2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Owner Car # Points Ldr Behind leader Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff points Attempts 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 184 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 Hendrick Motorsports 24 171 -13 -13 0 1 1 4 3 Furniture Row Racing 78 153 -31 -18 1 2 7 4 4 Team Penske 2 143 -41 -10 1 0 5 4 5 Team Penske 22 135 -49 -8 0 1 1 4 6 Wood Brothers Racing 21 127 -57 -8 0 0 0 4 7 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 119 -65 -4 0 0 0 4 8 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 113 -71 -6 0 3 3 4 9 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 105 -79 -8 1 0 5 4 10 Hendrick Motorsports 5 105 -79 0 0 0 0 4 11 Richard Childress Racing 31 101 -83 -4 1 0 5 4 12 Roush Fenway Racing 6 100 -84 -1 0 0 0 4 13 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 97 -87 -3 0 1 1 4 14 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 97 -87 0 0 0 0 4 15 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 97 -87 0 0 0 0 4 16 Hendrick Motorsports 48 93 -91 -4 0 0 0 4 17 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 90 -94 -3 0 0 0 4 18 Furniture Row Racing 77 82 -102 -8 0 0 0 4 19 Richard Childress Racing 27 78 -106 -4 0 0 0 4 20 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 72 -112 -6 0 0 0 4 21 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 72 -112 0 0 0 0 4 22 Roush Fenway Racing 17 71 -113 -1 0 0 0 4 23 Hendrick Motorsports 88 70 -114 -1 0 0 0 4 24 Germain Racing 13 68 -116 -2 0 0 0 4 25 Richard Childress Racing 3 66 -118 -2 0 0 0 4 26 Leavine Family Racing 95 62 -122 -4 0 0 0 4 27 GO FAS Racing 32 56 -128 -6 0 0 0 4 28 Front Row Motorsports 34 55 -129 -1 0 0 0 4 29 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 52 -132 -3 0 0 0 4 30 TriStar Motorsports 72 50 -134 -2 0 0 0 4 31 Premium Motorsports 15 48 -136 -2 0 0 0 4 32 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 39 -145 -9 0 0 0 4 33 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 39 -145 0 0 0 0 4 34 Front Row Motorsports 38 37 -147 -2 0 0 0 4 35 Beard Motorsports 175 26 -158 -11 0 0 0 1 36 Circle Sport / TMG 33 21 -163 -5 0 0 0 4 37 BK Racing 23 19 -165 -2 0 0 0 4 38 BK Racing 83 18 -166 -1 0 0 0 4 39 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 17 -167 -1 0 0 0 1 40 Rick Ware Racing 51 7 -177 -10 0 0 0 4 41 Premium Motorsports 55 7 -177 0 0 0 0 4 42 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -183 -6 0 0 0 1
Ty Dillon to drive No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy in 2017
Germain Racing announced Monday that Ty Dillon will jump full-time into NASCAR's premier series next season, taking the reins of its No. 13 Chevrolet. Dillon replaces Casey Mears , who had driven the No. 13 GEICO-sponsored entry since the second half of the 2010 season. The 24-year-old Dillon has made 18 Sprint Cup starts over the last three years, including a relief stint for the injured Tony Stewart during the early stages of last season. In a Monday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR's Radio's "The Morning Drive" program, Dillon indicated that an agreement with Germain Racing came together earlier in the year. The challenge, he said, was staying mum until this week. "The questions kept coming and coming," Dillon told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "The cool thing is that I knew what I was doing; I just didn't say anything. It's kind of like having an awesome secret that you want everyone to know, but you kind of had to hold it back. I guess all good things are worth waiting for. I'm just excited for what's to come."
Ty Dillon to drive for Germain Racing in 2017
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman gets you caught up on the news about Ty Dillon replacing Casey Mears in the No. 13 in NASCAR's Premier series for Germain Racing in 2017.
