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StarCom Racing acquired a NASCAR Charter for the upcoming 2018 MENCS season and will run a full 36-week schedule. SCR, a new team in 2017, led by Team Manager Derrike Cope will hit the track at the Daytona 500 in the 00 Chevy Camaro.

“What a wonderful opportunity it is for our organization to have secured a charter for 2018! We are so excited for Mike, Matt, Bill and Ashley at StarCom Racing for all their patience and generosity in facilitating this to happen,” comments Cope. “We have a strong and enthusiastic team that are now working with renewed vigor and we can’t wait to start the season!”

SCR Crew Chief, Tony Furr, and Cope worked relentlessly during the off-season to strengthen the staff and hired experienced personnel to the team. At this time, SCR will continue to explore all driver options with funding opportunities and will choose the best possible fit for the team. SCR Marketing Director, Elyshia Cope, and the team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities for the coming season.

SCR ended last season on a positive note with a best 32nd place finish for only its second attempt out on the track. “We are pleased with the progress we have made this off-season to prepare ourselves for the Daytona 500 and 2018 season,” says Matthew Kohler, SCR President. “Acquiring a Charter for the season has allowed us to escalate our program to the next level, which is a major step for our young team. We are looking forward to bringing top-notch equipment and excitement to the garage!”

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Reser's Fine Foods enters its sixth season with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and third with Erik Jones who will compete in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) in the No. 20 Toyota. The 38-race partnership is a big step for the prepared food manufacturer based in Beaverton, OR and affirms the company's commitment to NASCAR fans, Joe Gibbs Racing and one of NASCAR's brightest young stars. Reser's will be the primary sponsor of three races (Texas – April; Kansas – May and Charlotte – September) and will be a major associate sponsor for the balance of the MENCS season.

"Our sponsorship provides the opportunity to connect with the loyal NASCAR fan base," states President Mark Reser. "This will be our third year sponsoring Erik and we continue to be impressed with him both on and off the track." Reser adds, "With a 38-week season that races in over 20 of our biggest markets, this sponsorship provides a great year-round opportunity for our retail partners to drive excitement in the deli and meat department with in-store promotions, social media and show car sampling events."

Erik won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the Cup Series in 2017 scoring five top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and his first-career Cup Series pole at Bristol in August. He will re-join JGR in 2018 as will crew chief Chris Gayle to continue building on their success from the 2017 season.

"I'm always grateful for our dedicated sponsors," said Erik. "I've had a great relationship with Reser's Fine Foods over the last couple of years and I'm thrilled they are joining our Cup Series program in 2018 and will continue to be a part of my career."  

2018 Reser's Primary Race Schedule





April 8th

O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Texas Motor Speedway

May 12th

MENCS at Kansas

Kansas Speedway

September 30th

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Today at the NASCAR Media Tour's second day, Kevin Harvick was asked about the schedule of NASCAR's premier series, and he did not hold back. First off, the schedule is too long according to Harvick, but that wasn't the main problem in his opinion. The main problem was the repetition of the same type schedule in Harvick's opinion. He believes that the main problem facing NASCAR was the lack of change the schedule has seen in recent years. He applauded NASCAR for making changes to the slate for this season, moving Las Vegas two dates, the second of which will be the first race of the playoffs. Among the other changes are Chicago moving back to its original date in July, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis moving to the regular season finale, and Richmond's second date moving into the playoffs for the first time. The "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway getting its spot as a playoff race was another thing Harvick applauded. "You won't have people burning their butts off in Indy in July anymore" Harvick said. Another interesting idea he raised was in regard to the contractual obligations these tracks have to host races to NASCAR. Harvick raised the point that perhaps tracks can start leasing their dates out to other facilities so the original owner of the date can make renovations to their facility, whatever it takes to get more people to the track. I personally would love to see Harvick's ideas take actual shape in NASCAR, but perhaps that could be better said than done. Regardless, you can always leave it to Kevin Harvick to give honest answers about how he feels about topics in the sport.

