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Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and Zaxby’s agreed on a full season sponsorship deal featuring John Wes Townley.

He will pilot VMS’s No.15 Zaxby’s Toyota Camry during the upcoming 20-event ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. He has raced part-time for VMS since 2010 competing in both ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide events. In 2013, he made headlines by winning the ARCA season opener at Daytona and finished 11th overall in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings competing with Red Horse Racing. This is Townley’s second major offseason announcement to be released in recent weeks. In December, Townley publicized his move from Red Horse Racing to join Wauters Motorsports and the No.5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra team for a full season campaign in the NCWTS series.-Venturini Motorsports
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that DC Solar will return as the season-long partner on the No. 48 Chevy Camaro with Brennan Poole behind the wheel.

Poole (24), will compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. Veteran XFINITY Series Crew Chief Chad Norris will lead the DC Solar sponsored team. Poole shared seat time in 2015 with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and road-course specialist Justin Marks. The Woodlands, Texas native competed in 17 NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015, scoring two top-10s and 10 top-15 finishes.-CGR
Feb 11 - 8:21 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is head and shoulders above the competition on restrictor-plate, superspeedways both in terms of average finishes, number of victories, top-fives, and top-10s. He will be the starter of choice for most players this week.

Junior has 10 victories on this track type in 64 starts and will be the best value if he scores a 26th top-five—but players looking for an early advantage may want to look elsewhere. Earnhardt will be on so many rosters that he will not allow players to differentiate their rosters, so they will neither gain nor lose ground on the competition by starting the No. 88.
Feb 11 - 6:35 PM

In his new ride with HScott Motorsports, Clint Bowyer should be this year’s best dark horse for the Daytona 500. In 40 career starts on plate tracks, he has the second-best career average finish with a 15.05.

Equally impressive, Bowyer has been consistently strong of both restrictor-plate, superspeedways. He has an average finish of 14.9 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and 15.2 at Daytona International Speedway.
Feb 11 - 6:33 PM

Kevin Harvick has the third-best average finish on plate track among active, fulltime drivers with a 15.54 in 59 starts. One of the reasons for his solid average is because he has two wins at Daytona International Speedway and one at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

In addition, he has finished in the runner-up position five times on NASCAR’s biggest courses, so he deserves to anchor many fantasy players’ rosters.
Feb 11 - 6:32 PM

Kurt Busch has the fourth-best average finish on plate tracks with a 16.81, but that only tells half the story. He has amassed this amazing average starting 59 races, which makes him a more than solid plate racer.

For all that success, however, he has yet to win one of the restrictor-plate, superspeedway events. He has finished second three times and all of these solid runs came in the Great American Race; he was second in the 2003, 2005, and 2008 Daytona 500s.
Feb 11 - 6:31 PM

Jimmie Johnson has been an all-or-nothing racer on plate tracks during his career. With 18 top-fives in his career, he is second only to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in that regard, but his career average finish of 16.93 puts him sixth on that chart.

Johnson is a much more predictable value on unrestricted, intermediate speedways, so fantasy owners do not need to worry about starting him in the Daytona 500. If he makes his way onto the roster, however, and develops some momentum players may want to hold him this May at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Feb 11 - 2:15 PM

Matt Kenseth has the eighth-best average finish among fulltime, active drivers on this track type but he is heading in the wrong direction. His last four starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways ended outside the top 20.

In fact, since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, he has scored only three top-10s in 12 starts and probably should be avoided in the Daytona 500. His one shining moment came in the 2014 Chase when he finished second in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway
Feb 11 - 2:13 PM

Bobby Hamilton, Jr.’s full circle in racing has led the Nashville, Tennessee third-generation racer right back to his roots…right back to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Hamilton is also planning a full season on the ARCA tour. He will be driving the No. 4 Makeover Mortgage-AmericanStairDesign.com Dodge. His wife Stephanie is listed as the car owner. Chuck Adcock is his crew chief. Hamilton formed the team – Hamilton-Hughes Racing – in the off-season. "The No. 4 goes back to my dad (Bobby Hamilton, Sr.). He had the most fun in racing when he ran the 4 car for Morgan-McClure (Motorsports). We both raced the Kodak 4 car. The 4 was a number we shared, so it’s pretty cool to have it back on our car. And my dad’s championship in the Trucks was with the 4, so the number is very special to me."
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 11 - 1:20 PM

Kevin Harvick has three wins in the non-points Sprint Unlimited exhibition race – 2009, 2010 and 2013 – tying him for second-most with owner and teammate Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.

In the 2009 Unlimited, Harvick survived an incident-filled race that saw a record eight caution periods and less than half the starting field make it to the checkered flag. The following year, he joined Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader and Stewart as the fourth driver in event history to win consecutive races, and he did so driving a backup car he never got to practice, passing Greg Biffle with two laps remaining in a green-white-checkered finish. He was declared the winner when a multicar incident ended the race under caution. In his 2013 win, Harvick led 40 of 75 laps, dominating the second and third segments en route to his third Sprint Unlimited victory in five years.-TSC
Feb 10 - 11:58 PM

Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) Ford Mustang, looks at his second full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season as one of growth and maturity after a successful rookie campaign in 2015.

Closing the 2015 season seventh in the championship standings, Wallace hopes to improve in 2016 on the heels of three top-fives and 18 top-10s, including a best finish of third in Chicago in Sept. Sitting atop the pit box for Wallace in 2016 is crew chief Seth Barbour. Barbour, who won the 2015 season opening NXS event at Daytona with RFR teammate Ryan Reed, was paired with Wallace for the second-half of the 2015 season.-RFR
Feb 10 - 11:52 PM

Greg Biffle has competed nine times in the non-points Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, earning three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

His best finish came in 2013 when he started fourth and finished second. Biffle qualified for the 2016 Sprint Unlimited via his 2004 Daytona pole. His No. 16 KFC Nashville Hot Ford Fusion will carry along over 2,100 names of restaurant managers for the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500. Each manager represented on the No. 16 is being celebrated for leading the retraining of all employees in the original ways the Colonel made his Fried Chicken.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 10 - 11:46 PM




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