NASCAR Cup Series News (17942)
Employees at the Apex Tool Group in Apex, NC, helped celebrate the upcoming start of the NASCAR Cup Series season alongside Kurt Busch, members of the Chip Ganassi Racing team, and the new-look GEARWRENCH® No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Wednesday. At what was dubbed ‘The Green Flag Event’, Busch officially unveiled the new paint scheme for his GEAWRENCH car, which will take to the track four times this season.
Apex Tool Group—one of the largest tool manufacturers in the world—is the parent company of GEARWRENCH, which is a premier hand tool brand for automotive and industrial mechanics.
“There’s so much excitement around Kurt and we wanted to make sure our team members at our Raleigh facility knew that they were a part of it,” said Rena Fiorello, director of brand management for GEARWRENCH. “It was fun to feel that team atmosphere and make sure that our colleagues understand that they’re truly part of everything we do, and that includes our partnership with Kurt and Chip Ganassi Racing.”
After unveiling his car’s new look emblazed with GEARWENCH black and orange, Busch took turns driving employees around a track in the parking lot to give them a taste of what it feels like to be in a NASCAR race. He took time to sign autographs, take photos, and gave a special shout-out to the employees who are military service veterans.
Busch will drive the GEARWRENCH car during four races on the 2020 schedule: Phoenix Raceway (March 8), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 24), Dover International Speedway (Aug. 23) and Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 4). For more information, visit www.gearwrench.com.
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Koch Industries (pronounced “coke”) will serve as the primary partner for Ryan Newman when its flagship No. 6 Ford Mustang hits the track for the 62nd annual running of the famed Daytona 500, kicking off the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Koch Industries will make its debut on the No. 6 in the Busch Clash all-star event on February 9th at the Daytona International Speedway.
“We are looking forward to teaming up with Koch Industries and having them on the car for one of the most celebrated races of the season,” said Newman, who scored a dramatic victory with a last-lap pass at the iconic event in 2008. “Winning the 500 is one of the biggest accomplishments of my racing career. We have really fast superspeedway cars at Roush Fenway and we’d like nothing better than to kick off our season by driving the Koch Industries Ford into victory lane at Daytona.”
Roush Fenway boasts a pair of wins at the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth taking the celebrated checkered flag in 2009 and 2012; the latter serving as Hall of Fame owner Jack Roush’s historic 300th NASCAR victory. Overall, Roush Fenway has won seven times at the ‘World Center of Racing’ in NASCAR’s premiere series, most recently in the 2017 summer race.
“Koch Industries is excited to partner with Roush Fenway and Ryan Newman in this year’s Daytona 500. As our businesses continue to manufacture the things that make life better—from fuel to electronics to automotive sensors and component parts—the partnership between Koch Industries and Roush Fenway for this race is a natural fit. Sunday at Daytona is the premier event of the season and we are proud to help represent one of racing’s brightest stars,” said Steve Lombardo, chief communications and marketing officer for Koch Industries.
This will mark Newman’s 19th start in the Daytona 500. He finished 14th last season, despite a late accident that forced the veteran driver to cross the finish line with a severely damaged racecar. He scored a seventh-place finish in the 500 in his inaugural run in 2002 and has finished top 10 in the famed event on five occasions, including the victory in 2008.
Sunday’s Busch Clash is set for 3:00 PM ET and will air live on FS1. The twin qualifying races fire off at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 13 and will be televised live on FS1. The Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 PM ET and will be televised live on FOX.
Key Chevrolet Accessories partners Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero have joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as primary sponsors of driver Alex Bowman and the No. 88 team for 26 races in 2020.
In addition, longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner Valvoline will be the No. 88 team’s primary sponsor for 2020 Daytona Speedweeks, which include the non-points Clash at DAYTONA on Feb. 9 and the 62nd running of the DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 16 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
“NASCAR fans take pride in their vehicle ownership,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. vice president of performance and motorsports. “With Chevrolet Accessories, customers can personalize and enhance the appearance, performance and capability of their Chevy. We’re pleased some of our key partners like Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero are teaming with Hendrick Motorsports to promote these great accessories.”
