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Bringing new opportunities to one of the most enduring partnerships in racing, Team Penske announced today that PPG is expanding its relationship with the organization in 2018.

Team Penske and PPG will celebrate their 34th season together in 2018 with the company reaffirming its commitment by becoming a primary sponsor of the team’s No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races next season.

As part of the enhanced program, PPG will also serve as an associate sponsor for Blaney - one of NASCAR’s up and coming young stars - and the No. 12 Ford for the balance of the MENCS season. The company will also continue as an associate sponsor on all Team Penske cars competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and both DJR Team Penske entries racing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“PPG has been a trusted and valued partner with Team Penske for over 30 years as one of our longest-tenured sponsors,” said Roger Penske. “It has been exciting to see the partnership grow over the last three plus decades and we will work together as we continue to build the PPG brand through an increased presence with our team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

The No. 12 PPG Ford Fusion will compete with Blaney in the 2018 MENCS races at Auto Club Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the road course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, the NASCAR Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the fall Playoff event at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Having Ryan Blaney behind the wheel of a Team Penske car sponsored by PPG is going to make for a thrilling season - one we’re really looking forward to,” said John Outcalt, PPG, vice president, global automotive refinish. “Penske and PPG have always had a winning tradition. Together we’ve shown we’re a force to be reckoned with. And with Ryan on the track, we’re looking to add to our joint legacy.”

Team Penske and PPG established their partnership in 1984 through PPG’s participation in motorsports and sponsorship of the PPG Cup from 1979 to 1999 in the CART Series, where Penske Racing teams competed. The opportunities between the two companies started with PPG providing paint for Penske’s race cars. Over the years, the relationship has grown and PPG has become Penske Corporation’s largest supplier of refinish coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries.

“It’s great to see some of our current partners step up and become a part of the No. 12 team for next year and beyond,” said Blaney, who will turn 24 during the off-season. “PPG is a name and that everyone recognizes. They’ve been a part of Team Penske for a long time, so it’s great to see them strengthen their support of our group. I’m excited to see the PPG car on the track the first time.”

The 2018 NASCAR Cup Series regular season begins with the 60th anniversary running of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500, on February 18.  PPG’s first primary race will be the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 18.

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A storybook season added another brilliant chapter on Wednesday as Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex won the prestigious 2017 Myers Brothers Award. The honor recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing and is voted upon by the National Motorsports Press Association.                                                                                              

Truex, with his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, captured the attention of NASCAR fans everywhere during 2017. His on-track dominance was one reason, as the New Jersey-native won a series-high eight races. But even more so, fans were drawn to the unassuming Truex because of the grace he and Pollex showed in the face of heartache.

Pollex battled a recurrence of ovarian cancer throughout the 2017 season, sometimes missing Truex’s race-winning performances while undergoing treatments to counter the disease.

The couple transformed their adversity into opportunity.

Their charitable efforts around childhood and ovarian cancer have helped spotlight the diseases, with their annual Catwalk for a Cause fashion show, as well as the “Drive for Teal and Gold,” both raising funds to help find a cure.

The Myers Brothers Award – named after pioneer NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers – has been presented every year since 1958.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

A number of other awards were presented, acknowledging achievements ranging from marketing excellence to success on the track and skill in the garage.

Here is the complete list of Thursday’s award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards


  • NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex
  • Buddy Shuman Award: Bruton Smith
  • NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: FOX Sports and NBC Sports
  • Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Award: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award: Ryan Newman
  • MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Toyota Racing Development
  • Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team
  • Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Kyle Larson
  • MOOG Go the Extra Mile Crew Chief of the Year Award: Tony Gibson, crew chief No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team
  • Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award: Kyle Busch
  • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Comcast Community Champion of the Year: Chip Ganassi Racing Pit Crew Department
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Erik Jones
  • Champion Crew Chief Award: Cole Pearn


With Champion’s Week in full-gear in Las Vegas, NASCAR had its annual Myers Brothers Awards ceremony on Wednesday morning. The ceremony, held one-day ahead of the banquet, recognizes drivers, crews, and partners on their outstanding achievements accomplished all throughout the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

The list of awards handed out include the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, Buddy Shuman Award, Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew award and many others.