In 2018, Joe Gibbs Racing will once again have a new look. Entering the fold is second year driver Erik Jones, replacing the now retired Matt Kenseth in the no. 20 DeWalt Camry. Chris Gayle will be crew chief, coming with Jones from Furniture Row, where they worked together last season. Returning from last year are second year driver Daniel Suarez in the no. 19 Arris Camry with Scott Graves returning as crew chief. Also returning are Gibbs mainstays Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, who both return to their machines with the same crew chiefs as last year, looking to build further from last year’s successes.

When writing about a powerhouse like Joe Gibbs Racing, it is truly hard for me to build solid expectations when you know they are capable of winning half the schedule if they function on all cylinders. Realistically, I see this team winning about ten to twelve races across the board, and I believe all four drivers will see victory lane this year, which is something that cannot be said about every four car team. All four of their primary sponsors in FedEx, Mars Brands, Arris, and DeWalt Tools are all set to return to their roles in 2018. M&M’s will once again utilize their Caramel branding on the no. 18 Camry for this season.

With the departing Matt Kenseth, this makes “Wild Thing” Kyle Busch the elder statesman at Joe Gibbs Racing. This is an opportunity that he’s been prepared for for a few years now with the help of his current and former teammates. He credits being teammates with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Tony Stewart for his recent raises in his maturity levels. He feels like he will be a great person for drivers like Suarez and Jones to look up to and ask for advice. That would not be the first time they will have looked up to Busch for advice given they both got their starts in NASCAR driving for his truck team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch believes they both still have some learning to do, but the learning curve will be quick and they should find their footing quickly in their sophomore seasons. This bodes well for the success of the team, as we know Busch and Hamlin will be up front contending for wins as always. This team looks poised to have one of the best years they’ve ever had on the MENCS circuit.

Germain Racing will see a bit of a facelift in this upcoming season. While keeping driver Ty Dillon in its stable, there has been a change on the box for 2018. Veteran crew chief Matt Borland will be atop the box, replacing longtime crew chief Bootie Barker. In 2017, the no. 13 team secured 24th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings, leading forty laps and averaging a 20.7 average finish, which is a team best for the GEICO sponsored machine.

As for expectations for the team, I can only see improvement for the driver entering his sophomore full time cup campaign. This team exceeded my expectations in 2017, almost winning at Dover in the spring race, only to be spun out of certain top five finish on the last lap. For the first time since 2012, the Germain Racing GEICO sponsored entry will have a new look on track. While the colors haven't changed, the look of the car has changed for 2018. Also returning is Twisted Tea for their limited schedule as a primary sponsor, while also maintaining their associate sponsor status for 2018. With its Richard Childress Racing affiliation returning once again in 2018, I predict this team will secure a top twenty finish in points, and if they place themselves correctly like they did in Dover, perhaps sneakily grab a win, securing a playoff spot for the first time in the team’s history.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR.


In his rookie season, Jones earned his first-career Cup pole, five top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and led 310 laps. His best career finish came on August 19, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway where Jones won the pole and led 260 laps before finishing second to Kyle Busch. Jones became the first driver to win Rookie of the Year in all three of NASCAR’s top series capturing the title in 2015 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), the same season he won the series championship, in 2016 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and 2017 in the MENCS.


“I’m really excited to not only get back to JGR, but to get back on track in 2018 and continue building on the success Chris Gayle and I had in 2017,” said Jones. “We were able to accomplish the goal of winning Rookie of the Year in 2017 and we’ve set some big goals for this year. With great partners in DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips and Circle K, I know that we have all we need to get the No. 20 in Victory Lane for my first Cup win and to make 2018 our best season yet.”



K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports, partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. K-LOVE is known nationally for its “Positive & Encouraging” message and has been part of McDowell’s racing career since 2010.

On the 2018 schedule, K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).

K-LOVE is a non-denominational, non-profit radio network with more than 400 radio signals in 44 states. Headquartered in Rocklin, Calif., its programming also streams live on 

“Sometimes sponsors come and go in racing, but I’m really proud that my relationship with K-LOVE has been a long-term one,” McDowell said. “Wherever I’m traveling, whether I’m having a good day or a bad day, K-LOVE is there – on the radio or online – with positive and encouraging music. I’m grateful for that, and I’m grateful for K-LOVE’s support throughout my career.”

