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In a historic shift for the sport, beginning in 2020 NASCAR’s premier series will be known as the NASCAR Cup Series and will feature four cornerstone brands as Premier Partners; Busch Beer, Coca-Cola®, GEICO and Xfinity.

In addition to the establishment of the Premier Partner positions, this significant shift will provide many strategic benefits to the industry, including greater activation opportunities for brands across the sport. NASCAR’s inaugural grouping of Premier Partners will play a key role in consumer marketing and fan development initiatives moving forward.

“This has been a monumental year for our sport, one highlighted by significant changes in our business model to ensure long-term viability and growth,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR President. “As we begin this new chapter, we are joined by four incredible brands with deep-rooted histories across all levels of our sport. We are honored to have this elite group represent our NASCAR Cup Series for years to come.”

The new model includes premium assets for each Premier Partner to engage the most brand-loyal fans in sports throughout the entire season. Premier Partners will collectively own a presence connected to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race and NASCAR All-Star Race. Additionally, all four partners will be prominently featured in multiple platforms across the sport, including integrations in broadcast, NASCAR digital and social channels, event entitlements, in-market promotions and at-track activations.

“This new model will provide our Premier Partners with a heightened level of integration and visibility across all aspects of our sport,” said Daryl Wolfe, NASCAR executive vice president and chief sales and operations officer. “Each of these partners have demonstrated their commitment to our brand-loyal fan base and we are excited about how these brands will elevate the NASCAR Cup Series.”

 

Busch Beer

Busch Beer returned as a NASCAR Official Partner in 2018. The deal provided the beer brand exclusive sponsorship of the Busch Pole Award, a position it will continue to maintain throughout its Premier Partnership. Additionally, Busch Beer will sponsor a NASCAR Cup Series event in 2020.

“We are continuing to evolve our presence in NASCAR because we have a significant connection to its fans and believe in the future of the sport,” said Nick Kelly, vice president partnerships, beer category and community, Anheuser-Busch. “The Premier Partner position strengthens our deep-rooted history in the sport and will provide fans with even more opportunities to enjoy a crisp, cold Busch Beer on race day.”

Anheuser-Busch’s history in NASCAR dates back decades to 1978, when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. Additionally, Busch Beer was the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997. Beginning in 1998, Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Bud Pole Award through its Budweiser brand, which also became the “Official Beer of NASCAR” through 2007.

 

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years and became a NASCAR Official Partner in 1998. As a Premier Partner, Coca-Cola will continue its sponsorship of both NASCAR Troops to the Track and NASCAR Salutes, the portion of the season focused on highlighting industry-wide appreciation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Coca-Cola will also continue to own race entitlements at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, Coca-Cola becomes the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship trophy. 

“Coca-Cola has a long history of successful collaboration with NASCAR and elevating our position to Premier Partner provides even more opportunity to connect fans to unforgettable experiences,” said John Mount, vice president, sports marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Further integrating our two brands affords Coca-Cola the opportunity to build on our winning formula and contribute to the growth of the sport in the years ahead.”

The agreement further enhances Coca-Cola’s position as the “Official Soft Drink of NASCAR.” A signature part of the brand’s marketing strategy is the Coca-Cola Racing Family – an exclusive group of top drivers representing Coca-Cola who are featured across company advertising, promotions and packaging.  

 

GEICO

GEICO’s involvement in NASCAR spans more than a decade and the company became the “Official Insurance Provider of NASCAR” earlier this year. As one of the most fully integrated brands in the sport, GEICO will enhance its existing assets through its Premier Partnership and become the presenting partner of a season phase.

“Our affiliation with NASCAR has been successful over the past decade and expanding our role to Premier Partner was the next logical step,” said Bill Brower, assistant vice president of marketing for GEICO. “Our expanded presence will allow us to further engage the most brand-loyal fans in sports, bolster our effective marketing platform and play a prominent role in the sport in the years ahead.”

 

Xfinity

Comcast’s Xfinity brand entered the sport with a landmark 10-year partner agreement in 2015, positioned as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the “Official Entertainment Partner of NASCAR.” As a Premier Partner, Xfinity will maintain its Xfinity Series sponsorship, central to its NASCAR strategy. Xfinity will also sponsor the Championship 4 elimination race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Martinsville Speedway.

