South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will return as a primary sponsor with Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series next year.
It will mark the seventh year of their partnership.
South Point will be the primary sponsor of Daniel Hemric‘s No. 21 Chevrolet in all 33 races.
The hotel and casino are owned by the Gaughan family. Brendan Gaughan drove a South Point-sponsored car for RCR in the Xfinity Series from 2012 – 2017.
“The South Point Hotel & Casino is excited to be continuing our partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the 2018 season,” said owner Michael Gaughan in a press release. “Watching Brendan carry our colors these past couple of years on the track and into Victory Lane has been a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to continuing the accomplishments during this coming season with Daniel Hemric. Daniel is a great driver and we know he will represent the South Point well both on and off the track.”
Hemric is entering his second Xfinity season driving the No. 21. In his rookie season he was able to make it to the Championship 4 despite not winning a race all year.
“RCR and the Gaughan Family have had a special relationship that we’re thrilled to be able to continue,” Richard Childress said in a press release. “As with RCR, the South Point Hotel and Casino has a rich history in stock car racing and it is a part of our heritage.”
Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the final practice for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway with a speed of 94.061 mph.
He beat second-place Denny Hamlin (94.012 mph) by .040 seconds.
Martin Truex Jr. (93.718) had the third fastest lap, but the team will have some work to do before Saturday’s qualification. With nine minutes remaining on the clock, he ran into the back of Bubba Wallace in the esses and did significant damage to his nose. Wallace landed 34th on the chart with a speed of 91.641 mph.
“I’ve been very good this year about not replying to mean people, and you all should do the same,’’ Hamlin said Friday at Sonoma Raceway.
“I’m making a (request) right now to every driver, every team owner, every NASCAR executive and every media member, stop replying to people who make nonsense comments. They have 16 followers. Don’t give them your 100,000. Do not give them your 100,000 as their stage. No one will ever see their comment, just brush it by, talk about the positives and I’m not a positive person.”
Asked how does one ignore such divisive comments, Hamlin said: “You just scroll by it. Forget it. That person doesn’t exit. They’re an admirer that has lost their way.’’