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NASCAR Rumor Roundup

(When Silly Season Never Ends)


Martin Truex Jr. & Cole Pearn

OUT!:  #78 Furniture Row Racing

IN?:  #19 Joe Gibbs Racing


Daniel Suarez

OUT!:  #19 Joe Gibbs Racing

IN?:  #95 Leavine Family Racing


Jamie McMurray

OUT!:  #1 Chip Ganassi Racing

IN?:  Chip Ganassi Racing organizational position


Kurt Busch

OUT!:  #41 Stewart-Haas Racing

IN?:  #1 Chip Ganassi Racing


Matt DiBenedetto

OUT!:  #32 Go Fas Racing

IN?:  #1 Junior Motorsports Xfinity team


Rusty Wallace is Thrilled

Rusty Wallace was thrilled to see one of his paint schemes make its way to Victory Lane with Brad Keselowski behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford.


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Possibility of Truex Jr Moving to Joe Gibbs Racing

According to SportsBusiness DAILY, Furniture Row Racing’s talks to sell its assets to G-M-S Racing have broken down – creating the possibility that 2017 Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Junior may move to Joe Gibbs Racing as the replacement for Daniel Suarez in the team’s Number-19 Toyota.

S-B-D’s reporting would have Suarez moving over to Leavine Family Racing as the replacement for Kasey Kahne, who recently announced that the 2018 season would be his last as a full-time driver.  Last month,

5-hour ENERGY informed Furniture Row Racing and Truex that it would end its sponsorship at the conclusion of the current campaign.  The Michigan-based company has been a NASCAR team sponsor for nearly ten years, the last two of which they’ve been associated with F-R-R … Truex is among forty-one drivers on the preliminary entry list for Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and one of twelve drivers who have clinched 2018 playoff berths.

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Road America NASCAR Race Recap

Justin Allgaier once again demonstrated his growing prowess as an expert road racer on Saturday, charging to the front of the field in the final stage and leading the last seven laps at Road America to record his fourth win of the season.  After opening the month with a third-place finish at Watkins Glen International, Allgaier was victorious the next weekend at Mid-Ohio.  With Saturday’s win, he’s now climbed into first place in the point standings with just three races left before the playoffs open next month at Richmond Raceway.  The regular-season champion will receive a fifteen-point bonus that’ll carry throughout the entire seven-race championship series.  Allgaier’s margin of victory was five-point-four seconds over runner-up Matt Tifft.  Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Elliott Sadler completed the top five.  Rookie Christopher Bell entered the weekend atop the point standings but slipped to second after a twenty-third-place finish in the race, starting fifth but failing to lead a lap despite top-five finishes in each of the first two stages … Allgaier finished ninth and fifth in the first two stages, leading a race-high fourteen laps in his Junior Motorsports Chevrolet en route to his ninth series victory.  He’s the ninth different winner in the nine races run on the four-mile road course since the series debuted there in 2010 … In the two-man battle for the final playoff spot, Ross Chastain reclaimed the seven points he lost last weekend to Michael Annett.  On Saturday, Chastain finished seventh – five spots ahead of his chief rival – and once again leads Annett by forty-nine.

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Matt Kenseth Looks to “Haul Buns” at Darlington

Oscar Mayer continues to go to great heights and great lengths to feed people’s love of meat. And now, Oscar Mayer is going to new speeds—becoming the official primary sponsor of Matt Kenseth’s No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 2.

“We’re proud to sponsor an iconic driver and storied racing program in Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Matt Riezman, Brand Manager for Oscar Mayer. “NASCAR is a sport loved by our fans, and just like we stand by our promise of quality meats, we’re excited to stand by Matt and the No. 6 car as he drives miles of smiles at Darlington Raceway – just as we have with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.”

Kenseth’s No. 6 Ford Fusion will now join the brand’s iconic WienerFleet as an honorary vehicle, accompanying the Wienermobile…a 27 foot-long hot dog on wheels…WienerRover, WienerMini, WienerCycle, WienerDrone and the most recent addition, Super Hotdogger – the world’s first-ever JetPack-powered hot dog hero whose mission is to get a better Oscar Mayer hot dog in every hand.

Oscar Mayer served as an associate partner at Roush Fenway Racing in the early 2000s and was featured on both Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford and Kurt Busch’s No. 97 Ford, when NASCAR Hall-of-Fame owner Jack Roush led his stable to back-to-back Cup championships in 2003 and 2004.

“It’s great to have Oscar Mayer back on board,” said Kenseth. “Oscar Mayer was a great partner at Roush for many years in the early 2000s, so this is a nice throwback to those days. The Southern 500 is one of my favorite events of the season. There’s a lot of history at Darlington, and the industry does a great job of celebrating that during the weekend.”

Kenseth, who came out of retirement this year, “hot-dogged” his way to victory lane at the Southern 500 in 2013 and has 12 top-10 finishes and a pole in 24 starts at Darlington. He finished sixth in his last two Southern 500 starts and he drove to a sixth-place finish in his last start for Roush Fenway Racing at Darlington in 2012.
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NASCAR’s Brian France Arrested for Intoxication & Drug Possession

NASCAR Chairman Brian France has been arrested in New York’s Hamptons for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.

He was arrested around 7:30 pm Sunday and held overnight.  France was arraigned Monday and released.  There was no immediate comment from an attorney or the family.

NASCAR says it takes France’s arrest “as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”

Police say the 56 year old was stopped after his 2017 Lexus blew through a stop sign.  They say officers saw indications that France was intoxicated and found the pills during a sebsequent search.

France has been CEO of the family-founded racing organization since 2003.