“The first five years of our partnership with NASCAR has exceeded our expectations and the season-long national platform has provided increased exposure for the Xfinity brand and allowed us to demonstrate how our products and services enhance the way race fans enjoy this great sport,” said Matt Lederer, vice president of brand partnerships, Comcast. “Given the overwhelming fan reaction and how the industry has embraced the Xfinity brand, we’re thrilled to expand upon that commitment by becoming a Premier Partner of the NASCAR Cup Series, while also continuing to showcase the young stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series.”

Throughout the past five years, Xfinity has elevated the series “Where Names Are Made,” supporting the introduction of an elimination-style Playoffs, reenergizing the Dash 4 Cash program, reimagining how champions are celebrated at Xfinity Champion’s Day at Universal Orlando Resort and has honored charitable efforts within the industry through its prestigious Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award platform. Xfinity continues to change the way fans access the sport through its Xfinity Stream app, Xfinity X1 video and Xfinity xFi internet.

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His second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship now in the record books, it was a relaxed and droll Kyle Busch who took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon at the Music City Center.

 

Aside from seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Busch is the only active driver with more than one title, and he took the opportunity in his post-championship trip to New York to display both trophies, with the Empire State Building as a backdrop.

 

“I remembered seeing Jimmie having all of his trophies laid out on the race track when he won seven at Homestead and thought that was really cool and really special,” Busch said. “I asked all the NASCAR folks, ‘So did you guys bring all the replicas down here for that?’ And they were like, ‘No, Jimmie brought all those himself, because they were all his.

 

“I was like, ‘Damn, the boy believed in himself, I guess.’”

 

But Busch wasn’t about to tempt fate by bringing the trophy he won in 2015 to Homestead before the final race.

 

“I was like, I did not bring the Sprint Cup trophy to Homestead, because I am not removing it from wherever the hell it is to bring it and be… I’m not saying Jimmie Johnson is conceited, but, yeah, I would be that. But it was the first time I was able to grab the other trophy and take it with, and New York was our first stop.”

 

On Tuesday night, Busch dropped the first puck at a Nashville Predators game, one night after not only attending but also participating in WWE Monday Night Raw at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. There, with the aid of some subterfuge from Michael Waltrip, Busch took the 24/7 championship belt from wrestler/rapper R-Truth.

 

“They heard we were coming and set us up and said, ‘Hey. Do you want to be part of the show?’” said Busch. “Well, all right, sure. What have you got in mind?”

 

Busch pinned R-Truth on the concrete outside the ring and grabbed the belt. Asked whether he had ever tried the move on brother Kurt Busch, Kyle quipped, “If I could get through (Joey) Logano’s crew, I could do it on him.”

 

KYLE LARSON EMPHATIC ABOUT HIS ENJOYMENT OF NASCAR RACING

 

Fresh from a dominant performance in USAC Midget Racing, having swept three main events in California, Kyle Larson scoffed at the notion that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing isn’t just as much fun to him.

 

“If it was work, I wouldn’t do it,” Larson said. “I tell people all the time, yeah, the money’s great, but if I wasn’t having fun, I wouldn’t be doing this. I would have gotten out of this a long time ago. I enjoy the travel. I enjoy the race cars. I enjoy the rules changes.

 

“I enjoy the competition—just the lifestyle. I enjoy everything about NASCAR. People probably think, because I go back and race dirt cars, that I do it because I don’t love NASCAR, and I need to get away and do something fun, but I have fun every single weekend.”

 

Clearly at the top of the game on dirt, Larson hasn’t won in stock cars with the same frequency he has achieved in open-wheel cars.

 

But there’s a good reason for that—more variables.

 

“I think it’s just more situational in NASCAR,” Larson said. “There are a lot of other factors that lead into how you finish. In dirt, when you’re out there, you’re not worried about a pit stop or a double-file restart or a 500-lap race. It’s just 30 laps, and there’s a lot less stuff that can happen to affect your race, because it is so much shorter.

 

“You can control your own destiny a little bit better… I feel like I’ve got everything it takes to win in the Cup series. We did it in 2017. Our race cars were really good then. Our pit crew was on it. So it’s just more situational, I guess.”

 

STEWART-HAAS DRIVERS ADDRESS CREW CHIEF CHANGES

 

Champion’s Week brought news of a crew chief shakeup at Stewart-Haas Racing. Johnny Klausmeier will move from Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford to Clint Bowyer’s No. 14, as Mike Bugarewicz moves from Bowyer’s car to Almiorla’s.

