Former NASCAR Truck Series Team Martins Motorsports announced on 12/26/19 that the team would return to NASCAR, this time in the Xfinty Series.
Rodney Riessen has join the team as a Co-Owner with Graig Martins. The team runs their traditional #44 with Diamond Gusset Jeans as one of the sponsors in 2020. In Tommy’s announcement he stated if a funded driver would come along he would step out of the car if it made financial sense for the team. In a perfect world Tommy would like to run 25 or so races, not necessarily the whole schedule.
On January 11th the team announced Danny Johnson will serve as the Crew Chief tor #44 Martins Motorsports entry in 2020.
Post Boyd Gaming 300 Article:⬇️
Underdog Spotlight for the #DAYTONA500 : Today’s the #DAYTONA500 and it is the great equalizer for the underdog teams. Because it’s the 500 we are going to feature 3 underdog teams:
#16 Justin Haley-Kaulig Racing
#62 Brendan Gaughan-Beard Motorsports
#66 Timmy Hill-MBM Motorsports.
On Sunday February 9th the Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying saw the #16 of Justin Haley and Kaulig Racing lock themselves into the 2020 Daytona 500 on speed. This is also Kaulig Racing’s first NASCAR Cup Series Race as a organization. This however is not Justin Haley’s first Cup Series Race as he won the 2019 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July in the #77 FOE Chevy for Spire Motorsports.
Brendan Gaughan and the #62 Beard Oil / South Point Casino Chevy also qualified his way into the Daytona 500 on speed. Brendan announced this past off season that this will be his final Daytona 500 and final Cuo Series season as he’ll run both Daytona and Talladega races Cup Races before hanging up the helmet for good.
The #66 MBM Motorsports of Timmy Hill will run is first Daytona 500 as he raced his way into the Daytona 500 in Thursday’s Blue Green Vacations Duel 2.
Drivers that failed to qualify for the Daytona 500:
#49 Chad Finchum-MBM Motorsports
#54 JJ Yeley-Rick Ware Racing
#96 Daniel Suarez-Gaunt Brothers Racing
POST DAYTONA 500 STORY:⬇️
Underdog Spotlight Daytona 500 Results:
#16 Justin Haley-Kaulig Racing P13
Justin Hayley and his #16 FOE Kaulig Racing Chevy finished in 13th place in the first ever Cup Series race for Kaulig Racing. Before the Daytona 500 Hayley was the last winner at Daytona when he won the 2019 Coke Zero 400 with Spire Motorsports #77 FOE Chevy.
#62 Brendan Gaughan-Beard Motorsports P7
Gaughan finished in 7th place in the Daytona 500 mailing it his and the team’s highest finishing position to date in the Daytona 500. Brendan has 3 races left, Talladega in the Spring and fall as well as back at Daytona in August before hanging up his NASCAR helmet for good.
#66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports P27.
The #66 MBM Motorsports of Timmy Hill finished 27th In his first Daytona 500 after he raced his way into the Daytona 500 in Thursday’s Blue Green Vacations Duel 2.
After some mid summer restructuring on our media team we effectively shut down our website NextLineRacing.com. After some hard work in the past couple weeks we are excited to announce we are back.
NLR will focus on News, Content and story's from the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series as well as Silly Season news, broadcast news and more. Part of our new line up with NextLineRacing.com we will be covering NASCAR News and Story's that are not always in the forefront. We will be catching up and posting news content very soon.
-Next Line Racing | NASCAR News-Media-PR.
Next Line Racing Article:
Talladega and Daytona are the absolute game changer when it comes to the NASCAR Underdogs.
First up on our radar is Gray Gaulding Driver of the #08 for SS Green Lighting Racing in the Xfinty Series. Gray took his Chevy to a 2nd place finish in Saturday’s Money Lion 300. A career best finish for him. Gray and his team will now get to run for the last Dash For Cash Race this weekend at Dover.
The ”Mighty” Beard Oil Motorsports team who only runs 4 times a year (2 Daytona & 2 Talladega Races) once again gets a top 10 finish and brings the car home in one piece. This team has 1 YES 1 full time employee, the Crew Chief Darren Shaw. Beard Oil Motorsports has 2 races left in 2019, Daytona in July and Talladega in October.
