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  1. Landon Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018, according to Jeff Gluck. Cassill's time hasn't been the greatest experience. Since coming on board with FRM in 2016, Cassill's stats are: 66 Races 14 Lead-lap Finishes Best Finish: 11th (Talladega, Spring 2016) 32 Laps Led (20 in 2016, all at the Spring Bristol Race) 6 DNFs (5 in 2017) Avg Finish: 26th Not the best stats. It's not entirely his fault, as FRM is a pretty underfunded team despite some of the most loyal sponsors in the sport. I think we can rule out Danica and Kenseth taking over the 34, as both are looking for "competitive" rides. One name that was thrown out on social media was Michael McDowell, who could bring in K-LOVE as a sponsor, though I'm not sure how committed their relationship is with Leavine Family and the 95 (K-LOVE seems to fit McDowell much more than they would with Kahne, though).
  2. Here's an update on the Subway situation. Seems like they were looking around at other teams, and found an excuse to leave. Now I hope Dunkin Donuts comes on just because of this.
  3. Subway abruptly ends it's sponsorship with Daniel Suarez: http://jeffgluck.com/daniel-suarez-subway-sponsorship-joe-gibbs-racing/
  4. I was at the race last night and let me tell ya, there isn't a single bad seat in the house. My dad and I sat in the Yarborough section right at the exit of Turn 2 and we could see the entire track. It was truly electric and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in going to Bristol.
  5. Tough day for the Truck Series as Brad Keselowski announces he will shut down his organization after 2017.
  6. With several teams rolling out new looks, I figured it's time to update a couple of the teams who made changes this off-season, beginning with the Eastern Conference. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS Changes: Updated the facemask from gold to black Helmet and pants stripes change from the sword to the slash marks, similar to the ones seen on the team's new jerseys and shorts. Replaced the helmet logo with navy numbers. Added trim to jersey stripes. Home stripes switch from solid gold to navy with gold trim, while away jersey switches to wine with gold trim. Jersey logo moves from above the Nike logo to the player's right. Number font is now the NFL Jaguars font. INDIANA PACERS: Changes: Helmet changes from gold to navy. Striping patterns resemble the new uniform's side panels. Added white and navy pants options. Home numbers change from white with gold trim, to gold with white trim. Away numbers are now solid navy with no outline. Jersey logo moves from above the Nike logo to the player's right. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Changes: Added the drop-shadow to both the home and road numbers. TORONTO RAPTORS Changes: Removed the number outlines from the home uniform Removed the sleeve caps from both the home and road uniforms Chevrons are now black on the home uniform and white on the road uniform Jersey logo now smaller, moves from above the Nike logo to the player's right. Western Conference teams will not be posted right away, but expect some (mostly minor) updates to Denver, Houston, LA Clippers, Minnesota, Phoenix, Portland, and San Antonio. EDIT: I will also be updating Atlanta in the next wave of updates, whenever that may be.
  7. Did somebody say fantasy plugs?
  8. Here's a better look at the new academic logo compared to the old:
  9. Got bored a couple months ago and created a generic template based on the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars. From there, I thought about creating a full-fledged series, called the North American Racing League, full of fake drivers, new sponsors, and unused numbers not regularly used in the Cup Series. Series sponsors include Firestone Tires, Miller Lite, Pennzoil, K&N Filters, BEHR Paints, RTIC Coolers, and Nike. So far these are just a couple ideas I had while trying out the template. If this gains enough traction I might do a mini-series, but with school right around the corner, posts would be few and far in between.
  10. My guess is GMS picks up eitger the 23 team's charter from BK Racing or the 77 charter if they do come up to Cup level. I think it's way too early for Gallagher to make the jump to Cup, so Kasey would be a great fit for a new team.
  11. Byron to the 5 is now official, with support from Axalta and Liberty University. https://twitter.com/TeamHendrick/status/895268261016870912
  12. ^^Just came here to post that last bit of news regarding Byron. Here's Jeff Gluck: https://twitter.com/jeff_gluck/status/894927559573479424
  13. OFFICIAL: Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports to part ways at the end of 2017.
  14. ^^^Yes. I loved Rutgers' uniforms last season, though I'm a little biased because I prefer Nike over Adidas and I'm not afraid to admit it. The black set was great, but that game against Michigan is why they should abandon the blackout set. 78-0 should be enough to abandon them forever, but this IS Rutgers we're talking about here.
