Furniture Row Racing (FRR) announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The Fortune 500 company, which joined FRR in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018. The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex’s No. 78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas (May 13), Michigan (June 18), Indianapolis (July 23), Richmond (Sept. 9), Charlotte (Oct. 7) and Phoenix (Nov. 12).-FRR
Team owner Shigeaki Hattori confirmed to CATCHFENCE.com and Motorsport.com that Ryan Truex has been signed as the full-time driver of the No. 81 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises this season, expanding his 15-race schedule from 2016.
Truex joined HRE after running just five NASCAR XFINITY Series events in 2015 for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. The partnership kicked off with a runner-up performance at Daytona International Speedway and followed through with three more top-10s throughout the season, including an eighth-place performance at Talladega Superspeedway this past October.
There’s no race in the world that means more to Christopher Bell than the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
He’s been close to winning a few times. He probably should have gotten that coveted Golden Driller in 2016, but he was too aggressive and spun out while battling lapped traffic. But one year later he was more patient, and his patience paid off. Bell is finally the winner of the Chili Bowl. The Norman, Oklahoma native became the first driver from the state of Oklahoma to win the Chili Bowl since 1994. He climbed out of his Keith Kunz Motorsports machine with tears in his eyes. "Oh my God I just won the Chili Bowl," said Bell. "This races means everything to me. I’ve been sitting in those stands since I was a little kid. For me to be able to win here is a dream come true."
Cunningham Motorsports' Shane Lee was the best of the best Saturday afternoon at Daytona Int'l Speedway, turning the fastest speed overall on day two of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open testing.
The Newton, N.C. driver, in the No. 22 Ford, posted a speed of 188.608 mph to lead the charts. Ken Schrader Racing was second fastest overall with Austin Theriault in the No. 52 Toyota (188.363 mph). Lee's Cunningham Motorsports teammate Dalton Sargeant, in the No. 77 Ford, was third overall (188.111 mph). Kaz Grala (Mason Mitchell Motorsports) was fourth fastest (188.103 mph). Ty Majeski, also in a Cunningham Ford, was fifth overall (188.013 mph). Leilani Munter, testing with Venturini Motorsports, was the only female driver that turned laps at Daytona during the two-day test. Munter was 16th on the board among the 52 drivers who posted time and speed Saturday.
Todd Gilliland is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.
Following an impressive six wins and a championship in the K&N Pro Series West, the 16-year-old joins Kyle Busch Motorsports for the 2017 season. Gilliland, son of David Gilliland, will race for the powerhouse organization in four events.-NASCAR.com
Noah Gragson is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.
The Las Vegas native will race the series' full circuit for 2017 with Kyle Busch Motorsports after finding success in the K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West divisions. Gragson made his national series debut in 2016 in two starts with KBM.-NASCAR.com
Kaz Grala is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.
The GMS Racing driver will pilot the No. 33 Chevy full time for the organization. The Massachusetts native made his series debut last year and earned three top-10 results in just nine starts.-NASCAR.com
Justin Haley is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.
2016's K&N Pro Series East champion is poised to be a threat in the 2017 NCWTS season with GMS Racing. Haley has six starts under his belt, including a top-10 finish at Phoenix in 2015. -NASCAR.com