NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello is reporting that Humphrey Racing, which fields the No. 77 Fords for Dave Blaney in the Sprint Cup Series, will take the next few weeks off from the Sprint Cup Series tour. The team is not shutting down, though. Instead, they are retooling in order to show improved form later in the season.
Despite limited sponsorship, Humphrey claims that money is not an issue for the team.
“It has nothing to do with financials, it’s really more about people and people issues,” team owner Randy Humphrey told Caraviello. “We just weren’t as competitive as I wanted us to be, and that really revolves around people. It has nothing to do with financials. I don’t have any debt, I own all my stuff. There are no problems like that. It’s just a matter of trying to work our way through where we are.”
For the most part, the No. 77 team has not been competitive in 2014. Using equipment acquired from Germain Racing when that team formed an alliance which Richard Childress Racing and switched from Ford to Chevrolet, the team has only qualified for four of their 11 attempts thus far this season, with a best finish of 33rd at Dover. The team has also withdrawn from multiple races this season, including the Daytona 500 when Blaney was caught up in a practice crash that wiped out the team’s only car the day before the Budweiser Duels.
Humphrey states that his team will likely return to the track at Indianapolis for the Crown Royal presents the John Walding 400 on July 27. From then on, the team will likely be back to full-time.
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