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Manscaped announces its debut into motorsports with its associate sponsorship of the StarCom Racing (SCR) 00 Camaro in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series at the 2019 Daytona 500. The SCR 00 Camaro with Landon Cassill at the wheel will prominently display the Manscaped logo on the rear bumper TV panel as it whips smoothly around the Daytona International Speedway on February 17. 

Manscaped was launched in 2017 and is the first company to provide men with precision-engineered razors and trimmers, unique pH-balanced formulations, and accessories that have been specifically created for one job: to ensure a simple, safe, and effective below-the-waist manscaping routine.

SCR, also newly launched, hit the track in 2017 as a new team in the MENCS. This will be the team's second appearance at the Daytona 500. The two young brands are an ideal fit—each demonstrating passion, precision, and innovation.

"We are thrilled to partner with StarCom Racing for our first ever NASCAR appearance," said Manscaped Cofounder Steve King. "From the professional drivers on the track to their fans in the stands, all men subject themselves to extreme conditions in their most sensitive region. Our products help men be healthy, clean, confident, and perform at their best." 

"I'm so excited to partner with Manscaped. When I saw they joined the team, I knew we were going to have some fun with this sponsorship," said 00 Driver Landon Cassill. "Their products are designed to help guys stay cool below the waist, so with temperatures spiking around 160 degrees inside a race car without air conditioning... this is a win-win for everyone."

The Daytona 500, regarded as the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, will be held on February 17, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway. More information about Manscaped is available at To learn more about StarCom Racing, please visit

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Wyndham Destinations, the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today celebrated the extension of their sponsorship of Richard Petty Motorsports through 2020.  As the longest serving hospitality sponsor of the team, Wyndham Destinations will continue supporting "the King" and driver of the iconic #43 car Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. for the vacation company's 19th and 20th years as a sponsor, starting with the season opening race the Daytona 500 on February 17.
"Richard Petty is a legend in the racing world and we're so proud to support Richard Petty Motorsports through 20 years of partnership," said Jeff Myers, chief sales & marketing officer, Wyndham Destinations. "We are focused on delivering great vacation experiences to our nearly 900,000 owners every year, including the Petty family and thousands of race fans. As a company based in Central Florida, it's a thrill to have our sponsorship debut each year at our hometown track, and our 3500 local associates will be cheering on Bubba Wallace to another history making finish in this year's Daytona 500."
Wyndham Destinations offers owners a lifetime of vacations at the company's more than 220 vacation club resorts, the largest portfolio of timeshare properties in the world.  Whether it's living your bucket list with Club Wyndham or finding more time to share at WorldMark resorts, the company offers vacation owners the opportunity to enjoy a flexible, points-based vacation club that provides endless opportunities to travel to top global destinations.  As an active owner with Wyndham's vacation club resorts, Richard Petty makes it a priority to vacation with his family several times a year. 
"My family and I enjoy our annual vacations with Wyndham Destinations and have for almost two decades," said Richard Petty. "Whether it be Club Wyndham Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach, Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek, WorldMark Kona or Club Wyndham Midtown 45 in Manhattan, we enjoy the flexibility of the points-based system from Wyndham Destinations, because it allows us the opportunity to have world class vacations in hundreds of great destinations across the world."
Race fans will notice the iconic Wyndham Destinations logo, with the angled "y" representing the joy of the journey and the dot the delight of the destination, on the #43 car during this month's Daytona 500. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn more about Wyndham Destinations' club resorts and vacation ownership at the Petty's Garage Mobile tour experience at select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events throughout the year, along with collector car shows and automotive culture events including:
January 12:     Scottsdale, Barrett Jackson Auto Auction
March 21:        Myrtle Beach, Run to the Sun Auto Show
April 11:           West Palm Beach, Barret Jackson Auto Auction
April 19:           NYC, New York City International Auto Show
August 23:       Pigeon Forge, TN, Bubba Fest
September 2: Myrtle Beach, Mustang Week
October 3:       Las Vegas, Barrett Jackson Auto Auction
For more information about Wyndham Destination's portfolio of vacation club resorts, visit
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced an expanded partnership with CITGO® Petroleum Corporation and its CITGARD® brand that began last season with David Ragan and the No. 38 team.

