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Faith Motorsports announced January 10 that Morgan Shepherd and Brett Rowe will fill the driver's seats in a two-car Faith Motorsports effort in NASCAR's Nationwide Series in 2011.

The duo will kick off the 2011 season in the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in early February with the team attempting to field both entries through at least the first five events of the season.

"We will run as long as we can and hope to have both cars locked in after the fifth race," Shepherd said in making the announcement. "We are building cars and gearing up to have a great season."

Shepherd's ride will feature multiple paint schemes throughout the season and will bear his historic number, 89. The car will be owned by Shepherd Racing Ventures through his 2010 partnership with Richard Childress in the #21 car. Morgan Shepherd will be listed as the car's primary owner. Childress will retain the #21 number, however the points will be applied to the #89 car pending NASCAR's approval. This will result in Shepherd being locked in to the first five races of 2011 as the #89 team in 2011 will be the same team which fielded the #21 in 2010.

Shepherd's car will bear the Racing With Jesus logo on the hood, but the paint schemes will change periodically to coincide with another program the team plans to announce at a later date.

Rowe will pilot a second car for which the car number is yet to be approved by NASCAR. His car will be owned by Victory in Jesus Racing with Cindy Shepherd listed as the primary owner. The points from last year's #89 car will be transferred to Rowe's car pending NASCAR's approval as the listed owner will not change, just the car number.

Rowe's car will field the consistent green paint scheme historically associated with the #89 entry. It will carry the Racing With Jesus logo on the hood as the #89 car has in past seasons.

Both cars will fall under the Faith Motorsports banner.

"I'm real excited about the opportunity to go to Daytona with high hopes of getting the year kicked off right," Rowe said. "We hope to run competitively in the first five races in hopes that we can get the car locked in and continue after the fifth race."

Rowe, who had driven on a limited basis with Faith's sister team, Herd Racing, since 2008, indicated that Herd will not field a Nationwide team in 2011. Many of Herd's crew members, including Rowe's brother, Brian, will transfer to his effort under the Faith Motorsports banner. Herd Racing does not have a Nationwide COT and have no plans to run in the Nationwide Series in 2011, team owner Dana Tomes said.

Both Shepherd and Rowe agree that without Top 30 security the second Faith Motorsports car will not be able to continue full time past Week #5.

"We will do our best to go to the track ready each week and see what happens," Shepherd said.

Sponsorships and additional information about the teams' Daytona efforts will be announced in the coming weeks.


Credit: Faith Motorsports PR

The speaker lineup for the fourth annual Driver Advancement Marketing Summit to be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 22 – 23, 2011 will now include NASCAR driver Mike Wallace. In addition to having more than 300 short-track wins, victories in the ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series and success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Wallace will provide valuable advice and insight to drivers looking to advance through the ranks because he is also a racing father and competitor working hard to find funding for racing. Industry professionals including other NASCAR notables and ARCA and Richard Petty Driver Search driver development speakers will be on hand to provide drivers and even parents concrete information and advice on how to best proceed in pursing sponsorships, driver development programs, marketing and PR strategies, and self promotion. “The days of somebody scouting out great drivers and putting them in fully funded race cars is pretty much over,” said summit founder and president of Performance PR Plus, Kymberly Brantigan. “So to even have a shot at advancing through the ranks of professional automobile racing requires drivers to put themselves in a position to create opportunities for themselves. “The opportunity to get in front of veteran team owners, drivers and sponsors who are willing to share their experiences and candidly discuss the reality of what it takes to succeed at the higher levels -- and be open to any questions -- is a very rare and invaluable opportunity.”