 

With Mike Shiplett moving up with rookie driver Cole Custer from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Billy Scott, Daniel Suarez’s crew chief this year, is the odd man out at SHR. Suarez is still seeking a ride for the 2020 season.

 

Both Almirola and Bowyer qualified for the Playoffs this year, but neither driver won a race during the season.

 

“Well, I think it really just goes back to trying to be better, just trying to make the whole organization better… quite honestly, to get everybody to step up to the level of that No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) team within our four walls,” Almirola said of the personnel changes.

 

“They (SHR management) felt like it would be a good move to shake things up between the 14 and the 10 teams—create a new dynamic and see if that sparks some better performance.”

 

Bowyer agreed that goal of the moves is to find a spark.

 

“Success is in the people,” Bowyer said. “It’s still hard to find that chemistry. As long as I’ve been doing it, it’s all about chemistry and finding the right people and the right match to find the success on a consistent basis.

 

“Sometimes we’re too much the same. When I get fired up, he’s fired up. You need a little bit of that ‘opposites attract’ deal. It’s like a marriage. If you’re the same, usually sparks will fly. Eventually, one thing will lead to another and one of you is headed out.

 

“It never got to that,” Bowyer added, but neither team got to Victory Lane either.

 

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 18 JGR TEAM HEADLINE NASCAR INDUSTRY AWARDS

 

More than anything else—appropriately enough—Wednesday’s NASCAR Industry Awards Reception at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red was a celebration of the accomplishments of 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team.

 

Busch won the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award as well as the coveted Goodyear Gold Car Award, presented annually to the champion of NASCAR’s top division.

 

Busch won his second title and joins seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson as the only other active multiple championship winner.

 

“It was just a matter of time,” opined Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of global racing.

 

Adam Stevens of the No. 18 team was honored with the Champion Crew Chief Award, also his second.

 

“The Playoffs came, and we never took our eyes off the prize,” Stevens said.

 

In addition, the No. 18 JGR pit crew was recognized with the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, and Mars Inc. claimed the Champion Sponsor Award.

 

Chris Gabehart, crew chief for JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, earned the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Crew Chief Award.

 

“My rookie year has just been phenomenal, with Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny and (sponsor) Fed-Ex,” said Gabehart, who guided Hamlin to six victories and a Championship 4 appearance this season.

 

Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, received the prestigious Buddy Shuman Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in ensuring the continued growth and popularity of stock car racing.

 

Kevin Harvick, six times the top qualifier in 2019, took home the Busch Pole Award. His sponsor, Busch Beer, was honored with the Marketing Achievement Award.

 

“Having Busch beer, with everything they’ve done with our car and our program, is something you don’t see a lot of,” Harvick said. “It’s always fun to win your sponsor’s award, so it’s great to keep it in the family.”

 

“If you can get Kevin Harvick to drive a millennial car, eat avocado toast and wear plaid in the same year, you’ve got a pretty good marketing campaign,” added Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president and chief marketing officer, in introducing the marketing award.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Daniel Hemric described his season-long battle against Ryan Preece as “a grind—and it wasn’t flashy. Neither one of us could put four or five straight weeks together.”

 

JGR driver Martin Truex Jr., who finished second to Busch in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, claimed the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award.

 

“To be able to make passes and moves on restarts is critical, and fortunately, we were able to make some good ones this year,” Truex said.

Busch Beer, the “Official Beer of NASCAR®,” will be awarded the 2019 Marketing Achievement Award today at the NASCAR Industry Awards Reception during NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville.

Since returning as an Official Partner in 2018, the global brand has leveraged its Busch Pole Award platform, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing partnership and track relationships to create distinctive content throughout the season to drive fan and media engagement around the Busch Beer brand.

“We take great pride in creating new and surprising ways to engage NASCAR fans throughout the year, so being honored with this award is a special achievement for our team,” said Nick Kelly, vice president partnerships, beer category and community, Anheuser-Busch. “Our partnership with NASCAR and the industry at-large has allowed us to do what we do best, deliver creative marketing that resonates with fans and drives consumption of crisp, refreshing Busch Beer.”   

To celebrate 40 years of Busch Beer at the DAYTONA 500, Busch Beer developed the #Car2Can promotion for a chance to win one of 40 limited-edition Busch Beer cans created from Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Fans watching the iconic DAYTONA 500 on FOX were given the chance to “watch and win” via an on-screen social media trivia contest using the #Car2Can promotion hashtags. The social campaign generated more than 44 thousand mentions and 67 million impressions around the DAYTONA 500.