The CITGARD brand is the primary sponsor on the No. 38 Ford Mustang throughout this season. Ragan will carry the CITGARD colors at the events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, Michigan International Speedway in June and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in September. The brand will also be featured as an associate sponsor all season.

CITGARD began its partnership last season with FRM at Darlington Raceway, paying tribute to Dale Jarrett during the annual "Throwback Weekend" with a red and white scheme. The popular feedback from race fans and success of the program led to the increased commitment with FRM and Ragan this season.
"Everyone at the Front Row Motorsports organization and David Ragan worked hard to ensure that we had a wonderful experience and that our program was a success for us last year," said Brian Paulson, CITGO General Manager Lubricants. "In return, our customers and fans were thrilled and now we're proud to increase our partnership with David and the team this season."

CITGARD heavy duty engine oils are next generation oils formulated with proprietary additive technology that protects engines from running at higher temperatures and fuel injection pressures, while meeting tighter wear limits and lower emission requirements. The Front Row Motorsports transporters rely on CITGARD throughout the season.

"It's great to have CITGARD return to our program this season," said Ragan. "As a team that travels thousands of miles from race to race, you need reliable, heavy-duty engine lubricants to ensure we get to the track and back home. I'm glad that we have the best. I want to thank everyone at CITGO for stepping up and helping us improve our race program."

Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises will again oversee the partnership.

"I want to thank everyone at Front Row Motorsports and David Ragan for their support of CITGARD," said CEO Doug Fritz. "This is a great partnership and we're proud to have an increased presence of CITGARD on the track this season."

Thirty-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) winner Kurt Busch announced plans today for the KB100 Ticket Giveaway, which will offer 100 tickets for each MENCS race in 2019. All currently serving military members and veterans are eligible to register to be selected for tickets. The KB100 program is part of a relationship with the Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and will begin with this weekend’s 61st running of the DAYTONA 500.

Busch, the 2017 DAYTONA 500 and the 2004 series Champion, who will be competing in his 20th season in the MENCS, said, “I am appreciative of the sacrifice and commitment of our military service members and families.” Busch plans to personally purchase tickets throughout the 2019 MENCS season to be distributed through Vet Tix.

The driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing stated, “Family is what NASCAR is all about and I hope this experience at the track will be an enjoyable and fun filled event!”

Vet Tix is a national 501 (C)(3)which has provided over 6 million free event tickets to more than one million members. The nonprofit organization spends over 95 percent back to its programs, giving back to those who have given so much. Fans can visit or to learn more. 

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On Sunday, Feb. 17, Oscar Mayer and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman will hit the track to kick off the 2019 racing season at the Daytona 500.

Newman will power the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Ford Mustang as part of a season-long sponsorship with the brand. The car’s hunger-inducing paint scheme will feature Oscar Mayer’s Deli Fresh cold cuts, a premium offering made with all the flavor of the deli and with no artificial preservatives, and no added nitrates or nitrites.

“The No. 6 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Mustang represents our mission to make every sandwich count, and we’re excited share our quality taste and flavors with NASCAR fans all season long,” said Christian Badger, associate director for Oscar Mayer. “We’ve updated the recipes of our Deli Fresh cold cuts to remove all of the ingredients consumers don’t want or need. It’s a product that families can rely on.”

The brand will be the primary sponsor of six races throughout the season, with different design schemes for each race, including Oscar Mayer bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts. This weekend, the iconic Wienermobile will also be making an appearance at the Daytona International Speedway. Be sure to look for the 27-foot hot dog on wheels and its full-time brand ambassadors, the famous Hotdoggers.

In addition to Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh, the brand offers cold cut varieties such as Turkey Breast, Chicken Breast, Ham and Roast Beef — options the whole family can enjoy.


2019 Clash Recap

11 Feb 2019 Written by

The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race of 2019 was a strange affair for an unofficial start to the season. Paul Menard led over 50 laps of a race that ended 20 laps short of the scheduled 75. There were multiple rain delays, and a lot of single file cars. Even when it seemed as though this would be the cleanest clash in histroy almost every car ended up wrecked.

