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JR Motorsports announced today that LINE-X, North America’s largest retail automotive aftermarket franchise and leading provider of high-performance spray-on bedliners, will sponsor Alex Bowman in the No. 5 Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 8.
LINE-X is recognized as the industry leader in spray-on bedliners and an innovator of versatile protective coatings. The company’s product line includes items that are utilized in commercial, industrial, agricultural, military and custom applications. LINE-X boasts more than 500 locations in 46 countries.
“We are very excited to get back on the track with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and to make this return with Alex Bowman and JR Motorsports is truly an honor for us,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X LLC. “As a company, we have followed Alex’s career since his days in the ARCA Racing Series. We are thrilled to join Alex and the JR Motorsports team for the race in Phoenix.”
The Phoenix race marks the 21-year-old Tuscon, Ariz., native’s second start for JR Motorsports. Bowman started seventh and finished 12th in his JRM debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 10. Over the past two seasons, Bowman has made 71 combined starts across NASCAR’s top-two series, posting two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He also recorded a pair of pole awards in Nationwide Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013.
“We were really impressed with how well Alex ran at Charlotte,” said JRM general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “For LINE-X to also see that potential and come on board for Phoenix is exciting for our team. We feel like Alex is going to be a star in the sport and this is a great chance for him to show his talent in one of our cars.”
The No. 5 team has earned five wins this season – four with Kevin Harvick and one with Kasey Kahne. Josh Berry, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (renumbered as No. 88) and Austin Theriault have also driven the car this season.
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OneMain Financial announced today that it will be the primary sponsor of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 1 OneMain Financial Ford Mustang driven by Elliott Sadler in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). This sponsorship reunites the two organizations as OneMain Financial (previously known as CitiFinancial) sponsored Roush Fenway entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2008 to 2010.
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Elliott Sadler in the NASCAR Xfinity Series," said Mary McDowell, President and CEO of OneMain Financial. "Both on and off the track, the OneMain Racing program helps us build connections with our customers, employees and communities. The teamwork displayed by our race team mirrors the commitment our employees have to each other and to building personal loan solutions for each customer's unique needs. We are especially excited to field the Roush Fenway 'OneMain Financial 1' Ford to represent our brand this year."
The 2015 season will mark OneMain Financial's 12th season in NASCAR, and the company's return to a full-season sponsorship, serving as primary sponsor for all 33 races for the No. 1 Ford Mustang in the NXS.
Sadler, a NASCAR veteran, will continue his relationship with OneMain Financial as he competes for a championship in the 2015 season. Sadler has 260 Nationwide Series starts to his credit, earning 10 wins, 16 pole awards, 61 top-five and 128 top-10 finishes. During the previous three full seasons, Sadler finished fourth in 2013, and second in 2012 and 2011. He was also voted the 2011 Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. In 2010, Sadler became the 21st driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series).
"It is an honor to remain with OneMain Financial next year," said Sadler. "Their commitment to teamwork and excellence carries throughout the organization and extends to the racing program. I'm thrilled for the opportunity to race under the OneMain Financial banner and team up with Roush Fenway Racing to compete for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015."
"It's great to have OneMain Financial back on board," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "They are a first-class organization from top to bottom, a leader in their field and one of the most respected organizations in their industry. We enjoyed a great partnership in the past, and we look forward to reigniting that relationship moving forward next season.
"We are also very excited about what Elliott Sadler brings to our driver lineup," added Newmark. "He is a seasoned veteran and a winner on the track. He brings a reputation as a fierce competitor and I know that our entire organization, and particularly his Roush Fenway teammates in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed, will benefit from his experience next season."
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After two off weeks, the Nationwide Series returns to action in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the Flex Seal Chevrolet in the race, a 200-lapper around the 1.5-mile TMS course.
Earnhardt is three races from completing his first full season in the series. He’s 18th in driver points entering Saturday’s event.
“It’s been a pretty good year,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve had some good runs and some races where we should have gotten better finishes. But I’m looking forward to closing out the year with three big weeks.”
After Texas, the series moves on to Phoenix before ending the season at Homestead-Miami in south Florida.
Practice is scheduled at TMS at noon and 4:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3:30.
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Landon Cassill will begin the final stretch of the Nationwide Series season in the G&K Services Chevrolet in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
The 33-race Nationwide schedule has only three remaining events – at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.
“It’s time to close out the year with some strong runs,” Cassill said. “We still have good cars lined up and ready to go. I like Texas, so we’ll give it a good run there.”
Cassill, who is 12th in Nationwide driver points, finished 33rd at TMS earlier this year.
Practice is scheduled at TMS at noon and 4:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will be held at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by the race at 3:30.
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With only three races left on the NASCAR Nationwide Series slate, Chase Elliott is in prime position to capture its championship.
