Monster Energy Cup Series News (13236)
Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) proudly announced today the signing of Symbol Mattress as the primary marketing for the team’s No. 51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry for the next two races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway respectively.
Long-time RWR driver Timmy Hill will pilot the No. 51 Symbol Mattress Chevrolet at Bristol and Richmond promoting their SleepFresh™ Sleep System.
For more than 50 years, Richmond-Va. based Symbol Mattress has been an industry leader in the bedding category; servicing thousands of retailers nationwide.
After recent years of testing and innovation, the Symbol team have developed a product that is nothing short of a sleep revolution; The SleepFresh™ Sleep System.
Born from the same technology that powers climate controlled automotive components, SleepFresh™ has been track tested to deliver a perfect night’s sleep, night after night.
“We are excited to be a part of NASCAR and the Rick Ware Racing family,” said Mike McQuiston, president of Symbol Mattress. “We wish the team and Timmy a lot of luck in Sunday’s Food City 500.”
Hill, a native of Port Tobacco, MD will make his third Cup Series start at the 0.533-mile oval.
“I love short track racing and I’m eager to get in the car this weekend and have a good showing for Symbol Mattress,” said Hill, the 2011 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year. “It’s great for us as a growing team to have the support of a local company that is keen to spreading their message through NASCAR.
“The car is going to look great and we’re working feverously to continue to make gains week after week in the Cup Series. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and it’s only going to continue to improve.”
In addition to Symbol Mattress, RWR is proud to carry the support of Spoonful of Music, Lilly Trucking, Picture It Solid Photography and BUBBA burger® as associate marketing partner for the eighth race on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour.
BK Racing announced today that E.J. Wade Construction will be on board the No. 83 Toyota Camry of Corey LaJoie for both 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. The E.J. Wade Foundation continues to serve as an associate sponsor on board all BK Racing Toyotas for the entire 2017 season.
E.J. Wade Construction made their debut in NASCAR on board the BK Racing No. 83 last April at Richmond International Raceway. E.J. Wade returned to sponsor eight BK Racing cars throughout the 2016 season.
E.J. Wade Construction is a Class A Contractor and a VDOT Prequalified Contractor that has highly trained professionals who have their tradesman licenses in electrical, plumbing, HVAC and gas fitting tradesman licenses.
In 2013, founders Jeff and Janet Wade created E.J. Wade Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) non-profit as a merger of their three, previously established 501(c)(3) organizations. The three primary focuses of the E.J. Wade Foundation are Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Assistance, aid for the people of Niger, Africa, and Disaster Preparedness & Relief. Each pillar of philanthropy represents a deep, personal meaning for the Wade family. E.J. Wade Foundation will continue to encompass all three tenants of the elder foundations while adding community partnerships as a fourth focus.
“I have had a great experience working with the entire BK Racing organization in 2016, so I’m very excited to see the relationship expand in 2017,” said Jeff Wade, President of E.J. Wade Construction. “Everyone on the team has been amazing to me and my family, and Corey will do a great job representing my company and our foundation.”
“E.J. Wade has been with us since last year, so it’s great to see them sponsor our No. 83 at both Richmond races” says Doug Fritz, BK Racing CMO. “To be able to host the Wade family and to help them garner the value from their sponsorship is really something special.”
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Fresh from an Easter weekend off, Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford team head to Bristol Motor Speedway where they hope to continue the pace they’ve set in first seven races of the 2017 season. To date, Blaney and the No. 21 Ford Fusion have a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 and two more top-10 finishes, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. They have two front-row starts, at Phoenix Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway, two stage wins and 150 laps led. They’ve never been out of the top 10 in the Cup standings and head to Bristol in sixth position.
“After a weekend off, there’s no better place to get back to racing than Bristol,” crew chief Jeremy Bullins said. “You always know you’re in for an exciting weekend, and we are certainly ready to go with the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford.
“I feel like Bristol is another track on the schedule where we have enough experience as a team to be a real contender this weekend. It’s a place Ryan and I won at with the Xfinity program, and I feel like we’ve gotten stronger each time we go.”
Blaney finished 11th in the Food City 500 last spring, and qualified fourth for last year’s night race in August and raced as high as second place before being collected in a multi-car crash.
