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The NASCAR 2022 Schedule: A Closer Look

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Editor’s Note: This article on the NASCAR 2022 schedule is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.  As the NASCAR 2021 season has concluded, with the Cup Series championship decided after the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway, the offseason …

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GMS/Petty Merger Called Petty GMS Motorsports

Erik Jones racing at Martinsville Speedway, October, 2021. Photo: NKP

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The merger between GMS Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series will be referred to as Petty GMS Motorsports, it announced Dec. 7. Richard Petty will serve as chairman of the organization, while the two-car operation will be based out of GMS’ existing property in Statesville, N.C. While Erik Jones‘ No. 43 …

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McDonald’s Expands 23XI Sponsorship

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McDonald’s will expand its sponsorship of 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, representing both of the team’s cars, 23XI announced Dec. 7. The restaurant chain sponsored Bubba Wallace‘s No. 23 in a limited schedule in 2021 and will do so again in 2022, including at the season-opening Daytona 500. Additionally, it will …

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GMS Racing Buys Majority Interest of Richard Petty Motorsports

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday (Dec. 1) that it has agreed to sell majority interest of the team to Maury Gallagher, the owner of GMS Racing. The selling of the team includes two charters, one that was leased Rick Ware Racing and the No. 43 charter, which will be used to field two cars in …

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Menards Expands Penske Cup Sponsorship for 2022

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Menards will expand its sponsorship of Team Penske to two NASCAR Cup Series cars in 2022, Penske announced Nov. 30. Menards’ colors will adorn Austin Cindric‘s No. 2 in the series in addition to continuing its sponsorship of Ryan Blaney‘s No. 12. Additionally, Menards will sponsor Harrison Burton‘s rookie effort with Wood Brothers Racing in …

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FRM Promotes Todd Gilliland to Cup, Adds Zane Smith to Truck Team

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Todd Gilliland will move to the NASCAR Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports in 2022, the team announced Nov. 30. Gilliland will compete in FRM’s No. 38, becoming the third rookie in a row in the seat, following Anthony Alfredo in 2021 and John Hunter Nemechek in 2020. He moves up from FRM’s No. 38 …

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Erik Jones Adds FOCUSfactor Sponsorship for 2022

Erik Jones walking at 2021 Richmond fall NASCAR Cup race

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Erik Jones has added FOCUSfactor sponsorship to his No. 43 for 2022, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Nov. 23. The brain health supplement company will adorn RPM’s No. 43 for 26 races in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022. “We are looking forward to the 2022 season – part of that excitement is the rollout of …

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NASCAR Announces Return of Practice, Qualifying in 2022

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Practice and qualifying will return to NASCAR’s national series in 2022, NASCAR announced Nov. 19. Though the formats of each session will vary by track and series, NASCAR plans to hold practice and qualifying for all of its races in 2022. “NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” Scott Miller, …

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Noah Gragson Attempting Daytona 500 With Beard Motorsports

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Noah Gragson will attempt to make the Daytona 500 with Beard Motorsports for the second year in a row, the team announced Nov. 16. Gragson will attempt to qualify Beard’s part-time No. 62 in the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series race next year. He also did so in 2021, failing to get the car into the …

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Roush Fenway Racing Rebranded as RFK Racing

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Roush Fenway Racing, with Cup driver Brad Keselowski as a new co-owner and driver, has been rebranded as Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, or RFK Racing, ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Keselowski, team founder Jack Roush and team president Steve Newmark unveiled the change Tuesday (Nov. 16) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The announcement …

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