On Sunday April 26th Ryan Newman joined Mike Joy and NASCAR on FOX to announce that when “the world starts turning again” the plan is for him to get back in the drivers seat of the #6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. View Ryan Newman’s interview ⬇️
NASCAR Statement: "We share Ryan’s enthusiasm in his return to the track. We look forward to Ryan returning to racing as soon as he is medically cleared to race."
A short time after Ryan’s interview, Ross Chastain took to Twitter saying he is happy Ryan is returning and thanks Roush Fenway Racing for letting him keep the seat warm.
Updated: CGR Terminates their relationship with Larson | Kyle Larson suspended for using racial slur during a iRacing Event
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This is a ever changing story and updates come in from sponsors as well as what Chip Ganassi Racing may do for a driver replacement.
Note: Ross Chastain is probably the top choice as he is a CGR contracted driver and Ross has run all the Cup races so far in 2020 with the #77 Spire Motorsports/Ganassi entry at Daytona and #6 RFR entry as a substitute for Ryan Newman who should return when NASCAR returns.
Chip Ganassi Racing announces they are ending their relationship effective immediately after Kyle Larson’s racial slur Incident. Chevy, Credit One, McDonalds, Advent Health among others have also terminated their relationship with Kyle Larson.
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CONCORD, N.C. (March 27, 2020) – Greg Biffle will make his return to Roush Fenway’s No. 16 this weekend, when he takes the wheel of the Castrol© Ford Mustang in Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event set at Texas Motor Speedway. Biffle piloted Jack Roush Fords for 19 seasons, carving out a career worthy of the Hall of Fame while winning a pair of championships in the Truck and Xfinity Series and coming just short of becoming the only driver in history to win the championship in all three of NASCAR’s major touring series.“How exciting is it to get back behind the wheel of the No. 16,” said Biffle. “I watched the iRace last week on TV and I was really impressed with the overall quality of the broadcast and the racing. It was just a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to being a part of the show this weekend.
“We are running a really cool Castrol scheme on the car,” added Biffle. “I think it’s going to show up really well. My plan is to log a ton of practice time leading up to the race, so hopefully we can have a strong showing and you’ll see a lot of the Castrol green and red on the broadcast.”
Biffle drove to victory lane 56 times during his NASCAR career (19 Cup, 20 NXS, 17 Trucks) and has led almost 12,000 laps. He brought home Jack Roush’s first championship via the Truck Series in 2000, and captured Roush Fenway’s second championship two years later in the Xfinity Series. He went on to become a perennial championship contender in the Cup Series, finishing second in 2005 and qualifying for the playoffs xx times.
While this will be his iRacing event debut, Biffle is certainly no stranger to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) where he won twice in the Cup Series, leading 733 laps and scoring eight career top 10s. Overall Biffle started 42 races at TMS, winning four times and leading 10,893 laps in NASCAR action.
Castrol serves as Roush Fenway Racing’s official oil partner. The team’s car run Castrol Oil exclusively in all of its Ford machines. In addition, the high-performance lubricant brand serves as a primary partner on the team’s No. 6 NASCAR Series entry in select events.
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Roof Claims joins Timmy Hill and MBM Motorsports in both the Xfinty and Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney is off the free agent list as Team Penske signs Blaney to a multi-year extension.
Team Press Release:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Team Penske announced today that it has signed Ryan Blaney to a multi-year extension, which will keep him an integral part of the organization for years to come. The current NASCAR Cup Series points leader and driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang has been a member of Team Penske since 2012. During that time, he has earned three Cup Series victories and qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs in each of his three full-time seasons in the Cup Series.“Ryan is a true talent with a long runway ahead of him and we are excited to have him as a part of the future of Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “Since joining our team, Ryan has developed into a championship caliber driver and his personality and engagement with fans has made him a terrific ambassador for NASCAR. In addition, Ryan has done a great job of working with our partners to support their activation and investment throughout each year. I am looking forward to even more success together.”
One of NASCAR’s rising stars, Blaney first joined Team Penske as a talented 18-year-old, competing in select NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races for the team. He earned his first victory for Team Penske with an NXS win at Kentucky in 2013. He then captured his first Cup Series victory driving for the Wood Brothers in 2017 at Pocono Raceway before joining Team Penske as a full-time Cup Series competitor in 2018. The now 26-year-old Blaney has generated a combined nine wins and seven poles since joining the organization in 2012.