Below is a complete list of each award handed out:

2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year (MENCS): Erik Jones

Buddy Shuman Award: Bruton Smith

Overall Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch

Sherwin Williams Fastest Lap Award: Kyle Busch

NASCAR Marking Achievement Award: FOX / NBC

Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing

Moog Go the Extra Mile Crew Chief of the Year Award: Tony Gibson

Engine Builder of the Year Award: David Wilson, Toyota Racing Development

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Kyle Larson

Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

American Ethanol Award: Martin Truex Jr.

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Martin Truex Jr.

Goodyear NASCAR Series Champion Award: Martin Truex Jr.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Crew Chief Award: Cole Pearn

NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Martin Truex Jr. / Sherry Pollex

With today’s ceremony, the engines are just heating up. Later Wednesday will be Victory Lap, where drivers will roar down the Las Vegas Strip, and Glass Case of Emotion live from NATL, which replaced NASCAR’s After the Lap. These events will all air live on

The Banquet will air on a one-hour tape-delay starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.

FOX Sports and NBC Sports will jointly be honored with the 2017 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards today.

“We are fortunate to have two world class television partners dedicated to presenting our sport in new and innovative ways each weekend,” said Steve Phelps, EVP, Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer. “Both FOX Sports and NBC Sports are deserving honorees, each delivering dynamic marketing campaigns that introduced our sport to new audiences and brought fans closer to our athletes than ever before.”

FOX Sports and NBC Sports integrated NASCAR into its broader suite of media company assets, putting the sport in front of non-traditional audiences to help grow appeal across key demographics. The networks collaborated to implement a wide-ranging strategy to cross-promote races on both networks during the season.

FOX Sports executed a multi-faceted marketing campaign (Daytona Day) that drove anticipation and excitement for the DAYTONA 500. The campaign featured custom television creative, including a 60-second spot titled “Anthem” which debuted during FOX Sports’ broadcast of Super Bowl LI. FOX also featured NASCAR content or athletes across popular shows like The Simpsons, Lethal Weapon and an integration with FOX Celebrity Chef, Gordon Ramsey.  

At the track, FOX Sports delivered best-in-class production and innovation at every turn, providing viewers with unique experiences and digital offerings. This season was highlighted by a “Drivers Only” broadcast of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, a Visor Cam at Sonoma Raceway, FOX Sports GO Driver Channels, and the first-ever 4K broadcast of a NASCAR event at Martinsville Speedway.

“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the dedicated men and women who bring this sport into the homes of millions of viewers each weekend,” said Robert Gottlieb, EVP, Head of Marketing, FOX Sports.

NBC Sports delivered a multi-platform season-long marketing campaign that included custom creative featuring drivers in their own voices, experiential marketing with weekly in-market NASCAR on NBC food trucks, as well as an on-air #NASCARThrowback social media program honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, NASCAR content and drivers were featured on NBCUniversal’s most popular shows including: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the TODAY Show, Sunday Night Football, Watch What Happens Live, and American Ninja Warrior.

Pushing the envelope with unique production, NBC Sports introduced new technology and several additional elements to its 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series and XFINITY Series coverage. Highlights included the debut of BatCam, a camera designed to reach speeds exceeding 100 mph down the back stretch; “On The Box” coverage, featuring Daytona 500 winning crew chief and NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte contributing real-time race analysis from a position atop a pit box on pit road; and the inaugural “Pit Crew All-Star Team,” a season-long initiative to honor NASCAR crew members who made a significant difference in their driver’s and team’s success. NBC also added four-time Olympic medalist and features reporter Ato Boldon to its NASCAR broadcast team, to help bring fans closer to the action and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the many intricacies of the sport. In addition, NBC Sports partnered with MRN to cover the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International from multiple vantage points, offering viewers comprehensive coverage from strategically positioned broadcast members around the historic road course.

“NBC Sports is incredibly proud of our long-standing partnership with NASCAR, and we are thrilled to accept this award,” said Jenny Storms, Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Sports Group. “This prestigious honor is the direct result of an insights led strategy, combined with the passion and creativity of our team, to continue to connect and engage with fans in new and exciting ways.”

