Jake Crum is set to return to NASCAR Nationwide Series action this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. According to Crum, BUBBA Burger, a frozen burger company, will be on the No. 86 Chevrolet for DRG Motorsports. MyFreedomSmokes.com will also appear on the car after being Crum’s primary sponsor at the Charlotte Motor Speedway while racing for Empire Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In April, it was announced that Joe Nemechek would pilot DRG Motorsports’ No. 86 BUBBA Burger car at Charlotte, Richmond and Kentucky. However, the 1992 Nationwide Series champion has only raced for the team once this season. Nemechek drove the car to a 23rd-place finish at the Richmond International Speedway.
Kyle Fowler drove the car at Charlotte – making his season debut. Fowler previously raced for Go Green Racing as well as Randy Hill Racing in the Nationwide Series with a best career finish of 20th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013.
Crum, 22, made his Nationwide Series debut for DRG Motorsports (formerly Deware Racing Group) at the Kentucky Speedway – finishing 27th in the No. 86 car. In 2011, he made a pair of attempts to race in the Nationwide Series, but failed to qualify for either event.
Earlier this year, Crum had his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series license suspended at tracks 1.25-miles in length or larger for an incident involving Ryan Ellis at Charlotte. His license was fully reinstated by NASCAR after racing at the Dover International Speedway following the incident. Crum has made 15 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a best finish of 13th in 2012 at the Kentucky Speedway.
It is unknown if Crum will be in the No. 86 car for DRG Motorsports this year, but he has stated it is likely he will be racing several more events this season.