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In Case You Missed It: Friday, February 6, 2009

MSRP Motorsports To Field Two Nationwide Teams

MSRP Motorsports, sister company of Prism Motorsports owned by Phil Parsons, has announced it will be fielding two teams in the Nationwide Series in 2009. Parsons has admitted that the teams will be mostly start and park for the beginning of the season, but he hopes to improve with drivers Dave Blaney, Terry Cook, and Johnny Chapman. Blaney drove the No. 22 last season for Bill Davis Racing in the Sprint Cup series.

“It is what it is,” Parsons said. “We thought there was a need last year. We thought there was going to be a shortage of cars, so we were there early on. And then everyone else saw there was a shortage of cars.”

McDowell To Drive No. 47 Car For JTG Daugherty

JTG Daugherty Racing has announced that Michael McDowell, former Cup driver of the No. 00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, will be driving the No. 47 Toyota in the Nationwide Series in 2009.

“I know that I’m climbing into a competitive program based on JTG’s on-track performance,” McDowell said. “Tad has a great reputation in the garage and has done an excellent job delivering a return to his sponsors.”

McDowell competed in two Nationwide events in 2008, finishing 27th at Daytona and 42nd at Watkins Glen. Kelly Bires, last year’s driver of the No. 47, is still under contract with the team.

Randy Moss Names Crew Chiefs For 2009

Randy Moss Motorsports, the new Camping World Truck Series team owned by the former NFL star, has announced the crew chiefs for its two teams in 2009.

Eric Phillips will be on the pit box for veteran Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Toyota, while Doug Wolcott will be the crew chief for rookie Tayler Malsam in the No. 81 Toyota.

Wolcott was the crew chief for Scott Speed at Bill Davis Racing in 2008. Speed won the Dover race last year with Wolcott on the pit box. Phillips was the crew chief for Travis Kvapil in 2004 and Toyota’s first win in NASCAR.

Johnny Benson To Run For Red Horse Racing In 2009

Red Horse Racing announced on Monday that it has added another truck to its operation. 2008 Truck Series champion Benson will be the driver of the No. 1 Toyota along with T.J. Bell in the No. 11 truck.

“I couldn’t be happier than I am joining Tom DeLoach and Red Horse Racing for 2009,” Benson said. “Tom has a long history in the sport and has always done things the right way. He has built a great racing team. The shop, the equipment and the people are all top notch. I’m looking forward to teaming up with David too.”

Benson’s crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who has helped Benson to nine wins and 26 top fives since the two teamed up in 2007.

Benson has 14 wins in the Truck Series.

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