This marks the second time both FOX Sports and NBC Sports have been presented with the Marketing Achievement Award, both jointly won the award in 2002. Other previous winners of the NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award include Comcast; Sunoco; Coca-Cola; Mars, Incorporated; and Toyota.

NASCAR Champion’s Week will culminate with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards. NBCSN presents this year’s awards on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET, while Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the award show live beginning at 8 p.m. ET. For more information on NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, please visit  


After a successful first season with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 team, Credit One Bank, the Official Credit Card of NASCAR, will expand the relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) by becoming the largest sponsor of the No. 42 for the 2018 season.

Credit One Bank’s multi-year deal will kick off with the 2018 season-opening Daytona 500, which will be the 60th running of the Great American Race. In addition to the Daytona 500, Credit One Bank will serve as the primary sponsor for Larson, who will be in his fifth full-time season in NASCAR’s premier series, and the No. 42 team throughout the 2018 season.

Credit One Bank, who first partnered with CGR in 2016 for several races with the No. 1 team, will also continue as an associate sponsor with Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 team in 2018.


Credit One Bank, the "Official Credit Card of NASCAR®," announced today the expansion of its sponsorship of Kyle Larson's No. 42 team as part of its overall growth and brand strategy. Credit One Bank also recently announced its sponsorship of the newest NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the upcoming grand opening of its new Las Vegas corporate headquarters.

After a successful first season with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 team, Credit One Bank is expanding the relationship by becoming the primary sponsor for the 2018 season. The fresh paint scheme, featured on the new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car, will be unveiled later today at the NASCAR Fan HQ on the Las Vegas Strip, and will debut in February during the 60th anniversary of the Daytona 500.

In addition to supporting Larson and the No. 42 team, Credit One Bank continues to expand its market presence by  sponsoring Las Vegas' first major sports franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, during their inaugural 2017-2018 NHL season.

Growth continues at Credit One Bank as the company opens its new 154,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Las Vegas corporate headquarters in December 2017. The contemporary campus will provide capacity for hundreds of new technical, analytical, and marketing positions. The new location sits on 26 acres in southwest Las Vegas.

"We could not be more pleased with the company's unprecedented growth this past year," said Laura Faulkner, vice president of marketing communications at Credit One Bank. "Our national and local sponsorships allow us to expose the Credit One Bank brand to millions of sports fans and will enable us to further accelerate our growth into 2018 and beyond."

Credit One Bank PR

NBCSN commemorates the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR Season, with complete coverage of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards, this Thursday, November 30 at 9 p.m. ET. A special two-hour edition of NASCAR America kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. ET, with on-site red carpet coverage from the Wynn Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NASCAR on NBC’s Krista Voda (@KristaVoda) and Rutledge Wood (@RutledgeWood) host Thursday evening’s award ceremony honoring 2017 Monster Energy Series Champion, and driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, Martin Truex Jr. Coverage will include a special tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr., as NASCAR celebrates the final season for motorsport’s most iconic driver of his era. In addition, the show will feature the announcement of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver award, won by Earnhardt Jr. for the past 14 years. The evening’s lineup also includes a performance by Grammy Award-winning band Train.

Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) will anchor Thursday’s red-carpet edition of NASCAR America. Manno will be joined on set by NASCAR on NBC analysts Kyle Petty (@KylePetty) and Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman), from NBC Sports Group’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn. NASCAR on NBC pit reporters Kelli Stavast (@KelliStavast) and Marty Snider (@HeyMartysnider) will contribute on-site from the NASCAR Awards red carpet at the Wynn Las Vegas. Highlighted by exclusive interviews with all 16 NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers, Thursday’s special pre-awards edition of NASCAR America will also include interviews with NASCAR legends and the many celebrities in attendance.

NBC Sports PR

Bud Moore did it all in motorsports as a crew chief and car owner, winning at the highest levels in NASCAR and SCCA with Ford during a career that landed him in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Moore, a Spirit of Ford Award recipient, passed away earlier today.  Here is a statement from Edsel B. Ford II, Member of the Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company.