Also joining the lineup is Ryan Wilson of Randleman, N.C., who was named “Top Driver” of Richard Petty’s Driver Search II in September 2010, earning the opportunity to compete in the ARCA American 200 at Rockingham Speedway.  Wilson, who started racing go- karts at the age of five and has continued to progress as a competitive driver, will talk about his climb up the ladder and how driver development on and off the track has proven beneficial to him. Also currently slated to speak are Ned Jarrett, Pat Perkins (Hendrick Motorsports), Ray Bednar (Bank of America), Billy Venturini (Venturini Motorsports), Brantigan and Annamarie Malfitana-Strawhand. For a full list of speakers, their titles and related topics, or for more information and to register, please visit


Credit: Mike Wallace PR

Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce that veteran crew chief, Jimmy Elledge, has joined the team to lead the efforts of the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet to be piloted by series standout, Justin Allgaier.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience, Elledge has been a part of several championship-winning organizations and has worked with an impressive mix of veteran and rookie drivers over the years including Turner Motorsports driver, Reed Sorenson, as well as Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears, AJ Allmendinger, Bobby Hamilton and Dale Jarrett. He has one Sprint Cup Series win to his credit, leading Hamilton to his final victory at Talladega in 2001.

About Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its inaugural full season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas-native, Steve Turner, the racing organization is expanding in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. The team boasts an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Brad Sweet.

The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, who will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc. for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners includes Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Rexall, Fraternal Order of Eagles, ABF Freight,, Northeastern Supply, Deft Paint, SEM and Safety-Kleen. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit

- Turner Motorsports Press Release

2nd Chance Motorsports and Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing announce plans for Cobb to pilot the #79 2nd Chance Motorsports Ford Mustang in the first five NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races of the 2011 season.

2nd Chance Motorsports is owned by Rick and Pam Russell. The couple own and operate 2nd Chance Race Parts (, in Mooresville, NC. 2nd Chance Motorsports began racing in 2010 at the fall Dover race, making the field on time and running in the top 20 up to the first caution. The team continued on to Kansas, Gateway, Texas and Phoenix making all on time and qualifying ahead of other funded Ford teams. In 2011 the team will continue under the Ford banner with the horsepower of Roush Yates engines under the hood.

Cobb is a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver with five Nationwide Series starts. Cobb is currently the highest finishing female driver in NASCARʼs points history and was recently dubbed "NASCARʼs Fastest Woman" in a feature on "Extreme Living" on CNNʼs Anderson Cooper 360. Cobb finished the 2010 season 17th in NCWTS points and is slated to return to the truck series in her #10 Ford F-150, pulling double duty at Daytona by competing in both NCWTS and the NNS race for 2nd Chance Motorsports.

Cobbʼs truck crew chief, Steve Kuykendall, will also crew chief for 2nd Chance Motorsports and both teams will provide additional crew members for the efforts at Daytona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol and California. The teams hope to continue their efforts beyond the first five races on the Nationwide schedule pending further sponsorship.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our team as we can expand into the Nationwide Series without detracting from our efforts in the Camping World Truck Series," says Cobb. "I am grateful for the commitment from 2nd Chance and that we can bring our two small teams together to shoot for better results against the myriad of multi-million dollar teams we are competing against."


Credit: Jennifer Jo Cobb Press Release

MOORESVILLE, NC (January 3, 2011)–Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) announced today that Steve Wallace–the top-ten ranked driver of RWR’s No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series–will compete in January’s Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Wallace will pilot RWR’s No. 66 South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota Camry in the live-televised, Los Angeles-area event. The most prestigious race on NASCAR’s developmental series calendar, the Toyota All-Star Showdown will likely include the season champions from all seven of NASCAR’s regional ladder series.

Joining Wallace in RWR-prepared equipment at Irwindale is Gaunt Brothers Racing and driver Jason Bowles. The 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion already enjoys ties to RWR, working with the racing group at Oakley, RWR’s longest running sponsor. Additionally, his car owner, Marty Gaunt, is a co-owner of Triad Racing Technologies, RWR’s Nationwide Series engine supplier. Triad will be the engine provider for both cars at the Irwindale event.

