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Visconti Motorsports has picked Brandon McReynolds, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Larry McReynolds, to drive his No. 74 IGA Chevrolet for the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The team is slated to run at least a partial schedule.

For McReynolds, the opportunity comes as a perfect time for him to return behind the wheel. In the past, the Mooresville driver has combined to run 47 races between the K&N Pro East and West Series. He has two career wins, both coming at Iowa Speedway in 2015, where he finished seventh in the West point standings. McReynolds has a commitment to Kyle Busch Motorsports and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with driver Noah Gragson. He works with Noah both on and off the track, but is hoping to use this racing opportunity to seek some trophies. Much like McReynolds, Visconti is geared up and ready to go for his K&N Pro Series East owner's debut at New Smyrna Speedway on February 12, which will be the first of the 13-race schedule for the series in 2018.
Jan 23 - 12:42 PM

Stephen Leicht will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for the newly-formed JP Motorsports in the No. 55 Toyota Camry. The team will utilize Toyota Camrys purchased from TriStar Motorsports.

He last competed full-time in 2007 for Robert Yates Racing. During that stint, he earned one victory at Kentucky Speedway, three top-fives, and seven top-10s. Leicht has 16 top-10 finishes total in the NXS. In 2008, Leicht moved to Richard Childress Racing for a part-time schedule. On top of the pit box for Leicht will be Jason Houghtaling. Houghtaling has spent time as a crew chief with BJ McLeod Motorsports, Derrike Cope, MBM Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and TriStar Motorsports.-Motorsports Tribune
Jan 23 - 12:21 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR.

In his rookie season, Jones earned his first-career Cup pole, five top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and led 310 laps. His best career finish came on August 19, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway where Jones won the pole and led 260 laps before finishing second to Kyle Busch. Jones became the first driver to win Rookie of the Year in all three of NASCAR’s top series capturing the title in 2015 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), the same season he won the series championship, in 2016 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and 2017 in the MENCS.-JGR
Jan 23 - 12:05 PM

Driver Jesse Little and JJL Motorsports will increase their involvement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series this season.

The team will make their season debut at Atlanta on Feb. 24. Currently, the team has eight to 10 Truck Series race circled on the calendar, but that schedule could increase. JJL has also reconnected with Matt Noyce, who will serve as crew chief for the No. 97 team this season. Additionally, the team will switch manufacturers for the upcoming season from Toyota to Ford. To help with their manufacturer change, the team acquired equipment from Brad Keselowski Racing during the off-season. Little has amassed a NASCAR resume in six years which includes two wins, 18 top-five and 28 top-10s in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition and one top-10 finish in 13 Truck Series starts.-JJL
Jan 23 - 11:55 AM

K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports (FRM), partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

K-LOVE is known nationally for its "Positive & Encouraging" message and has been part of McDowell’s racing career since 2010. K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).-FRM
Jan 23 - 11:22 AM

In a teleconference over the weekend, Austin Dillon confirmed Richard Childress Racing will be a two-car team in 2018, but suggested there will be no less data available because of strategic alliances such as the one with Leavine Family Racing and Kasey Kahne.

Alliances with Leavine and the Germain Brothers who his brother Ty Dillon races with—if managed correctly—give RCR a much bigger organization with more data. And, RCR is one of the best at managing these types of relationships. Look for Dillon and teammate Ryan Newman to be good fourth or fifth picks on most fantasy rosters.
Jan 23 - 11:04 AM

Danica Patrick will drive in the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports, the Associated Press reported Monday, finalizing the first stage in her plan to compete in the "Danica Double" in 2018.

She will pilot the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports with Tony Eury Jr. atop the pit box, the AP reported, reuniting her with both the number and crew chief with which she began her NASCAR career. "I couldn’t have written a better story about how this would all fall into place," Patrick told AP. "Going with the flow is working out beautifully. … It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter." Patrick’s plans for the second leg of the "Danica Double" — the Indianapolis 500 — have not yet been finalized.
Jan 22 - 4:10 PM

A year after qualifying into the 2017 Daytona 500, Gaunt Brothers Racing and D.J. Kennington are returning to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 18.

