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Turner Motorsports driver James Buescher became the first driver to earn back-to-back Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) victories by leading 64 laps of the Kentucky 201 and guiding his No. 31 truck beneath the checkered flag 1.292 seconds ahead of Parker Kligerman in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing truck tonight.
Ty Dillon took third in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 truck, his teammate Joey Coulter crossed the finish line fourth in the No. 22 machine and Brian Scott rounded out the race top five in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports ride.
Buescher also becomes the first driver to earn two NCWTS Kentucky victories in the same season and the second to earn two career series victories at the track. Ron Hornaday Jr., leads the series in Kentucky Speedway victories with three.
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Love To The Rescue In Loudon - Ragan, No. 34 Car to Carry Colors of Shriners Hospitals for Children®
A special cause will be featured on the No. 34 Ford of David Ragan at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Ragan will be carrying the colors of Shriners Hospitals for Children® and their tagline, Love to the rescue™. Shriners Hospitals for Children® provides specialty care to children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay. All care and services are delivered in a family-centered environment.
Ragan's second-best qualifying of 2012 came earlier this season at New Hampshire, in which he started 19th before an engine issue forced the team to finish 33rd. The Georgia native holds six career top-25 finishes in eleven career starts at Loudon, including a career-best effort of 7th in last year's fall race.
At the 2012 Imperial Session in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR driver David Ragan was inducted into Shriners International fraternity as a member of Oasis Shriners.
In addition to Ragan's racing achievements, he is a loyal supporter of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Since naming the pediatric health care system his official charity of choice in 2008, he has used his popularity to increase awareness and raise funds for the organization. In addition, Ragan has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit several of the Shriners Hospitals and participate in public service announcements.
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David Ragan Q&A on Shriner's Hospital's for Children ®
What made you join the Shriners?
"I wanted to have a charity to work with while running Sprint Cup, wanted to pick a group that does something for Children that needs there help.... The Shriners are a group that a lot of people dont know much about."
How do the Shriners impact the lives of Children and families in need?
"They provide for Children that need their help free of charge. They work hard to be a leader in the Medical field and they work with children till the age of 21.... It's not a onetime procedure and you're out.. they continue helping you for years."
What are your thoughts about the upcoming race?
"New Hampshire is a big race and in a big market.. They have a burn hospital in Boston, so it will be great for all the fans to see the car and learn more about the hospital."
Quote from Gene Bracewell, Chairman Emeritus, Shriners Hospitals
"David Ragan has helped us in so many ways. He has visited many Shriners Hospitals and has become a hero to the children. We are so pleased and grateful that Mr. Jenkins and David have donated the race sponsorship to help raise awareness for the hospitals."
David Ragan on New Hampshire
"We had a good car here earlier in the year, before we lost the engine. I'm hoping we can show up with the same speed this weekend and put together another solid top-25 run and keep making progress in the point standings."
From early February to late November, NASCAR drivers race to entertain an estimated 75 million fans a year, but off the track, team haulers are the stars of the open road. According to USAToday, every season hauler drivers log about 70,000 miles transporting cars, crews and parts across the country.
As the title sponsor of the SYLVANIA 300 for the 10th consecutive year, OSRAM SYLVANIA knows the importance of safeguarding hauler teams on the road. Through SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting's "Hauler Headlights for Safer Nights" initiative, NASCAR haulers are provided with SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA headlights – offering hauler drivers a higher level of visibility and safety during nighttime driving.
"We are honored to help NASCAR keep safety a top priority for their teams and vehicles with SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA headlights," said Joe Verbanic, marketing manager, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting. "High-performance headlight bulbs with whiter, brighter light improve downroad and sideroad visibility, which can make all the difference between a close call and an accident."
The third annual "Hauler Headlights for Safer Nights" initiative kicked off in July with the Lenox race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will come full circle with the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 23.
With 20 different states in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , navigating a hauler from track to track is more than a full-time job. Many drivers spend the majority of their time behind the wheel after dark or in the early morning, making good visibility essential. According to AAA, the hours between midnight and 4 a.m. have the highest number of fatalities based on the number of people on the road, adding to the importance of hauler headlight safety.
