Richard Petty Motorsports releases pit crew coach
Richard Petty Motorsports released longtime pit crew coach Gary Smith effective Monday. We have not heard what the future plans are for RPM's athletic department nor have we heard of another coach replacing Smith. ( UPDATE on 4/26: RPM hired Robb Rogers as Smith's replacement. Rogers has been a professional coach since 1980 and a national lecturer since 1985.) Coach Smith has been around pit road for many years and is very knowledgeable about pit stops. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
Petty family prepares for Ride Across America
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (April 21, 2016) -- For the first time in its history, Kyle Petty will be joined by his three sisters and legendary father during the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, for its 22nd annual motorcycle trek. Petty will ride alongside his sisters, Sharon, Lisa, Rebecca and father, "The King" Richard during the ride presented by Manheim. The ride engages celebrities, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans, and local communities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp for kids with serious health care needs. Petty will lead his wife, father, sisters and his extended "charity ride family" of approximately 200 riders on a route starting in Palm Springs, California on April 30 and ending in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 6. "We've been doing this for over 20 years and I've never had all my sisters and father with me on the ride," said Petty . "So, that makes this ride even more special for our family. We've all been busy doing different things, but this year we were all able to get this on everyone's calendar. Family, friends, having a good time together and making memories is what this ride is all about and having all my sisters and father with us will make the experience that much better. I'm really looking forward to it." The ride will be supported through social media channels by Richard Petty Motorsports , Richard Petty Museum, Petty Family Foundation and Petty's Garage. Fans can visit these respective Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites for photos of the ride along its route. Twenty two years ago, Petty combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles to create the Ride. Since 1995, more than 7,750 riders have logged 11.4 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $16.5 million for Victory Junction and other children's charities. "The Ride continues to be an overwhelming success thanks to the passion and commitment of our riders and sponsors, a majority of which join in the Ride and support the cause year over year," said Petty . "Thanks to their continued support, the Ride has been able to send more than 7,880 children to Victory Junction at no cost their families." Since its inception by Petty and his family in 2004, in honor of his son Adam Petty , Victory Junction has served as the Ride's primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Fans and spectators along the Ride's route may contribute to the "Small Change. Big Impact." program, which accepts donations at local stops. To keep up with Petty and the riders live, follow the Ride and Petty on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and www.facebook.com/kylepetty45 Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and www.instagram.com/kylepetty Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and www.twitter.com/kylepetty For more information about the 22nd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to make a contribution, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com .
Fire contained at Richard Petty Museum, Petty's Garage
A fire earlier Saturday at the longtime location of Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, North Carolina, did only minimal damage to the historical site, according to officials with the organization. The former race shop compound now houses the Richard Petty Museum and Petty's Garage, a high-performance speed and restoration shop. Richard Petty is NASCAR's all-time leader in premier series wins with 200 victories and is one of only two drivers to win seven championships. According to information from the team, the fire was contained to a portion of the building and was quickly under control by local fire responders. TV station WFMY reported on its web site that a call came in at approximately 12:40 p.m. ET. No injuries were reported at the facility, and no cause of the fire was provided. Three-time series champion Lee Petty started Petty Enterprises, originally Petty Engineering, as NASCAR, incorporated in 1948, was just appearing on the scene. As the family-owned Petty organization flourished, what was once nothing more than a single 800-square-foot structure grew as well. Before the organization stopped running its race teams out of the Level Cross location to move closer to Charlotte, North Carolina, the one-room shop had expanded to include 16 additions.
Richard Petty Motorsports
The history of Richard Petty Motorsports and full crews for Aric Almirola and Brian Scott.
