Every week, NASCAR writer Joseph Passero presents This Week In NASCAR, which briefs the biggest stories from the last week.
BREAKING NEWS: Aric Almirola to Pilot No. 10 Smithfield Ford at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
It was announced early on Wednesday that Aric Almirola would replace Danica Patrick as the driver of the no. 10 Ford at Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola, 33, has driven full-time in the Monster energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2012, when he started with Richard Petty Motorsports sponsored by Smithfield. Just a short time ago, it was announced that Smithfield and Aric Almirola would depart RPM at the end of the season.
Miller Lite, Discount Tire to Sponsor Brad Keselowski In Cup Series
Last Thursday, Team Penske announced that Discount Tire will make the jump from Xfinity Series sponsor to Cup Series sponsor for Brad Keselowski, driver of the no. 2 Ford. Discount Tire will be a primary sponsor for Keselowski for 10 races in 2018, as well as an associate partner for others. Discount Tire has been a primary sponsor of Team Penske’s no. 22 Xfinity Series team since 2010. Miller Lite also announced they would return as a primary sponsor for 11 races in 2018.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. Brings a New Sponsor to NASCAR for the 2018 Daytona 500
On Friday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Click n’ Close, a digital mortgage company, will sponsor Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. in 2018’s season-opening Daytona 500. In addition, Click n’ Close will serve as a primary sponsor for two other races at Phoenix Raceway, and Texas Motor Speedway. Click n’ Close also partnered with NASCAR to become the official mortgage provider of NASCAR.
Matt Kenseth Out of Options, Will Not Drive Full-Time in 2018
At Texas on Friday, Matt Kenseth confirmed that he will step away from full-time NASCAR racing after the conclusion of the 2017 season. Kenseth, 45, has driven in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time since 2000. In his 18 years in the Cup Series, Kenseth has scored 38 career wins, including two Daytona 500 victories as well as the 2003 Cup Series championship. He becomes the fifth big-name driver to step away from NASCAR since 2015, a list that also includes Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.