Menard Started on the pole, thanks to his crew chief drawing the number one spot the night before. While he wouldn't maintain the lead on lap one, courtesy of Kyle Busch, Menard would find himself back into the lead where he would remain for the vast majority of the race.

Within a few laps the cars were already single file as drivers were not eager to challenge one another. It also appeared difficult for drivers to make moves without side drafting or taking advantage of the air passing over the cars. With everyone lined up on the outside it was not advantageous for anyone to be moivng in and out of line.

The first caution flag flew on lap eight when a light rain began to fall. After a short red flag the cars were back on track. As with the first start of the day the cars quickly assembled into a single file line and ran accordingly around the outside of the track. This continued until lap 25 when all but a few cars darted to pit road before a scheduled competition caution.

Following the competition caution the drivers again filed into line on the outside with Menard out front as the Ford drivers proceeded to dominate the day of damp and less than exciting competition for another dozen laps before rain began to fall again.

NASCAR was successful in their attempt to dry the track for racing as the rain subsided once more. The cars returned to the track runing another dozen laps before rain again threatened the racing action. With 20 laps to go Jimmie Johnson made a move to the inside of Menard on the back stretch. As he narrowly side drafted Menard the two collided sending Menard sliding sideways in front of the entire field.

Only three drivers made it thourhg unscaved as the caution car brought only six running cars around the track and back down pit road as the rain came back harder than before.This would be it for the event as the track would be lost to the downpour. A controversial finish that would be debated for several reasons as some would contest that Johnson's number 48 Chevrolet went below the yellow line to complete the pass for the lead.

NASCAR would declare Johnson the winnner as the track was lost. They would also go on to state that Johnson's pass was legal because he was forced below the yellow line by the out of control Wood Brothers Ford. While not the start ot the season most people wanted it seemed most dissapointing for Menard. Kurt Busch would finish second with Logano third, Blaney fourth, and Bowman fifth.


The cars will return to the track to compete this Thursday, February 14th, in the Can-Am duels at 7 and 9PM ET to set the full line-up for the Daytona 500.

With the 61st annual Daytona 500 six days away, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the addition of Winn-Dixie as the primary sponsor of the team’s second chartered Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) entry driven by Cody Ware.

Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout five southeastern states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which is one of the largest supermarket chains based in the Southeast.

Industry veteran George Church will guide Ware in his inaugural Daytona 500.

“This is like a dream come true,” said Cody Ware. “I really can’t explain the feelings I have about getting ready to run my first Daytona 500. “It’s like being a little kid at Christmas and it can’t get here soon enough. We still have a lot to learn even after practice and qualifying this past weekend.

“It’s also a bonus to be able to go out there and represent one of the biggest grocery chains in the country. I couldn’t believe it when Winn-Dixie agreed to be our primary partner for Daytona. This is a huge boost for Rick Ware Racing, and we plan on representing them to the best of our abilities.”

Rick Ware Racing team principal Rick Ware says he’s proud to have two cars in this year’s “Great American Race” – especially with marketing partners who are acquainted with the sport.

“We are very excited to be here at Daytona and equally excited to have Winn-Dixie on our No. 52 Chevrolet,” said Ware. “We have worked very hard during the off season to be able to bring our two teams to Daytona and continue with the enhancement of our program from 2018.

“We are very fortunate to have had some really great companies join our family during the off-season and even at the beginning of the season. To be able to see our No. 52 Chevrolet whip around Daytona with Winn-Dixie on board is very exciting. They are a familiar name in NASCAR and we’re thankful for their support.

“Being brand ambassadors for Winn-Dixie, JACOB Companies and the many other associate marketing partners is something that we all at Rick Ware Racing are very proud of.”

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17 with coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

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SHR Finish:        

● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 8th / Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)

● Daniel Suárez (Started 10th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 58 of 59 laps)

● Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 57 of 59 laps)

● Clint Bowyer (Started 15th, Finished 16th / Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)



● Kevin Harvick started sixth but fell back to 16th by lap five.

