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Furniture Row Racing (FRR) announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The Fortune 500 company, which joined FRR in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018. The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex’s No. 78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas (May 13), Michigan (June 18), Indianapolis (July 23), Richmond (Sept. 9), Charlotte (Oct. 7) and Phoenix (Nov. 12).-FRR
Jan 16 - 1:30 PM

Team owner Shigeaki Hattori confirmed to CATCHFENCE.com and Motorsport.com that Ryan Truex has been signed as the full-time driver of the No. 81 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises this season, expanding his 15-race schedule from 2016.

Truex joined HRE after running just five NASCAR XFINITY Series events in 2015 for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. The partnership kicked off with a runner-up performance at Daytona International Speedway and followed through with three more top-10s throughout the season, including an eighth-place performance at Talladega Superspeedway this past October.
Jan 16 - 1:23 PM

There’s no race in the world that means more to Christopher Bell than the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

He’s been close to winning a few times. He probably should have gotten that coveted Golden Driller in 2016, but he was too aggressive and spun out while battling lapped traffic. But one year later he was more patient, and his patience paid off. Bell is finally the winner of the Chili Bowl. The Norman, Oklahoma native became the first driver from the state of Oklahoma to win the Chili Bowl since 1994. He climbed out of his Keith Kunz Motorsports machine with tears in his eyes. "Oh my God I just won the Chili Bowl," said Bell. "This races means everything to me. I’ve been sitting in those stands since I was a little kid. For me to be able to win here is a dream come true."
Source: speed51.com
Jan 15 - 8:26 PM

Cunningham Motorsports' Shane Lee was the best of the best Saturday afternoon at Daytona Int'l Speedway, turning the fastest speed overall on day two of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open testing.

The Newton, N.C. driver, in the No. 22 Ford, posted a speed of 188.608 mph to lead the charts. Ken Schrader Racing was second fastest overall with Austin Theriault in the No. 52 Toyota (188.363 mph). Lee's Cunningham Motorsports teammate Dalton Sargeant, in the No. 77 Ford, was third overall (188.111 mph). Kaz Grala (Mason Mitchell Motorsports) was fourth fastest (188.103 mph). Ty Majeski, also in a Cunningham Ford, was fifth overall (188.013 mph). Leilani Munter, testing with Venturini Motorsports, was the only female driver that turned laps at Daytona during the two-day test. Munter was 16th on the board among the 52 drivers who posted time and speed Saturday.
Jan 14 - 11:42 PM

Todd Gilliland is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.

Following an impressive six wins and a championship in the K&N Pro Series West, the 16-year-old joins Kyle Busch Motorsports for the 2017 season. Gilliland, son of David Gilliland, will race for the powerhouse organization in four events.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 8:14 PM

Noah Gragson is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.

The Las Vegas native will race the series' full circuit for 2017 with Kyle Busch Motorsports after finding success in the K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West divisions. Gragson made his national series debut in 2016 in two starts with KBM.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 8:13 PM

Kaz Grala is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.

The GMS Racing driver will pilot the No. 33 Chevy full time for the organization. The Massachusetts native made his series debut last year and earned three top-10 results in just nine starts.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 8:11 PM

Justin Haley is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.

2016's K&N Pro Series East champion is poised to be a threat in the 2017 NCWTS season with GMS Racing. Haley has six starts under his belt, including a top-10 finish at Phoenix in 2015. -NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 8:09 PM

Harrison Burton is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to watch: Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2017' list.

The 16-year-old driver made his Camping World Truck Series debut at October's Martinsville race where he finished a respectable 22nd. Expect the NASCAR Next product to make a splash in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the six events he will appear in.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 8:06 PM

Venturini team cars, the 55 and 25, led the way Friday afternoon with rookies Noah Gragson and Spencer Davis. Gragson, in the No. 55 Toyota, was fastest overall in the draft with a top speed of 189.143 mph.

Davis, in the team flagship 25 car, was right on his heels at 189.092 mph. Both Gragson and Davis were a full two mph faster than everyone else. Cunningham Motorsports was next in the order, taking third and fourth on the overall speed charts with drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant. Ken Schrader Racing (No. 52 Toyota) was fifth fastest overall (186.617 mph) with Austin Theriault in the driver's seat. Ty Majeski (Cunningham Motorsports), Travis Miller (MDM Motorsports), Leilani Munter (Venturini Motorsports), Gus Dean (Win-Tron Racing) and Travis Braden completed the top-10.
Jan 13 - 8:01 PM

Tyler Reddick is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to Watch: XFINITY Drivers in 2017' list.

The Brad Keselowski Racing driver failed to make the first Camping World Truck Series Chase field, but he did shake up the game with a Las Vegas win in the midst of the playoffs. He ended the year on a high note with a runner-up at Homestead. Reddick's new ride -- the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series -- saw three trips to Victory Lane in 2016 with Kyle Larson (two) and Justin Marks (one). That bodes well for Reddick, who will split time in the driver's seat with Larson.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 2:08 PM

Spencer Gallagher is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to Watch: XFINITY Drivers in 2017' list.

Gallagher matched a career-best runner-up finish at Talladega in 2016 wheeling the No. 23 truck. With his seven 2016 XFINITY starts (in the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro) increasing to a full-time slate in 2017, expect the consistent seat time to aid Gallagher's driver development.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 2:05 PM

Daniel Hemric is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to Watch: XFINITY Drivers in 2017' list.

Hemric increased his laps led by six-fold and more than doubled his top-five count from 2015 to 2016. With Richard Childress Racing expanding its XFINITY camp, the former Brad Keselowski Racing driver will have a chance to flex his muscle in the No. 21 Chevrolet in 2017. Look for his on-track improvements to increase this year.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 2:02 PM

Cole Custer is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to Watch: XFINITY Drivers in 2017' list.

Custer made five XFINITY starts in 2016, notching two top-six finishes at Richmond and Charlotte. A two-time Camping World Truck Series winner, his talent and aggression on the track bode well for an exciting rookie campaign for Custer, who will drive the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the XFINITY Series in 2017.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 1:59 PM

William Byron is one the drivers on the NASCAR.com 'Five to Watch: XFINITY Drivers in 2017' list.

The Camping World Truck Series rookie and seven-time 2016 winner looked poised to win the series title until an engine failure in the second-to-last race at Phoenix took him out of Chase contention. As Byron steps into the XFINITY Series and JR Motorsports as part of a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports, the 19-year-old rising star will certainly be one to watch in 2017 -- and beyond.-NASCAR.com
Jan 13 - 1:55 PM


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