The new website ChevyGoods.com, which launches in February, will promote Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero products throughout 2020. Bowman’s No. 88 ChevyGoods.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will advertise the site and feature a rotation of the three sponsor brands on the hood. ChevyGoods.com will also give NASCAR fans an opportunity to win prizes and racing experiences.
“Alex is a genuine auto enthusiast and loves to personalize his cars,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “He’ll be the perfect spokesperson for this program and all the partners involved. This is a tremendous opportunity to promote Chevrolet Accessories, and we’re pleased to welcome Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero to the racetrack in 2020.”
The addition of the two Daytona Speedweeks events gives Valvoline four total primary sponsorship races in 2020. Bowman has qualified on the DAYTONA 500 front row in each of the last two seasons, including winning the prestigious pole award in 2018. Valvoline is the Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports.
“Valvoline is a longtime partner of Hendrick Motorsports, and I’m excited to see their brand take over the No. 88 car for 2020 Speedweeks,” Hendrick said. “It shows how committed they are to NASCAR and our program specifically. I know they will make a splash at our biggest race.”
Bowman, 26, is coming off a career-best season that saw him record his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Chicagoland Speedway and secure his second consecutive playoff berth. 2020 will mark the Tucson, Arizona, native’s third full-time season with Hendrick Motorsports and crew chief Greg Ives.
“Cars are a huge part of my life,” Bowman said. “If I’m not racing, I’m working on my own cars and trying different ways to personalize and upgrade them. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Valvoline brand and have an awesome relationship there, so I’m really proud to have them on board for Speedweeks. I also can’t imagine a better fit than bringing Chevrolet Accessories to our 2020 program, and I’m pumped about working with Adam’s Polishes, NOCO and Truck Hero. All of our No. 88 team partners are right up my alley, and I’m ready for a big season.”
In 2020, Bowman and the No. 88 team have additional primary sponsorship from Axalta Coating Systems (three races), LLumar (three races) and Cincinnati (two races).
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Gaunt Brothers Racing has signed Daniel Suárez to drive its No. 96 Toyota Camry fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning with the 2020 season.
It will mark Suárez’s fourth year in the NASCAR Cup Series and a return to the manufacturer with whom the Mexican driver has enjoyed so much NASCAR success.
“It’s great to be back with Toyota and back in the NASCAR Cup Series,” said the 28-year-old Suárez, who was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and now calls Huntersville, North Carolina home. “My NASCAR career started off really well and Toyota was a very big part of that. To have them in my corner again gives me a lot of confidence. Gaunt Brothers Racing has something to prove and so do I. We’re committed to each other and we’re going to build each other up.”
Suárez won the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared Toyota Camry. His title-winning drive earned him a promotion to Gibbs’ NASCAR Cup Series program where he continued in Toyotas throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons before joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019. As the 2020 season is set to get underway, Suárez is happy to be back with the manufacturer who ushered him up the NASCAR ladder and into the elite NASCAR Cup Series.
“We are pleased that Daniel is rejoining the Toyota family in 2020,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “He has been a member of the Toyota Racing family throughout the majority of his career and contributed greatly to our shared success, most notably in winning the 2016 Xfinity Series championship. We are excited to see Gaunt Brothers Racing move to a fulltime entry next season and thrilled to have Daniel behind the wheel. We look forward to this new partnership.”
Just as Suárez knows the possibilities that exist at his new home, Gaunt Brothers Racing realizes the opportunity it now has with an experienced driver coming into his prime.
“We’ve been working toward this moment since Gaunt Brothers Racing joined the Cup Series in 2017,” said Marty Gaunt, president, Gaunt Brothers Racing. “We’ve made steady improvement every year, but bringing Daniel on board allows us to take a giant leap forward. We’re investing in each other. He’s not content to just be here and neither are we. We’ve been very strategic in everything we’ve done, and between our partnership with Toyota and the resources now available to us, we can take that next step and deliver for Daniel and all of our partners.”
