FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

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FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by AntmanB on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:27 pm

Nationwide owner Jay Robinson forms Cup team: Nationwide Series veteran team owner Jay Robinson will enter into his 12th year in the series and has partnered with Troy Blakeney of Houston, Texas to form Robinson-Blakeney Racing, LLC and will field a Sprint Cup Series car with Toyota as its manufacturer. The new team intends to run full time in both series this year. "I am very excited about our new venture into the Cup series", said team owner Jay Robinson" We have all of the cars and equipment in place. We will be running engines prepared by Race Engines Plus and are hoping to hire a driver very soon." The #28 Nationwide car will continue into the 2012 Season with a variety of drivers throughout the season. Jeff Spraker and his Spraker Racing Enterprises group has been hired to head up the Nationwide efforts. Troy Blakeney, with offices in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas is relatively new to the sport and brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience which will certainly prove to be an asset in the venture. Robinson-Blakeney Racing will run Toyotas from their Monroe N. C. based. The team will soon be announcing their drivers, crew chiefs and sponsorships.(Robinson-Blakeney Racing)(1-16-2011)

David Ragan to Front Row Motorsports: UPDATE: David Ragan, who spent the past five seasons driving for Roush Fenway Racing, will drive for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup series in 2012. An official announcement is scheduled for early next week, sources said. It remains unclear which team Ragan will drive for at Front Row, which fielded Ford teams last season for #34-David Gilliland and #38-Travis Kvapil [and a limited schedule with the #55].(Charlotte Observer)(1-14-2012)
UPDATE: Front Row Motorsports will follow up its best season in the team's young history by bolstering its line-up for 2012, adding race winner David Ragan to drive the #34 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Front Row veteran David Gilliland will build off an impressive 2011 season, returning to the team behind the wheel of the team's second entry, the #38 Ford. Ragan joins Front Row after completing a 2011 season that delivered his first Cup win (Daytona International Speedway in July), two poles, and four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The 26-year-old Unadilla, Ga., native is already a NASCAR veteran, first joining the national stock-car ranks at the age of 18 and quickly ascending to premier-level Sprint Cup racing. His #34 team is locked in to the starting line-up entering the 2012 season, including a guaranteed starting spot in the prestigious Daytona 500 next month. Gilliland returns for his third season with Front Row and his seventh in the Cup series. The 35-year-old Riverside, Calif., native will return to the #38, the number he drove as a Sprint Cup rookie as well as the car he drove in his first season with Front Row. The #38 team is also locked in to the field entering 2012. Last season, Gilliland raced his way to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500 to start off an impressive 2011 run, in which he proved to be a force on superspeedways and road courses. Sponsorship for the Front Row Motorsports entries is being finalized and will be announced soon.(Breaking Limits/Front Row)
AND Jay Guy will be the crew chief for David Ragan and the #34 team, Competition Director Derrick Finley will fill in as crew chief on an interim basis for the #38 team and David Gilliland. The team continues to look for a permanent replacement for former crew chief Peter Sospenzo, who is no longer with the team.(1-16-2012)
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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by RealRacer4 on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Wow. A lot of low-budget teams have been trying to make a move to Sprint Cup in the past couple of weeks or so. I wonder how long most will last before they're out of there? Rolling Eyes

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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by pepsibottle1 on Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:16 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:Wow. A lot of low-budget teams have been trying to make a move to Sprint Cup in the past couple of weeks or so. I wonder how long most will last before they're out of there? Rolling Eyes
Reminds me of the days of privateer F1 teams
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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by RealRacer4 on Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:31 pm

pepsibottle1 wrote:
RealRacer4 wrote:Wow. A lot of low-budget teams have been trying to make a move to Sprint Cup in the past couple of weeks or so. I wonder how long most will last before they're out of there? Rolling Eyes
Reminds me of the days of privateer F1 teams


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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by AntmanB on Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:07 pm

and add Travis Kvapil to the "im looking for a ride" List
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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by PKligBKFan on Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:15 pm

The reason low budget teams are moving to Cup is because running Nationwide is very expensive.
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Re: FRM Names Drivers. Nationwide Owner moves up to Cup

Post by Rykia on Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:10 pm

PKligBKFan wrote:The reason low budget teams are moving to Cup is because running Nationwide is very expensive.

and doesn't pay as much.

Bet Vickers goes to drive for the new team.
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