"Maintaining the safety of all our drivers and teams both at the track and on the road is always our first concern, and we are proud to partner with SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting on this initiative," said Robin Pemberton, vice president for competition, NASCAR. "The performance of SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA Headlights gives the hauler drivers the assurance they need to safely deliver the cars and equipment to their race teams week after week."
SYLVANIA SilverStar ULTRA headlights can provide up to 50 percent greater brightness, which equates to as much as 50 to 100 feet more visibility at night. The addition of whiter, brighter headlights can drastically increase a driver's ability to react to distractions or hazards on the road by providing them with the ultimate in downroad and sideroad visibility.
The SYLVANIA 300 has historically been one of the highest-rated NASCAR events on national television and routinely draws crowds of more than 100,000 to NHMS, the only superspeedway in the six-state New England region and the largest sporting facility in the region.
For more information from OSRAM SYLVANIA on improving driving visibility, visit www.sylvania.com/auto.
Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon became the second driver to earn back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky Speedway pole awards this afternoon with a 177.264 mph (30.463 seconds) lap.
Dillon posted the third quickest Kentucky qualifying run in NNS track history and is the first in track history to earn back-to-back series pole awards in the same season. He will make his third consecutive and seventh front-row series start of the season at 4 p.m., in the Kentucky 300.
He reeled the June 29 Feed The Children 300 Kentucky pole with a 172.199 mph (31.359 seconds) lap and led a series track-record 192 of 200 laps while setting a new series track record for widest margin of victory at 9.828 seconds.
“That was a heck of a lap. I was impressed with that. I bobbled a bit, so there might be some speed there we could have gotten back.
“I’m looking forward to today’s show. It’s going to be a fun one. We have had a hot rod. This car runs good here. I’ve figured something out with the line. I’m just very confident at this track,” Dillon said.
He will share this afternoon’s front row with NNS championship leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who will make his eighth front-row start of the campaign. He turned a 175.399 mph (30.787 seconds) lap. The Roush Fenway Racing driver earned his third career Kentucky Speedway NNS top-10 finish with a ninth-place Feed The Children 300 result earlier this season.
Second-place championship contender Elliott Sadler qualified eighth with a 173.611 mph (31.104 seconds) effort. He will make his third career NNS Kentucky start today. He placed ninth in this season’s Feed The Children 300 and fifth in his 2011 NNS track debut.
Tickets and infield Fan Zone passes for this afternoon’s race are available at the Kentucky Speedway gates.
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The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is as follows:
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Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin will make his 251st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 14th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon … Has one win (July 2007) and nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts at New Hampshire … The 31-year-old Chesterfield, Va., native has 21 wins and 124 top-10 finishes in 250 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Hamlin’s seventh full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of second in 2010 … Started eighth and finished 16th last week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. … Ranks fourth in Sprint Cup Series points with four wins and 13 top-10 finishes.
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Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet team of Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart will make his 492nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 28th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon … Has three wins (July 2000 and 2005, September 2011), one pole (September 2005) and 16 top-10 finishes in 26 starts at New Hampshire … The 41-year-old Columbus, Ind., native has won 47 races and has 279 top-10 finishes in 491 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Stewart’s 14th full year in Sprint Cup and he won the points championship in 2002, 2005 and 2011 … Started 29th and finished sixth last week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. … Ranks third in Sprint Cup Series points with three wins and 13 top-10 finishes.
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Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson will make his 391st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 22nd at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon … Has three wins (July and September 2003, June 2010) and 14 top-10 finishes in 21 Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire … The 37-year-old El Cajon, Calif., native has 58 wins and 242 top-10 finishes in 390 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Johnson’s 11th full year in Sprint Cup and he has five championships (2006-2010) … Started first and finished second last week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. … Ranks second in Sprint Cup Series points with three wins and 18 top-10 finishes.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 463rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 27th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon … Has 11 top-10 finishes in 26 Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire … The 37-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 19 races and has 180 top-10 finishes in 462 Sprint Cup starts … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Earnhardt’s 13th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2003 … Started fourth and finished eighth last week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. … Ranks seventh in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 18 top-10 finishes.
