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JGR co-founder J.D. Gibbs dies at 49

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary behind the stellar career of several NASCAR stars following his death from complications a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Gibbs' death Saturday. He died Friday. Read More...

GMS hires Truck Series champion Moffitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt joined GMS Racing on Thursday in a move that cost another star driver his ride.

The driver carousel began spinning right after Moffitt won the 2018 title in November with Hattori Racing Enterprises. That team had sponsorship struggles all last season and was in danger at times of not making it to the track. Even after winning the title, the team still needed a driver that brought financial backing so Moffitt was let go and replaced by Austin Hill. Read More...

Suarez gets second shot with SHR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Daniel Suarez will hit a reset on his career, getting a second chance to prove he can win at NASCAR's top level.

Pushed out of a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the top teams in the sport, Suarez found a soft landing at Stewart-Haas Racing. The SHR four-driver lineup combined for 12 victories last season and claimed half the spots in the round of eight in the playoffs. Read More...

Truex to keep Bass Pro Shops as sponsor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. landed Bass Pro Shops as sponsor for 24 races this season with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Bass Pro first partnered with Truex in 2001 and was on his car when he won the 2017 Cup Series championship with Furniture Row Racing. That team folded at the end of November because another sponsor left NASCAR and Furniture Row could not replace the funding. Read More...

Ganassi forced to shut down Xfinity team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Chip Ganassi Racing has shuttered its Xfinity Series team because of a sponsorship issue that arose after the FBI raided DC Solar's headquarters and the home of the company owner.

The Ganassi team won six races last season with three different drivers and had committed to a full season in 2019 with Ross Chastain, a watermelon farmer who caught the eye of DC Solar owner Jeff Carpoff. It was Carpoff who pushed to get Chastain a chance in good equipment, and Chastain won his first career Xfinity race in September at Las Vegas in a Ganassi car. Read More...

Bristol hopes upgrade brings big races

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Bristol Motor Speedway has a deal with the group that runs racing at Nashville's historic short track trying to bring NASCAR races back to Music City.

Terms of the agreement announced Wednesday were not announced and still must be approved by the Metro Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners. Read More...

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