"Busch Beer continues to successfully drive consumer engagement by creatively integrating its assets from across all levels of its NASCAR sponsorship," said Jill Gregory, executive vice president and chief marketing and content officer, NASCAR. "Hats off to our partners for galvanizing our brand-loyal fans across the season, and cheers to all they have in store for 2020."

Fortunately for the fans, Kevin Harvick not winning the 2018 Championship meant Busch Beer would design a “millennial-inspired” paint scheme for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. Busch Beer crowdsourced millennial phrases on Twitter to create the one-of-kind paint scheme. Fans voted for words playing on millennial culture like “yeet,” “turnt left” and “#squadgoals” to adorn the pink race car. To unveil the car’s design, Busch created digital shorts starring Harvick as he learned the meaning of the phrases featured. The full campaign garnered a total of nearly 100 million digital and social impressions.

At Talladega Superspeedway, the beer company brought back its successful Busch Flannel Ford Mustang, donning the No. 4car with an outdoor-inspired flannel look. Harvick and the No. 4 team embraced the campaign with Harvick’s firesuit, crew members’ shirts, fan display and paint-scheme all adorned in flannel. The Busch Guy, also fashioned in flannel, was present over the course of the weekend and fans were able to shop a wide variety of flannel merchandise.

As the NASCAR Playoffs heated up, Busch Beer created a slapstick campaign around Kyle Busch getting “free” advertising through its Stewart-Haas Racing sponsorship. The company went all-in on Harvick, replacing the brand “Busch” within its traditional logo with “Harvick.” Busch Beer capitalized with a strong social media campaign along with broadcast integration, fan merchandise featuring “Harvick” instead of “Busch” as well as special edition “Harvick” beers cans that were sold in concession stands.

In addition to its sponsored Busch Pole Awards, which saw 14 different pole winners this season, Busch Beer incorporated tune-in messaging throughout all its programs. The beer company also included its “Official Beer of NASCAR” designation on all its national point of sale.

This is the first time Anheuser-Busch has been awarded the NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award. Previous winners include: Comcast; Coca-Cola; Fox Sports and NBC Sports; Mars, Incorporated; Mobil 1; and Toyota.

NASCAR’s Champion’s Week in Nashville will conclude with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Awards Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. For more information, please visit championsweek.nascar.com.

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NBC Sports surrounds NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville, Tenn., this week, highlighted by coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood and country singer Cassadee Pope will host Thursday evening’s program on NBCSN from the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., honoring 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. NBC Sports NASCAR pit reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will conduct interviews with NASCAR legends and celebrities in attendance, along with all 16 NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers.

NASCAR takes over downtown Nashville tonight with a special NASCAR America Burnouts on Broadway telecast tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following Wednesday Night Hockey coverage. Dovetailing off of NASCAR’s show-stopping Burnout Boulevard event to kick off the Playoffs in Las Vegas, Burnouts on Broadway will feature all 16 of this year’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers as they show off their moves under the neon lights of Music City.

Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman will host Wednesday night’s NASCAR America Burnouts on Broadway. Country music singer Tim Dugger will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event and provide commentary alongside Stavast and Kligerman. The program will also re-air on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET leading into the Awards program at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports is celebrating NASCAR Champion’s Week with driver integrations in Nashville on WWE Raw and NHL coverage on NBCSN.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Wed., December 4 NASCAR America Burnouts on Broadway NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Thur., December 5 NASCAR America Burnouts on Broadway (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
  2019 NASCAR Awards NBCSN 8 p.m.
  2019 NASCAR Awards (Encore) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.

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Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced the 2020 crew chief lineup for its four NASCAR Cup Series teams.

 

The most notable change is the promotion of crew chief Mike Shiplett to the No. 41 team. SHR brings Shiplett up from its NASCAR Xfinity Series program where he spent the 2019 season guiding Cole Custer to a career-high seven wins and six poles with a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Shiplett will be paired with Custer again in 2020 as the 21-year-old Custer runs for rookie-of-the year honors

 

Crew chiefs John Klausmeier and Mike “Buga” Bugarewicz will swap teams, with Klausmeier going to the No. 14 team of Clint Bowyer and Bugarewicz going to the No. 10 team of Aric Almirola.

