Monster Energy Cup Series News (14596)
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.
Tony Gibson, Crew Chief for Kurt Busch and the #41 Monster Energy Ford, is MOOG® 'Go the Extra Mile' Crew Chief of the Year11 Dec 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
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.
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RCR Continues Longtime Partnership with Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops in 2018 to Celebrate Cabela's11 Dec 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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.