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Fire Alarm Services continues sponsorship of John Hunter Nemechek

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GMS Racing announced Friday that John Hunter Nemechek will continue to be sponsored by Fire Alarm Services in 2019.

Nemechek, who will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet full-time, will be backed by Fire Alarm Services in 13 Xfinity races.

FAS has been a supporter of Nemechek since 2016.

FAS will be on the No. 23 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, ISM Raceway (spring and fall), Auto Club Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway (spring and fall), Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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FAS was on Nemechek’s car last year when he won his first Xfinity Series race in October at Kansas Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing.

“I couldn’t be more excited to continue this relationship with them in 2019,” Nemechek said in a press release. “I am super thankful and blessed that Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc., believe in me and my career. They have been a staple in various first accomplishments for me, and I hope we can add an Xfinity Series Championship on to that list of firsts.”

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Procore returns to sponsor Leavine Family Racing

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In a year of significant change for Leavine Family Racing, it will have a constant in its biggest primary sponsor.

The team announced Tuesday the return of Procore to sponsor Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 95 Chevrolet in the Cup Series

Like in 2018, Procore will be on the No. 95 for 12 races.

A provider of cloud-based applications for construction, Procore back DiBenedetto, who takes over the No. 95 after it was driven by Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith last season.

LFR enters its fourth season of full-time Cup competition as it transitions from competing with Chevrolet to racing under the Toyota banner.

The No. 95 will be led by crew chief Mike Wheeler, who was previously in the same role on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota.

Procore will be on the No. 95 for the Feb. 17 Daytona 500.

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Bass Pro Shops to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing

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Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 19 Toyota as part of a multi-year deal with Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced Friday.

Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Truex’s ride for 24 races this season beginning with the Feb. 17 Daytona 500.

The company, which followed Truex from Furniture Row Racing, has been a supporter of Truex since 2001. Bass Pro Shops was a primary sponsor of him when he won two Xfinity Series titles in 2004-05. It also sponsored Truex for his first three years in Cup at Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Bass Pro Shops was a co-primary sponsor of Truex in 27 races in 2018 at Furniture Row Racing.

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Oscar Mayer to sponsor Matt Kenseth in Southern 500

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Roush Fenway Racing isn’t rolling out a throwback paint scheme for Matt Kenseth at the Southern 500, but it is bringing back an old, but not obvious, sponsor.

Kenseth’s No. 6 Ford will be sponsored by Oscar Mayer in the Sept. 2 race on NBCSN.

Oscar Mayer served as an associate sponsor of Kenseth and Kurt Busch in the early 2000s, when the drivers delivered Roush back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004.

This will mark the first time Oscar Mayer has been a sole primary sponsor of a car in national NASCAR race.

“It’s great to have Oscar Mayer back on board,” said Kenseth in a press release. “Oscar Mayer was a great partner at Roush for many years in the early 2000s, so this is a nice throwback to those days. The Southern 500 is one of my favorite events of the season. There’s a lot of history at Darlington, and the industry does a great job of celebrating that during the weekend.”

Kenseth, who is driving the No. 6 part-time this season, will make his 25th start at Darlington.

He won the 2013 Southern 500.

 

Kaz Grala, Fury Race Cars secure sponsorship for Xfinity race at Daytona

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Kaz Grala announced on Twitter he and Fury Race Cars have obtained sponsorship for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), giving him and the team a sixth race together.

Grala’s No. 61 Ford will again be sponsored by Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil in addition to Marlow’s Tavern.

Kiklos was on Grala’s car Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway when an electrical issue ended his day after just one lap, giving him a last-place finish and his third DNF of the year.

Marlow’s Tavern sponsored Grala in the Feb. 24 race at Atlanta.

Fury had to scramble to find sponsorship after its deal with NETTTS ended following the June 17 race at Iowa Speedway. NETTTS sponsored the No. 61 in the team’s first four races after Grala’s departure from JGL Racing following the May 5 race at Dover.

Kiklos has been a frequent sponsor of Grala’s since he competed in the K&N Pro Series East and the Camping World Truck Series. It sponsored Grala when he won the Trucks 2017 season opener at Daytona. At 18, the victory made him the youngest Daytona winner in NASCAR national series history.

This weekend’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 will be the first restrictor-plate race for Fury Race Cars, which is co-owned by Grala’s father, Darius Grala.

With chassis and team members from JGL Racing and support from Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines, Grala has two top 10s in his five starts for Fury. His last-place finish Saturday was his first finish worse than 16th with Fury.

In the season opener at Daytona, Grala finished fourth for JGL Racing giving him top fives in both of his NASCAR starts at Daytona.

Grala enters this weekend 17th in points.