Said Steve Wallace, “I’m really excited about running the South Point Hotel & Casino Camry in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway. It’s a race that we always watch during the off-season and is one that I’ve always thought would be a lot of fun to drive.

“With the old-style Nationwide Series cars being eligible to run in the race, we already had the extra cars put together this year to do it. The two cars that we’re taking to Irwindale are two of my best Nationwide Series short track cars from last year. We had to change a few things around to meet the K&N Pro Series rules, but the cars themselves are pretty close, other than different engines and tires.

“While we’re going to have fun out at Irwindale, we’re 100-percent going out there to win the race. The field will be a tough one for sure, though. Guys like Jason Bowles race in that series and have a lot of experience on those tracks–with those cars and those engines–so they’ll definitely be hard to beat. We also sold most of our old Nationwide cars to K&N teams that will likely run at Irwindale, so we’ll even be racing against our own equipment out there.

“All in all though, I feel pretty good that we have as much of a shot as anyone else to bring home the trophy from Irwindale. It’d be pretty cool to put the South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota Camry in victory lane after Toyota’s race at their own track.”

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About Rusty Wallace Racing, LLC

North Carolina-based Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) is a professional auto racing team steeped in the legendary history of its founder, Rusty Wallace-one of NASCAR’s top-ten drivers of all-time. The team currently campaigns the No. 66 and No. 62 Toyota Camrys in the prestigious NASCAR Nationwide Series, driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett, respectively. RWR entries have been among the top-ten in the final Nationwide Series driver or owner standings in each of the last three seasons. For more on Rusty Wallace Racing, please visit the award-winning


Credit: Rusty Wallace Racing Press Release

Nashville Superspeedway’s popular ALL ACCESS pass will continue to be available to race fans in 2011. Ticket holders for the April 23 and July 23, 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series races can add the ALL ACCESS pass to their ticket for just $ 30. ALL ACCESS is also included for free with all season ticket packages.

The ALL ACCESS pass is a popular ticket add-on that gives fans unprecedented access at the track. Pass holders can walk up and down pit road where the cars are on the grid just an hour before the green flag.

The Fan Walk in the garage gives fans the opportunity to watch as mechanics make final preparations for the big race. Victory Lane is opened for fans to take photos, and fans are also invited to the driver’s meeting before the race to witness NASCAR Nationwide Series Director Joe Balash give the drivers their final instructions before the race gets underway.

ALL ACCESS can be added to any Saturday, April 23 or July 23, 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series ticket by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or by clicking here.

While ALL ACCESS will only be available for Saturday NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 2011, the Fan Walk will be open on Friday, April 22 and July 22.

The Fan Walk is a paved walkway between pit road and the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage that allows fans the opportunity to get a glimpse of the action in the infield. For $ 10, fans can purchase a Fan Walk pass for Friday’s on-track activities prior to the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. The Friday Fan Walk pass is included in all season ticket packages.


Credit: Nashville Superspeedway Press Release


Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series veteran Doug Randolph has been named crew chief for driver Steve Wallace and RWR's No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota in their charge for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.

Randolph joins RWR following stints as crew chief at such organizations as Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing and Petty Enterprises.  In his most recent NASACAR Nationwide Series crew chief role, Randolph led Childress's No. 29 team and 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver champion Clint Bowyer to wins at Daytona and Dover in 2009.

Said Randolph, "I'm really looking forward to working with Steve Wallace and the 5-Hour Energy team.  Steve's definitely been one of the most improved drivers over the last couple of years and has really developed into one of the best Nationwide Series guys out there.  This team has a lot of potential too; I'm looking forward to continuing to build this program and hopefully being one of the contenders for the Nationwide Series championship in 2011."

