Every week, NASCAR writer Joseph Passero presents This Week In NASCAR, which briefs the biggest stories from the last week.
Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports Announce Technical Alliance
Last Thursday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that it had reached and accepted a deal to join in a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. One of the deal’s two major outcomes is that Richard Petty Motorsports will operate out of the Richard Childress Racing team shop in Welcome, North Carolina after their lease ends with their current warehouse shop at the end of the year. The other outcome is that Richard Petty Motorsports will switch manufacturers, jumping from Ford to Chevrolet. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. will drive the no. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2018.
Joe Gibbs Racing Rising Stars Land Sponsorship
Last Thursday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they will team up with Rheem will sponsor rising NASCAR stars Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018. The Rheem and Ruud brand names will appear on Bell’s Toyota Camry for 23 races, and they will be a primary sponsor for Preece for 10 races.
Kurt Busch to Return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
After a near half-year-long wait, Kurt Busch has finally confirmed that he will return to Stewart-Haas Racing for 2018. Busch, the defending Daytona 500 champion, has signed a one-year deal to continue driving the no. 41.
John Hunter Nemechek Lands Part-Time Xfinity Ride
John Hunter Nemechek, who has driven the no. 8 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, announced that he will now drive part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Nemechek, 20, will drive the no. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy for a limited amount of races while his family team, NEMCO Motorsports, will continue to field a truck entry in 2018.
Bass Pro Shops Renews and Expands Sponsorship with Richard Childress Racing
Bass Pro Shops, a long-time sponsor of numerous Richard Childress Racing drivers, renewed their sponsorship deal for 2018. Bass Pro will sponsor the Monster Energy Cup team of Ryan Newman as well as the no. 3 Xfinity team for a limited number of races.
Front Row Motorsports Announces 2018 Lineup
Early on Thursday, Front Row Motorsports announced that Michael McDowell would join David Ragan driving the nos. 34 and 38 in 2018. McDowell, who was bumped out of Leavine Family Racing by Kasey Kahne, will now replace Landon Cassill, who drove the no. 34 in 2017.