Dave Winston will serve as Suárez’s crew chief. The NASCAR veteran comes to Gaunt Brothers Racing from Richard Childress Racing where he was vehicle performance group engineer and also the race engineer for driver Daniel Hemric. Winston has served as a crew chief before, spending 2014 at BK Racing with driver Alex Bowman and 2016 at Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing with driver Michael McDowell. Winston has a degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
Coca-Cola and CommScope continue their respective partnerships with Suárez at Gaunt Brothers Racing. The iconic Coca-Cola brand has been with Suárez since 2015 when he won the Xfinity Series rookie-of-the-year title. CommScope, a leader in communication network technology, has been with Suárez through its ARRIS and Ruckus Networks brands since 2014 when he first competed in the Xfinity Series.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Daniel Suárez and build a new relationship with Gaunt Brothers Racing,” said John Mount, vice president, sports marketing and region assets, Coca-Cola North America. “Daniel is a valuable member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family and he embodies the values most important to Coca-Cola. We’re looking forward to supporting Daniel in this next step of his career at Gaunt Brothers Racing.”
“CommScope solutions deliver power, speed, precision and innovation – just like a race team – and provide fans with an optimal experience as they watch NASCAR through our video, wireless and broadband technologies,” said Eddie Edwards, president and CEO, CommScope. “We wish Daniel Suárez much success this year and look forward to cheering him on at the finish line.”
Suárez’s racing career began in 2003 when he competed in go-karts. He is a two-time Mexican national karting champion (2004 and 2008) and twice earned a spot to compete in the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals karting event – 2004 in Spain and 2008 in Italy. In 2008, he joined the mini-stock division – an official support series of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Suárez won 10 races in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series before coming stateside to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He kept on winning, scoring three victories in 2013 before transitioning to the Xfinity Series. His championship season in 2016 consisted of three wins, three poles and 19 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes. In winning his first career Xfinity Series race on June 11, 2016 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Suárez became the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR national series race.
Gaunt Brothers Racing traces its roots back to 2010 when it began competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the Canada-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Gaunt Brothers Racing won the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown with driver Jason Bowles at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and scored the pole for the 2011 Streets of Toronto 100 with a track-record qualifying time on the city circuit, with Bowles again at the wheel.
Suárez’s first competitive outing with Gaunt Brothers Racing comes Feb. 9 with Daytona 500 qualifying starting at 12:30 p.m. EST with live coverage on FOX. His lap will determine his starting spot in the Feb. 13 Duel – twin 150-mile heat races that set the rest of the field for the Daytona 500. That event begins at 7 p.m. with live coverage on FS1. Daytona Speedweeks then culminates with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m. All of these races can also be heard live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90).
While eligible for the non-points Busch Clash on Feb. 9, Suárez and Gaunt Brothers Racing have opted not to compete in the exhibition race to instead focus attention on their preparation for the Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch Continues Commitment to Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers Through Race Ticket Giveaway Program28 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
NASCAR veteran driver and NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Kurt Busch announced plans today for the KB100 Plus (KB100+) ticket giveaway. Hoping to build on the success of his offer in 2019, where he provided 100 tickets to every NCS race in partnership with Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix).
"I will call on the consideration of other drivers, tracks and industry partners to support the ticket offering from what we did in 2019," said Busch. In 2019 there were more than 50,000 requests for the 3,800 tickets that were made available through Vet Tix. Busch commented, "I have always had a strong desire to pay respect to those who have served and continue to serve our country. My hope is that with help from others we can enhance the offering for more deserving Vet Tix members to attend races this season, hence KB100+."
"Our mission is to give something to those who gave, and the commitment Kurt has made to partner with Vet Tix has been extraordinary," said Mike Focareto, U.S. Navy veteran, CEO and Founder of Veteran Tickets Foundation. "His impact on supporting the Vet Tix mission to honor our current serving military members and veterans of all eras and their families has been significant. Whether he's visiting troops convalescing at hospitals, giving our VetTixers an opportunity to enjoy a race, or meeting him in pit row, he has been the example of how a top-athlete and influencer can make a difference in so many lives. We are proud to partner with Kurt to share an initiative to help those who serve and their families make lifelong memories through racing."
Whether it is one additional ticket, or a match of Busch's commitment to 100 tickets to every race, KB100+ will offer Vet Tix members the chance to attend an NCS race at every event on the schedule.