Next up on our NASCAR Underdog Spotlight is Corey LaJoie and #32 Go Fas Racing Team. Corey tied his best Cup Series finish on Sunday finishing 11th in the GEICO 500. LaJoie started the 188-lap event from the 36thstarting position in his No. 32 Schuluter-Systems Ford Mustang.
After working his way through the field and with four laps remaining, LaJoie was in the 20th position but he was able to work his way to the front and cross the checkered for an 11thplace result.His 11th place finish ties his career best in the MENCS which came back in July of 2017 at Daytona International Speedway.
It’s a small team without many of the resources that the larger organizations have but things are heading in the right direction and LaJoie knows a finish within’ the top-26 is a good day.
These are just some of the great NASCAR “Underdog” stories that come out of each Daytona and Talladega Races every year.
Our Underdog Spotlight story goes back to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway with both JTG Daugherty Racing’s #37 and #47.
Both #37 and #47 Teams ran extremely well at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the #37 of Chris Buescher Finished 9th and #47 of Ryan Preece 35th after a pit road misshap with the #52 of BJ McLeod. Preece ran top 10 at Atlanta for a majority of the race until the before mention pit road incident.
Fast forward to Las Vegas and once again the #37 of Chris Buescher is rated as the top finisher of the “underdogs”. The #37 finished 18th and #47 finished 25th in Las Vegas.
This is undoubtedly the best start to a season that JTG Daugherty Racing has ever had in the Cup Series.
Next Line Racing Article:
Ross Chastain and Premium Motorsports start the 2019 season with a top 10 finish in the 2019 Daytona 500. Ross started 36th Sunday.
After falling two laps down, he rallied to give Premium Motorsports its second top 10 in 231 starts in the Cup Series. Ross Chastain will split a full schedule in Xfinity with JD Motorsports and Kaulig Racing and is planning to run the full year in Cup with Premium (last year, he raced in every Cup race but Daytona and Sonoma for Robinson). Ross is also scheduled to run a partial schedule in the #45 Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Niece Motorsports In 2019.
“(Robinson) committed to me last year that he’d run me,” Chastain said. “He stuck by it on this one. We’ll go out to Sonoma I guess and try to figure out my way around a road course. I’m not great at them, but he wants me in the car, so I want to be there for him.
“We’ll see how the season goes. If we get way behind on our budget and tear up a bunch of stuff and blow our bottom line and need to make it up, he’s got to do what he’s got to do. It’s a business. I understand that. I’ll use this to my advantage as much as I can.”
For a small team like Premium Motorsports, a top 10 finish in the 500 goes a long way financially with the Daytona 500 paying the biggest purse of the season.
Next Line Racing News Article:
The Daytona 500 is the highest paying race to start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. By making the Daytona 500, it can set a low budget team up for the year to be able to enter more races as the season goes on.
Non-Chartered Open Cars In The Duels:
Duel 1 saw No. 96 Parker Kligerman of Gaunt Brothers Racing-Toyota and No. 7 Ryan Truex of Tommy Baldwin Racing-Chevy have to battle it out to see who would race in the 500. Kligerman had to finish in front of both Ryan Truex and Tyler Reddick (who was locked in on speed) to make the field. Ultimately Parker received help from Toyota teammate Kyle Busch that helped the No. 96 get past Reddick and Ryan Truex to make the 500. Ryan Truex still had hope to make the 500 if Casey Mears finishes top open car in Duel 2.
Duel 2: With No. 27 Germain Racing/Premium Motorsports locked in on speed, the race saw No. 66 of Joey Gase of MBM Motorsports-Toyota and No. 62 of Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports-Chevy battle side by side right away in duel 2. But with some late race pitting from Joey Gase, Gaughan was in the spot to transfer by being ahead of the No. 27 and No. 66 for most of Duel 2. Ultimately the No. 27 of Mears did not finish top open car in Duel 2.
The No. 66 of Joey Gase and No. 71 of Ryan Truex both missed getting into the Daytona 500.
Next Line Racing Article
Daytona 500 Starting Lineup:⬇️