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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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Kris Wright Joining Niece Motorsports

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Kris Wright will move to Niece Motorsports for 2022 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced Dec. 7. Wright will drive the No. 44 full time. “I’m looking forward to joining the Niece Motorsports organization in 2022,” Wright said in a team release.  “I learned a lot last year that I think …

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Hill Motorsports Expanding to 2 Teams

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Hill Motorsports will field two teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022, the team announced Dec. 6. Timmy Hill will pilot the organization’s existing No. 56 full time. The second truck, whose number has not yet been revealed, does not yet have a driver lineup announced, though it’s expected that the schedule …

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Parker Retzlaff Running Limited Xfinity Schedule for RSS

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Parker Retzlaff will debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022 with RSS Racing, RSS announced Dec. 3. Retzlaff is scheduled for at least 10 races in 2022, with his first race at Phoenix Raceway. “This is an incredibly humbling opportunity for me next season,” Retzlaff said in a team release. “I realize this is …

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Tyler Ankrum Joins Hattori

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Tyler Ankrum will drive the No. 16 for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022, HRE announced Dec. 1. Ankrum joins former GMS Racing teammate Chase Purdy in coming to HRE from GMS; Purdy was announced as HRE’s second driver Nov. 30. With the addition of both Ankrum and Purdy, …

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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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