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Gray Gaulding secures sponsorship for Dover Xfinity race

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It’s a “different ballgame now” for Gray Gaulding, who confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday that he has secured primary sponsorship for this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, where he will compete for the final $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

The SS Green Light Racing driver will have World Wide Safety Consulting as the primary sponsor on his No. 08 Chevrolet. He will also have support from Mane ‘n Tail and Panini.

Panini, a sports card collecting company, was his primary sponsor at Talladega where he finished second to earn a spot among the four Dash 4 Cash drivers, which includes Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe.

Gaulding announced on Monday that his original sponsor for Dover had fallen through. He then created a website in an effort to land sponsorship for the Dover race and beyond. World Wide Safety Consulting had been an associate sponsor of Gaulding before making the decision to step up to a primary role.

Through the team’s winnings from Talladega and the primary sponsorship, the team will be able to purchase a full set of tires for the race weekend. But due to the late development of the sponsorship, it will not be able to lease an engine from ECR, like it did at Talladega.

Rick Hendrick says Jimmie Johnson sponsorship news coming soon

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DOVER, Del. — Rick Hendrick said his team will have sponsorship news about Jimmie Johnson‘s No. 48 Chevrolet within the next 30 days.

In response to a question from NBCSports.com’s Dustin Long, the Hendrick Motorsports owner said the search for new sponsors had taken longer in part because Johnson had become so synonymous with Lowe’s, which announced in March that it would not be returning after sponsoring the seven-time champion since his 2002 rookie season.

“Sponsorships in general have been tough for everyone, and for Jimmie, we haven’t had any sponsor other than Lowe’s,” Hendrick said. “We’ve had some opportunities, but there was a conflict with some of the other sponsors we had. But we’re pretty excited. We’re going to have an announcement probably in the next 30 days or so, and I feel real good about it.

“But it’s really hard when you have someone that has been so successful, but they have been tied to one brand for a long time.  We’re excited about the next chapter there.”

After reports that the home improvement company might be reconsidering its decision and sponsoring some of Johnson’s race in 2019, Lowe’s released a statement last month to reaffirm its departure from NASCAR.

Texas Motor Speedway announces five-year sponsor deal for April Xfinity race

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Texas Motor Speedway has announced a five-year sponsorship deal for its April Xfinity Series race beginning this season.

TMS has entered a deal with Wise Health Systems to sponsor the race, which will be held this year on April 8 and will be called the My Bariatric Solutions 300.

The deal also makes Wise Health Systems the track’s official healthcare provider as it implements state-of-the-art medical equipment for the track’s infield care centers and on-site sports medicine unit For NASCAR, IndyCar races.

The company is based in Decatur, Texas, and provdes inpatient and outpatient services at more than 100 locations in 11 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“By making a long-term sponsorship commitment, Wise Health System has identified that the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas Motor Speedway is an important, major event on the NASCAR schedule,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said in a press release. “My Bariatric Solutions has improved the quality of life for thousands of people throughout Texas as well as across the nation. Wise Health System, through this sponsorship, also is providing important medical benefits to the speedway with new equipment for our care centers, and a mobile sports medicine unit for our competitors. The health and safety for our competitors and our fans is vital to us.”

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Because of Winn-Dixie: Sam Hornish Jr., supermarket partner for Southern 500

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When you see Sam Hornish Jr.’s car for the Sept. 6 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, you’ll be wondering if it’s 1998 all over again.

Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday that Hornish’s No. 9 Ford will be sponsored by the supermarket chain, Winn-Dixie.

While the chain has sponsored NASCAR races before, most recently the Xfinity Series’ Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, the store brand is most often associated with former driver Mark Martin. Martin earned a good chunk of his 49 Xfinity Series wins in a black No. 60 Ford sponsored by Winn-Dixie.

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While RPM is calling the No. 9’s paint scheme “retro,” you’ll see it’s not an all-out attempt to recreate the car that inspired it.  The side numbers are different colors and it doesn’t have the classic store logo on the hood or the rear panels, seen here on Martin’s car from 1998 that’s at the Roush Fenway Racing Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

“Winn-Dixie has a long history within NASCAR,” said Hornish in a team release. “They’ve had a presence in the sport since I can remember, and I’m looking forward to representing their throwback paint scheme on the track. Mark [Martin] and Winn-Dixie set a precedent of winning, and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to do in Darlington.”

Martin won eight Xfinity races at Darlington, with all of them coming with Winn-Dixie as his sponsor.

The Southern 500, which airs on NBC, returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend spot on the schedule for the first time since 2003.


JTG Daugherty renews sponsor for AJ Allmendinger’s ride

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JTG Daugherty announced a multiyear renewal with sponsor Bush Brothers & Company for AJ Allmendinger’s car on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It’s such a great honor to have represented Bush’s Beans in the sport of NASCAR for so many years, and we are pleased to announce that they are returning for multiple years,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement from the team. “We are blessed to have support from great brands that allow us to compete at NASCAR’s top level with the No. 47 Chevrolet SS. We will continue to work hard to augment their marketing plans and bring the brand to life for millions of brand-loyal NASCAR fans. Bush Brothers & Company are great partners and share our values as a family-oriented company.”

Said Tom Ferriter, President and CEO, Bush Brothers & Company: “We are very excited to extend and expand our long-standing relationship with JTG Daugherty Racing. After 13 years, we think of Jodi (Geschickter), Tad, Brad (Daugherty), AJ and all of the No. 47 team as part of our family. We look forward to continuing to work with JTG Daugherty Racing for many more years to come. We are especially proud to make this announcement at Bristol Motor Speedway since East Tennessee has been home to Bush Brothers & Company since our company’s founding in 1908.”

Allmendinger enters this weekend at Bristol 22nd in the points standings. His best finish this season is sixth at Las Vegas.