Fans interested in attending Bojangles’ Pole Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11 can now purchase a limited-edition collectible ticket featuring four of NASCAR’s greatest racers.
The ticket, of which only 2,500 were printed, pays homage to NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough and future Hall of Famers Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin. All four NASCAR icons are three-time winners of the Bank of America 500, which is scheduled for Oct. 13.
Allison and Yarborough dominated the 500-mile race in the 1970s, with one of the two drivers celebrating in Victory Lane five times in nine years. Allison won back-to-back in 1971 and ’72, while Yarborough took home the Bruton Smith trophy in 1973. Allison won his third and final Bank of America 500 in 1978, followed again by Yarborough in 1979. In what proved to be the final NASCAR victory of his career, Yarborough picked up his third Bank of America 500 win in 1985.
The 1990s belonged to Martin, who notched all three of his wins in Charlotte’s fall classic within a six-year period, in 1992, ’95 and ’98. Martin has long said Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of his favorite tracks.
“That place means a lot to most of the NASCAR folks because it’s kind of a home track,” Martin said. “The track meant a lot to me because I was so comfortable on it and it was one of the earlier big speedways that I got to drive on.”
The track is also special for Johnson, who became only the fourth driver to ever win three Bank of America 500s with a win in 2009. Johnson’s first two Bank of America victories came in Saturday night showdowns in 2004 and 2005.
“Charlotte Motor Speedway has made a lot of history over the years, and these four drivers have been a huge part of that,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We’re proud to honor their accomplishments with this limited-edition ticket and we look forward to writing more history during the Bank of America 500 race weekend here at the greatest place to see the race.”
If either Johnson or Martin manages to win the 2012 edition of the Bank of America 500, they will move to the top of the all-time win list for the annual October event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, making the limited edition ticket even more collectable.
"Charlotte's always been one my favorite tracks and it's a tough place to win," said Martin. "I've been fortunate to have some success there, particularly in October, and man, it would mean a lot to become the only driver to win four times at the 500. For right now, though, that's pretty good company to keep with two hall-of-famers and Jimmie Johnson."
Fans interested in purchasing the limited edition ticket featuring Allison, Johnson, Martin and Yarborough can call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The tickets are $20.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Bojangles’ Pole Night on Oct. 11. All 12 Chase contenders, as well as the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field, will battle for the top starting spot in the Bank of America 500, the only Saturday night race in the Chase.
Also part of Bojangles’ Pole Night is the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, which makes its second trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the UNOH Southern Slam 150. That race will be held on the frontstretch quarter-mile and will serve as the season finale for the stars of the touring modified division.
Bojangles’ Pole Night will also feature the return of the Better Half Dash, with the ladies of NASCAR battling on the frontstretch quarter-mile in a charity Bandolero race. Proceeds from the 25-lap shootout benefit Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children’s Charities.
On Oct. 12 the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Charlotte for the Dollar General 300. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will look to continue his pursuit of a second series championship as he battles Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish, Jr., Danica Patrick and the rest of the NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors.
Finally, on Oct. 13, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 52nd running of the Bank of America 500. Who will leave Charlotte as the front runner in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? You’ve got to be there to find out.
David Mayhew finished 26th in his second start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. Mayhew piloted the No. 19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kentucky 201.
Mayhew qualified the BKR RAM in the 15th position to start the race. A spin by Todd Bodine brought out the first yellow flag of the night on lap 15. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called Mayhew into the pits for a fuel only stop and additional grill tape.
The No. 19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM restarted in the 16th position on the lap 20 restart. The second yellow flag of the night waved on the next lap after the restart. This time a multi-truck incident occurred coming out of turn four when Bodine, Johnny Sauter, and Timothy George, Jr. got together. Stankiewicz kept the No. 19 BKR RAM on track in favor of position.
Mayhew restarted the race in the in the 12th position on the lap 32 restart. Another quick yellow fell on lap 33 with the team electing again take advantage of track position versus pit service. Mayhew restarted in ninth position for the lap 42 restart. On lap 45, the caution waved once again for a Brennan Newberry spin in turn three. Mayhew radioed to the team that his break pedal was going to the floor, which was a preview of a long night to come. The team raised the hood and made multiple stops under yellow to diagnose the problem. The No. 19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM restarted in the 24th position for the lap 56 restart.
