Veteran will drive No. 33 Chevrolet in season finale RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that it has signed second-generation driver Scott Lagasse Jr . to NASCAR Nationwide Series duty for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Lagasse, scheduled to make just his third Nationwide start of the year, will drive the team's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nov. 15 Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). "I'm honored for the opportunity to drive the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet," Lagasse said. "Mr. Childress runs a first-class organization, from his team all the way down to the equipment he provides for them." Nick Harrison will serve as crew chief for the No. 33 effort, which will carry sponsorship from the Florida Department of Transportation's "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" program and the Boy Scouts of America. The car has run on a part-time basis alongside Childress' three full-time teams, fielded for drivers Ty Dillon , Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott . Rookie Cale Conley has driven the No. 33 in 11 races, Paul Menard in seven (including a victory at Michigan in June), and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton in one. The 33-year-old St. Augustine, Florida native is the son of former racer Scott Lagasse, who enjoyed his most successful stint in NASCAR as a full-time competitor in the truck series' inaugural season in 1995. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr . led the most laps during the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, but engine troubles forced him to retire from the race.
Seven of eight Chase drivers participating at site of season finale RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Fresh off a victory at Martinsville Speedway , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and crew chief Steve Letarte are among 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams testing Tuesday and Wednesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Letarte, departing at season's end to move into the broadcast booth with NBC Sports next season, brought along a bit of help in the form of Greg Ives as teams will work on 2015 rules packages as well as setups for the upcoming season-ending race on Nov. 16. Ives is the crew chief for the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet with NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott . He will take over as crew chief for Earnhardt Jr . and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup team next season. Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive," Letarte said that the two-day test would give Ives and his driver a chance to work together without the pressure of a race weekend. "We're going to run a little bit under the 2015 rules," Letarte said. "(Greg) and Dale are going to be working some together today; I'm talking on the radio instead of working on the race car because I want Greg and Dale to really spend some time together and kind of get a leg up. "Then this afternoon about 5 o'clock when the sun starts to go down we'll jump into '14 rules; Dale and I will work hard and we'll probably do the same thing again tomorrow -- when the track is close to (what) we're going to have for the 3:30-4 o'clock start of the upcoming race, we're going to be in our '14 configuration. "When it's not that close, here in the middle of the day, we'll let Greg and Dale work through some plans for next year." The Sprint Cup Series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500 (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN), before stops at Phoenix and Homestead close out the season. "If you're going to go and spend the time and money and effort to go test, to get on the airplane, to go down there … do it right or don't do it at all," he said. "Winning is better than losing, that's what we figured out and there's three more to go and our goal is to win all three." The Martinsville victory was the fourth win of the season for Earnhardt Jr ., who also won the Daytona 500 and swept both races at Pocono Raceway . It was his fifth since being paired with Letarte in 2011. Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne are also participating in the two-day test, as is Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski ( Team Penske ), Greg Biffle , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., and Carl Edwards ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), and Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ). The group includes seven of the eight drivers still battling for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title – Richard Childress Racing 's Ryan Newman is the only Chase driver not in attendance. According to a spokesman for RCR, the organization has already used all four of its tests allowed at NASCAR tracks. "It basically looks like a Chase heat race," Letarte said. "Egos will come out today. We say we're testing, but you don't want to go home the slowest." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Sprint Cup rookie to drive Nationwide No. 5 entry at Phoenix RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today JR Motorsports announced Wednesday that Alex Bowman will return to the seat of its No. 5 Chevrolet for the NASCAR Nationwide Series ' Nov. 8 race at Phoenix International Raceway. Bowman, who claims nearby Tucson as his hometown, made his debut with the Dale Earnhardt Jr .-owned team on Oct. 10, starting seventh and finishing 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway . LINE-X, a producer of spray-on truck bedliners, will serve as primary sponsor. "We were really impressed with how well Alex ran at Charlotte," said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JRM's general manager. "For LINE-X to also see that potential and come on board for Phoenix is exciting for our team. We feel like Alex is going to be a star in the sport and this is a great chance for him to show his talent in one of our cars." The 21-year-old currently drives for BK Racing as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series . In Nationwide Series competition, he has two career pole positions -- both coming at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013 -- and two top-five finishes in 38 career starts. The JR Motorsports No. 5 team has five victories this year -- four with Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title contender Kevin Harvick and one with Sprint Cup regular Kasey Kahne . Josh Berry and Austin Theriault have also driven the No. 5 Chevrolet this season, and Earnhardt Jr . piloted the car, re-numbered to No. 88. Next season, the No. 5 car will be re-numbered for the entire season as the No. 88. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Dale Earnhardt Jr . celebrates a long awaited victory at Martinsville Speedway and a special one for Hendrick Motorsports.
Dale Earnhardt Jr . reflects on his winning pass on Tony Stewart and expresses just how much a Martinsville clock means to him.
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