 

Klausmeier has been the No. 10 crew chief since 2018, where he and Almirola combined for 29 top-10 finishes, highlighted by a victory on Oct. 14, 2018 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The duo made the NASCAR Playoffs in each of their two seasons together, with Almirola finishing a career-best fifth in the 2018 championship.

 

Bugarewicz has led the No. 14 team since 2016, where he was Tony Stewart’s crew chief for his last NASCAR season before being paired with Bowyer in 2017. Bugarewicz helped Stewart secure his 49th and final NASCAR Cup Series victory at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and continued winning with Bowyer, securing two victories in 2018 – March 26 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and June 10 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn – as part of a three-year stint that garnered 47 top-10s and two appearances in the NASCAR Playoffs.

 

Rodney Childers returns as Kevin Harvick’s crew chief with the No. 4 team for the seventh straight year. Since joining forces in 2014, Childers and Harvick have combined to produce 26 victories, 25 poles, 106 top-five finishes and 153 top-10s. They have led 9,608 laps and made the Championship 4 five times in the last six years. They won the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series title and have finished runner-up twice, to 2015 champion Kyle Busch and to 2018 champion Joey Logano.

 

“Our biggest asset at Stewart-Haas Racing is our people, and we strive to put each person in the best position to succeed,” said Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition, SHR. “Our driver/crew chief pairings for next season reflect this ideology, and we believe this lineup provides the best opportunity to win every time we unload our Ford Mustangs at the racetrack.”

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An all-encompassing lineup representing all facets of the NASCAR industry arrive in Nashville, Tennessee,  this week as the “Music City” hosts its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards and end of season activities. The sport’s top drivers – including recently crowned 2019 Monster Energy Series champion Kyle Busch - will be honored Thursday night in a fittingly “Grand Ole” style, wrapping up a competitive racing season and celebrating a year of achievement for drivers, teams and the entire sport.

Grammy Award nominee and country music star Cassadee Pope will co-host the 2019 Awards alongside NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood on an evening that will feature an impressive list of special guest performers such as country superstars Cole Swindell and Chris Janson. A full lineup of celebrities and star performers will be performing or presenting awards from Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back Eddie George; television personality Kristin Cavallari and her husband, former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler; to music superstar and three-time Grammy winner Darius Rucker, who is currently touring with his popular band, Hootie & The Blowfish.

The three-day NASCAR celebration shifts into high gear tonight (Tuesday) with a special performance crowned “NASCAR Night at the Opry” – at the famed Ryman Auditorium – where the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry will showcase a NASCAR tribute. Rascal Flatts, Henry Cho and Ashley McBride are among those scheduled to perform.

The “Burnouts on Broadway” will take place on Wednesday – always one of the most popular events of the annual NASCAR Champion’s Week. At 7 p.m. ET, all 16 of the Playoff drivers will hit the streets in their race cars – the sounds and action sure to be a thrilling must-see.

And throughout the three-day Champion’s Week celebration the Playoff drivers and cars will be making special appearances at various sites around the city with plenty of autograph and photo opportunities. The Fan Fest will take place at Riverfront Park from 1-9 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday and from noon-4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The celebration culminates with Thursday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN). The popular formal red carpet walk and photo opportunity will take place at the Music City Center to start the evening 5:45 p.m. ET.

Not only will Busch receive his second Monster Energy Series championship trophy this week, the winner of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver Award will be announced at the Banquet. Fans still have time to vote for their favorite Cup driver at www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver or by using the NASCAR Mobile app. Votes on Facebook or Twitter count as double. Voting closes noon ET on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, won the 2018 Most Popular Driver Award. His father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, holds the record for wins at 16. Chase Elliott’s former Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the honor for 15 years before retiring from fulltime competition in 2017.

Adding to a long list of NASCAR’s A-list attendees for the formal program, Danielle Bradberry – winner of Season 4 of the “The Voice” and an Academy of Country Music New Female Artist of the Year nominee – will be a presenter. Joining her will be Roman Josi and Matt Duchene of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, country artists Frankie Ballard, Lee Brice and Clare Bowen along with four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 2019 “King of the Ring” Sheamus.

Go Fas Racing (GFR) is proud to announce that they have re-signed Corey LaJoie to continue as the driver of the No. 32 Ford Mustang for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Both LaJoie and GFR are prepared to continue the year-to-year improvement of their program beginning with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 in February with the addition of a new technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.

