The dominoes continued to fall Wednesday in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour "Silly Season" as Mike Smeriglio III Racing announced it has reached an agreement with 2012 champion Doug Coby to fill the vacant seat of its No. 2 modified.
Coby, from Milford, Conn., moves over to MSR after three stellar seasons with the No. 52 Darling Racing Team that produced eight victories and three top-five points finishes, highlighted by the 2012 championship season. MSR announced on Nov. 8 that it had parted ways with driver Todd Szegedy, just days after it was reported that the Darling team Coby drove for was scaling back to a part-time schedule for the upcoming season.
The National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced today that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the recipient of this year's NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award.
It is the 11th consecutive year Earnhardt Jr. has been selected through a vote of the fans, breaking a tie with Bill Elliott for most consecutive awards received. Elliott continues to hold the overall mark, having been named the series' most popular driver 16 times. More than 1 million votes were tallied for 39 eligible drivers from this year's first race to the last at www.MostPopularDriver.com. Fans voted once per day with Earnhardt Jr. collecting more than 700,000 votes. The award was presented to the Hendrick Motorsports driver today during the annual NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon, a part of the season-ending Champions Week activities in Las Vegas.-Breaking Limits
NBC Sports Group has reached a multi-year agreement with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, who will transition out of full-time driving and into the role of NASCAR analyst when the green flag waves over NBC Sports and NBCSN’s upcoming slate of NASCAR coverage.
The addition of Burton, who has already won 48 times on NASCAR’s national circuits over an exciting 25-year career, places one of the most respected and passionate voices in motorsports into the center of NBC’s soon-to-be-introduced NASCAR broadcast team. The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. Burton will assume double duties throughout the 2014 season, racing a schedule of select Sprint Cup Series races while also contributing to NASCAR programming on NBCSN. When NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing begins in 2015, Burton will serve as a full-time analyst on NBC and NBCSN.-NASCAR PR
Josh Wise, who recently announced his departure from Front Row Motorsports, will drive the No. 98 in 2014.
The car will be a Chevrolet SS, rather than a Ford Fusion. Wise has 69 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 65 of them with Front Row. His best finish is 19th at the 2013 Talladega spring race, where then-teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland finished 1-2. In addition to his Cup experience, Wise has 125 career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and previously excelled in the open-wheel ranks.-NASCAR.com
Dakoda Armstrong will drive the No. 43 Ford Mustang for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
WinFieldTM, his primary sponsor during his tenure with Turn One Racing and Richard Childress Racing, will sponsor the majority of the 2014 season; Fresh From Florida will sponsor the remaining three races. Furthering continuity for the No. 43 race team, Crew Chief Philippe Lopez will again oversee Armstrong from the pit box. Armstrong had a 12th-place points finish after his first full season competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also logged six NNS races, notching three top-15 finishes.-Breaking Limits
Swan Racing is expanding to a multicar organization in 2014 and will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with rising stars Cole Whitt andParker Kligerman driving Toyota Camrys.
Swan Racing completed its inaugural season this year under the leadership of team owner Brandon Davis. "The team is expecting steady improvement and we are in good position to deliver," said Kligerman. "I am really impressed by how everything is coming together for Swan Racing. This is the place to be and we are going to truly take the next step in 2014," said Whitt. "Parker and I will learn a lot from each other next year while racing hard every lap of every race. I'm ready to get started!"-Tuckahoe Strategies
Swan Racing is expanding to a multicar organization in 2014 and will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with rising stars Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt driving Toyota Camrys.
Swan Racing completed its inaugural season this year under the leadership of team owner Brandon Davis. "The team is expecting steady improvement and we are in good position to deliver," said Kligerman. "Personally, I am looking forward to working with Cole as a teammate and as a competitor for Rookie of the Year honors."-Tuckahoe Strategies
Michael Waltrip Racing announced today it has contracted Jeff Burton to test and drive in a select number of races during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in the No. 66 Toyota Camry.
Burton, a 21-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series begins testing for MWR Dec. 9 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup race for Burton will be the March 9 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Burton will also test for Brian Vickers until late January when Vickers returns from medical leave. Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 66 in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23 as he seeks his third victory in the sport’s most prestigious event.-Michael Waltrip Racing