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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

Roush Fenway Keselowski 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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David Starr, Carl Long & Other MBM Team Members Contract COVID-19

David Starr No. 66 MBM Motorsports NKP

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Motorsports Business Management team owner Carl Long, driver David Starr and seven other team members contracted COVID-19 after last weekend’s NASCAR races at Phoenix Raceway, Long said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Nov. 13. “We did finish the race out at Phoenix, but myself and eight of my team members contracted (COVID-19) on the way back,” …

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Harrison Burton Gains Brian Wilson as Crew Chief for Rookie Cup Season

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Brian Wilson will call the shots atop Harrison Burton‘s pit box in his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, Wood Brothers Racing announced Nov. 11. Wilson moves up to Cup from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he’d been Austin Cindric‘s crew chief at Team Penske, his tenure including a title-winning 2020. Wilson …

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Dave Elenz to Be Erik Jones’ Crew Chief in Cup in 2022

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

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Dave Elenz will be Erik Jones’ crew chief in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday (Nov. 10). Elenz will make the leap to Cup after standing atop the pit box in the Xfinity Series since 2015. He replaces Jerry Baxter who spent the past two years with RPM (Bubba Wallace …

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Anthony Alfredo Not Returning to FRM in 2022

Anthony Alfredo NASCAR 2021 Texas

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Anthony Alfredo will not be returning to race with Front Row Motorsports for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race team announced the news in a Tuesday (Nov. 9) press release. “We would like to thank Anthony for being an outstanding ambassador of our team as well as for our No. 38 partners,” General …

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