"Mason [St. Hilaire] and I are excited to bring Corey back and continue Go Fas Racing's growth with 2019 being our best year ever. The Stewart-Haas Racing alliance should allow us to continue that progress throughout the 2020 season with all the great employees and marketing partners this team has! We couldn't be more excited for the 2020 season to begin," said Go Fas Racing Team Owner Archie St. Hilaire. The 28-year-old concluded his first full-time season in NASCAR's premier series in 2019 by recording career-high statistics, including two top-10 finishes and seven top-20 results in the No. 32 entry.

"I'm really happy that we were able to work it out so I'm able to drive the No.32 Mustang in 2020. This group is a lot of fun to go to racing with and I look forward to utilizing these SHR cars and putting together some solid runs. We had some really good finishes in 2019 and I'm excited because with the potential we have going forward, we can make 2020 an even better year," said LaJoie.

The Charlotte, NC native joined the organization from TriStar Motorsports after the departure of Matt DiBenedetto at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Schluter Systems, Keen Parts, Superior Logistics, Drydene Performance Products, and many other great partners from 2019 will be returning to the 32 car with some exciting new partners to be announced soon.

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To celebrate its partnership extension with Roush Fenway Racing, Oscar Mayer is inviting fans to share their love of quality meat by designing their own scheme for the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford. The winning submission will run on track next March in Phoenix, Arizona.

“At Oscar Mayer, we are always looking for new ways to feed people’s love of meats and what could be more awesome than seeing your own design speed around the race track?” said Matt Riezman, associate director for Oscar Mayer. “Whether it's a car that encapsulates their love of hot dogs or a design celebrating the glory of sandwiches, we are excited to see the designs fans come up with for scheme of the No. 6 Ford Mustang.”

From December 3 through 31st, fans can submit an original scheme at MyNumber6.com for a chance to see their design on track at the FanShield 500 on March 8 in Phoenix. The winning designer and a guest will experience the race in-person with the ultimate race day experience, including a two-night stay, and fan zone and pit access.

Once the top three designs are chosen, fans will vote on the finalists in early January on Oscar Mayer’s official Twitter feed. More details on the sweepstakes, a link to download the design template and information on how the winner is selected can be found at MyNumber6.com.

The race in Phoenix will mark the first of multiple for Oscar Mayer in 2020, who recently signed a two-year extension with Roush Fenway in October. Along with the Oscar Mayer red and yellow displayed across the No. 6 Mustang this season, Oscar Mayer will bring miles of smiles to fans throughout the 2020 season with the help of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and the Hotdoggers. To keep up with the vehicle and see exactly what races it will be at, follow along at https://www.oscarmayer.com/wienermobile.

For more information about Oscar Mayer bacon, Deli Fresh and hot dogs, visit OscarMayer.com or Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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JTG Daugherty Racing announced today the official driver, car number and crew chief lineup for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will take over the No. 47 Chevrolet, adding crew chief Brian Pattie to the organization. Ryan Preece will be at the helm of the No. 37 Chevrolet with crew chief Trent Owens.
 
Pattie joins JTG Daugherty Racing from Roush Fenway Racing where he was the crew chief with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. the past three seasons. A crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series for 16 years, he has six wins with three drivers, two of which were with Stenhouse Jr.
 
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Brian Pattie to JTG Daugherty Racing,” team owner Tad Geschickter said. “With Brian’s veteran experience and knowledge at NASCAR’s premier level, we know he is going to be a great asset to the organization and work well with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.”
 
“I’m very grateful to have Brian join me at JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “Working together the past several seasons, our relationship away from the track has really developed and I know that will speed up the process of getting familiar and plugged into the team as quick as possible. He knows what I’m looking for and I know what he expects from me. This team is a great fit for both of us, and we’re looking forward to contributing to the success JTG Daugherty Racing has been building.”
 
Owens enters his fourth year as the crew chief on the No. 37 car in 2020. He led the team to four top-10 finishes and 12 top-15 finishes in 2019, improving the team’s average finishing position from 21.0 to 17.8. Previously, he worked at Richard Petty Motorsports from 2014 through 2016, where he earned his first NASCAR Cup Series win with Aric Almirola at Daytona International Speedway in 2014.
 
