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Greg Davis
Greg is a Frontstretch rookie in 2014, filling in for various columnists while contributing to our free e-newsletter weekly as a news reporter. Armed with an extensive marketing background, Greg focuses on the business side of racing and how financial partnerships are affecting the sport. He and his family reside in southern Connecticut.
After Victory for the No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports to Remain with Ford

After Victory for the No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports to Remain with Ford

Aric Almirola’s historic victory at Daytona on a rain-shortened Sunday for the Coke Zero 400 was monumental for more reasons than securing the No. 43’s first Sprint Cup victory since 1999. The win also was the third in a row for Ford, a manufacturer that had its struggles with speed earlier this season. Getting the No. 43 back to victory circle was huge, but so was getting Ford another victory this season, the first time they’ve had three in a ... Read More »

Athenian Motorsports to field NCWTS Team for John Wes Townley Remainder of ‘14

Athenian Motorsports to field NCWTS Team for John Wes Townley Remainder of ‘14

After it was first announced on Monday that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, John Wes Townley had parted ways with Wauters Motorsports, Townley will run the No. 05 fielded through Athenian Motorsports for the remainder of 2014. According to a statement released from Athenian Motorsports, Townley and the No. 05 truck will still have primary sponsor Zaxby’s onboard the machine, and will be entered into the upcoming American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ... Read More »

NASCAR Exploring Possible Changes to ‘Souvenir Row’ at Tracks

As originally reported by Tripp Mickle of the Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business Daily, NASCAR is currently evaluating making changes to the merchandise and shopping experience at tracks nationwide. For decades, fans have flocked to ‘Souvenir Row’ at the tracks they visit and purchased their favorite driver’s newest gear from the side of a hauler painted to look like the same transporter that is carrying the Sprint Cup car of that driver. This almost iconic part of race weekends may ... Read More »

MWR & RCR Sprint Cup Teams Will Test at New Hampshire Tuesday and Wednesday

MWR & RCR Sprint Cup Teams Will Test at New Hampshire Tuesday and Wednesday

The NASCAR Sprint Cup teams at both Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing are testing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH today and tomorrow in preparation for next week’s Camping World RV Sales 301. Brian Vickers and the No. 55 Toyota are defending race winners, and are still looking for the team’s first win of the season, making this trip to New England an important one. The other drivers for MWR have had success at the ‘Magic ... Read More »

NASCAR Hall of Fame Unveils New Rockin’ and Racin’ Exhibit Today

NASCAR Hall of Fame Unveils New Rockin’ and Racin’ Exhibit Today

A new exhibit launches at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC today. “Rockin & Racin’” makes its debut at the Hall, as the exhibit explores the relationship between music – whether it be rock, rap or country – and the sport of NASCAR over the years. The special exhibit will take a look at music in the sport, from those who have used NASCAR sponsorships to promote it, to performances at the track and more. The exhibit ... Read More »

ESPN Cancels NASCAR Now

ESPN Cancels NASCAR Now

Announced Monday, ESPN has canceled their weekday, 30-minute NASCAR program NASCAR Now which has run on the network since 2007. ESPN, which is ending its deal to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series and select Sprint Cup races at the end of the 2014 season, is now left with no NASCAR-specific programming. For the past couple of seasons, NASCAR Now has aired in the early AM hours, without a fixed time slot, making it very difficult to generate a regular audience. “We will continue to present ... Read More »

Home Depot to Leave NASCAR, Gibbs After 2014 Season

Home Depot to Leave NASCAR, Gibbs After 2014 Season

As first reported on Monday by Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal’s Sport Business Daily, longtime NASCAR sponsor, The Home Depot will be leaving the sport after their contract expires with Joe Gibbs Racing for sponsorship of their No. 20 Toyota Camry at the end of this season. Home Depot, which splits the primary sponsorship of the No. 20 car with retailer Dollar General, only had the brand on the hood of the race car for 11 out of 38 ... Read More »

Tire Testing at Indy Today

Tire Testing at Indy Today

Goodyear and NASCAR continue testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today for the upcoming Brickyard 400 on July 27th. Tire testing began on Monday and several veteran Sprint Cup Series drivers and teams were a part of it. Participating in the testing sessions are the No. 14 of  Tony Stewart of Stewart Haas Racing; Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team for Richard Childress Racing; Joey Logano and the No. 22 team for Penske Racing; the No. 16 Ford run by Greg Biffle for Roush Fenway Racing; ... Read More »

Comcast And NASCAR In Talks For NNS Title Sponsorship Deal

Comcast And NASCAR In Talks For NNS Title Sponsorship Deal

As first reported by Tripp Mickle of the Sports Business Journal, NASCAR is in “advanced talks” with Comcast Xfinity for title sponsorship of what currently is the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Nationwide Insurance title sponsorship ends after this season, as the brand has chosen to sponsor Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 Sprint Cup car instead, as well as become an associate-level backer of the sport. According to the SBJ article, discussions between the sanctioning body and Comcast have been developing for ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: It’s Really Anyone’s Race This Weekend In St. Louis

Truckin’ Thursdays: It’s Really Anyone’s Race This Weekend In St. Louis

After a brief hiatus, the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. Since the first Truck Series event at the 1.25-mile oval, back in 1998, the only past winner of the race who is still a series regular is Ron Hornaday, Jr. It will be interesting to see if the 55-year-old, four-time series champion will have an advantage when he ... Read More »