Veteran driver will pilot No. 44 Toyota full-time, lands sponsor Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Moment TriStar Motorsports announced Tuesday that it has signed veteran driver David Starr to a three-year deal in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Starr returns to the seat of the No. 44 Toyota with primary sponsorship -- also signed through 2017 -- from Zachry Group, a San Antonio-based construction and engineering firm. The team said it intends to contest the entire 33-race schedule starting in 2015. "Words cannot express how excited I am to partner up with Zachry Group for the next three seasons in the NASCAR XFINITY Series," Starr said in a release provided by the team. "It will be an honor and privilege to represent a company with such integrity and commitment to their customers, employees and communities where we work." Starr drove in 14 XFINITY Series races last year -- all but one with the Mark Smith-owned team -- with a best finish of ninth place at Talladega Superspeedway in May. The native Texan is also a four-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has 317 starts. The XFINITY Series is scheduled to open Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway with the Alert Today Florida 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Matthew Dillner and Chuck Bush stroll through the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway as teams prep for the Hisense 300 and a chance to battle in the Dash 4 Cash.
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Stewart-Haas Racing driver paces both sessions at Charlotte RELATED: Final practice results " See all 43 cars at Charlotte Kurt Busch topped final practice for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Busch led the 50-minute session with a fast lap of 188.653 mph. The driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet also topped Saturday's earlier practice session. Kasey Kahne placed second in the session at a speed of 187.052 mph. The driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet has four wins at Charlotte with three coming in the Coca-Cola 600 . Paul Menard (186.987 mph) was third, followed by Greg Biffle (186.942 mph) and polesitter Matt Kenseth (186.780 mph) rounded out the top five. MORE: Kenseth starts on pole Erik Jones spent the latter half of final practice logging laps in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Jones will be on standby for Kyle Busch on Sunday night in case he can't go the full distance. Busch is making his first points-paying start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since suffering a compound fracture of the right leg and a broken left foot in a crash in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. Jones made his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago; he also logged laps in relief of Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway in April. The No. 18 Toyota was 17th in final practice. The standby plan was mentioned on Jones' Twitter feed. Erik will be on standby duty this weekend for @KyleBusch . As a precaution Erik will finish out happy hour on the 18 cup car. — Erik Jones (@erik_jones) May 23, 2015 Sunday's 600-miler is the longest race of the season in the Sprint Cup Series. Second practice " RELATED: Practice 2 results Kurt Busch topped the first of Saturday's two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Busch paced the 55-minute practice session with a fast lap of 192.644 mph. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has just one win at Charlotte, a Coca-Cola 600 victory in 2010. Polesitter Matt Kenseth placed second in the session with a fast lap of 191.680 mph. Kenseth's first premier series win came in this race in 2000. Jimmie Johnson (190.813 mph) came in third, followed by David Ragan (190.550 mph) with Brad Keselowski (190.496 mph) rounding out the top five. Johnson is the defending race winner and has seven career wins at Charlotte, the most all-time. All three of Johnson's wins this season have come on intermediate tracks. Ragan went for a spin off Turn 4 late in practice, making no contact with the wall but going through the grass. The driver of the No. 55 Toyota suffered no real damage to the car and is set to start seventh in Sunday's race. Kyle Busch , who will be making his first points-paying Sprint Cup Series start of the season, finished the session sixth. Points leader Kevin Harvick , who has finished in the top two in all four races at intermediate tracks, placed 30th on the chart. AJ Allmendinger had his share of issues during the practice. The driver of the No. 47 appeared to scrape the wall and was fighting a loose car during the session in which he placed 33rd. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver will be on call in case 'Rowdy' can't go full distance at Charlotte Making his first start in a points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the sport's longest event, Kyle Busch will have a backup plan for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Erik Jones will be on standby for Busch at Charlotte Motor Speedway should the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota not be able to go the full 600 miles. Erik will be on standby duty this weekend for @KyleBusch . As a precaution Erik will finish out happy hour on the 18 cup car. — Erik Jones (@erik_jones) May 23, 2015 Jones even went out and logged some laps during final practice on Saturday but Busch's intent is to run the full race just three months after suffering a compound fracture of the right leg and a broken left foot in a crash during the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. The fact that Jones will serve as a standby driver for Busch comes as little surprise. In his conference call with reporters last week to discuss his return to action ahead of a sixth-place showing in the Sprint All-Star Race, Busch said the 