“Trent is a veteran at our organization leading the charge on the No. 37 car for the past three seasons,” Geschickter said. “He elevated a young driver in his second year in the series to consistently running in the top 15, and we have high expectations that he will be a great fit with Ryan Preece next year in his sophomore season.”
 
“I’m really looking forward to working with Trent Owens this upcoming season,” Preece said. “Our teams worked closely together in 2019. It was impressive to see what he’s done with the No. 37 team the last three years. I really want to continue building on that and bringing both cars into the top 15 regularly next year.”
 
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway for the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 pm ET on FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

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When Ty Dillon and Germain Racing departed Homestead-Miami Speedway after the 2019 season finale, the group was already eyeing the upcoming 2020 season, with talk of building new racecars and a demanding off-season schedule, while also reflecting on a just completed successful year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Their optimism is justified after a strong finish to a season that already served as a breakout year of sorts, as Dillon and the GEICO team recorded multiple stage wins, a top-five finish, three top-10's, nine top-15's and 16 top-20's.
 
Notably, the GEICO team did not post even a single DNF (did not finish), which, aside from Dillon's talent as a driver, is also indicative of the crew's attention to detail, leaving their driver without any mechanical failures. The team also experienced a 3.7 position improvement in qualifying, a 3.5 position improvement in finishing position and gained three positions in the point standings over a year ago. In all categories, Germain Racing either equaled or improved upon their 2017 and 2018 performances.
While 2019 served as Dillon's third year as the driver of the No. 13 entry, it was just crew chief Matt Borland's second. Widely known as one of the smartest and hardworking guys in the NASCAR garage, Borland spent his inaugural year with Germain Racing putting his handprint on a growing program. He spoke clearly about his goals and vision for the GEICO team and he also built a strong relationship with his young and talented driver. 2019 saw the result of Borland's time investment, with a visible culture shift that was evident throughout the organization.  
 
When Dillon and Borland arrived at Daytona International Speedway in February 2019, their communication was crystal clear and a symbiotic relationship was in place, which would deliver desired results as the season progressed. Dillon continued to develop as a Cup Series driver and Borland's confidence in him manifested itself in the form of strong finishes.
 
Not long after finishing sixth in the season-opening Daytona 500, the GEICO team scored a Stage win at Bristol Motor Speedway after Dillon battled Clint Bowyer door-to-door to the line to secure the top spot. Dillon also left the famed Gecko swelling with pride when he piloted the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 to yet another Stage victory at the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
 
While Germain Racing's 2019 on-track accomplishments have been well-documented, what largely goes unmentioned is that the organization completely uprooted their team from their Mooresville, NC, race shop following the 2018 season and relocated to the Richard Childress Racing campus in Welcome, NC. Most impressive is that they made this move in December with the holidays looming, leaving little time to unpack and begin preparing for the rapidly approaching 2019 season. The GEICO team could have easily provided the move as an excuse to regress, but rather they used it as a source of motivation and a springboard into the new year.
 
When asked about the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Dillon couldn't help but smile before sharing his thoughts.
 
"2019 for our GEICO team was a strong year, a big year of improvement. We were able to knock off some great milestones for Germain Racing and GEICO, winning two stages in the year and going hand-in-hand in the points with our technical alliance partners," Dillon said. "I'm very proud of the effort that went into the offseason, with changing shops. All the men and women at the shop had so much to do, and did it with sustained success and actually growth within our race team. I can't wait until 2020 and I know this team is going to continue to grow." He continued, "Our performance at mile-and-a-halfs has gotten stronger and stronger as Matt Borland and I's communication continues to grow and the team continues to strengthen. I'm excited for what's to come in the future and look forward to getting even better, running higher in the points week in and week out."
 
Ty Dillon and Germain Racing will enjoy the holidays and a busy winter at the race shop before packing up the No. 13 GEICO Camaro and heading to Florida in February for the 62nd annual Daytona 500.
                                                     
The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 16, 2020, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
PMI PR

The following is a statement from Spire Motorsports Co-Owners T.J. Puchyr and Jeff Dickerson regarding the penalty assessed to the team following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway:
 
“Following the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, NASCAR assessed a penalty against Spire Motorsports for the actions of an individual who made a judgment call on behalf of our team. While the ultimate outcome of that decision can be interpreted from different perspectives, we regret any appearance of operating outside the spirit of the rule book. We accept the penalty and will not appeal. We’re proud of all we accomplished with this team in our first season and look forward to getting back to the business of racing at Daytona in February.”

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