K-LOVE’s CEO Mike Novak shared, “K-LOVE’s ongoing partnership with Michael McDowell has been exciting to say the least. NASCAR fans are so loyal to Michael and to K-LOVE, and for that we are thankful. And now to partner with Front Row Motorsports, we can’t wait to get 2018 started. See you at the races.”

The K-LOVE Ford will make its 2018 on-track debut at ISM Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 11. The Ticket Guardian 500 will air live on FOX.


GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, and Danica Patrick are teaming with Premium Motorsports for next month’s Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The one-race deal will put Danica in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro, the same car number she competed with in her first foray into stock car racing at Daytona in 2010.

When Danica gets to Daytona, not only will she have a familiar car number, but she’ll also have a familiar face atop the pit box as crew chief Tony Eury Jr. will return to the NASCAR Cup Series garage to take the helm of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet team. Eury Jr. previously served as her crew chief when she raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series from 2010 to 2012.

“I keep saying, I couldn’t have written a better story about how this would all fall into place – going with the flow is working out beautifully,” said Patrick. “I’ll be back in GoDaddy green, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet with Tony Jr. in my ear again. It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter.”

Eury agrees. “It wouldn’t be just any opportunity that could coax me back to the pit box, working with Danica and GoDaddy again at Daytona is going to be fun – when you can do what you love and be in your element … well, I can tell you, it doesn’t get any better. Danica and I have shared success before in Daytona, and she has a lot more experience under her belt now, so I look forward to seeing what we can achieve during Speedweeks.”

Premium Motorsports recently purchased the assets of Tommy Baldwin Racing. The NASCAR Cup Series organization will utilize the charter held by the No. 15 entry to field the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet at Daytona. As a result, Danica will be guaranteed a starting spot in the 60th running of the “Great American Race.” The No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet will be powered by ECR Engines, which have earned more than 250 wins, including two Daytona 500 victories. In addition, the team will receive engineering support from Richard Childress Racing.

With less than a month to go before the Daytona 500, the race team, based in Mooresville, North Carolina is working to put the finishing touches on the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet.

“We’ve been working on this behind-the-scenes for a while,” said Premium Motorsports team owner Jay Robinson. “Now that we’ve finalized the deal, we’re 100 percent focused on getting the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet ready for Daytona. Our team finished eighth in Daytona 500 last year and I know everyone here at Premium Motorsports is prepared to give Danica the best opportunity we can to get another great result as she runs her final NASCAR race.”

Just last week, GoDaddy and Danica announced their plan to work together again with primary sponsorships in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. Her final two races, being dubbed the “Danica Double,” mark an end to what is considered the most successful career of any woman in racing history – and the beginning of Danica’s next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner.
In addition to the high-profile race sponsorships, GoDaddy is supporting Danica’s life-after-racing by powering the online presence for her business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine – all of which are enriched with her brand and GoDaddy’s savvy in helping people turn their business dreams into reality. 

What’s Next: Expect Danica to unveil the new No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports within the next two weeks.

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Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that longtime Keen’s Buildings will return as a financial and marketing partner for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

The Keen’s Buildings colors will fly as the primary partner for upcoming announced races, while serving as an associate marketing partner for the remaining events.

Keen’s Buildings headquartered in Live Oak, Fla. is the leader in storage buildings, steel garages, greenhouses, residential and commercial red iron buildings and steel carports.

Keen’s Buildings was founded in June 1999.

“Kevin (Keen) has been a longtime partner with Rick Ware Racing and we’re thrilled to continue that relationship this season,” said RWR team principal Rick Ware. “With his passion for Motorsports, Kevin has also been actively looking for companies within his company platform that he can introduce to NASCAR.”

Keen said the passion of RWR makes the partnership a perfect fit.

“We’re ready to see the green flag drop in the Great American Race the Daytona 500,” added Keen. “Rick and the team have made some significant improvements to the organization and we’re excited to be a part of his transition from the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Cup and look forward to a year where we’re increasing our role with the team, but also introducing some new companies to NASCAR.”

Keen who also supports riders in the Monster Energy Supercross Series says the demographics in Motorsports, particularly in NASCAR fits perfectly with his consumers allowing the opportunity to increase his involvement for 2018.