“I’ve always said, it’s been a lifelong dream to be able to drive a racecar for Roger Penske,” said Blaney. “I am proud of what we have accomplished with the No. 12 Team Penske Ford and our ability to represent great brands like Menards, Advance Auto Parts, DEX Imaging and BODYARMOR. It’s really exciting to know I will continue to drive for this organization in 2021 and beyond. I am fortunate to be surrounded by extremely talented people throughout the organization and have no doubt we will continue to compete for wins and championships well into the future.”
Through the first three races of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Blaney leads the Cup Series point standings and has found himself in contention to be in a position to win in each event – which included a second-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. He also leads the series with a 6.3-average running position.
NASCAR Official Press Release:
NASCAR’s season-opening Busch Clash moving to Daytona road course in 2021
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Less than a month after Denny Hamlin celebrated his Daytona 500 crown in the sport’s most famous Victory Lane, Daytona International Speedway has announced adjustments to the traditional 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening race week — changing the course of the popular Busch Clash race and condensing the schedule of Daytona Speedweeks.
Next year, the annual Busch Clash race will kick off the on-track action under the lights Tuesday, Feb. 9, and instead of racing on the Daytona 2.5-mile high banks, stock cars will compete on the track’s road course for the first time.
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Daytona president Chip Wile announced the news Wednesday in advance of hosting this weekend’s 50th running of the Daytona Supercross.
“We continue to look for opportunities to differentiate the Busch Clash from the Daytona 500 and obviously everything we do around Speedweeks presented by Advent Health is about building toward the 500,” Wile said. “This is about how we can continue to push and elevate the Busch Clash to be something different. And we’ve done that with a lot of new initiatives the first weekend.
“We’ve seen growth year over year with the Busch Clash and that weekend, but to see the resurgence in road-course racing and the excitement around it from the fans, we thought, why can’t we do this.”
The road course at Daytona is best known for hosting IMSA’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, as well as the Daytona 200, North America’s premier races for sports cars and motorcycles, respectively.
“The famed road course at Daytona has a long and storied history with sports cars and motorcycles and now we can write a new chapter on it with stock cars,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s Vice President of Racing Development. “Fans coming to the track will get to see six consecutive days of exciting NASCAR action, with no days being the same.”
The new schedule and new venue is just another example of NASCAR’s willingness to be open to ideas and enhance what is already viewed as the highest profile week in stock car racing.
The action-packed six-day schedule for 2021 Speedweeks will now start with the Busch Clash road course event Tuesday, Feb. 9, and culminate with the Daytona 500 on Valentine’s Day — Sunday, Feb. 14.
After the Busch Clash road-course event, Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Bluegreen Vacations Duel races to set the rest of the Daytona 500 field will remain on a Thursday evening, Feb. 11, followed by the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race Friday, Feb. 12.
Saturday, Feb. 13, will become a double-header with the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener and the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200. Then “The Great American Race,” the Daytona 500, will take place Feb. 14, putting an exclamation point on the week of speed.
The change in course for the Busch Clash adds a new dimension to NASCAR’s opening week and certainly provides a new viewing opportunity for fans, who can watch the race from Daytona’s infield as well as the grandstands.
“NASCAR fans have asked for more road-course competition and the industry is listening,” Wile said. “With the talent level the Busch Clash brings to the table, the race will now clearly have its own look and feel during Speedweeks in 2021.
“The new placement on the Speedweeks schedule also adds to the anticipation. That switch will make for a fuller Speedweeks calendar. Fans also will have the opportunity to engage in a festive infield atmosphere similar to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.”
Motorsports Business Management (MBM Motorsports) and Pit Boss Grills have announced that Pit Boss Grills will be the Primary Marketing Partner on the MBM Motorsports #66 this weekend at Phoenix Raceway in the Fanshield 500.
Offering the best value per square inch in the pellet grill industy, Pit Boss leads the industry with innovation, excellence, and a distictly customer-driven approach. Pit Boss takes pride in delivering the best possible products, at an affordable price; crafting grills that are Bigger, Hotter, and Heavier than the competitions.
“We are extremely excited to partner with a great team this weekend at ISM Raceway, “said Jeff Theissen, president of Dansons, the parent company of Pit Boss Grills. “We can’t wait to see the Pit Boss #66 car brought to life and competing in front of our loyal Pit Boss Nation.”
Driving for MBM Motorsports is Timmy Hill, who recorded his NASCAR career best finish of 3rd in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 on February 13th. Hill also ran in the top 10 during the 2020 Daytona 500, but had to settle with a 27th place finish after a wreck in the closing laps.
“This is a very exciting opportunity to partner with Pit Boss Grills. Our NASCAR fans have the biggest tailgates which makes this partnership an excellent pairing”, said Hill. “I am excited to do some grilling with the fans at the Phoenix pre race and then have them cheer on the Pit Boss Grill #66 in the race!”
