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Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Caterpillar Inc. have renewed their overall partnership and sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro team, and will use the platform for the introduction of new digital and social content campaigns.
 
The partnership between RCR and Caterpillar began in 2009 and has been highlighted by the Cat Racing program's consistent activation and engagement with Cat dealers and customers. Since the 2014 debut of driver/crew chief combination of Ryan Newman and Luke Lambert, the team has earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency has remained a strong suit and in four seasons, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes.
 
"I am happy to announce the continuation of our partnership with Caterpillar and the No. 31 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "I've had the opportunity to meet and interact with so many Cat dealers, customers and equipment operators through the past nine years. They are passionate about both racing and their Cat equipment, and I share their passion for both. I have used Cat equipment for many years and there is no better heavy machinery on the market. We've enjoyed our long-term association with Caterpillar, and helped them sell a lot of equipment over the years. I'm proud to represent the Cat brand."
 
Last month, Caterpillar rolled out its new digital and social content campaigns on several platforms utilizing RCR assets to enhance the integrated partnership. From simple tune ins to long-form features, Cat is showcasing the RCR team's implementation of the Cat S60 phone in competition, as well as its driver's off-track devotion to conservation with the help of Cat Compact Track Loaders and the Newman family's animal rescue and education facility in North Carolina.
 
"Some of our strongest brand ambassadors are found in our friends on the RCR team," said Caterpillar Vice President, Nigel Lewis. "Together, we share a commitment to teamwork, advanced technology and healthy competition. Because of our partnership with RCR, we have engaged and entertained countless customers over the years across North America, and built lasting relationships and strong customer loyalty as a result. We look forward to another exciting racing season and extending the relationship beyond the track, reaching a much broader group of our customers during our sponsorship throughout the year."
 
The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives began as a sponsor in NASCAR in 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the NASCAR XFINITY Series from 1995 to 1996 before moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1997. Its relationship with RCR began in 2009, where it remains as one of the most prominent brands competing in the elite division.
 
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The Motorsports Group (TMG) announced today that Circle Sport will be not be returning in the managing partnership for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

The decision to cease came Monday (December 11, 2017) from Circle Sport owner, Joe Falk. 

“We wish them the best”, stated TMG owner Curtis Key, Sr. after being informed of the decision on Monday morning, “I will continue on this journey and look to rebound for 2018”.

Eddie Pardue will continue with The Motorsports Group. Pardue who took over the crew chief role of the #33 Chevrolet midseason from Pat Tryson will serve as crew chief of TMG’s 2018 entries. “Eddie and I have known each other for a long time, since the Busch Series days, I am happy that he will continue on with us”, said Key.

TMG is currently seeking a driver and sponsors for next seasons entry, “This is sudden for us but we put a plan together rather quickly, we’ve had discussions with potential drivers but it’s only been a day since the news and we have more calls to make, we look to have a driver announce in early January”, added Key.

The TMG Chevrolet Camaro will debut at Daytona for Speedweeks in February 2018. There is currently sponsorship opportunity available for both primary and associate partners.

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Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing's MOOG®-equipped #41 Monster Energy Ford Fusion, is the 2017 MOOG "Go the Extra Mile" Crew Chief of the Year. Gibson received the award, which recognizes the crew chief with the best overall performance in advancing a team's competitive position during the Monster Energy NASCAR® Cup Series season, during last week's NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. MOOG is a brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

One of the most experienced crew chiefs in Cup Series racing, Gibson won a season-high five weekly MOOG "Go the Extra Mile" Crew Chief awards, which are presented to the crew chief whose car delivers the greatest improvement in average lap time from the first to the second half of a race while finishing on the lead lap. Jason Ratcliff, crew chief for Matt Kenseth and the MOOG-equipped #20 Toyota, finished second in the battle for year-end MOOG honors with four weekly "Go the Extra Mile" wins. A total of 18 different crew chiefs earned the weekly award over the 36-race season.