18-year-old would be on standby to fill in as necessary. Three drivers took turns filling in for Busch in the 11 races he missed. Jones made one start at Kansas, while two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton climbed in the No. 18 Toyota at Daytona and David Ragan made nine starts. Jones got some seat time as well at Bristol, filling in for Denny Hamlin , who suffered neck spasms and decided as a precaution not to return to the race after a lengthy rain delay. Sunday's 600 mile race is the longest of the season and the 12th race on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver to join TriStar Motorsports for full XFINITY Series slate TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday morning that Cale Conley will make the jump to a full-time ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. Conley, 22, competed in 11 races last season in the Nationwide Series -- which is transferring title sponsorship to Comcast's XFINITY brand in 2015. His best finish in Richard Childress Racing 's No. 33 Chevrolet was sixth at Kentucky Speedway in September. "I am looking forward to working with people that are excited to work with me and help me mature as a driver and competitor in this series," Conley said. "I am grateful to Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports for being willing to take a chance with me and let me race weekend after weekend after weekend, so I can get one step closer to my ultimate dream of being a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion." TriStar, owned by Mark Smith, fielded 13 drivers in its four-car operation last season, with Mike Bliss , Eric McClure , Blake Koch and Jeff Green making the majority of the starts in the team's Toyotas. Mooresville, North Carolina-based team's best finish was a ninth-place from David Starr at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring. A spokesperson for TriStar said that more announcements regarding the team's driver lineup for 2015 were coming in the next two weeks. Conley brought his rich sprint-car background to NASCAR competition in 2011, gaining experience in the K&N Pro Series before venturing into Nationwide races. The West Virginia native notched his first victory on the K&N circuit at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012. In addition to his growth on the track last season, Conley made waves off the track when he settled a bet with Emma Blaney by wearing a dress . The campaign to add to Conley's Twitter following and the ensuing pictures prompted the social media hashtag #DriverInADress. Conley is scheduled to appear as a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See a timelapse of the No. 8 car getting wrapped Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Blake Koch has picked up primary sponsorship for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday that Koch's No. 8 Toyota Camry will see LeafFilter Gutter Protection serve as the primary sponsor beginning with the Alert Today Florida 300 on Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "There are so many things about LeafFilter that I love," Koch said in a release provided by the team. "First of all the product is amazing and fun to promote because no one likes to clean their gutters and LeafFilter has the solution." "The people behind the scenes of LeafFilter are awesome, and the hundreds of employees that I have met are so excited to be working for LeafFilter and are extremely motivated. Having their support this year is very encouraging and motivating and we are going to do everything it takes to put the No. 8 LeafFilter Toyota Camry in victory lane in Daytona." Last month, TriStar Motorsports announced that Koch will pilot the No. 8 car on a full-time basis. Bruce Cook will serve as the team's crew chief. TriStar Motorsports will field four entries in the XFINITY Series this season. Besides Koch, the driver lineup includes Cale Conley, Mike Bliss and David Starr . You can see a timelapse of the car being wrapped below. &amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;gt; FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " Camping World Truck Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 1 Elliott Sadler Ford Roush Fenway Racing 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 4 Ross Chastain Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford Roush Fenway Racing 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet JR Motorsports 8 Blake Koch Toyota TriStar Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet JR Motorsports 14 Cale Conley Toyota TriStar Motorsports 16 Ryan Reed Ford Roush Fenway Racing 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota Vision Racing 18 Daniel Suarez Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Scott Lagasse Jr./Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 20 Erik Jones/Matt Kenseth Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 22 Ryan Blaney/Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 24 Eric McClure Toyota JGL Racing 25 John Wes Townley/Dylan Lupton Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota JGL Racing 33 Brandon Jones/Austin Dillon/Paul Menard Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 42 Kyle Larson/Brennan Poole/Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 44 David Starr Toyota TriStar Motorsports 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Jeremy Clements Racing 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet Jimmy Means Racing 54 Kyle Busch/Joey Coulter Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 60 Chris Buescher Ford Roush Fenway Racing 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kevin Harvick/Kasey Kahne/Ben Rhodes Chevrolet JR Motorsports 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet King Autosport
David Starr gets turned by the No. 40 off Turn 4 and eventually Chad Boat and Tanner Berryhill pile into the crash.