"All of us involved in Ford's racing program mourn the passing of Bud Moore.  He embodied the true meaning of the word hero, from storming the beaches of Normandy during D-Day in World War II to working his way up to the top levels of both the SCCA and NASCAR as a championship car owner.  Bud changed the lives of countless drivers and crew members for several decades on his way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but he was a humble, simple man who never forgot his South Carolina roots.  A loyal Ford man and a man of honor.   We send our deepest condolences to his sons Greg, Daryl and Brent."

Ford Performance PR

"Many choose the word ‘hero’ when describing athletes who accomplish otherworldly sporting feats. Oftentimes, it’s an exaggeration. But when detailing the life of the great Bud Moore, it’s a description that fits perfectly.
"Moore, a decorated veteran of World War II, served our country before dominating our sport as both a crew chief and, later, an owner. As a crew chief, Moore guided NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker to a championship in 1957. As an owner, he captured consecutive titles in 1962-63 with another Hall of Famer, Joe Weatherly. Those successes, along with many more, earned him his own spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. 
"On behalf of all of NASCAR, I offer my condolences to Bud’s family, friends and fans. We will miss Bud, a giant in our sport, and a true American hero."

Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a decorated member of America’s “Greatest Generation” who went on to win NASCAR championships as car owner and crew chief, has died at the age of 92.

Moore, a Spartanburg, S.C., native who won the NASCAR premier series title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and car owner titles in 1962-63 with Joe Weatherly, had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2011.

After graduating from high school, Moore joined the military in 1943 at the age of 18 as a machine gunner, assigned to the 90th Infantry Division which landed on Utah Beach in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His unit was attached to General George W. Patton’s “Third Army,” which pushed to liberate Europe. In recognition of his heroism, Moore was decorated with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars (the second with clusters).

Auto racing was a destination for many returning veterans. NASCAR was born in 1948 and Moore, as a South Carolinian who enjoyed fixing cars, would make the organization his life’s work. Referring to himself as “a country mechanic who loved to make ’em run fast,” Moore stood more than six feet tall and couldn’t be missed in the garage – or in Victory Lane where his cars won during parts of four decades beginning in 1961. In all, Moore won 63 times as an owner.

Moore and Weatherly proved to be a virtually unstoppable combination. The duo won eight times in 1961 and 12 times during their back-to-back championship seasons. Weatherly died in early 1964 during a race at the old Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway, ending what could have been a dynasty rivaling that of Petty Enterprises and other top teams of the era.

Moore’s team would not win another title but came close with such top drivers as NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Bobby Allison, and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees Buddy Baker and Ricky Rudd. Each managed to finish among the top 10 in the championship standings at least once, with Allison the runner-up in 1978.

Allison won the 1978 Daytona 500, a feat not previously accomplished by Moore or Allison.

Moore’s final NASCAR premier series victory came in May 1993 at Sonoma Raceway.

Moore is survived by sons Daryl (wife Carol), Brent (wife Nancy) and Greg (fiancé Roberta), grandchildren: Melissa Moore Padgett (Tommy), Candace Moore Glover (Tommy), Benjamin Moore (Kristen), Thomas Moore, and Brittany Moore, along with seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by brothers, Ralph, William, and Richard Moore and sister, Ann Moore Elder.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Betty Clark Moore, and his brothers, Charles, Cecil and Donald Moore and sisters, Edith Moore Gregory and Helen Moore McKinney.

Services and arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:  Victory Junction, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300; Jacksonville, FL or Hearing Charities of America, Hearing Aid Project, 1912 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64132.


Martin Truex Jr, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, stopped in Denver Monday for a media event at the Showroom  @Furniture Row.

The championship trophy and Truex’s Furniture Row Racing's No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats winning Toyota from Homestead were big hits with the local media.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock attended the event and read a proclamation proclaiming Furniture Row Racing Day in the Mile High City, the home base for Furniture Row Racing. Truex presented Mayor Hancock with a Furniture Row Racing crew shirt.

After the two-hour event Truex headed to Las Vegas where he will be the main focus of NASCAR’s Champion’s Week, which will culminate with an Awards Show Thursday evening, televised on NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET (7:00 MT)