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Derrike Cope

Team: Premium Motorsports-55
Age / DOB:  (58) / 11/3/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 180

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Derrike Cope had a season-best finish of 33rd last week at Phoenix International Raceway.
Cope was seven laps off the pace and much of his advance came as the result of attrition, but it is still notable that in three starts this year, he has improved each time. There is some benefit to the slow-and-steady approach. Mar 24 - 1:33 PM

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Derrike Cope has been running at the end of his two races in the No. 55 this year.

The veteran Cope knows the only way to build a notebook is to run as many laps as possible. He has a best finish of 35th in 2017 and that came mostly through attrition, but this team is providing support for the No. 15 of Reed Sorenson. Even though they are not particularly fantasy relevant, they play an important role. As long as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry list has 40 or fewer cars, look for them to continue to do research and development.
Mar 17 - 12:54 PM

Derrike Cope will be back behind the wheel of the No. 55 Premium Motorsports entry this week, which will be the first time he has run on this track since 2004.

Last week, Cope finished 36th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was 27 laps off the pace, but still running at the end. Cope will likely move up only by attrition in the Kobalt 400, and there is not enough upside to make him a good dark horse. Cope also finished in the mid-30s in his latest Vegas effort.
Mar 9 - 9:56 AM

With only 38 cars on the entry list this week, Derrike Cope will make his 27th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a Premium Motorsports ride.

Cope attempted to qualify for the fall 2004 race and again in spring 2006, but failed to find enough speed. He failed to finish his last two races with a 38th in spring 2004 and 40th in fall 2003. Fantasy owners should not expect much from him this week, but should pay close attention to his performance in case he becomes a dark horse later.
Mar 2 - 2:24 PM

Former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will be returning to the most elite division of NASCAR in the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2017 with Premium Motorsports.

Cope will be running a limited schedule in the No. 55, with the possibility of a full schedule dependent on sponsorship beginning in Atlanta in March. With over 700 top three series NASCAR starts, the far majority being in the Cup Series, Cope's career started in Winston West (now NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West) and spans 35 years with multiple wins.(Derrike Cope Racing)-via jayski.com
Feb 8 - 10:41 AM

NASCAR veteran Derrike Cope expects to run full-time in NASCAR's second-tier XFINITY Series for a third consecutive season, the driver confirmed to The Racing Experts.

Cope has competed in his self-owned car in 54 of 66 XFINITY Series races over the last two seasons. Cope's best finish as an owner-driver was a 13th place effort at Daytona International Speedway in July of 2014. The plan for Cope, a one-time winner in the XFINITY Series, is to compete in all 33 races next season. "Right now, my plan is to drive every race, unless we can find a young driver that has the money that we can really elevate the program with," he said. "Otherwise, we're going to continue to keep somebody with a little bit more experience in the car and just try to take a very, again, methodical approach towards it, week in and week out, just try put numbers on the board."-(The Racing Experts)-jayski.com
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 09:06:00 PM

Derrike Cope finished 28th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover (DE) International Speedway.

He started the No. 70 Circle Track Warehouse Chevrolet Camaro 38th on the grid for the Buckle Up 200. He completed 187 laps of the 200-lap race. Cope, who made nine of the 12 series races so far this season, is currently 30th in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Sun, May 31, 2015 11:10:00 AM

Derrike Cope (No. 70 The Power Outlet/Gravely/E&R Tires Chevrolet Camaro) will miss the XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The team is not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NXS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions one to 40 is determined. His car was listed as 41st on the chart.
Sat, May 23, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Derrike Cope finished 29th in Sunday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.

He started the No. 70 Adventureland Hotel/Moo's BBQ Chevrolet Camaro 36th on the grid for the 3M 250. He completed 247 laps of the 259 lap race. Cope, who made eight of the 10 series races so far this season, is currently 30th in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Mon, May 18, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Derrike Cope finished 35th in Friday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond (VA) International Raceway.

He started the No. 70 Nature Nate's Honey/Zilla Wraps Chevrolet Camaro 39th on the grid for the ToyotaCare 250. He completed 234 laps of the 250 lap race. Cope, who made seven of the eight starts so far this season, is currently 30th in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 02:19:00 PM

Derrike Cope (No. 70 Charlie's Soap Chevrolet Camaro) does not qualify for the XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

The team is not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NXS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions 1-40 is determined. His car was listed as 46th on the chart.
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 03:26:00 PM

As a new exhilarating adventure for SWAE Watches, they announced a new relationship with the Cope Racing Team.

"We are excited to be sponsoring Derrike and the #70 Charlies Soap Car for the 2015 Xfinity NASCAR season. Team SWAE will be heading out to Daytona for the season opener to celebrate the season opener and the new relationship with the Cope Racing Team." As a special offer to kick this relationship off right, SWAE is extending a tremendous discount for "THE VETERAN" watch (Derrike's favorite watch) to all the Cope Racing Team fans. Use the "SUPPORTOURTROOPS" discount code at www.swaewatches.com during checkout to get a special price.(Derrike Cope Racing)-jayski.com
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Derrike Cope (No. 70 youtheory Chevrolet Camaro) will miss the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

The team is outside the top 30 in owner’s points and not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NNS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions 1-40 is determined. His car was listed as 41st on the chart.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:04:00 PM

Derrike Cope (No. 70 youtheory Chevrolet) does not qualify for the Nationwide Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

The team is outside the top 30 in owner’s points and not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NNS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions 1-40 is determined. His car was listed as 42nd on the chart.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Derrike Cope (No. 70 Chevrolet Camaro) will miss the Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The team is outside the top 30 in owner’s points and not guaranteed a start in this weekend’s NNS race. Based on NASCAR’s time trial knockout procedure, upon completion of the first round of qualifying, the 40 eligible cars for starting positions 1-40 is determined. His car was listed as 44th on the chart.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 07:39:00 PM