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David Ragan Headshot

Online lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com will return to the No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018, partnering with driver Ragan for four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Seth Barbour will lead Ragan's No. 38 team in 2018. Barbour has been named crew chief for the team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 team in 2017, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.

The 1000Bulbs.com sponsorship will extend it's current relationship with the No. 38 team. They'll pick up four events on Ragan's Ford in the upcoming season. Additionally, Ragan has been paired with Barbour in the new season. The duo worked together at the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 team a few years ago. It should be a good combination and pay dividends right away.
Jan 19 1:15 pm (EST)
Danica Patrick Headshot

GoDaddy said it will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming "Danica Double" that will close out her racing career, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reports.

This is good news for Patrick, who has struggled to find a ride for both the Daytona 500 and Indy 500. She will renew relations with former sponsor GoDaddy to help secure those starts. Bringing a sponsor to the table significantly increases her chances of working out a deal with any team to compete in these two events.
Jan 18 12:59 pm (EST)
Brad Keselowski Headshot

Horizon Global Corporation has joined Team Penske with a new multi-year partnership beginning in 2018. Horizon Global towing and trailering brands REESE® and Draw-Tite® will serve as primary sponsors for the No. 2 Ford Fusion driven by Keselowski in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, Team Penske PR reports.

Horizon will serve as primary sponsor on Keselowski's No. 2 Ford at Martinsville Speedway in March and Richmond International Raceway in September. They will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor of the team. This is good news for the NASCAR veteran as the support will help fill out the full schedule on the team's Ford.
Jan 17 12:45 pm (EST)
Jamie McMurray Headshot

After partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing for three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, DC Solar is moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2018 season as a primary partner with both Kyle Larson and McMurray, chipganassiracing.com reports.

DC Solar will continue it's Xfinity Series sponsorship with CGR, but they'll add several dates between Larson and McMurray in the Cup Series. McMurray is coming off another good season, and his third-consecutive appearance in the Chase for the Cup. His 17 Top-10 finishes were his best mark since the 2004 season. He's poised to have another great season with Chip Ganassi.
Jan 17 12:01 pm (EST)
Paul Menard Headshot

Wood Brothers Racing announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford, woodbrothersracing.com reports.

This is pretty big news for this single car team. Wood Brothers has been trying to secure a charter ever since NASCAR went to this system. The charter guarantees Menard and the team a starting position in every Monster Energy Cup Series race. It will provide further competitive stability for this team and veteran driver.
Jan 16 12:23 pm (EST)
Kyle Busch Headshot

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that owner-driver Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2018, Kyle Busch Motorsports PR reports.

Busch will race twice in the No. 4 Toyota and three times in the No. 51 Toyota. He'll have sponsorship from Textron Aviation and promote their Cessna and Beechcraft brands with his color schemes. Busch is second all-time in truck series victories with 49, so he's a threat to win every time he gets behind the wheel.
Jan 12 2:25 pm (EST)
Kyle Larson Headshot

Larson went back to victory lane on the opening night of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The NASCAR star drove to a commanding victory in Tuesday night's opening night of the Super Bowl of Midget Racing. The win automatically advanced Larson into the 55-lap Saturday night main event at the Tulsa Expo Center, the Associated Press reports.

Larson's win secures him a spot in the 24-entry main feature this Saturday night. With over 350 drivers competing for a spot in the feature, it's an impressive feat to advance. Larson has superb driving skill on the dirt, so he'll be one of the favorites to take home the Golden Driller award.
Jan 10 12:05 pm (EST)
Kasey Kahne Headshot

After a missing last year's Chili Bowl Nationals, Kahne is thrilled to be heading to Tulsa again. He will pilot the No. 67 Take 5 Oil Change midget prepared by his cousin, Willie Kahne, in the first of many open-wheel opportunities for the driver and World of Outlaws team owner in 2018, motorsport.com reports.

Kahne loves Sprint Car racing, maybe more than competing in NASCAR. Previous boss, Rick Hendrick, wasn't too complicit in letting Kahne compete in the wild dirt action. It looks like Kahne has worked out a deal with his new boss, Leavine Family Racing, to compete in 20-30 World of Outlaws events this season.
Jan 08 1:25 pm (EST)
Danica Patrick Headshot

As the 60th running of the Daytona 500 is fast approaching, Patrick is still searching for a ride in "The Great American Race" and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" on Thursday to discuss how those plans are unfolding, Kickin the Tires reports.

"I thought it was going to be a quicker process, but you can't rush things," Patrick said. "I'm a big believer more and more all the time of letting things flow and just letting things take shape in the way that they would." Patrick would have liked to run both events with the same race team, and that would narrow it down to Penske and Ganassi only. She has failed to reach a deal with either organization, so prospects are slimming quite a bit. With the Daytona 500 fast approaching, Patrick's options are shrinking by the day.
Jan 05 10:30 am (EST)
Kyle Busch Headshot

Mars Wrigley Confectionary will continue activating its M&M's Caramel line in NASCAR this year after what it viewed as a successful rollout in '17. The company is the primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota driven by Busch, and it has tweaked the lead brand it activates in NASCAR over the years, Sports Business Daily reports.

M&M's will continue their long relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing and Busch in 2018. They will continue to use the M&M's Caramel brand on the team's Toyota Camry. Busch will once again challenge for the championship in the upcoming season, and along with that bring lots of social media buzz and exposure to his corporate sponsors.
Jan 04 12:30 pm (EST)
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