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Report: GM ending production, sale of Chevy SS by end of 2017

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Chevrolet will cease production and sales of the Chevrolet SS in 2017, according to The Detroit News.

The SS is the model Chevrolet uses in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The model has been used in the series since its introduction in 2013. Chevrolet has won three Cup championships (Kevin Harvick, 2014; Jimmie Johnson, 2013, 2016) with the SS model.

Chevrolet’s decision to stop selling the SS in the United States is in conjunction with the closing of the Australian factory that produces the car, a move that’s been known about since 2013.

“Using the old adage, ‘Win on Sunday, Buy on Monday,’ we decided that in small numbers we’d introduce it the U.S. because we could, frankly, at a pretty low-cost,” said Alan Batey,  GM’s North America president Monday at the North American International Auto Show. “I would say the vehicle has been really well-received. It’s small volumes, but it’s been really well-received.”

The Detroit News also reports that 3,013 units of the Chevy SS were sold in 2016, an increase of 4.1 percent from 2015.

NBC Sports reached out to Chevrolet regarding its plans in the Cup Series with the discontinuation of the SS line.

“As you know, we don’t talk about future projects,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “We’ll make any announcement regarding our next Cup entry at the appropriate time.”

In the Xfinity Series, Chevrolet-backed cars use a model based on the Camaro.

Ron Hornaday Jr., No. 30 Chevy to miss Phoenix, Fontana

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Having missed last weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas, The Motorsports Group also will skip the remaining two races on NASCAR’s current west coast swing.

The team announced on its official Twitter account that means the No. 30 Chevrolet SS, with veteran driver Ron Hornaday Jr., will not be at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend nor Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., next weekend.

Hornaday and the No. 30 are expected to return for the STP 500 weekend March 27-29 at Martinsville Speedway.

It’s been a rough start to the 2015 season for the No. 30 team.

Hornaday was hired on Jan. 21, and veteran Pat Tryson was named crew chief on Feb. 3, a week before the start of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Hornaday failed to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500. He qualified 34th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished 42nd, completing 187 laps of 325 laps before a rear gear broke.

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