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Listening to Waddell Wilson share cherished stories about his NASCAR career – his humble start and his most celebrated moments – it all sound like pages from a NASCAR Hall of Fame novel or movie script. But this is real life from a bona fide legend. And he is now a NASCAR Hall of Famer.
Raised on a farm in rural Bakersville, North Carolina, Wilson started his career at the legendary Holman-Moody engine shop as a young man after working briefly as a diesel mechanic. He finished his career as one of the most acclaimed crew chief and mechanical minds in the sport – earning three Daytona 500 victories.
This week, Wilson, 83, will become only the fourth crew chief formalized into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He joins drivers Buddy Baker, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart and team owner Joe Gibbs in the esteemed 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
“It never crossed my mind I would receive anything like this and I was okay with that,’’ Wilson said of his NASCAR Hall of Fame nod. “I never did things for the spotlight. But to get this, this is an unbelievable honor. It’s something I never thought about, but it is so big for my family and I. Just unreal.’’
For Wilson and so many of the sport’s early crew chiefs, understanding race cars was a self-taught trade with a lot of hard knocks lessons. But word got around pretty quickly that Wilson was an exceptional talent.
“I guess the main thing was I was a perfectionist and wanted everything as perfect as I could make it,’’ Wilson said. “I was raised on a farm and my grandfather was like that and he taught me to be like that.’
Wilson’s days at Holman Moody were akin to racing’s version of a Harvard education back “in the day,” as they say.
Wilson’s first job as crew chief in NASCAR’s premier Cup Series was a one-race shot in 1979 with Harry Rainier’s team. Fittingly, fellow 2020 NASCAR Hall of Famer Buddy Baker was the driver of that team’s No. 28 Chevrolet, winning the pole position in the high-profile Daytona International Speedway summer race that marked Wilson’s crew chief debut.
The next year Wilson got a second shot and was Baker’s crew chief at the 1980 Daytona 500. The two won that race from pole position and it remains, understandably, one of the greatest afternoons of Wilson’s life. His genuine love of the sport is evident when he re-tells stories like these. Asked if he had just one memory that stands out in his storied career and Wilson conceded, that would be impossible.
But winning his first race as crew chief – in the sport’s biggest race - seems certainly among Wilson’s most cherished times in the sport.
He remembers all the small details – like, for example, that there were only three people working in the Harry Rainer team shop during the offseason leading into the 500. That means a lot of work for the small group and Wilson’s first big project was getting the body of the car ready. He sent it off to a local body shop with some specific instructions on contouring it.
“But, I picked it up from the shop and they sent me a bill for $10,000,’’ Wilson recalled. “I thought, now that will get me fired.
“And the thing about it was, they were not doing it right and I should have never paid the bill. You could have bought four or five race cars for that kind of money back then. So it really ruined my week when we went to Daytona.
“But, the car was as fast as I was hoping it would be.’’
The hood of that No. 28 was painted with bright Day-Glo colors, Wilson recalled. “Because we’d be coming up so fast on drivers they wouldn’t see us coming.’’
He remembers specifically, Baker coming into the pits during a caution in the waning laps. Wilson calmly leaned all the way in the window and told the veteran Baker to have patience – the team was going to do a quick fuel-only stop but Baker, in position to score his first Daytona 500 victory, reminded his friend, “I’ve been patient for 19 years.’’
The team’s biggest competition that afternoon, Bobby Allison, pitted at the same time to get two tires and fuel. The fast stop put Baker back out front. Then a caution came out with two laps to go with Baker leading. The race finished under yellow and Baker and Wilson got to hoist their first Daytona 500 trophy.
The pair’s efforts resulted in Baker leading a race-best 143 of the 200 laps and that engine that Wilson fine-tuned provided an average race speed of 177.602 mph - a Daytona 500 record to this day.
“We get in victory lane and [team owner] Harry Rainier was in there with me and one of the NASCAR officials walked over and said, ‘You guys set a record and you’ve won $103,000.’
“I said, ‘No Harry, you’ve won $93,000 because we paid for that race car,’’’ Wilson says, able to laugh at the situation all these years later.
