Cessna named Earnhardt Jr.'s official jet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(February 5, 2016 11:00 PM EST)
JR Motorsports (JRM) and Cessna Aircraft Company announced a new relationship making Cessna the official business jet choice of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As part of the agreement, JRM’s No. 88 Chevrolet will carry the Cessna brand as primary sponsor in six races during NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition in 2016 with drivers Alex Bowman and Cole Custer. Cessna will also receive associate placement on the No. 88 during the two NXS events Earnhardt Jr. will compete in at Texas Motor Speedway (April 8) and Richmond International Raceway (April 23).-JRM
Julia Landauer set to make K&N Pro West debut
Julia Landauer | W54
(February 5, 2016 10:53 PM EST)
Julia Landauer is a member of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
Landauer is set to make her series debut as she begins her rookie season in the No. 54 Toyota Camry. The New York City native, who scored a championship in the Skip Barber Racing series at the age of 14, won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship this past season in the Limited Late Model division at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. Champion crew chief Mario Isola and team manager Jake Koens will head up the effort for this year for the team.-BMR
Todd Gilliland full-time in K&N Pro West
Todd Gilliland | W16
(February 5, 2016 10:46 PM EST)
Todd Gilliland is a member of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
Gilliland will drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry as he embarks on his rookie season in the series. The 15-year-old from Sherrils Ford, North Carolina captured the spotlight in November when he won at Phoenix in his series debut. Crew chief Chris Lawson will join with team manager John Camilleri in calling the strategy and coordinating the work for the team this season.-BMR
Todd Gilliland full-time in K&N Pro West
Todd Gilliland | W16
(February 5, 2016 10:46 PM EST)
Todd Gilliland is a member of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
Gilliland will drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry as he embarks on his rookie season in the series. The 15-year-old from Sherrils Ford, North Carolina captured the spotlight in November when he won at Phoenix in his series debut. Crew chief Chris Lawson will join with team manager John Camilleri in calling the strategy and coordinating the work for the team this season.-BMR
Chris Eggleston defends title with BMR Racing
Chris Eggleston | W50
(February 5, 2016 10:41 PM EST)
Chris Eggleston is one of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion from Erie, Colorado returns to defend his title in the BMR Toyota Camry with sponsorship from NAPA Filters and H2O Fire Protection. His entry will change, however, from No. 99 to No. 50, as part of a special paint scheme to promote and celebrate the 50th anniversary since NAPA Filters introduced its first-ever NAPA-branded product. Champion crew chief Ty Joiner, combined with team manager Bryan Tasnady, will lead the charge for the team in 2016.-BMR
Chris Eggleston defends title with BMR Racing
Chris Eggleston | W50
(February 5, 2016 10:41 PM EST)
Chris Eggleston is one of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion from Erie, Colorado returns to defend his title in the BMR Toyota Camry with sponsorship from NAPA Filters and H2O Fire Protection. His entry will change, however, from No. 99 to No. 50, as part of a special paint scheme to promote and celebrate the 50th anniversary since NAPA Filters introduced its first-ever NAPA-branded product. Champion crew chief Ty Joiner, combined with team manager Bryan Tasnady, will lead the charge for the team in 2016.-BMR
Champion sponsors Enfinger's truck at Daytona
Grant Enfinger | 833
(February 5, 2016 10:30 PM EST)
Champion Power Equipment (Champion) will expand their partnership with GMS Racing in 2016, as the primary sponsor of driver Grant Enfinger for select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events.
Champion, a leading supplier of durable engine products, will kick off the season with Enfinger at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this month. "I am excited to have Champion Power Equipment on board the No. 33 Chevrolet," said 31-year-old Enfinger. "Champion has been a great partner to work with over the past two years."-GMS Racing
Gaulding making ARCA debut with Lira Mtrspts
Gray Gaulding | A38
(February 5, 2016 10:21 PM EST)
Gray Gaulding will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Superspeedway debut with Lira Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, February 13th, 2016.
Gaulding will pilot the No. 38 Krispy Kreme, Ford Performance, MOMO Ford Fusion. The 17-year old from Colonial Heights, VA will turn 18, just three days before the Lucas Oil 200. Veteran Crew Chief and fellow Virginia native, Teddy Brown will call the shots for Gaulding in his ARCA Series debut. This will mark Brown's second season on top the box for Lira Motorsports.-White Gaulding Partners
Kasey Kahne: 17th-best on plate tracks
Kasey Kahne | 5
(February 5, 2016 4:46 PM EST)
Momentum is not always sustainable. Last year Kasey Kahne finished ninth in the Daytona 500, but his next two starts on plate tracks ended well down the order in the 30s. With an average finish of 20.73 in 48 plate races, he sits in the front half of the field, however, at 17th.
One thing that made Kahne a worse-than-normal value in 2015 was the fact that he finished well worse than he started in the final three plate races and that cost fantasy owners place-differential points in games that offered them.
Martin Truex Jr. Superspeedway avg. 21.49
Martin Truex Jr. | 78
(February 5, 2016 4:44 PM EST)
Martin Truex Jr. has the 18th-best average finish among fulltime active drivers on restrictor-plate, superspeedways with a 21.49.
Three of his 10 top-10s came last year and he kicked off the season with an eighth in the Daytona 500. Thirteen of his next 14 attempts after that success ended in the top 10 as well, including a fifth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which underscores the importance of momentum. Truex should be watch closely during Speedweeks.

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