Noted RWR General Manager Larry Carter, "We're very excited to add Doug Randolph to our organization.  I've known Doug for a while and he's a really talented guy.  He brings a lot of valuable experience to our team, including a lot of experience with the (new car).  We're all looking forward to working with him."
Credit: Rusty Wallace Racing Press Release


RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and veteran driver Kenny Wallace are teaming up to compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011. Wallace, who has over 20 years of experience in stock car racing, will make his debut for RAB Racing driving the No.09 Toyota Camry beginning on Saturday, February 19, 2011, in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Wallace, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has competed in over 800 events in NASCAR’s top-three divisions, including 488 Nationwide Series starts with nine wins, 10 poles, 63 top-five and 159 top-10 finishes. In 2011, he can become only the second driver in series history to reach 500 career starts. In addition to his on-track accomplishments, Wallace is recognized as one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers and has been awarded the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award three times in 1991, 1994 and 2006.
“I’ve been nervous since the final 2010 Nationwide Series race at Homestead trying to find the right fit for next year and now I can finally sleep at night,” Wallace said.“My goal was to find a team with whom I could be competitive and I believe I have found that with RAB Racing, I’m ready to go for 2011. I have known Robby [Benton] and watched him grow his team for the past few years. The relationship with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is huge and will allow me to be able to work with at least three other Toyota teams, including my brother Rusty [Wallace] and gain valuable information that will help us with the Nationwide program at RAB Racing next year.”
RAB Racing Co-owner Robby Benton shares Wallace’s enthusiasm for 2011. “Having our plans in place before the Christmas holiday is great for team morale and will provide us with ample time to prepare for what we need to do for the upcoming season,” Benton stated. “We’ve made significant changes at RAB Racing over the last few months in an effort to elevate our program. Our alliance with Toyota, the relationship we have with TRD and now adding Kenny to the mix, will bring some depth to our program. It also helps tremendously having a driver with Kenny’s notoriety. People love him and hopefully we’ll be able to reinvigorate his fan base.”
Currently, RAB Racing has 16 races with primary sponsorship, beginning with the University of Northwestern Ohio at Daytona International Speedway in February. Additional sponsors include Federated Auto Parts and Family Farmers, a coalition of corn and soybean farmers. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the remaining 18 events.
“We have a lot going on within our marketing department right now,” Benton said, “and I feel pretty confident about having all 34 races sold before the Daytona event in February.”
Credit: RAB Racing Press Release

David Stremme told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that he is working hard to assemble a NASCAR Nationwide Series team for 2011.

"I’ve got my own shop -- right next door to Rusty Wallace Racing -- and we’ve got enough room to run a good Nationwide team there. I purchased some Nationwide cars and have all the equipment I need to run them, but it’s all about the funding. I might own some of the operation, or maybe someone else will own part of it.



After being vacant for more than a year, Memphis Motorsports Park sold at a live auction Tuesday morning for slightly less than $1.9 million.

Independent investor Joe Lubeck placed the highest bid for the tract – $1.875 million – after the bidding opened at $3 million. Lubeck is managing partner of Jupiter, Fla.-based Palm Beach International Raceway, formerly Moroso Motorsports Park. Jason Rittenburry, Lubeck’s partner, ran the track for 11 years.

The bidding took place onsite at one of the facility’s parcels, 5500 Victory Lane, near Millington. The property’s two tracts were sold as a whole after Morris Auction Group LLC had publicized it could be sold as separate tracts or together.

The multi-track complex includes a 0.75-mile asphalt oval, a 0.25-mile championship drag strip and a 1.77-mile road course.

The auction drew a big crowd but only a few serious bidders. After no bids at the opening price, Morris Auction Group quickly dropped the price to $2 million and then $1.5 million.

“Guys, we’re really below value here,” said Morris Auction Group owner and namesake Jeff Morris, after little interest appeared in the room. “This is for the whole thing.”

In April, Andy Cates and Preston Thomas of Colliers International listed Memphis Motorsports Park for $6 million, a price “substantially below value,” according to the website created by the commercial real estate firm to sell the property.



Credit: Sarah Baker - Memphis Daily News

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