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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.

 

Roush Fenway Racing renews Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sponsors through 2021 (video)

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A day after his best finish since July, Roush Fenway Racing announced Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s three primary sponsors have extended their deals with the team through 2021.

Stenhouse and the No. 17 Ford will continue to be sponsored by Fastenal, SunnyD and Fifth Third Bank. Fastenal will remain the anchor sponsor on the car and has increased its number of races as primary sponsor.

Fifth Third Bank was on Stenhouse’s car last year when he won his first two Cup races at Talladega and in the July race at Daytona.

Fastenal has been with Roush Fenway since 2010 when it sponsored Carl Edwards in the Xfinity Series. It began sponsoring Stenhouse in 2015. It was a primary or co-primary sponsor of Stenhouse in 16 races in 2017.

“It’s an exciting day for everyone here at Roush Fenway Racing,” Stenhouse said in a statement. “I’m thankful for all their support over the years and I’m really looking forward to continuing our partnership with Fastenal, Fifth Third Bank, and SunnyD for three more years. I’m grateful they took a chance on a rookie driver. I look forward to many years to come and hope we can all battle together for a championship.”

SunnyD was Stenhouse’s sponsor this last weekend when he placed fourth in the Food City 500, giving him his first top five since his win at Daytona. It was also his first top 10 of the season.

The race, which transpired over two days because of weather, saw Stenhouse rebound from multiple setbacks to challenge for the lead in the final 22 laps.

After starting fourth, Stenhouse was running in second on Lap 61 when he was spun by contact with Erik Jones. After restarting 27th, Stenhouse climbed to ninth by the end of Stage 1.

But on Lap 130, the No. 17 team was called for an uncontrolled tire penalty.

Then during the caution period following the end of Stage 2, Stenhouse had to pit three times to repair damage from a multicar crash on a previous restart.

Despite all of that, Stenhouse found himself in fourth place on the final restart with 22 laps to go.

He challenged Kyle Larson for the lead but wasn’t able to pass the No. 42 Chevrolet.

“We were really, really strong and I felt confident coming into the race yesterday and today,” Stenhouse said after his fourth top five in 11 Bristol starts.  “We got into second and I was hoping it would just go green to the end, knowing that we had better tires than the 42, who was the class of the field all day.  Then we restarted there at the end.  (Crew chief) Brian (Pattie) said he didn’t get to really check the stagger on these tires and maybe make an adjustment with it.  We didn’t take fuel and that sometimes tightens you up a little bit, but, all in all, a great weekend for us.  Hopefully, this will kind of get us going and kick-start us into next week and the rest of the season.”

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Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports extend relationship though 2022

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Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports announced a four-year extension of their relationship through 2022, continuing a 26-year partnership.

Axalta, a supplier of liquid and powder coatings, will serve as a 25-race primary sponsor of Hendrick over the next two years. Axalta will sponsor Alex Bowman (15 races in 2018 and 12 races in 2019) and William Byron (10 races in 2018 and 13 races in 2019).

Schedules for the 2020-2022 seasons will be announced at a later date.

Hendrick’s deal with NAPA was recently extended through 2020.

Axalta, formerly known as DuPont, has been with Hendrick since November 1992 when it sponsored Jeff Gordon in his first Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon went on to win four Cup titles with Axalta as his primary sponsor.

Last May, Axalta opened a 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Customer Experience Center on the HMS campus outside Charlotte, North Carolina, to enable customers to train and be part of a full racing experience.

“We are so proud of our partnership with Axalta,” said Rick Hendrick in a press release. “Their long-term commitment to our organization and our sport as a whole has been unbelievable. They are constantly innovating and investing to keep the program fresh, enhance the experience for their customers and ultimately drive value for their business. Projects like the Customer Experience Center on our campus are unprecedented and reinforce the strength of our relationship. We’ve worked together for more than a quarter of a century, and I believe it’s just the beginning.”

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick offer GoFas Racing financial support for Phoenix race

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Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are following in the footsteps of Dale Earnhardt Sr. for at least one race weekend.

The two Cup drivers will be financial backers of a competitor in a Cup Series race, something Earnhardt did a handful of times in the late 1980s and early ’90s via his Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet dealership.

Tuesday morning, Matt DiBenedetto took to Twitter to ask his followers to work their social media magic.

DiBenedetto, in his second season driving for the team, made a video requesting help in connecting the team with any businesses who would be interested in being on the car.

DiBenedetto made the plea because the team did not have a primary sponsor for this weekend’s race at ISM Raceway

Within eight minutes, Hamlin announced he would chip in $5,000 to help the team.

DiBenedetto replied that the team could put his face, the Denny Hamlin Foundation logo or “whatever you would like” on the car.

Hamlin later tweeted of DiBenedetto: “Very good driver here that deserves being on the track. Any company would be represented well on his car.”

Soon after that, NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip offered up another $5,000 through his “Boogity Brands.”

Harvick then followed with another $5,000 from KHI Management.

Who said nothing good ever happened on the Internet?

See how the deal scame together below and check back here to see what else comes of DiBenedetto’s social media Hail Mary.

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Federated Auto Parts extends race entitlement deal with Richmond Raceway

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Richmond Raceway has extended its relationship with Federated Auto Parts to sponsor its fall Cup race for another five years, the track announced Thursday.

The race at the .75-mile track will be the Federated Auto Parts 400 through 2022.

This year’s Sept. 22 race will mark the seventh consecutive year Richmond and Federated Auto Parts have partnered together.

Unlike the previous six races, this year’s race will take place in the first round of the playoffs. Richmond had been the site of the regular-season finale since the inception of a postseason in 2004.

“Federated Auto Parts has been an outstanding partner of Richmond Raceway over the years, and we are thankful for their dedication to continuing the tradition of NASCAR racing in Richmond,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier in a release. “We are proud to be working with a fellow Virginia company, and look forward to how our partnership will continue to enhance the iconic Richmond racing experience for years to come.”

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