As the MOOG brand's Crew Chief of the Year, Gibson received a handcrafted MOOG ball joint trophy and $100,000 check from Federal-Mogul Motorparts. In winning the award, he closed the 2017 season in much the same way as he started it – with a career highlight. A native of Daytona Beach, Fla., Gibson achieved his lifelong dream of winning the season-opening Daytona 500 this past February.

"Tony's success can be traced to exceptional preparation, a mastery of chassis adjustments and race strategy, and his unique ability to inspire his team members," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "We saw these advantages at play throughout the 2017 season as he went the extra mile in helping improve the 41 car's performance."

The MOOG brand is the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. MOOG product engineers go the extra mile in developing innovative steering and suspension parts that provide superior performance, greater durability and easier installation. These benefits have helped drive the brand's unsurpassed success in NASCAR competition, with every Cup Series champion for the past 52 years driving to victory with MOOG parts.

To learn more about MOOG parts, visit your MOOG supplier or visit www.moogparts.com. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogparts and follow the brand on Twitter (@moogparts) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/moogparts).

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Richard Childress Racing (RCR) today announced plans to continue its partnership with Bass Pro Shops during the 2018 racing season. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will serve as a primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The partnership marks the first time both iconic outdoor brands will be featured together since Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's joined forces in September 2017 to establish North America's premier outdoor and conservation company.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will be featured as the primary sponsors of Ryan Newman's No. 31 Chevrolet during the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2018, along with several other select races throughout the 2018 season. The partnership also includes several races as primary sponsor in the XFINITY Series with drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, and a season-long associate sponsorship in both the Cup and XFINITY Series.

"Our relationship with Bass Pro Shops dates back to the mid-1990s and we're thrilled to be able to continue it during the 2018 season," said RCR's Chairman and CEO, Richard Childress. "Austin, Ty and Ryan are terrific ambassadors for the great outdoors. They are all passionate about our hunting, fishing and conservation heritage which has made this partnership thrive. Next season will be exciting as we welcome Cabela's, the iconic outdoor brand acquired by Bass Pro Shops, to the RCR family."

Newman, Dillon and Dillon will serve as outdoor, hunting, fishing, conservation and sport shooting spokesmen for Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. The partnership will include in-market activation, at-track activation, show car and digital/social media assets. The at-track activation includes a footprint at the popular Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2018, where Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will also serve as primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro.

Bass Pro Shops, founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, provides unmatched offerings spanning destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class destinations and more. Earlier this year, Morris opened the doors to Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world, located adjacent to the original Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield, Missouri.

"I am very excited to continue our partnership with Richard Childress Racing and support three tremendous drivers - Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, and Ty Dillon," said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. "Like so many of our loyal customers, we cannot wait to see Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's side-by-side on the race cars and in Victory Lane. We know many of our customers, conservation partners and associates have an affinity for NASCAR which has made our partnership with RCR so successful. We're excited to get things started with the Daytona 500 in February."

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will continue its on-car branding efforts with its affiliated brands such as TRACKER Boats, Ranger Boats, Big Cedar Lodge and to promote conservation partners including Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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NASCAR fans get a double-dose of racing action to open the 2018 season on Sunday, February 11, with The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway capping a day that starts with Coors Light Pole Award qualifying for the 60th Annual Daytona 500.

A star-studded lineup of elite drivers will battle in the 75-lap event which airs live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 3 p.m. ET. The annual preseason race will be run in two segments, with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.

“A double-header, featuring The Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, is a great way to start the 2018 season,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The urgency created by the non-points race sets a tone for the season, providing a strong preview of the competition we expect will be a mainstay all year long.”

“For four decades, the Advance Auto Parts Clash has been a staple of the Speedweeks lineup,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “The event has a rich history and serves as a preview to the Can-Am Duel qualifying races and the DAYTONA 500. Combining the Advance Auto Parts Clash and DAYTONA 500 Qualifying on the same day will deliver race fans a full day of NASCAR action.”   

Consistent with the eligibility criteria used to determine last year’s Clash field, there is no pre-determined number of cars. The exclusive field is limited to drivers who were 2017 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2017 and drivers who qualified for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Eligible drivers are:

2017 Coors Light Pole Award Winners (14)

  • Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr.

Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Award Winners (3)

  • Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick

2017 Playoff Drivers (3)

  • Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman

Tickets for The Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying are available online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Adam Stern, writer for The Sports Business Journal tweeted late Sunday afternoon that Kurt Busch has signed a contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing to continue driving the #41 Ford and plans that an announcement regarding his contract extension should come later this week. 

In 4 years with Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch has claimed 5 victories most recently coming last February in the 2017 Daytona 500.

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a new partnership between the two organizations.  RCR will supply chassis and engineering support to the team.  The RPM entry will receive horsepower from ECR Engines, the high-performance engine production, research and development subsidiary of RCR.  With the transition, RPM will permanently move its team headquarters adjacent to the RCR campus in Welcome, N.C.  The move will begin immediately and be completed by January.

"We've had a tremendous amount of success through our team partnerships over the past several seasons", said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR.  "To bring a storied organization like Richard Petty Motorsports on-board as an alliance partner is a win for each of our organizations."
 
The newly formed partnership will mean a switch in manufacturer for RPM and place 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) driver and Sunoco Rookie of The Year contender, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. behind the wheel of the all-new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 when the iconic No. 43 hits the track for the first time in 2018 during Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway leading up to the 60th running of the Daytona 500.
 
RPM will remain an independent race operation, but the change allows for the team to collaborate with RCR. The move also unites two of the sport's most iconic teams and cars.  RPM's No. 43 and RCR's No. 3 will now work together for the first time to push forward both organizations' goals of winning races and championships.
 
"This is our next chapter of Petty racing," said Richard Petty, co-owner, Richard Petty Motorsports.  "We need to provide Bubba, Drew (Blickensderfer) and the rest of the team with the tools necessary to be successful on the track, and I feel strongly this is the best move for RPM, our partners and everyone involved with our team.  Chevrolet has been a consistent winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for a long time and we're proud to be a part of the GM family again.   We feel we can immediately win with Chevrolet and our new alliance with RCR."
 
RPM has a long and successful history with General Motors and Chevrolet in NASCAR's premier series.  Some of these winning moments include:
  • June 1957.  Lee Petty's first General Motors win (Oldsmobile)
  • February 1959.  Lee Petty wins inaugural Daytona 500 (Oldsmobile)
  • 1979 and 1981.  Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 (Oldsmobile/Buick)
  • 1979 and 1980. Richard Petty takes the Chevrolet brand to victory lane six times (Martinsville, Michigan, Dover, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro and Nashville Fairgrounds)
  • July 1984.  Richard Petty's 200th win (Pontiac)
  • October 1996.  Richard Petty's first win as a sole car owner with Bobby Hamilton (Pontiac)
In total, Petty teams have 31 Cup wins with General Motors and Chevrolet.   
 
Bubba Wallace also has historical moments with the manufacturer, including his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and his most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this past year at Michigan, his first start in a Chevrolet Silverado.
 
"I've had some great memories with Chevrolet and I'm ready to make a lot more," added Wallace, Jr.  "The entire RPM team is ready for 2018, and now we have a big piece of the puzzle put in place.  We're all eager to start preparing our No. 43 Camaro for 2018, working and creating new ideas with RCR.  This is a new journey and we're all ready to begin it."
 
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Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing underwent Heart Surgery on December 5, 2017.

Wood Brothers Racing via Twitter gave an update on his condition. 

 

Trevor Bayne’s AdvoCare Ford Fusion will sport a different look when it hits the track to begin the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season as the famed Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 will be sporting the primary color of black.

“This new paint scheme is pretty awesome,” said Bayne. “If you look through history a lot of the great drivers have driven black race cars as their primary scheme and I am pretty excited to have one as well going into 2018. I think that this new look by AdvoCare is really great and shows that we mean business every time we head out onto the racetrack. This scheme just makes me even more excited about getting back behind the wheel in 2018.”

This new scheme marks the first time that the Roush Fenway No. 6 will be primarily black in the MENCS since the 2005 season with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

“It is really cool to have the No. 6 Ford black again for Roush Fenway,” added Bayne. “I know that Mark (Martin) ran really well in these colors and hopefully we can replicate that same success next season.”