On lap 57, Mayhew was forced to the NCWTS garage due to a break rotor failure. The No. 19 BKR team did not make it back on to the track and finished in the 26th position at Kentucky Speedway.
"We had one of the fastest trucks tonight in clean air, but struggled in traffic," said Mayhew. "We worked on our Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM a lot tonight. Unfortunately, a parts failure sidelined us tonight. I'm looking forward to Las Vegas next weekend and getting back behind the wheel of my No. 19 BKR RAM in Texas."
Mayhew will pilot the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports machine next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He returns to the No. 19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway this November. Race Coverage for the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas will air live on SPEED Channel at 8:00 P.M. EDT. Radio coverage can be found on MRN and Sirius XM Channel 90 beginning at 7:45 P.M. EDT.
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Ryan Blaney finished 11th at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 29 Cooper Standard RAM on Friday night. The Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) driver had a long day less than a week after becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) history at Iowa Speedway.
During the opening minutes of the first practice, Blaney got loose in turn two and crashed the primary Cooper Standard RAM. Crew Chief Doug Randolph and the BKR team kept their cool and unloaded the backup truck to prepare for the rest of the day. Blaney qualified in the 16th position to begin the Kentucky 201 on Friday night.
On lap 15, the first yellow flag of the night waved for a Todd Bodine spin in turn four. Randolph called Blaney into the pits for a track bar adjustment and fuel. Blaney restarted the race on lap 20 in the 13th position. The green flag was then not even out for a complete lap as a multi-truck incident involving Bodine, Johnny Sauter, and Timothy George, Jr. brought out the yellow on lap 21. The team took advantage again for service pitting for four tires, fuel, and a spring rubber in the right rear.
Blaney restarted in 18th position on the lap 32 restart. More yellows continued to fall on laps 33, 42, and 45 with Randolph electing to keep the Cooper Standard RAM on track in favor of position. On lap 54, the track position call paid off as Blaney ended up with the race lead as other trucks pitted in front of the No. 29 machine. Blaney maintained first place on a lap 59 restart, but was passed by Joey Colter on lap 60.
Blaney held the No. 29 Cooper Standard RAM in the second position through a lap 79 caution flag. Randolph called the BKR machine into the pits for a final time for four tires and fuel. The Cooper Standard RAM restarted in the ninth position for the lap 83 restart with 50 laps to go in the race.
Lap 106 brought the caution flag out for the final time for an incident involving Jason White. Blaney lined up in the eighth position on the lap 111 restart. The driver continued to fight a tight condition and wound up falling back to 11th place before the checkered flag fell on lap 134.
"We were tight all race really; started off really tight, and never got it good enough in traffic to move around," said Blaney. "Never got any better really. Clean air was pretty huge. It was a tough start to the day for the Cooper Standard RAM. The guys worked really hard on the back up, and I appreciate their effort. I'm looking forward to getting back with the BKR team in Talladega."
Grant Enfinger will pilot the No. 29 Reese Towpower RAM next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Smith's 350. Blaney has a previous commitment to drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge for Penske Racing in Dover, Delaware. He will then return to the No. 29 Draw-Tite RAM at Talladega Superspeedway, and finish out the remaining races of the NCWTS schedule for BKR. Race coverage for Las Vegas begins at 8:00 P.M. EDT on the SPEED Channel. Radio coverage can be found on MRN and Sirius XM Channel 90 beginning at 7:45 P.M. EDT.
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Brian Scott started the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta from the 10th position and by lap 21 had worked his way to the front of the field. The Dollar General Tundra would pace the field twice for 14 laps in the early stages and remained inside the top 10 for all 134 laps. The Idaho native was scored in the sixth position for the final restart on lap 111 and one lap later had worked his way into the fifth position, where he remained for the final 25 laps. The result marked the 50th top-10 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) No. 18 Toyota since joining the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010, including 11 by six different drivers this season.