  15. I think Nike gets a pass for the Wizards. I believe that's that same font they had with Adidas, so I guess it's #BlameAdidas.
  16. It has been said before that the 41, when it was created, was a way for Gene Haas to self-promote his CNC business, so it's not like they're completely hurting for sponsorship for that car, especially with the series sponsor on the car for half the season. The issues seem to lie mainly in the 14 and the 10, the two cars that have been struggling for the better part of four years now. Unless all bridges have been burned, I personally would love to see cell companies like AT&T and Verizon come back to the series. Maybe that's a route they could take. I don't see Kurt Busch being replaced by Matt Kenseth. I just don't. They're roughly the same age (mid-40s) and, despite each of them being series champions (in back-to-back years, no less), they haven't really been "contenders" all year. Sure, Kurt won The 500 this year, but what exactly has he done since? Kenseth's been struggling all season too, though he finally seems to be getting a few decent runs in lately. Kenseth doesn't seem to be bringing in the sponsorship either, which is probably why they decided to go with Erik Jones so early. This past weekend, he ran with the Toyota paint scheme, which usually isn't a good sign. He did the same at Texas in the spring too. My guess? Either the 41 goes away, Bubba Wallace is brought in, or Cole Custer is prematurely promoted to Cup. Then again, I thought it was too early for Larson to start at the Cup level in 2014. Boy was I wrong... Also, some more fuel to the speculation fire was (unintentionally) added by SiriusXM and MRN's Dave Moody today via Twitter: https://twitter.com/DGodfatherMoody/status/892797649644138496 Also, somewhat off-topic, but can people please stop throwing Carl Edwards' name around? Seems like every ride that opens up is met with "OMGZ CARL TO THE #XX PLZ" responses. He's said he has no plans to come back.
  17. Details emerge regarding the mid-season split between Gray Gaulding and BK Racing: http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2017/08/01/report-details-of-mid-season-split-between-bk-racing-gray-gaulding-over-financial-dispute/amp/ Their charter is going to Penske's third team next year, I can tell already.
  18. Agreed. Though last year's set was perfect, this was a nice touch that gives the uniform a retro vibe, and I like it. I'm usually not a fan of drop shadows on uniforms, but this looks really nice. Easily one of the best in the league.
  19. A little surprising to me, but Kurt Busch out at Stewart-Haas after 2017: UPDATE: Not so fast, according to Stewart-Haas:
  20. I wasn't completely sold on today's race for some reason. Just couldn't get into it. Seemed like the old Pocono at times. Maybe it was the intensity of the last Pocono race that had me hyped for this week. I was getting really excited with 17 to go when we had a three-way battle for the lead, but Kyle simply had the better car. Oh well. It was bound to happen at some point. Can't wait for Watkins Glen!
  21. I agreed with you up until that last part. Furniture Row gets not only their equipment from JGR, but "rents" their put crews from JGR as well. Technically, they're still JGR employees. Pit Crew members aren't like your drivers, crew chiefs, etc. A lot of them pull double- or even triple-duty pitting cars and trucks all weekend. Personally, I don't see a problem with it. They're still JGR employees, even if they're jumping over the wall with a 77 or 78 on their helmet. FRR's owner even said he's OK with it, so I don't see why it's an issue. -------- In other news, Target announced today it will not sponsor Kyle Larson in the #42 after 2018. Target ended its relationship with CGR's IndyCar team following the 2016 season. This will bring a 28-year partnership to an end as well as the most valuable sponsorship as of Sonoma of this year, the first time in several years anyone has surpassed Lowe's and the #48 team. However, all is not lost for CGR and Kyle Larson, as a sponsorship announcement is expected in the coming weeks:
  22. Moments later, Paul Menard has been announced to replace Blaney in the #21 Wood Brothers Ford.
  23. And one day later, ESPN reports Ryan Blaney will move to Penske in 2018: http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0681862115438370814-4 EDIT: Penske makes announcement on Twitter, Blaney will drive the #12:
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