● The Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang pitted under caution on lap 11 for four tires and fuel. Harvick restarted 19th.

● With most of the field pitting, Harvick finished the first segment in fourth place.

● On lap 28, under caution, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and tape on the grill. He restarted 13th.

● Harvick was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 55. He drove his car to pit lane for repairs and then completed another lap before rain halted the event for good.

●  Jimmie Johnson won the Clash to score his second career Clash victory. His first Clash win came in 2005.

●  The 20-car field was comprised of 2018 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2018 playoff participants.

●  A random draw determined the starting grid.


Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was an adventurous day. We got hung out in the beginning and went to the back and tried to make something happen. Everybody was in a single-file line and didn’t really want to race much. We had ourselves positioned in the outside line headed in the right direction, and they all crashed when they decided to start racing for the first time.”


Next Up:

The Gander RV Duel – twin 150-mile races that will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 1 p.m.



SHR Finish:      

● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 8th/ Running, completed 59 of 59 laps)

● Daniel Suárez (Started 10th, Finished 10th/ Running, completed 58 of 59 laps)

● Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 12th/ Running, completed 57 of 59 laps)

● Clint Bowyer (Started 15th, Finished 16th/ Accident, completed 55 of 59 laps)



● Aric Almirola started in 18th and drove to 16th by lap seven.

● Inclement weather postponed the race on lap eight. Almirola pitted for four tires and fuel under caution when racing resumed.

● The No. 10 Prime Fresh Smithfield Ford came to the pits on lap 24 for fuel only before the competition caution came out on lap 25.

● Almirola was caught speeding while exiting pit road and brought the No. 10 Ford Mustang back to the pits for fresh new tires.

● On lap 40, the second caution for rain postponed the race with Almirola in 18th place.

● When racing continued, the Ford Mustang driver stalked the field in and around the 17th position until a multicar accident on lap 57 involving 17 of the 20 cars brought out the final caution of the race.

● Inclement weather continued to dampen the racing surface while under caution, ultimately ending the race early.

● This was Almirola’s fourth career Clash appearance. His best finish was sixth in 2013.

● Jimmie Johnson won the Clash to score his second career Clash victory. His first Clash win came in 2005.

● The field was comprised of 2018 pole winners, former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and 2018 playoff participants. A random draw determined starting positions.


Next Up: 

The Gander RV Duel – twin 150-mile races that will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field – takes place at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. Speedweeks at Daytona then culminates with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 1 p.m.



In his debut behind the wheel of the No. 6, Ryan Newman rolled off fourth for Sunday’s Clash at Daytona International Speedway in the Wyndham Rewards Ford, but got caught up in a late race multi-car incident before the race was eventually called due to rain resulting in a ninth-place finish.

“Our Ford was pretty tore up,” Newman said afterwards. “I would have rather gone back green and had a shot than where I was there when that melee happened on the back straightaway. We learned a few things today. Number one, watch the radar. Number two, there’s going to be a crash, and, number three, we’ve got to work on our car and make it just a little bit better for just raw speed and some drivability. It looked like it was pretty much follow the leader. Hopefully, the more cars that get on the race track that will change and make the racing a little bit more exciting.”

Newman, who qualified for the Clash via his 2008 Daytona 500 win, was awarded the fourth starting spot after a random draw Saturday night. NASCAR scheduled a competition caution for lap 25, but it would wave earlier as rain began to fall at lap eight while Newman rode sixth.

After a restart at lap 12, the race ran green up until the competition yellow, when Newman brought his Ford Mustang down pit road for service at lap 25. The South Bend, Indiana, native restarted sixth at lap 32 before being shuffled back in the pack halfway through.

The yellow would again display at lap 39 for rain, before it went back green at lap 47. The rain-free run lasted nine laps before a multi-car incident ensued, collecting Newman among a bevy of other cars. The No. 6 team went to work with repairs on pit road, but rain again moved in, this time ending the race ahead of the scheduled distance.

Newman returns to the track in the No. 6 Thursday night for his duel race, which determines his starting spot for the Daytona 500 next Sunday, Feb. 17. Race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.


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