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Josh Bilicki Moving to Spire

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Josh Bilicki will move to Spire Motorsports for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, he announced Jan. 10. Bilicki will drive the No. 77 for the majority of the 2022 season, starting at Auto Club Speedway. Zeigler Automotive Group will sponsor the effort. “Spire Motorsports is thrilled to add a young, talented and resourceful racer …

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Aric Almirola Retiring at End of 2022

Aric Almirola NKP

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Aric Almirola will retire at the end of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, he announced Jan. 10. Almirola announced his retirement at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop alongside an event for sponsor Smithfield, according to the Associated Press. He also talked about the retirement in a YouTube video. Almirola has been a full-time driver in the …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Adds SweetLeaf Sponsorship

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. poses on pit road at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: NKP)

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SweetLeaf has joined JTG Daugherty Racing as a sponsor for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2022, JTG announced Jan. 6. The company will adorn Stenhouse’s No. 47 in the NASCAR Cup Series in an undetermined amount of races, beginning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “JTG Daugherty Racing is bringing new sponsors to our sport this season and …

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Rheem Sponsoring Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch in Cup in 2022

Christopher Bell at Phoenix spring race 2021, NKP

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Rheem will return to Joe Gibbs Racing as a sponsor for a 15th season in 2022, JGR announced Jan. 6. The company’s colors adorn the Nos. 18 and 20 of Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell in the NASCAR Cup Series. “Rheem has been a great supporter of mine going from [the NASCAR] Xfinity [Series] to …

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Blake Harris New Crew Chief for Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell poses with his Daytona 500 trophy. Photo NKP

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Michael McDowell‘s new crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 will be Blake Harris, FRM announced Jan. 6. Harris replaces the departing Drew Blickensderfer, who moved to Stewart-Haas Racing earlier this week. His previous role was car chief. He did, however, serve as crew chief for one race in 2020, guiding Martin Truex …

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Ryan Preece Joins SHR as Reserve Driver

Ryan Preece celebrates his first NASCAR Truck win with a woohoo, holding up the guitar at Nashville. Red Hunt Brother Pizza firesuit. NKP

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Ryan Preece has joined Stewart-Haas Racing as a reserve driver in 2022, SHR announced Jan. 6. As part of the arrangement, Preece will fill in for SHR’s drivers in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series on an as-needed basis due to absences such as COVID-19 protocol. He’ll also do simulator work for the team. Additionally, …

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Drew Blickensderfer Crew Chief for Aric Almirola in 2022

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Drew Blickensderfer has joined Stewart-Haas Racing as Aric Almirola‘s crew chief for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, SHR announced Jan. 4. Blickensderfer replaces Mike Bugarewicz, who moves to a performance director role within the team. “With the Next Gen car being brand new, there will be continuous development on it every time it turns …

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Bubba Wallace, Leidos Team for 2022

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Leidos has been added as a primary sponsor for Bubba Wallace in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, 23XI Racing announced Jan. 4. The No. 23 will carry Leidos’ colors first at Circuit of the Americas. According to Leidos’ website, the other races include Dover Motor Speedway and the second events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, …

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NASCAR Announces Horsepower, Rear Spoiler Package for Next Gen Car

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The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season will feature a 4-inch rear spoiler and 670 horsepower at a majority of tracks, NASCAR announced Dec. 21. The news comes after NASCAR concluded a test of its Next Gen Cup car last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It’s been a two-year process,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR evp and chief …

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Mars Departing NASCAR, JGR After 2022

Kyle Busch car 2021 fall playoff Kansas race NKP

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Mars Inc. will depart NASCAR and its sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing after 2022, Sports Business Journal reports. Mars has sponsored Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 entry in the NASCAR Cup Series and has been a partner of JGR since 2008. In all, the company, which has largely utilized the sponsorship to promote its M&Ms brand, has …

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