Casey Mears inks extension with Germain Racing
Driver will return to the No. 13 Chevrolet in 2016 Casey Mears has signed a contract extension to keep him with Germain Racing for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Mears, 37, has been with Germain Racing since late in the 2010 season. During that time, he has one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes, all of which have come at restrictor-plate tracks. "I'm really happy to announce that Casey Mears is back in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS next year," team owner Bob Germain Jr. said in a release provided by the team. "He's been an integral part of the team's growth and success over the past 5 years and I am confident he can continue to help us move forward and reach our goals. We've come a long way as a team, and assembled a group of extremely talented people who enjoy working together. As the team owner, that's really the thing I'm most proud of. And, of course, the long term support of GEICO has given us the stability we needed to make it all happen." In his fifth full-time season with Germain , Mears is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. "It's really exciting to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS again in 2016," Mears said in a team release. "I think that it's been a long time in the making here at Germain Racing , being competitive at the Cup level. It's been a long process to get the GEICO program to where we are now. We are finally starting to see some of the benefits from all the hard work from the last four or five years. I'm very excited to carry on the GEICO relationship and to be a part of Germain Racing 's continued growth." In his 13 seasons in the sport's top series, Mears has one win, which came in 2007 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 with Hendrick Motorsports . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Germain Racing extends deals with Mears, GEICO
Casey Mears and Germain Racing have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep Mears in the No. 13 Chevrolet through 2018, the team announced Thursday. GEICO also extended its relationship with Germain Racing to be the vehicle's primary sponsor through 2018. GEICO has been a primary sponsor with the team since its inception in 2009. "This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said in a team release. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the race track." Mears has piloted the car full time since the 2011 season, notching one top five and five top 10s during that span. He currently sits 22nd in the points standings with two races remaining in the 2015 season. If it holds, it would be his best finish with Germain Racing .
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NASCAR: No penalties for Busch, Logano post-Vegas
RELATED: Busch, Logano mix it up " Logano reaches out to Busch Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and their respective crews will not face punishment for their post-race actions following Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following contact on the final lap while both were running in the top five, Busch's No. 18 Toyota spun across the start/finish line to a 22nd-place finish. Busch and Logano were involved in a heated confrontation post-race on pit road. Crew members from the No. 18 (Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing team) and the No. 22 (Logano's Team Penske team) quickly got involved before being separated by NASCAR officials. "After a full review of multiple videos and discussions with both competitors and their respective race teams, we felt Sunday's post-race incident does not warrant any further action," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "NASCAR was built on the racing that took place on the final lap by two drivers battling for position. The emotions of our athletes run high, and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are two of the most passionate and competitive drivers in the sport. Both competitors are very clear on our expectations going forward and we will be meeting with them in person prior to practice on Friday in Phoenix." MORE: Schedule for Phoenix " Hamlin confident JGR's slow start is nearing end Logano told FS1's "NASCAR Race Hub" on Tuesday that he and Busch have spoken since the incident. "We've spoken," Logano said. "Obviously, we didn't speak much there, so I got a chance to call him up earlier today to be able to talk to him a little bit and at least tell my side of the story. We're going to have two sides to the story like there is all the time, but really the bottom line is we're two passionate race car drivers. We're two of the best in the sport that are going to go for wins that are aggressive and we collided." TWO LUG NUT PENALTIES ASSESSED NASCAR assessed lug nut penalties to two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams on Wednesday. Both the race-winning No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team (for driver Martin Truex Jr.) and the No. 13 Germain Racing team (for driver Ty Dillon) were penalized for lug nuts not properly installed following Sunday's Kobalt 400. In accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book, the crew chiefs (No. 78: Cole Pearn, No. 13: Robert "Bootie" Barker) for the teams were each fined $10,000. RELATED: Learn more about the updated deterrence system
$1 million bonus again attainable in Dash 4 Cash
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Phoenix MORE: Dash 4 Cash 101 It is a decidedly different venue and slightly different format, but the opportunity remains the same -- the chance to earn a $100,000 bonus and move one step closer to a potential $1 million payoff. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program makes its Phoenix Raceway debut this weekend with Saturday's DC Solar 200 (4 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). It's the ninth year of the four-race program that rewards the highest-finishing series regular in each race with a $100,000 bonus. Should the same driver finish highest in all four D4C races, he would pocket an additional $600,000 bonus for a $1 million total -- the $600,000 bonus officially was confirmed Tuesday night. Three of this year's four Dash 4 Cash races will be contested at venues that have hosted XFINITY Series events since the series' inaugural 1982 season -- Bristol, Richmond and Dover. Phoenix has been a series staple since '99 and replaces Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a D4C race this season. "For me in particular I think it's great," Justin Allgaier, one of four drivers for JR Motorsports and the most recent Dash 4 Cash winner, told NASCAR.com Tuesday. "I've been very fortunate that of the race tracks we go to, 1-mile ovals are definitely kind of my advantages I would say. "But the other part of it is that it's just a great place, right? It's fan-friendly, it's fun to race on; it's one of those places where you can actually battle somebody wheel-to-wheel and run multiple laps side by side and really not affect your day. Some race tracks you go to you can race side-by-side but you're better off just to get in line and go. Phoenix is one of those places that kind of warrants itself to two and three lanes and different approaches. "So from a series standpoint I think it's great but from a Justin Allgaier standpoint I think it's even better." Allgaier snapped up the $100,000 bonus in the final D4C event last season, at Indianapolis. Unlike last year when the four D4C-eligible drivers were determined based on finishing positions in two heat races, this year the four qualifiers will be based on finishing positions in the first two stages of each D4C race. With race and playoff points already up for grabs at the conclusion of each stage, the opportunity to earn a D4C berth will make stage finishes even more important if not necessarily any more tense. "In some ways as drivers we're already racing for everything we've got to get those (stage) points," Allgaier said. "... I don't know that it gives you any more or less pressure. You know you're going to have to push as hard as you can. And hope, hope, hope that you're in a good spot there. That's no different to me whether it's a Dash 4 Cash race, last weekend in Las Vegas or two weeks from now at Auto Club ... it's the same pressure to put yourself in the top 10." Competitors with five or more years of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series experience, and not competing for XFINITY Series points, are not eligible to compete in Dash 4 Cash events. While that eligibility requirement excludes drivers such as Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., two of last year's D4C race winners, there will be Monster Energy Series drivers in Saturday's race. Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing ) and Ty Dillon ( Germain Racing ) will compete for RCR; Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing ) and Erik Jones (Furniture Row Racing ) will compete for JGR while Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing ) will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske. Fifteen drivers have won one or more D4C bonuses with Elliott Sadler, Regan Smith and Austin Dillon topping the list at three apiece. No driver has swept all four races to cash out with the $1 million bonus. "What XFINITY and Comcast do for our sport in general, whether it's just XFINITY or all of NASCAR, is just incredible," Allgaier said. "To see the amount of time and effort and energy and resources that they put into this sport is absolutely amazing. "I think this program couldn't happen in a better series and I hope they keep going with it because it's been really cool."
Leavine Family Racing , Circle Sport merge for full slate
RELATED: See the changes for the 2016 CONCORD, N.C. (January 21, 2016) -- Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will join forces with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). In addition, the race team will enter into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and will make the switch to run Chevrolet SS race cars powered by ECR Engines this race season. Veteran driver Michael McDowell , who is entering his third season driving for Leavine Family Racing , will be the primary driver and compete in at least 26 NSCS races in 2016. RCR driver Ty Dillon , who finished third in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship, will pilot the team's entry for the remaining NSCS races. Specific races for each driver are being determined but both drivers will enter the Daytona 500 . Leavine Family Racing team owner Bob Leavine has been preparing to take the team from a partial schedule to the full series schedule since the team’s inception. The 2016 season proved to be the perfect time to make the leap, thanks in part to the new alliance with Joe Falk's Circle Sport Racing team and technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing . "The manufacturer and alliance switch provides our team with the best opportunity to improve on-track performance and to create long-term sustainability," said Leavine. "This was the right time for us to make this change. We have been turning over every stone looking for the right plan for our team and our people in 2016, and we've finally found a great fit that's going to help us continue to grow both on the track and as an organization." Joe Falk, owner of Circle Sport Racing , had been an owner in NASCAR starting in the late 1990's. Circle Sport competed in its first race in 2012 and has been associated with Richard Childress Racing during that time. "I'm happy to be working with Bob (Leavine) and the team to combine our efforts for a successful 2016 and beyond," said Falk. "We've put together a top notch program obtaining all cars and engines from RCR." McDowell is entering his ninth season as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is scheduled to make his 200th start in 2016. “This is a big step for our competition program,” said McDowell. “The technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing is a huge asset to our growing team and we’ll have access to some of the top equipment in the Cup Series. This type of alliance has worked really well for single-car teams such as JTG Racing and Germain Racing in the past and I’m excited about what we’re going to be able to do in 2016.” Primary sponsorship of the No. 95 Chevrolet SS will include Thrivent Financial, K-LOVE Radio and Cheerios Brand. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing is seeking additional sponsorship to fill out the season. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing will kick off their first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2016.
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