“A lot of our consumers love and embrace Motorsports, especially NASCAR,” mentioned Keen. “You go to a race track on any given weekend and the enthusiastic and loyal race fans are exactly the consumers that purchase our products from Keen’s Buildings.

“It’s not surprising to see our consumers turn their own product from our store into their own showcasing their love and devotion to anything Motorsports related.”

Last month, Rick Ware Racing announced that they had secured a charter from Richard Petty Motorsports securing the team a berth not only into the Daytona 500, but the remaining 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events in 2018 as well. 

RWR’s driver announcement for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18 is forthcoming.

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A year after qualifying into the 2017 Daytona 500, Gaunt Brothers Racing and D.J. Kennington are returning to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 18.

GBR will field the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Kennington in the 60th running of the 500, allowing the team's Canadian owner, Marty Gaunt, and their Canadian driver another crack at The Great American Race. British Columbia-based Lordco Auto Parts and Castrol (Wakefield Canada), a longtime Kennington partner, will co-sponsor the effort.

"We're honored to have Lordco and Castrol return with Gaunt Brothers Racing for the 2018 Daytona 500," said Gaunt. "Both companies are leaders in the automotive industry, and they appreciate the value that racing brings to their programs. Their support of D.J. and his racing career further demonstrates their commitment to the sport of auto racing.

"Last year was an exciting time for all of us and we look to improve on where we left off. The 500 is such a iconic event; to have two Canadian companies, along with a Canadian driver, in the Great American Race again makes it a special event for our entire team."

Hailing from St. Thomas, Ontario, Kennington became the first Canadian to compete in the Daytona 500 in 29 years. A day later, Member of Parliament Karen Vecchio officially recognized the driver and team's feat on the floor of Canada's House of Commons.

Kennington is a two-time NASCAR Pinty's Series champion and 19-time Pinty's Series race winner. He has made 62 career starts in NASCAR's three national divisions, with a best Cup Series finish of 26th coming last fall at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

"Last year was an awesome experience for my sponsors, Lordco and Castrol, and me. We knew once it was over, we wanted to do it again," said Kennington. "Marty and everybody at GBR is pulling out all the stops for us this year. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Lordco/Castrol Toyota Camry and seeing the difference a year makes."


The Love’s Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love’s paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell.

The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company will adorn the No. 34 for a half-season schedule that includes the season-opening Daytona 500, both races at the company’s home track of Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol Night Race and the Darlington Raceway throwback weekend. 

The 2018 season marks a sixth straight year of successful partnership between Love’s Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports. Love’s has progressively grown its NASCAR marketing program with the team, incorporating its employees, customers and business partners into its success.

“We look forward to kicking off another great season in Daytona with Front Row Motorsports and welcoming our new driver of the No. 34 Love’s Ford, Michael McDowell,” said Dave Frankenfield, vice president of marketing for Love’s Travel Stops. “Bob Jenkins and Jerry Freeze continue to provide great value and flexibility in our partnership while working tirelessly to put a competitive car on the track each week. They also help create a unique race-day experience that allows our customers and employees to be a part of the Love’s race team.”

Love’s Travel Stops is family-owned and operated with more than 440 locations in 41 states, offering clean, modern facilities stocked with fuel, food and supplies for travelers. McDowell, a 10-year veteran of the series, looks forward to being an ambassador for Love’s both at the track and away from it.

“I know first-hand what it’s like to drive a motorhome all over the country with my family on board,” says McDowell. “So, I know how important it is to have a clean and safe place to stop at any hour of the day to fuel up, grab some snacks and whatever else we need on a road trip. Love’s has all of that, both for regular consumers like me and for professional truck drivers who make a living out on the road.”

The Love’s Travel Stops team will make its first on-track appearance of the year during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway next month. The No. 34 team will compete in the Can-Am Duels, the qualifying races for the Daytona 500, on Thursday, Feb. 15. The Daytona 500 is scheduled to run on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX.

Finley Named Crew Chief

Derrick Finley will be the one calling the shots atop the No. 34 pit box in 2018. Finley has been named crew chief for McDowell’s team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 team in 2017. The veteran crew chief has been with the organization since 2011.

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