Last minute trades are the norm for stick and ball sports; in motor racing, not so much.
Both The Motorsports Group and Premium Motorsports announced they will be utilizing drivers not originally entered for this weekend’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Jeff Green, originally entered in TMG’s No. 30, will be replaced by Travis Kvapil, while Brendan Gaughan has been replaced in his No. 62 by Reed Sorenson.
Kvapil will be pulling double-duty this weekend, as he is already entered in the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 Thursday night. In Saturday’s Cup race, he will be sponsored by Curtis Key Plumbing. He has previous experience in a Cup car at Kentucky, something Green didn’t have and may have played a role in the substitution.
The announcement that Gaughan would be replaced by Sorenson is peculiar due to the fact that Gaughan has had success at Kentucky in the Xfinity Series and Truck Series, winning the NXS race at the track last fall. He has struggled in the Cup Series this season, only qualifying for 50% of races attempted.
Sorenson will attempt to shake down the car and try to equal his finish in last year’s Quaker State 400, where he finished 27th.
In the event that qualifying is rained out, Kvapil would miss the race.
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