Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will welcome back John Deere to NASCAR in style with his paint scheme for the Southern 500 (Sept. 2 on NBCSN).
Stenhouse’s No. 17 John Deere Ford will look just like the car the company sponsored in the Cup Series from 1997-2000, when Chad Little drove the No. 97 for Roush Fenway Racing.
This marks John Deere’s first time as a primary sponsor of car in a national NASCAR series race since Kurt Busch drove the No. 97 in the 2000 finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Busch made seven starts in the car that year).
Little, the father of NASCAR driver Jesse Little, made 217 starts in Cup from 1986-2002. He earned one top five (Texas, 1998) and 16 top 10s.
He is now NASCAR’s managing director for technical inspection and officiating.
Below are each of Stenhouse’s throwback schemes from the last three trips to Darlington.
Daniel Hemric fastest in final practice; Kevin Harvick second
“I know some of the guys haven’t had much sleep, very proud of them,” Preece said.
The team’s hauler pulled over near New Columbia, Illinois, on Thursday after a fire in the rear axle area that spread to the hauler. A team spokesperson told NBC Sports that crew chief Eddie Pardue and a couple of team members flew there to take what could be salvaged before driving to Kansas City.
The team spokesperson said that the lockers and uniforms in the hauler were heavily damaged. Both cars had damage with the backup car suffering smoke damage.
NASCAR allowed JTG Daugherty Racing to enter the garage at 8 a.m. ET Friday — five hours before the garage was scheduled to open — and allowed members from both JTG Daugherty teams to work on the car. Preece said he was there with the team when it arrived and worked on the interior as the crew converted the car.
“We’re in it as a team,” Preece said. “I wasn’t going to show up later in the afternoon. I wanted them to know that I was right there with them. I wanted to help in every way I could.”
Preece said his car was loose in the first practice session Friday at Kansas Speedway. He was 32nd on the speed chart in that session, making it on track about 10 minutes after practice began.
Brad Keselowski fastest in first practice at Kansas; Kyle Busch makes big save
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Stewart-Haas Racing plane made an unscheduled stop in St. Louis on Friday after Gray Gaulding had a suspected allergic reaction.
SS Green Light Racing confirmed Gaulding had an issue en route to Kansas City. A Stewart-Haas Racing spokesperson confirmed that its plane made the unscheduled stop, and that emergency personnel came on board after the plane landed. Gaulding remained in St. Louis while the plane continued to Kansas City.
SS Green Light Racing stated that after arriving at the track, Gaulding went to the infield care center and was not cleared to drive Friday. Gaulding will be re-evaluated Saturday. J.J. Yeley drove the car for Gaulding in practice Friday.
While on the way to Kansas Speedway, Gray Gaulding experienced a suspected allergic reaction. Upon visiting the infield care center, doctors did not clear him to compete today. He will be re-evaluated Saturday morning. J. J. Yeley will practice the car for final Xfinity practice.