"It was fun to come out here and represent Dollar General, Flexco, M&M's, everybody -- and just have the opportunity to run the Truck Series here in Kentucky," said Scott, who collected his 10th top-five finish in 60 career starts in NASCAR's third division. "Track position was everything. When we were out front, we were able to run pretty good. We just had to overcome too many positions on the last run to get up there and really challenge for the win. Congratulations to James (Buescher). I wish we could've gone up there and battled him, but hopefully we learned how to improve this mile-and-half program. Because I finished in the top-10, Dollar General will give 10 percent off Monday on online purchases, so remember to go online and buy some stuff."
Out of the gates, Scott reported that his Dollar General Tundra was a little too tight, but he was able to improve one position by the time the first caution of the race occurred on lap 15. In an effort to improve the team's track position, crew chief Eric Phillips called for a fuel-only stop and returned his driver to the track scored in the third position for the lap-20 restart. The 24-year-old driver took advantage of the clean air and was able to work his way to the front of the field before another caution slowed the field just one lap later.
The No. 18 Toyota remained on point until lap 33, when eventual-race winner James Buescher worked his way around Scott. The Nationwide Series regular, making just his third Truck Series start this season, settled in behind the Truck Series championship contender until the next caution. Off a lap-42 restart, Scott was able to return to the lead for one lap before the No. 31 truck once again worked his way back to the point.
When the third caution of the field slowed the field on lap 46, Scott surrendered his runner-up spot to come down pit road for a four-tire stop with an air pressure adjustment. He restarted from the eighth position on lap 51, but by the time the next caution occurred on 54 he had improved two positions. When the field went back green, the Dollar General Tundra returned to the top five, where it remained for the next 25 laps.
A Parker Kligerman spin on the frontstretch slowed the field on lap 80. Phillips ordered his driver down pit road four a four-tire stop and made another air pressure adjustment to try and give his driver more stability on entry and forward drive off the corners. KBM's flagship Tundra returned to the track scored in the seventh position for the lap-84 restart.
Scott fell back to eighth on the restart, but by the time the final caution of the race occurred on lap 106 he had maneuvered his way back into the seventh spot. With one truck scored in front of him visiting pit road, the No. 18 Dollar General Tundra advanced to the sixth position for what turned out to be the final restart of the race. When the field went back green, Scott was able to improve to the fifth position, where he remained until the field took the checkered flag.
James Buescher completed the season sweep at Kentucky and recorded his fourth Truck Series win of 2012, all on mile-and-a-half tracks. Parker Kligerman finished 1.292 seconds behind him in the runner-up spot. Teammates Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter finished third and fourth, respectively, and Scott rounded out the top-five finishers.
There were seven caution periods for 42 laps. Half of the field, 18 drivers, failed to finish the race.
Scott's top-five finish helped the No. 18 Tundra team improve one position in the Truck Series Owner's point standings. The team ranks eighth, 77 points behind the series leading No. 3 truck, with 16 of 22 races complete. With 14 laps led, the team has now led double-digit laps in four of the last five races.
David Mayhew makes his KBM debut next Saturday, Sept. 29, driving the Dollar General Tundra in the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, with SPEED's live coverage commencing with the NCWTS Setup Show at 7 p.m. ET.
As he prepares for his first full season as a Cup driver next year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will run at least three more races in NASCAR's premier series in 2012, team owner Jack Roush said Saturday.
Roush, however, isn't averse to adding events to Stenhouse's Cup plans, if circumstances dictate doing so. Stenhouse's main focus this year is defending his Nationwide Series title, but Cup experience may play into that.
"Right now, we're organized for three races for him at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead," Roush said Saturday. "But if we decide his prospects for winning the Nationwide championship are improved by running more Sprint Cup races, we'll do that.
"And if we decide there's a sponsor that expresses interest and wants to take a look at him, or to be on board for an additional venue, we'll do that as well."
Last week at Chicagoland, Roush Fenway Racing announced a commitment from Best Buy for 12 races as primary sponsor on Stenhouse's No. 17 Cup car next year. Fifth Third Bank and Zest also are on board as primaries for several races, but Roush indicated that approximately 30 percent of the inventory on his cars is still available.