The No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS driver currently sits atop the Nationwide Series standings, 42 points ahead of his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. He will attempt to further his advantage in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2) – the same place at which he earned his first victory in April.
“It’s been awhile since we last visited Texas Motor Speedway, but the last time was a special moment for the NAPA AUTO PARTS team,” Elliott said. “Winning for the first time together is a moment I’ll never forget – it was awesome.”
Elliott dominated the April event, leading a race-high 47 laps on his way to the checkered flag. At 18 years, four months and seven days, he became the second-youngest driver to ever win a Nationwide race.
With a victory this weekend, Elliott would become the first Sunoco Rookie to ever sweep Texas Motor Speedway. He has fared well at similar tracks this season, posting two wins, five top fives, and eight top 10s in 10 starts at 1.5-mile courses.
Though mathematically impossible to occur this weekend at Texas, if Elliott can clinch the series title at Phoenix or Homestead, he would become the youngest driver and first Sunoco Rookie to ever win a NASCAR national series championship.
“We have three races left in what’s been an exciting year, but we have to stay focused and continue to work together as a team,” Elliott said. “We look to put together a better run than we did in the spring, bringing us one step closer to our goal.”
Just in time for Halloween, Chris Buescher’s No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang will carry the Bit-O-Honey colors this weekend in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“We’re really excited to have Bit-O-Honey on our car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway,” Buescher said. “I can’t wait to race in front of my family and friends in this great looking Mustang. It’s really awesome to see a partner as excited as they are to get involved in racing. They have tons of cool stuff going on with their Facebook page and social media this week, and I’m hoping we’ll give them something great to talk about on Saturday.”
For a chance to win signed Buescher swag and even a race used visor, fans are encouraged to ‘like’ the Bit-O-Honey Racing Facebook page. To kick Halloween into high gear, Buescher tested his pumpkin carving skills, crafting his rendition of the Bit-O-Honey bee. Fans can also share their carved pumpkins or Halloween costumes on social media utilizing the hashtag #CandyofChampions.
Check out the time lapse of the No. 60 Bit-O-Honey Ford Mustang getting wrapped, here.
“The team at Pearson’s Candy is excited about the opportunity to race this great looking Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said president and CEO Michael Keller. “We look forward to a great race on Saturday and fully believe Chris will do great things!”
The honey flavored taffy and almond candy was first manufactured in 1924 and is now produced by Pearson Candy Company in Minneapolis. Bit-O-Honey falls under the Brynwood Partners umbrella, along with another current Roush Fenway partner, Zest.
Established in 1984, Brynwood Partners is a control-oriented, operationally-focused, lower middle market buyout fund that acquires consumer products companies. The managing partners of Brynwood Partners have extensive operating experience, as CEOs and CFOs of both public and private companies, which allows the firm to acquire both performing and underperforming businesses and corporate orphan brands with or without management teams.
The Prosper, Texas native, who earned his first NNS victory earlier this season, will make his third NNS start at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag will drop for 300 miles of racing on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 pm ET on ESPN2 and MRN.
Fans can follow the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RoushFenway.
Richard Childress Racing will have Scott Lagasse, Jr. driving the No. 33 Alert Today Florida/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead-Miami 300 on Saturday, November 15 with Nick Harrison as crew chief.
"I'm honored for the opportunity to drive the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet," Lagasse said. "Mr. Childress runs a first class organization, from his team all the way down to the equipment he provides for them. Everyone at TeamSLR is excited to work with Mr. Childress, Nick and all the guys over at RCR. We're looking forward to seeing all the Boy Scouts at the race cheering us on and also delivering the Alert Today Florida pedestrian and bicycle safety message.
"I am a cyclist, as are many NASCAR drivers. It's important for everyone to remember traffic laws were designed to keep everyone safe, especially more vulnerable road users like pedestrians and bicyclists. So while you're driving to work to school or even to the speedway, watch for us. Cyclists have a right to be there too, so please share the road and help keep us safe."
Lagasse will pair with the Florida Department of Transportation in their "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" initiative. The campaign helps raise awareness that safety doesn't happen by accident, reminding everyone on the roadways to pay attention while following the rules of the road. The Boy Scouts of America will also ride along as a sponsor for the 200-lap event.
Lagasse will be making his third Nationwide Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
This weekend Kyle Busch will once again attempt victory and a possible “sweep” as he runs in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Needless to say, Busch is extremely comfortable maneuvering the Texas track and has proven his skills to be dominant.
Over his career Busch has tallied nine wins, four pole positions, 27 top-five finishes and 2,361 laps led on the Lone-Star State oval. In the Nationwide Series, Busch additionally holds the record for most poles (3), most laps led (1381), most wins (6) and most top-five finishes (13). So far this season, Busch currently sits as the Nationwide Series driver with the most amount of laps led in 2014 (1,811, 33.46%).