It would be the first of three Daytona 500 trophies for Wilson as a crew chief. He led another NASCAR Hall of Famer driver Cale Yarborough to back-to-back Daytona 500 wins in 1983 and 1984.
In all, Wilson earned 22 wins as a crew chief spread over 14 seasons. In 1981, he set a personal season-high mark leading Bobby Allison to five race victories.
During his career, he served as crew chief on cars driven by Hall of Famers such as Baker, Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip (1987), and Ricky Rudd (1990-91). His last victory as crew chef came at the legendary Darlington (S.C.) Raceway with Rudd in 1991.
He served as crew chief for Indy 500 champion Al Unser Jr.’s 1993 Daytona 500 start and he closed out his crew chief career working with Ricky Craven for the first five races of 1995.
Wilson’s drivers combined to win 32 pole positions – the first in Wilson’s Cup debut as crew chief in 1979 and the last with Rudd at Sonoma in 1991.
“Waddell could do anything,’’ said NASCAR Hall of Famer, three-time Cup champion Darrell Waltrip. “He was an engine builder first. He could be the crew chief, he could be the team manager, he just understood the sport.
“He and [fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer] Robert Yates and a bunch of those guys learned under Hulman-Moody, so they learned how to do everything. They were generalists, not really specialists. Although they had areas they could specialize in, there were other things they could do just as well.
“I think when you have a racing mentality and a high IQ like a lot of those guys do, you know what it takes to be successful with people and equipment and also how to call a race. There’s not that many people like that around anymore, the people that can do it all.’’
Brendan Gaughan will put a cap on his 23-year NASCAR driving career by running a four-race NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 2020, beginning with the 62nd Daytona 500 Feb. 16 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The 44-year-old racer from Las Vegas will compete for Beard Motorsports, driving the No. 62 Beard Oil Distributing/South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro. Gaughan’s City Lights Shine, a whiskey moonshine produced by his 17A Stillery – the first legal distillery in the history of Las Vegas – will serve as an associate sponsor.
After Daytona, Gaughan will return to the seat April 24-26 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Aug. 27-29 at Daytona and Oct. 2-4 at Talladega for what will be his final NASCAR Cup Series start. Gaughan has made 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts with Beard Motorsports, all coming at Daytona and Talladega.
“I love racing, and competing with Beard Motorsports these last few years have made for some of my most enjoyable moments in NASCAR,” said Gaughan, who currently has 62 NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to his rookie season in 2004. “We do a lot with a little, so when we run up front and lead laps, it’s very satisfying because you know all the work that went into it.
“I wouldn’t want my last races as a NASCAR driver to be with any other team. Mark Beard Sr., and his entire family are passionate about racing, and NASCAR in particular. We’re all competitive and want to perform, but we’re going to have fun doing it. That’s how we all got started in the sport – because it was fun. And as I wrap up my career, I’m going to make sure it stays fun.”
Beard Motorsports has proven to be the little team that could, a modern-day David competing against the Goliaths of the NASCAR Cup Series. Owned by Mark Beard Sr., president of Beard Motorsports and various family businesses, Beard Motorsports has taken a strategic approach to its racing endeavors, forming a technical partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and running only the superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega. With cars constructed by RCR and powered by ECR-built engines, Beard Motorsports has scored two top-10 finishes, the most recent being an eighth-place drive last April at Talladega where Gaughan led five laps.
“Brendan brings a lot of experience to our race team and that has allowed us to be competitive despite not having all the resources of the bigger teams that compete week in and week out,” Beard said. “We have a lot of respect for what those teams do, and it’s an honor to be able to park in the NASCAR Cup Series garage, unload our racecar and see where we stack up. We take a lot of pride in the effort we put forth, and the effort our partners put into Beard Motorsports.
“Richard Childress and the staff at RCR provide us with top-notch equipment. We’ve worked with them since 2017 and it’s easy to understand why they’ve been in the sport for 50 years. We’re proud to continue our technical partnership with RCR and we look forward to making Brendan’s last races as a NASCAR driver memorable.”