Joining Pit Boss Grills for this weekends events is Arizona Color Vehicle Wrap Pros. Arizona Color Vehicle Wrap Pros is a nationwide leading vehicle wrap company. With over 18 years experience and over 8,500 vehicles wrapped, they are Arizona’s top vehicle advertising experts. Their mission is to provide top quality wrap advertising products that yield to their customers results by gaining them new customers and differentiating them from their competitors.
Motorsports Business Management LLC, operating as MBM Motorsports, is a professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. MBM Motorsports is owned by Carl Long, who also started as a driver in 1983 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC and South Boston Speedway. Before starting MBM Motorsports, Carl drove (and continues to drive part time) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and in the NASCAR Cup Series. MBM Motorsports began in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2014 and has a team best finish of 3rd at the 2020 NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona. The team fields the numbers 13, ,61, and 66 cars for various drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including owner Carl Long. MBM Motorsports fields the numbers 49 and 66 in the NASCAR Cup Series. At Indianapolis, in the 2017 Brickyard 400, Timmy Hill came in 14th position for MBM Motorsports best finish in the NASCAR Cup Series. In 2020 MBM Motorsports will be fielding entries for drivers Timmy Hill, Chad Finchum, and Stephen Leicht. MBM Motorsports is based out of Statesville, NC.
For more on Pit Boss Grills, please visit their Facebook page. Pit Boss Grills is also active on Twitter. You can follow and Tweet with them @pitbossgrills or Instagram @pitbossgrills.
For more on Timmy Hill, please visit his Facebook page. Hill is also active on Twitter. You can follow and Tweet with him @TimmyHillRacer or Instagram @TimmyHillRacer.
For more on MBM Motorsports, please visit their Facebook page. MBM Motorsports is also active on Twitter. You can follow and Tweet with them @mbmmotorsports or Instagram @mbmmotorsports. You can also find out more about MBM Motorsports on their website at mbmmotorsports.com .
MBM Motorsports announces Manscaped will return to the #66 Cup Series Entry of Timmy Hill at Auto Club Speedway. Manscaped will also sponsor the #13 MBM Xfinty Entry at Auto Club Speedway.
Team Press Release:
ANNOUNCEMENT: @manscaped has added more
races with MBM Motorsports and @TimmyHillRacer including this weekends race at @ACSupdates . MANSCAPED will also be on the @MBMMotorsports Xfinity Series #13 with @ChadFinchum . @NASCAR_Xfinity @SiriusXMNASCAR @NASCAR @NASCARONFOX
Roush Fenway Racing tabs Ross Chastain to fill in for Ryan Newman and the #6 Ford at Las Vegas this weekend. Because Ross Chastain is a Chevy driver and the #6 is a Ford, Chevy has given the ok for Ross to drive for RFR. There is no timetable for Ryan Newman’s return.
Team Press Release:
CONCORD, N.C. (February 19, 2020) –Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Ross Chastain will fill in for Ryan Newman starting this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) in the No. 6 Wyndham Rewards Ford. Newman was injured in a last-lap accident while leading Monday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and has since been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center.“First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “We also want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have offered support and taken the time to send their thoughts and prayers to Ryan, his family and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing”.
“The NASCAR community has long prided itself on being a close-knit family,” added Newmark. “That is never more evident than during these types of moments, and we want to express our appreciation to everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing as well as Kaulig Racing for allowing Ross to fill in for Ryan in the No. 6 on such short notice.”
Chastain has won three times in the NASCAR Truck Series and twice in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including a dominating performance at LVMS in 2018. The Alva, Florida native has made 72 career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series and finished top-10 in the 2019 Daytona 500. He was poised for another strong finish in Monday’s 500, before being involved in a late-race accident.
Currently there is no timetable for Newman’s return. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.
Rick Ware Racing announces Garret Smithley will return to the team in a expanded schedule beginning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
In 2019 Smithley ran 14 Cup Series Races, 9 were with RWR.
Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Trophy Tractor will return as anchor sponsors for Smithley.
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“We’re thrilled to have Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Trophy Tractor increase their investment in our team,” said team owner, Rick Ware. “Garrett is a fantastic young race car driver and an even better young man. We’re thrilled to support him and give him a platform to continue his growth on and off the track.”
RWR will field three-full time NCS teams plus a part-time team. In addition to Smithley, the team’s 2020 roster of drivers will include JJ Yeley, Joey Gase, and BJ McLeod.
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