And Bullins said that while the intermediate-length, mile-and-a-half tracks and the superspeedways are where the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has enjoyed its most success, he believes the team’s short-track program is coming right along. He pointed out that Blaney qualified seventh in his most recent race on the half mile at Martinsville and was fast in the early portions of the race, earning 10 championship points by being among the top 10 after each of that race’s first two stages.
“I think the speed we had at Martinsville shows the effort that goes into the short-track cars, and even though the tracks couldn’t be more different I feel like our car will be just as fast at Bristol,” he said. “I know everyone is rested up and ready to get back to racing this weekend.”
Qualifying for the Food City 500 is set for Friday at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on FOX.
Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs met with members of the media on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte for a special announcement. Prior to the announcement, which has been known for the past week, many thought that Kenseth would be announcing his retirement or a sponsor for Darlington’s throwback weekend.
Instead the team announced that Circle K will sponsor Kenseth for six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season. In addition, Circle K will also serve as an associate sponsor for all events remaining in 2017.
“This is an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing, and really, for our sport,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Circle K is growing rapidly across the country and it’s a thrill for us to have them as a primary sponsor for Matt and the No. 20 team. We’re looking forward to developing our partnership with them.”
The announcement welcomes a new sponsor that has never served as a primary sponsor in the world of NASCAR. Though it isn’t the first time their logo has appeared on a NASCAR stock car as they did so through vendor sponsorship programs.
“With the launch of our new global Circle K brand, our team is always on the lookout for ways to connect more and more with its community. We feel this partnership is a great fit for us,” stated Alex Miller, Senior Vice-President, Global Fuels at Circle K . “By growing our presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with our company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth, we aim to continue to position ourselves as the preferred destination for fuel and convenience. We are quite proud to be partnering up with the Joe Gibbs Racing team and truly believe this is the beginning of a long and strong collaboration.”
Races Circle K will appear on the No. 20 Toyota:
“It’s always great to be able to welcome a new primary sponsor to the sport,” said, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. “I’m excited to welcome Circle K to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) on our No. 20 Camry this season, and look forward to representing them. They are a growing company, with locations all over the country, so it’s a great fit to have them involved in the sport.”
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Joe Gibbs Racing welcomes Circle K to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth. Circle K is one of the largest fuel and convenience retailers in the US and has stores located in 41 states throughout the country.
Circle K has had branding on cars within NASCAR through vendor programs over the years. This is the first time the company has served as a primary sponsor within the sport. Circle K is pleased to serve as the primary sponsor for Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Richmond 1, Talladega 1, Charlotte 1, Kentucky, Texas 2 and Phoenix 2. The company will also have associate branding on the No. 20 Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor.
"This is an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing, and really, for our sport," said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Circle K is growing rapidly across the country and it’s a thrill for us to have them as a primary sponsor for Matt and the No. 20 team. We’re looking forward to developing our partnership with them."
"With the launch of our new global Circle K brand, our team is always on the lookout for ways to connect more and more with its community. We feel this partnership is a great fit for us," stated Alex Miller, Senior Vice-President, Global Fuels at Circle K . "By growing our presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with our company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth, we aim to continue to position ourselves as the preferred destination for fuel and convenience. We are quite proud to be partnering up with the Joe Gibbs Racing team and truly believe this is the beginning of a long and strong collaboration."
"It’s always great to be able to welcome a new primary sponsor to the sport," said, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. "I’m excited to welcome Circle K to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) on our No. 20 Camry this season, and look forward to representing them. They are a growing company, with locations all over the country, so it’s a great fit to have them involved in the sport."
The 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion Kenseth entered 2017 marking his 20th year competing in the series. Currently in his fifth season at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth and his No. 20 team have collected 14 wins, 46 top-5’s, 84 top-10’s, and 10 pole awards together. Kenseth has qualified for the playoffs each season while driving the No. 20 Toyota Camry.
Kenseth is currently 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings heading into this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After finding consistency at the first two short tracks of the season, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team are ready to conquer one of NASCAR's shortest tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway. Richard Petty Motorsports put a lot of work on the short-track program since the beginning of this season, and with the Tennessee oval being one of Almirola's favorite tracks, the team is ready continue improving their Championship Points Standing with a strong run in Sunday's race.
