needed a change. There is absolutely nothing that Michael (McDowell) did, it was just a matter of us having to make some changes to help us move up the ladder and be a factor in the playoffs. I know Kasey will bring things that will help us, and I believe our environment will be conducive to his confidence level, which will in turn raise our confidence level. It just seemed like the right time and the right fit for our team.”

— Leavine Family Racing —

LFR & Procore partner for multiple races

Leavine Family Racing (LFR) is announcing a partnership with Procore Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through the unified Procore Construction OS platform.

Procore and LFR have agreed to a multi-race deal beginning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and continuing through the remainder of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season for the #95 Chevy Michael McDowell drives.

Not only is Procore teaming up with LFR on the racetrack, they will be the primary sponsor LFR’s first annual TechCon summit that will be held in October in conjunction with the Bank of America 500. TechCon summit is designed to target the construction industry and bring a focus on new technologies within the industry.

LFR, a team who has ownership ties to the construction industry, is excited to jump-start this partnership with a company whose ideals and values are similar to their own.

“It’s great for this race team to have Procore come on board for the remainder of the 2017 season and as a primary sponsor of our TechCon summit,” said Jeremy Lange, Vice President of LFR. “We look forward to building the partnership and providing immediate value to Procore and all of the attendees of the TechCon summit.”

“Procore is excited to extend its track record of working with industry leading companies by partnering with Leavine Family Racing and putting our support behind the #95 on the track,” said Mark Lyons, Vice President of Industry Marketing, Procore. “We’re looking forward to participating in the first annual TechCon and aligning both company’s visions of brining continued innovation to the construction industry.”

-LFR Press Release-

Smithfield Foods to be Primary Sponsor at SHR in 2018

Smithfield Foods Inc. announced earlier today it will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018. Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.
“We’re very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Brett Frood, president, SHR. “Smithfield has activated heavily and successfully within the sport, and we’re honored to be a part of the brand’s forward initiatives and strategy. Although we’re not ready to announce the full details of the program, we look forward to this new endeavor while remaining focused on the upcoming playoffs and putting forth the best effort possible to win more races and contend for another championship.”

Geico Renews contract with Ty Dillon & Germain Racing

With his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed toward its finale in a couple of months, Ty Dillon’s future just got much brighter as he and Germain Racing announced a multi-year contract extension to keep him behind the wheel of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet for the foreseeable future.

Along with Dillon and Germain announcing their deal, GEICO, which has sponsored the team since 2008, also announced that they will be a permanent fixture on the livery of Dillon’s car for years to come. The team also noted in their announcement that they will continue their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing for 2018 and beyond.

“Being able to partner with GEICO all these years has been a source of great pride for our race team and for me personally,” said Germain Racing owner, Bob Germain, Jr. “They’re an incredible company and they support our sport in so many different ways. We’re very fortunate to be the team that gets to represent GEICO on the race track. I appreciate their support and I look forward to working with them in the years to come. Ty Dillon has given us some very exciting races in his rookie season. We have extended Ty’s contract, and look forward to crew chief Bootie Barker and Ty leading the team to more success. They will be supported by all of the same great team members who have helped build Germain Racing.”

Through the first 25 races of the 2017 season, Dillon has yet to break into the top-10, but has been a fixture in the top-20 at the finish of the majority of the races this season, with 16 finishes inside the top-20.

At both the May Talladega race and last Sunday’s race at Darlington, Dillon tied his career-best finish with a 13th place finish, a notable result for a team of Germain Racing’s caliber.

“GEICO is an amazing sponsorship partner and a great supporter of NASCAR as a whole, said Dillon. “I love having the chance to represent them and be a part of their widespread footprint in the sport, along with their long-standing relationship with Germain Racing. We’ve experienced success together during my rookie season and I’m excited for what the future holds for our No. 13 GEICO team.”

Subway terminates contract with JGR & Daniel Suarez with races still remaining

Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that the Subway cancelation stems from a pre-race segment in July. Daniel Suarez was handing out Dunkin Donuts in said TV segment.

Subway has taken issue with the described skit. They have elected to terminate their deal with Daniel Suarez and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Subway had a 4 race deal with Daniel Suarez. So far, Subway has been seen on the machine in 3 races. A single race remained.

Joe Gibbs Racing received a letter from Subway declaring the early termination of the NASCAR sponsorship. It was delivered ahead of the Darlington Raceway weekend.

Dunkin Donuts is a competing restaurant to Subway.

“That’s part of racing,” Suarez stated before has was aware of the reason for termination. “Sponsorship comes and sponsorship leaves. There’s nothing we can do about it. I don’t really know the reasons, so there’s not a lot I can add to it.”