Stewart, others to partake in two-day Indy tire test
Tony Stewart , fresh off his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, is among the four drivers scheduled to take part in a two-day Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday and Wednesday. Stewart, who missed the first eight points races of the 2016 season due to a back injury, made his first start of the season in this past weekend's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway . He finished 19th in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. He is currently scheduled to qualify and start this weekend's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) but will turn over the driving duties to NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon at some point during the race. Drivers expected to join the three-time series champion for the Goodyear test on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis track are Aric Almirola (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet). Edwards enters this weekend's race at Talladega with a two-race win streak, having won at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway . Because it is a Goodyear test, the grandstands will not be open. However, fans may view the action from the Turn 2 viewing mounds located adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum. This year's Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' at the Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, July 24 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Richard Petty Motorsports renumbers No. 9 to No. 44
One of Richard Petty Motorsports ' two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will not only have a new driver and crew chief combination for 2016, but it will also feature a change in car number. Officials with the two-team organization announced Monday that it will change its No. 9 team to the No. 44 for the 2016 season. The team features former XFINITY Series driver Brian Scott and crew chief Chris Heroy, both new to the organization. "After the 2015 season, we had an opportunity to make some changes and get the No. 44 back. We felt that it was good timing. We really wanted to get that number back in the Petty family where it really belongs," Richard Petty said Monday. "Brian (Scott) is coming on board, and he really hasn't had a number in the Sprint Cup Series. Everything has just come together to really bring back a Petty tradition. "For us, the numbers are more than just a number, you could say. They really represent our family history, our legacy and everyone who has worked for us or raced for us. We take a lot of pride in that and are glad to have the 44 back home." The RPM lineup also includes driver Aric Almirola in the group's iconic No. 43 Ford. The Petty organization first used the No. 44 in 1954 for a single race with driver Bob Welborn. It wasn't used in a full-time capacity by the organization until '93, following the retirement of seven-time series champion Richard Petty . Petty's No. 43 was renumbered 44 for a single season with driver Rick Wilson behind the wheel. That team returned to its original number, 43, the following year. The last full season a Petty entry featured the No. 44 was 2009 with driver AJ Allmendinger . The group began using the No. 9 as well after merging with Gillett Evernham Motorsports in '09. Entries bearing the No. 44 have won 13 times in NASCAR's premier series, most recently by Terry Labonte (1986) when the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver was competing for car owner Billy Hagan. Cars featuring the No. 9 have won 53 times, including the final four times by RPM drivers Kasey Kahne (2009) and Marcos Ambrose ('11, '12).
Richard Petty gets candid about '16 plans for No. 9 car
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Team co-owner Richard Petty says his Richard Petty Motorsports organization is "still working on what we're going to do with the 9 car," and that he doesn't believe current driver Sam Hornish Jr . will return to the two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for 2016. "Things are looking up (on the sponsorship front)," Petty said Saturday morning in the garage at Phoenix International Raceway "We've got some stuff coming down the pike, but we don't have it corralled yet." RPM currently fields two Sprint Cup Series entries, the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola as well as the No. 9 Ford of Hornish. A Chase for the Sprint Cup participant last season, Almirola failed to make this year's 16-team field. He is 17th in points heading into Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). Hornish, a three-time IndyCar champion and winner of the 2006 Indianapolis 500, has been unable to find success in NASCAR's premier series, managing only three top-five finishes in 165 career starts. He is currently 25th in points. He does have three career victories in NASCAR's XFINITY Series. Asked if Hornish would be back, Petty said, "No, I don't think so." Petty , a seven-time series champion as a driver and winner of a series record 200 races, said funding would be a determining factor in driver selection for the No. 9 entry for '16, but that cutting back to only one team was not a consideration for the organization. "No. We're a two-car team," he said. "We have to look at sponsorship as much as anything. It's a combination deal. We can't just go with a driver and not have the money and we can't go with just the money and not have a driver. It’s going to be interesting." Almirola's team carries primary sponsorship from Smithfield Foods with additional funding for select events from Fresh from Florida, the U.S. Air Force and STP. Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea are the primary partners of the No. 9 of Hornish, while several other groups have sponsorship roles for a smaller number of races.
