In the midst of a busy off season that saw Premium Motorsports move its race shop to Mooresville, NC, owner Jay Robinson confirmed to Frontstretch.com that Reed Sorenson will pilot the No. 55 car beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 next month, with more races possible, dependent on sponsorship.
Though Sorenson will be competing in the No. 55 car, it is the No. 15 car that has a guaranteed starting position into all 36 races after Premium Motorsports’ purchase of the charter from HScott Motorsports, which shut down over the off-season. The organization decided to keep the number 15, getting rid of the No. 98, which attempted to qualify for 33 races in 2016, 29 with Cole Whitt. Lee Leslie will sit atop the pit box of the No. 55 car. Having no ties with any manufacture, the team will run Toyotas at the four superspeedway races in 2017, moving to Chevrolet in the other 32 events.
Hooters has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and the No. 24 Chevrolet SS team beginning in 2017.
A casual dining establishment with a deep history in NASCAR, Hooters will be a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of the No. 24 team in both 2017 and 2018. The Hooters Chevrolet SS will debut May 7 at Talladega and again during the Chase for the NASCAR Cup Nov. 12 at Phoenix. Hooters has been a primary sponsor in more than 150 Cup-level races, notably as the full-season sponsor of 1992 premier series champion Alan Kulwicki. That year, Kulwicki won two races and narrowly edged Elliott’s father, 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, by 10 points to win the title.-Hendrick Motorsports
Parker Kligerman will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017, but with a different look.
The part-time racer is going old-school, partnering with Henderson Motorsports to compete in the organization’s No. 75 truck for at least eight to 10 races. He attempted to make his debut with the organization at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2016, but failed to qualify after a brake issue during time trials prevented him from keeping pace with the rest of the Truck Series field. "The crew chief there is the crew chief from my ARCA days, Chris Carrier," Kligerman told Frontstretch. "Chris and I have always looked at ways to get back to racing together."
Go Fas Racing announced that Gene Nead will assume crew chief duties for the No. 32 Ford Fusion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2017 season.
Nead, a veteran crew chief, brings to GFR more than 20 years of crew chief experience in NASCAR's top-three series' and has accumulated 9 wins, 66 top-five finishes, and 11 poles. Last year, he served as crew chief of the No. 83 at BK Racing, where he worked with Matt DiBenedetto, and together they earned their best ever finish of sixth place at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rick Ware Racing announced the team's intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team beginning with next month's 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
RWR's return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the #51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O'Connell to name a few. RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support. Additionally, Longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season.-jayski.com
Gaunt Brothers Racing, owned by Triad Racing Technologies president Marty Gaunt, will return to NASCAR competition in 2017.
Participating in four restrictor plate races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, GBR's select schedule begins with the 59th running of the Daytona 500, when D.J. Kennington will take the wheel of the team's Toyota Camry. GBR previously competed in what is now the NASCAR Pinty's Series in 2011. GBR is fielding the Toyota Camry in partnership with longtime Triad client RAB Racing, led by Robby Benton. RAB Racing will partner in supplying cars, shop space and technical support to the GBR effort. Kennington, hailing from St. Thomas, Ontario, is a two-time NASCAR Pinty's Series champion and 19-time Pinty's Series race winner.-Rising Star Management
Matt Kenseth has earned the fourth-most top-10s in the past three years with a total of 61.
That puts him only one top-10 ahead of teammate Denny Hamlin and it illustrates just how strong this organization has been during the past three years. The difference-maker is that Kenseth has one more victory in that timeframe than Hamlin. Kenseth’s best tracks in the past three years have been Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has five apiece. Notably both tracks are a mile in length.
Kyle Larson has never finished worse than 15th at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but more importantly he has improved in all four outings to make this his best track during the past three years with a 6.7.
Larson’s four results on this track have progressed from a 15th, to 13th, fifth, and last year’s runner-up to Jimmie Johnson. During his career, Larson has been slightly better at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway with a 7.0 in three starts each—and it was a 15th at Homestead in a pre-rookie warm-up that skews his career average ever so slightly. Larson’s best track that hosts more than one race per year is Pocono Raceway, where he also has a perfect record of top-15s. Rotoworld predicts Larson will finish in the top 10 in points this season.