Bayne, who is coming off of a 2017 campaign that saw a career-high in top-10 finishes, enters his fifth season with AdvoCare as his primary partner and his fourth with the Plano, Texas company in the MENCS.

The 2018 MENCS season kicks off with the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. 

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Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has named Andy Petree as its new Vice President of Competition, and Dr. Eric Warren as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. The organizational moves bolster RCR's competition department with more than 50 years of combined racing experience.
 
Petree joins RCR on a full-time basis after he was brought on in an advisory role in October to conduct a comprehensive review of the team's competition area. Warren, who has served in a competition leadership position at RCR since 2012, will oversee RCR's engineering department and new technology strategy. The Chief Technology Officer will report to the Vice President of Competition.
 
"These organizational moves will strengthen our competition department tremendously," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "We felt that Andy did an exceptional job in the past month during his review of our competition area. Bringing him on as a Vice President of Competition is a valuable addition to our leadership team."
 
"I've known Andy for a long time and we're thrilled to have him work alongside our team, including Eric in his new role as Chief Technology Officer. This move will allow Eric to use his years of experience and many technical talents to focus on engineering and the application of emerging technologies," Childress said.
 
Petree's experience in NASCAR runs deep. For decades, he has served in numerous roles, including driver, team owner and championship-winning crew chief. He most recently served as a television analyst for Fox Sports.
 
Warren holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and has held numerous roles in stock car racing dating back to 1997 including competition director, chief aerodynamicist and technical director. He joined RCR in October 2012 and since then has been a part of 24 victories and one championship in NASCAR's top-three touring series. 
 
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After starting 15th and running third for the majority of the second half of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, Kyle Busch dug deep in the late stages and was able to bring home his second Tom Dawson Memorial Trophy. After restarting third with 66 laps remaining in the 300-lap event, Busch was able to work his way around Bubba Pollard for second place with 22 laps remaining and then maneuvered past Jeff Choquette for the race lead with 16 laps to go. Once out front, the Las Vegas native cruised to the victory in the prestigious Super Late Model event. 
 
Throughout the week's numerous practice sessions, the No. 51 Toyota/Phoenix Construction Camry showed good long-run speed, but didn't fire off like the way some other competitors could. Busch qualified a disappointing 15th on Friday night, but ended Saturday's final practice session sixth quick.
 
The No. 51 Camry began moving forward once the race started, despite communicating that his Toyota was tight handling. He had made his way up to the fifth spot before pitting for four tires and fuel under caution on lap 76. With the field employing several different strategies, KBM's owner-driver restarted 11th when the field went back green on lap 89.
 
Busch took advantage of his fresh tires as he advanced up to fourth place on lap 100 and 10 laps later was able to make his way around Jeremy Doss to lead for the first time. After spending 10 laps at the front of the field, Busch was pressured by Choquettte and Pollard and decide that it was too early to push things as he settled into the third position. Harrison Burton was also able to make his way around his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner, leaving Busch in the fourth spot when the race reached the halfway mark.
 
Crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned Busch to pit road for the second time of the day under caution on lap 171. A speedy four-tire stop by the over-the-wall crew gained the team two positions and the No. 51 Camry took the lap-179 restart from the second position. On the ensuing restart the inside lane got a strong surge and Busch fell back to the third spot.
 
Busch remained scored in the third position for the final restart of the race with 66 laps remaining. The race would remain caution free the rest of the way. Choquette and Pollard had a sizeable lead on Busch and it appeared that it was going to be a two-car race for the win, but their lap times continued slowing in the second half of the run when Busch's times had stabilized as he began narrowing the gap with 30 laps remaining.
 
The No. 51 Phoenix Construction/Toyota Camry continued to post fast lap times as he maneuvered around both Pollard and Choquette in the closing laps to pick up KBM's third Snowball Derby victory.
 
Noah Gragson finished 12th in KBM's No. 18 Switch Camry, while Cole Rouse and the No. 46 Toyota Racing team were relegated to a 25th-place finish after a cut tire caused major damage with 82 laps remaining.
 
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