Richard Petty Motorsports 2016 Team Preview
Richard Petty Motorsports drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott talk about their outlook heading into the 2016 season.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 9 of the 2016 season at Richmond International Raceway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 331 0 -- 2 1 9 2 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 324 -7 -7 1 -1 9 3 Hendrick Motorsports 48 310 -21 -14 3 0 9 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 302 -29 -8 5 1 9 5 Team Penske 22 299 -32 -3 4 -1 9 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 279 -52 -20 7 1 9 7 Hendrick Motorsports 88 278 -53 -1 6 -1 9 8 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 258 -73 -20 9 1 9 9 Team Penske 2 255 -76 -3 8 -1 9 10 Furniture Row Racing 78 246 -85 -9 10 0 9 11 Hendrick Motorsports 24 234 -97 -12 12 1 9 12 Richard Childress Racing 3 234 -97 0 11 -1 9 13 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 224 -107 -10 13 0 9 14 Hendrick Motorsports 5 222 -109 -2 15 1 9 15 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 212 -119 -10 18 3 9 16 Richard Childress Racing 31 205 -126 -7 16 0 9 17 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 204 -127 -1 14 -3 9 18 Roush Fenway Racing 6 196 -135 -8 20 2 9 19 Roush Fenway Racing 17 193 -138 -3 17 -2 9 20 Wood Brothers Racing 21 187 -144 -6 19 -1 9 21 Richard Childress Racing 27 186 -145 -1 21 0 9 22 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 184 -147 -2 22 0 9 23 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 174 -157 -10 23 0 9 24 Roush Fenway Racing 16 167 -164 -7 25 1 9 25 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 165 -166 -2 24 -1 9 26 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 148 -183 -17 26 0 9 27 Germain Racing 13 141 -190 -7 27 0 9 28 Front Row Motorsports 38 140 -191 -1 28 0 9 29 BK Racing 83 134 -197 -6 30 1 9 30 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 131 -200 -3 29 -1 9 31 HScott Motorsports 15 126 -205 -5 31 0 9 32 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 118 -213 -8 32 0 9 33 BK Racing 23 116 -215 -2 34 1 9 34 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 111 -220 -5 33 -1 9 35 Front Row Motorsports 34 97 -234 -14 35 0 9 36 HScott Motorsports 46 87 -244 -10 36 0 9 37 Premium Motorsports 98 62 -269 -25 37 0 9 38 GO FAS Racing 32 61 -270 -1 38 0 9 39 The Motorsports Group 30 34 -297 -27 39 0 9 40 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -305 -8 40 0 1 41 Premium Motorsports 55 11 -320 -15 41 0 4 42 BK Racing 93 5 -326 -6 43 1 2 43 BK Racing 26 3 -328 -2 42 -1 1 44 Front Row Motorsports 35 0 -331 -3 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -331 0 45 0 1
Richard Petty Motorsports sticking with Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports revealed Tuesday at its shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, that Ford will be its manufacturer for the 2016 season and beyond in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Richard Petty Motorsports has been aligned with Ford since 2010. The team will also continue its relationship with Roush Yates Engines and its services agreement with Roush Fenway Racing . Proud to announce @FordPerformance will continue to be our manufacturer in 2016 and beyond. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/oOZCIgOceI — RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) October 6, 2015 "Our relationship with Ford Performance has a history, a present and now a future of winning races and competing for championships," Richard Petty , co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports said in a release provided by the team. "As we took on additional internal responsibilities within our organization over the past 12 months, Dave Pericak and his team at Ford Performance have been with us supporting Richard Petty Motorsports each step of the way. And to know they will continue to be our partner is very important to our combined desire to make RPM a championship caliber organization." Petty and Ford go back quite a ways to the 1969 season, when "The King" scored nine of his 10 wins that year driving a Ford en route to a runner-up finish for the championship. " Richard Petty Motorsports has made steady progress since joining our program, and we're looking forward to seeing them take that next step to being a consistent Chase participant," Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance said in a release. "We feel they have the people in place to achieve that goal, and we're going to do everything we can to provide them the resources to make that happen." RPM is a two-car race team that includes Aric Almirola driving the No. 43 and Sam Hornish Jr . driving the No. 9. Neither driver qualified for the Chase in 2015, although Almirola advanced to the postseason last year after winning the summer race at Daytona. Almirola ranks 18th in points after 29 Sprint Cup Series races this season and Hornish Jr. stands 27th. RPM also fields an entry for Dakoda Armstrong in the XFINITY Series. The driver of the No. 43 Ford is 14th in the series standings. Together, Ford and RPM have teamed up for three wins in the Sprint Cup Series and two wins in the XFINITY Series.