GBR will field the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Kennington in the 60th running of the 500, allowing the team's Canadian owner, Marty Gaunt, and their Canadian driver another crack at The Great American Race. British Columbia-based Lordco Auto Parts and Castrol (Wakefield Canada), a longtime Kennington partner, will co-sponsor the effort. Kennington is a two-time NASCAR Pinty's Series champion and 19-time Pinty's Series race winner.-GBR
Jan 22 - 1:00 PM

The Love’s Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love’s paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell.

The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company will adorn the No. 34 for a half-season schedule that includes the season-opening Daytona 500, both races at the company’s home track of Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol Night Race and the Darlington Raceway throwback weekend. Derrick Finley will be the one calling the shots atop the No. 34 pit box in 2018. Finley has been named crew chief for McDowell’s team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 team in 2017.-Front Row Motorsports
Jan 22 - 12:50 PM

ThorSport Racing will partner with Ford Performance for the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season and beyond.

Racing into its 23rd year of competition, the team looks to add to its notable history with support from the manufacturer. Matt Crafton returns for his 14th consecutive season, continuing his partnership with Menards in the NCWTS. A full driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the near future ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway. "With 23 years in the NCWTS, we look forward to our new partnership with Ford Performance in NASCAR," said team owner Duke Thorson. "Our pursuit of wins and championships remains at the forefront of our objectives."-ThorSport Racing
Jan 22 - 12:25 PM

Kaulig Racing (KR) announced the addition of primary sponsorship for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. Bar Harbor Foods® and Sea Watch® International will serve as primary sponsors on the No. 11 that will be driven by Ryan Truex.

Starting with the season opener on February 17th, and for the next nine NXS races of the season, Bar Harbor® Foods and Sea Watch® International will adorn the blue, green and black Chevy Camaro. For the past two seasons, LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ has maintained the primary sponsor honor (with the exception of July Daytona 2016). For the first 10 NXS races, LeafFilter will serve as an associate sponsor, along with Matt Kaulig's other Kaulig Companies. Additional team sponsorship will be considered and announced later in the season.-KR
Jan 19 - 7:46 PM

Online lighting retailer will return to the No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018, partnering with driver David Ragan for four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

The Garland, Texas-based company agreed to the multi-race deal after Front Row Motorsports introduced it to the NASCAR landscape in November, when sponsored Ragan's team at Phoenix International Raceway. On the 2018 schedule, will join the No. 38 team for races at Auto Club Speedway (March), Texas Motor Speedway (April), Dover International Speedway (October) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November).-FRM
Jan 19 - 3:42 PM

With the release of a new paint scheme, BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced the continuation of its sponsorship with JR Motorsports and championship contender, Justin Allgaier, for 19 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for the 2018 season.

This marks the third year of partnership for BRANDT and JRM, and the eighth season for BRANDT and Allgaier. Over the past two seasons at JRM, Allgaier has captured an impressive two wins, 23 top-five and 44 top-10 finishes, placing third in the NXS standings each year.
Jan 18 - 8:38 PM

Shriners Hospitals for Children® will once again sponsor David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports’ (FRM) No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018. They will be the primary sponsor of Ragan during three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races: Dover on May 6, Daytona on July 7 and Bristol on August 18.

For a third consecutive year, Shriners Hospitals for Children will support the on-track efforts of Ragan, who has a close relationship with the health care system. He has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. He visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
Jan 18 - 8:24 PM

Travis Braden is preparing for his first full ARCA Racing Series schedule, starting with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway Saturday, Feb. 10.

The 23-year-old West Virginia University graduate, with degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, is viewed as a rising star in the racing world and will compete on the full ARCA tour with RFMS Racing in the No. 27 Ford. Though this will be his first full season in ARCA, Braden is no stranger to the racing world. At tracks in Columbus and Xenia, Ohio, Braden earned more than 100 victories before he was 13, and at age 17 he won 10 times en route to the Columbus Speedway track championship, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWASS) state championship and the NWASS national Rookie of the Year, all before graduating from high school.
Jan 18 - 8:17 PM

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