In the spring Nationwide Series event at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth the No. 54 team took home a second-place finish, Busch’s 14th top-10 result in 17 races. The result didn’t come without its hurdles, as a delay in the team’s technical inspection process-caused by a rear camber number that didn’t pass NASCAR standards, forced the team to miss the first group qualifying session, which therefore recorded them out of qualifying contention. Based on points and with three other competitors also not passing NASCAR’s technical templates, Busch and his Monster Energy team started 36th at the drop of the green flag. The Monster Energy athlete used his skills to maneuver through the field towards the front and eventually led the race for 38 laps before finishing in second place, one position shy of earning another cowboy hat.
He and the now seven-time winning No. 54 JGR unit are past race winners at Texas and know how to set their car up for another strong run. Odds are the black and green Monster Energy team will once again vie for a trip to victory lane, a result needed in order to cut the deficit on the No. 22 team with the series Owner’s Championship points battle – now 31 points separate the two strong contenders.
Viva Motorsports is hoping to have a fiesta this weekend in Phoenix to celebrate a good finish for their new sponsor, Fiesta Auto Group. Fiesta Auto Group is a brand new car dealership located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, specializing in both new and used cars. The No. 55 Camaro will be making a stop in Albuquerque on its way to the racetrack to show off the new look and to thank the Fiesta customers and employees for their support. Additional support
will come from Viva Auto Group, Viva Powersports, and Bestway Autos. Dick has made 5 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix with a best result of 18th place.
Jamie's Thoughts: "Phoenix is the closest track to my hometown. It is always special to come here. The desert feels like home to me. We should have a lot of friends and family come out to the racetrack. I can't thank the people of Fiesta Auto Group enough for helping us out. I am proud to have their name on our racecar."
Last time out: Last time at Phoenix International Raceway, engine troubles relegated Jamie Dick to a 32 place finish.
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A week after watching his nephew make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Carlos Contreras will exchange a radio for a steering wheel and compete in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).
More importantly, Contreras’ start on Saturday will reach a huge milestone for the Hispanic racer. By taking the green flag in the final stretch of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season, Contreras will have competed in 100 national series races across the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, dating back to 1999.
RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro as the primary marketing partner in Contreras’ 13th race of the season. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience stores locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Recently, RaceTrac opened their 100th store in Texas to coincide with Contreras’ feat.
“I’m so happy to reach 100 races,” said Contreras. “It is something that is really special for me and my family. We were the first Hispanic driver in NASCAR in 1999, and now will be the first to reach 100 races in the national series.
“There is just so many people that I have to thank. The list goes on and on. I especially want to thank my wife, Alejandra. She left her life in Mexico to start this adventure with me. I want to thank my kids Carlos and Andrea too. Also, my brother Enrique, who was the one that started this project. He has always believed in me and has been supporting me every day. It was because of him that the door opened for me into NASCAR and that still continues today with other Hispanic drivers. Lastly, my best friend, Mike Vazquez. He is like my brother. Since 2003, we’ve been working together and he has been by my side at all times. Without his help, I wouldn’t be reaching 100 races.”
After a much needed two week break following a 19 consecutive week stretch for the NASCAR Nationwide Series tour, the season resumes for the final three races of the year, beginning in the Lone Star state.
Contreras, a native of Mexico City, Mexico has never competed at the 1.5-mile speedway in a Nationwide car, but he does have six starts in a truck, including a ninth place finish after starting 16th in 2001. This weekend though, Contreras will reunite with TMS for the first time since 2002.
“Obviously, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Texas,” added Contreras. “I’m sure the track has changed a lot since 2002, but hopefully we can unload our No. 87 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro with some speed and keep adjusting it to the track conditions. I have a feeling the track will change a lot from the start to the end of the race, so if we can stay ahead of that, we should be able to bring home a satisfying finish on Saturday.”
He added, “As I enter my 100th race, I can’t help, but forever be grateful to RaceTrac for helping me achieve this goal. It’s because of them and people like Roman Ruiz (Global Aircraft Solutions), Hector Andreu (Hot Wheels), Mike Vazquez (38 Special, Pitbull and Voli Vodka) and of course, my current team Rick Ware Racing. Together, this weekend we make history. 100 starts in NASCAR. It’s a great feeling!”
For team owner Rick Ware, his team is honored to be a part of Contreras’ noteworthy achievement.
“It’s an honor for Rick Ware Racing to be the home for Carlos’ 100 NASCAR start,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with him and his marketing partners this season, but we’re equally as focused on making this weekend a memorable one for him and the folks at RaceTrac.
“Texas is a tough track, but I believe that Carlos can get the job done and bring home a solid finish on Saturday afternoon.”
Following Texas, Contreras is schedule to pilot a Rick Ware Racing car in the 2014 season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on November 15.
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