Reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2017 thanks to the Nexteer Road to Daytona program.
He benefited from the prize awarded by NWES for his 2016 title to help him building this campaign which will include at least two races at the wheel of the Precision Performance Motorsports' #46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro at Daytona and at Mid-Ohio. Before his European title defense campaign in Valencia in April, he will race for the second time in the NXS season opener on February 25 at Daytona. In 2016, the Belgian finished a solid 26th in his first ever outing on the 2.5-mile oval. During the NWES summer break he will return to the US to enter his first NXS road course race on August 12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The two-time Euro-NASCAR Champion aims to capitalize on his road course experience and success to bring home a strong result.-Kumpen PR
Chase Briscoe, who was recently named as the first driver in the Ford Performance development program, joins Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) as the driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150.
He will compete on a full-time basis as he pursues the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2017. Two-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will lead the effort for the team. Briscoe joined Cunningham Motorsports in 2015 as a volunteer in the team's shop, and just one year later, the rookie driver was celebrating the ARCA Racing Series Championship. Briscoe led the series in wins (six, including four-consecutive victories) and poles (six). He finished with 14 top fives and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races.-BKR
Austin Cindric will pilot the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 full-time as he pursues the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR).
Doug Randolph, who has been atop the pit box at BKR since 2012, will serve as crew chief for the team. Cindric, 18, has six NCWTS series starts dating back to Martinsville (Oct 2015) - all with BKR. He made four starts with BKR in 2016, qualifying a career-best second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Cindric scored victories in the ARCA Racing Series event at Kentucky Speedway, and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Watkins Glen Int'l and Virginia International Raceway.-BKR
Liberty University, the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, will sponsor William Byron in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017.
Byron, who unveiled the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro during a Facebook Live stream today, will drive the entry in 17 of 33 events this season, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 25). Byron, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is coming off a stellar rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he posted a rookie-record seven wins, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The 19-year-old also claimed Rookie of the Year honors and qualified for the inaugural NCWTS Chase.-JR Motorsports
Following a 2016 rookie season in which he tallied ten top-10 finishes in fourteen appearances, rising star Blaine Perkins has confirmed he will once again partner with Steve Portenga Racing for a fulltime return to NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition in 2017.
The first-generation racer entered last season having graduated from the Irwindale Speedway Late Model ranks, having spent limited time behind the wheel of the much heavier NASCAR K&N Series cars. The teenager credits Team Owner & Mentor Steve Portenga for helping to find his comfort zone that enabled Perkins to showcase his rapid improvement as the season progressed.
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."