With 15 Monster Energy starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Almirola's best finish (third) came in 2014, while his best start (fifth) came in 2012. With a wreck causing Almirola to finish 34th in the spring race last year, the team looks to build off the 14th place finish in the fall and race for a win on Sunday.
Aric Almirola will be kicking off the Food City 500 race weekend at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, Tennessee with an autograph session from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at Food City locations for $5.00, or at the door on the day of the event for $6.00. All children under 12 will be admitted for Free.
When: Thursday, April 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Knoxville Expo Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
Aric Almirola will be continuing the weekend at the Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway with a Fresh From Florida autograph session from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
When: Friday, April 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Zone
"Bristol Motor Speedway has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I'm really excited to be back there this weekend. We've been consistent at the short-tracks this year, but I'm ready to end a race in Victory Lane. I feel really good about our chances of doing that here in our No. 43 Smithfield Ford. With the weather forecast this weekend, it's going to be really important for us to be fast as soon as we unload, and I know the guys have worked hard to bring me a car that can do that. I'm confident that we'll be able to go to Bristol and improve on the consistency we've had this year."
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team, along with the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, returns to action this week at Bristol Motor Speedway after a week off for the Easter holiday.
Driver Ryan Blaney and crew had one of their best outings of the season two weeks ago at Texas, leading 148 laps and winning the first two race stages before falling back to a 12th-place finish after some misadventures on pit road.
With a week’s rest and some extra time to prepare, the Wood Brothers Racing Team is ready to continue its top-10 ways at the Food City 500, site of a 2001 Motorcraft No. 21 victory with Elliott Sadler at the helm.
Last season at Bristol, Blaney (currently sixth on the driver points chart) started 18th and finished 11th in the spring and took the green flag in fourth but finished 35th due to a crash in the fall.
On his Easter Break:
“I went the Bahamas with a few friends which was fun.”
On Bristol Motor Speedway:
“Bristol is one of my favorite places. I remember watching my dad there as a kid and loving the atmosphere around that place.”
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Ragan on Bristol
"Bristol’s a great race track. I think Front Row Motorsports’ Fords have run well there over the last couple of years. I’m definitely looking forward to going with our Jacob Companies Ford. It's one of my favorite tracks and it's a place where I know we can have a good day.
"If you’ve got a good-handling car, it definitely makes the race a lot easier. It’s a short track, you’re doing 15-second laps, you’ve got a guy on your bumper, on your side and in front of you. There’s little room for error. And if you do make a mistake, you usually pay for it dearly. Bristol Motor Speedway is a lot of fun to race but it can be mentally draining for sure. Things happen really fast and you have think fast."
Sunday, April 23, 10:45am - Fanatics Trackside Superstore (Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Zone)
Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) are eager to get back to short track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.
After the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ (MENCS) first off-weekend of the 2017 season, McDowell and LFR are excited to get back on track at the Last Great Colosseum, where McDowell is optimistic about the team’s chances at a solid finish. His best finish at the half-mile short track is 18th.
“Bristol is probably one of my favorite places to go,” said McDowell. "There’s a ton of excitement and the atmosphere and racing is awesome. They are putting a grip substance back down on the track, so there should be a lot of side-by-side racing. Last year, that really enhanced the race, so it should be another exciting race."
LFR is also looking forward to supporting Carter Wilkerson, an overnight Twitter celebrity, in his quest for free Wendy’s chicken nuggets for a year. Carter has already achieved the impossible, reaching over 3.1 million retweets on Twitter out of the 18 million ask.
Iconic brands have already shown their support for Carter, and LFR wants the NASCAR community and the large social media presence to join in supporting Carter’s campaign.
"I am blown away by all of the support!” said Wilkerson. “It all started out just for fun. I just really wanted some chicken nuggets. Now, we've raised more than $100,000 for charity and it just keeps growing. I’ve just about beat Ellen, and I'm Twitter verified. I'm excited to see what's next."
LFR will feature a large decal on the TV panel of the No. 95 WRL Chevrolet SS with the Twitter hashtag #NuggsForCarter. The racing community can easily support Carter by going to LFR’s Twitter @LFR95 and retweeting the original tweet from Wilkerson's account.
The Food City 500 will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 2PM ET. Race fans can tune-in to FOX for live race coverage and follow @LFR95 on Twitter for race weekend updates.