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Auto-Owners Insurance to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing

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Auto-Owners Insurance has followed Bass Pro Shops in signing a multi-year deal to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced Tuesday.

The company will sponsor Truex and the No. 19 Toyota in eight races this season. Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor in 24 races.

Auto-Owners sponsored Truex for the last three seasons at Furniture Row Racing. The eight scheduled races for this season are the same number as in 2018.

Auto-Owners’ first race is the April 7 event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Click n’ Close not returning to Richard Petty Motorsports

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Click n’ Close will not return as a sponsor of Bubba Wallace‘s No. 43 Chevrolet in 2019, Richard Petty Motorsports has confirmed to NBC Sports.

The team confirmed a report by the SportsBusiness Journal’s Adam Stern that the sponsor deal ended as a result of executive changes at Click n’ Close and a changed business model.

NASCAR also confirmed that Click n’ Close’s relationship as the official mortgage provider of NASCAR has been terminated.

Click n’ Close sponsored Wallace in three points races this season, beginning with the Daytona 500 and Wallace’s historic second-place finish in the “Great American Race.” It was on the No. 43 for the March race at ISM Raceway and the April 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway where Wallace earned his second of three top 10s this season.

The end of RPM’s deal with Click N’ Close comes after it has announced renewals with the U.S. Air Force and World Wide Technology to sponsor Wallace in 2019.

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Rick Ware Racing announces sponsor for rest of Cup season

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Rick Ware Racing has secured sponsorship for its No. 51 car for the rest of the season, the team announced Sunday.

Beginning with today’s race at Watkins Glen International (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC), the car will be sponsored by construction firm JACOB Companies.

The No. 51 will be driven today by Josh Bilicki, who is making his third career Cup start. Bilicki is the 10th driver to pilot the No. 51 this season.

The company sponsored the No. 51 in July at Daytona when Ray Black Jr. drive the car.

The team’s best result this season is 12th in the Daytona 500 with Justin Marks.

 

Hendrick Motorsports signs extensions with Alex Bowman, Nationwide through 2020

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Alex Bowman and Nationwide Insurance will be with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020, the team announced Thursday.

Bowman signed a one-year extension with the team, while Nationwide entered an two-year extension to sponsor the No. 88 Chevrolet in 20 races in 2019 and 2020.

The company is the primary sponsor for 19 races this season.

The news comes four days after Bowman, 25, placed third at Pocono Raceway for the best finish of his Cup career.

Bowman, who has 102 career starts, is in his first full season with Hendrick after replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88.

Nationwide joined Hendrick as a corporate sponsor in 2014 and was a primary sponsor of Earnhardt from 2015-17.

“Having this kind of support is incredible,” Bowman said a press release. “From Nationwide and our other partners to Mr. Hendrick, (crew chief) Greg (Ives) and all my teammates, I feel very fortunate to be in such an awesome position. We have an opportunity to have a lot of success together. To hear a sponsor like Nationwide and a team like Hendrick Motorsports say I’m their guy gives me a ton of confidence and motivation to go out there and deliver results.”

Bowman has been a member of the Hendrick organization since Oct. 2016 when he signed during his tenure as a substitute driver for Earnhardt, who missed the final 18 races of the season due to a concussion.

“We have such a strong partnership with Nationwide,” said Rick Hendrick in the press release. “From doing great things in the community with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to driving significant value back to their business, it’s truly impressive to see how they consistently make the maximum impact with their racing program. We appreciate the incredible relationship with their whole team and look forward to more great things in the coming years.

“Alex has the talent to win races and compete for championships. He and Greg are clicking, and we have a lot of confidence in what they will accomplish together. From our driver and team to our sponsors, we have an exciting No. 88 program that’s set for the foreseeable future.”

Through 21 races this season Bowman has two top fives and eight top 10s along with earning the pole for the Daytona 500.

He is 15th in the point standings with five races left in the regular season.

Kaulig Racing lands Phantom Fireworks as sponsor through Daytona

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Kaulig Racing announced a six-race sponsorship with Phantom Fireworks beginning with this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ryan Truex and his No. 11 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Phantom through the July 6 race at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 11 will carry Phantom’s purple colors at Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, Iowa, Chicago and Daytona.

The partnership was brokered by team owner Matt Kaulig through his company, Kaulig Companies LLC, which is located 50 miles from the firework company’s headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio.

Phantom operates more than 75 permanent fireworks showrooms in 17 states, and more than 1,200 temporary sales locations in 18 states.

In his first year driving for Kaulig Racing, Truex enters this weekend’s Alsco 300 eighth in the point standings. His best result is seventh at Daytona and Richmond.