Chase Elliott, who became the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history last season, will join Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Sprint Cup driver beginning in 2016.
Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS team will be led by crew chief Alan Gustafson, who has earned 19 wins, 18 pole positions, 98 top-five finishes and 165 top-10s at the elite Cup level. In preparation for 2016, Elliott, 19, will make his Sprint Cup debut later this year as part of a five-race schedule with primary sponsorship from NAPA AUTO PARTS. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will be paired with veteran crew chief Kenny Francis during the limited campaign.
This afternoon during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, Wood Bros. team co-owner Eddie Wood confirmed that its planned 2015 Sprint Cup schedule has been pushed to 18 races thanks to the tentative addition of six more events.
Our normal commitment is with Ford Motor Company and their Motorcraft and Quick Lane brands, and we’re gonna run our 12 races like we’ve been doing for the last few years," Eddie Wood said. "But we’re excited to say that we’ve been working really hard through our [technical] alliance with Team Penske, and we’ve tentatively added six races to our schedule. You want to race every week, and it kills you when you’re not there. We’re really thankful that we’re able to do that." The decision means more seat time for the team’s new driver, Ryan Blaney, who will also run part-time this year for both Penske in the XFINITY Series and Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.
Mike Affarano Motorsports announced Wednesday that Johanna Long will compete with the team in select NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events in 2015.
Long competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series part time in 2012 and 2013, and looks to continue to gain experience in the series. In 2012, she became the youngest female driver to compete in the XFINITY Series. Long will make her team debut in the currently unsponsored No. 03 XFINITY Series Chevrolet on Feb. 21 at Daytona. Mike Affarano Motorsports, located in Salisbury, N.C., is new to the XFINITY Series. The team made major investments over the off-season to upgrade their inventory with former Turner Scott Motorsports cars.-Mike Affarano Motorsports
Cole Custer (who will drive 10 Camping World Truck Series races for JR Motorsports in 2015) will return to run select events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West divisions for Bill McAnally Racing in 2015, driving the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS/HAAS Automation entry.
Custer, 17, of Ladera Ranch, California, had a record-setting season in 2014. Also a member of the NASCAR Next program, Custer won the K&N West season opener at Phoenix and followed that up with a K&N East win at Richmond in April. His racing resume includes nine events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where with a victory at New Hampshire in September he became the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history at the age of 16.-Bill McAnally Racing
Bill McAnally Racing's focus in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will have Nick Drake back in the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota.
Drake capped off his rookie season in the K&N East by winning the K&N West season finale at Phoenix International Raceway. The 19-year-old, who made the transition last year from racing open-wheel sprint cars on dirt to competing in stock cars, captured attention early by winning the pole in the K&N East race at Richmond (Virginia) International Raceway. In addition to his win, Drake finished second overall in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway last May.-Bill McAnally Racing
Bill McAnally Racing is expanding its program this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West to feature two full-time teams – with Brandon McReynolds back behind the wheel of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for a second season and Chris Eggleston driving the No. 99 NAPA Filters/ H2O Fire Protection Toyota in his rookie season in the series.
Eggleston – making just his second series start, his first with BMR – grabbed the headlines last year by winning the K&N West race at his home track, Colorado National Speedway. The 25-year-old from nearby Erie is a graduate of Colorado State University. Eggleston was one of four first-time winners in BMR’s No. 99 entry last season.-Bill McAnally Racing
Brandon McReynolds is back behind the wheel of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.
In his first full season of competing in the K&N West last year, McReynolds won the Most Popular Driver Award and was named to the NASCAR Next program, which spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars. The 23-year-old from Mooresville, North Carolina, finished fourth in the championship standings. He garnered two poles and put together a string of nine consecutive top-five finishes. He is the son of television race analyst and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Larry McReynolds.-Bill McAnally Racing
Following a breakout year by the No. 43 team, including a historic win in the Coke Zero 400, the U.S. Air Force will once again join Richard Petty Motorsports and the iconic No. 43 Ford team as a primary partner.
Using the sponsorship as a vehicle to connect with America's best young adults, this will be the seventh consecutive season the Air Force logo will be on the No. 43. Aric Almirola will once again pilot the No. 43 Air Force Racing Ford for the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Fourth of July weekend race at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, Almirola will continue to support at-track swear-ins for the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and entertain active duty military guests. Also, the U.S. Air Force will remain an associate partner on the historic No. 43 for the entirety of the 2015 season.-Breaking Limits