Beard Motorsports is part passion project and part corporate initiative, with the race team serving to market Beard Oil Distributing and TTS Logistics. Beard Oil Distributing is a third-generation, family-owned company that services the nation’s pipeline construction industry. TTS Logistics is an international freight company delivering an assortment of goods via ground, air and sea.
“Racing has proven to be a very valuable asset for Beard Oil Distributing and TTS Logistics,” said Beard, a former driver who made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in the 1980s. “We’re able to entertain customers at four of the most entertaining races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, and with each race being broadcast on network television, we’re able to maximize the exposure value for all of our partners. We’re very passionate about what we do, and racing has proven to be an excellent platform to show our customers the level of commitment we put into all of our work.”
Gaughan’s journey to make the field for the Daytona 500 begins Feb. 9 with Daytona 500 qualifying starting at 12:30 p.m. EST with live coverage on FOX. His lap will determine his starting spot in the Feb. 13 Duel – twin 150-mile heat races that set the rest of the field for the Daytona 500. That event begins at 7 p.m. with live coverage on FS1. Daytona Speedweeks then culminates with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m. All of these races can also be heard live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90).
UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, will serve as a primary sponsor on the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with driver Chase Elliott.
In 2020, UniFirst will be a three-race primary sponsor with its updated green corporate logo adorning the No. 9 Chevrolet on March 8 at Phoenix Raceway, May 16 at the All-Star Race and Sept. 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In addition, UniFirst will be a full-season associate sponsor of the No. 9 team.
UniFirst will continue to serve as the Official Workwear Provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team and sister company Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.
“As a Hendrick Motorsports partner, all of us at UniFirst have been closely following Chase throughout his career and we’re incredibly impressed with his long list of accomplishments,” said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. “Most notably, his performance last season having won three races, four poles, and the most popular driver accolades for the second year in a row! To say we’re thrilled to have him as our driver is an understatement.
“Millions of NASCAR fans are anticipating an exciting 2020 NASCAR season with Chase behind the wheel and all of us at UniFirst can’t wait to see our dynamic new race car paint scheme that is sure to impress on the track.”
Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2015, Elliott, 24, has earned four consecutive NASCAR Cup Series playoff berths and six race wins. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will make his 150th Cup Series career start when he takes the green flag at the DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 16 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX). In addition, NASCAR’s two-time most popular Cup Series driver has eight pole positions and 74 top-10 finishes in NASCAR’s top division.
“I’m really looking forward to having UniFirst join the No. 9 team this season,” Elliott said. “We are very fortunate to have such a great lineup of partners, and I know they will be a great addition. Those UniFirst colors are going to look great at Phoenix, Charlotte and Vegas.”
Hendrick Motorsports’ partnership with UniFirst began in 2016 and runs through 2023. The company was a three-race sponsor of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team last season.
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NASCAR RACE HUB, FS1’s daily NASCAR news and highlight program, opens its 11th season Monday, Jan. 27 (6:00 PM ET) with a preseason special, followed by four consecutive days live from the FOX Sports set in Miami, site of Super Bowl LIV (Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30 PM ET on FOX).
Shannon Spake and Adam Alexander return as hosts, with four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and FOX NASCAR lead analyst Jeff Gordon, 2010 Daytona 500 winner and FOX NASCAR analyst Jamie McMurray, two-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds and NASCAR Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and William Byron scheduled throughout the week.
“This is truly above and beyond any amazing professional scenario I could ever come up with,” said Spake, a South Florida native and FOX NFL sideline reporter. “Hosting RACE HUB at the site of the Super Bowl less than an hour from where I attended high school and college … you simply can’t dream this big. I’m beyond excited.”
Alan Cavanna and Kaitlyn Vince report for RACE HUB, with Vincie stepping up this season to host NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION, as well as a slate of weekday shows in 2020. NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte, a 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, and Ricky Craven, a winner in four different NASCAR racing series, serve as analysts alongside Vincie.
In addition to Labonte and Craven, driver/crew chief analysts confirmed for NASCAR RACE HUB this season include Larry McReynolds, Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Andy Petree, Austin Dillon and Drew Blickensderfer.
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