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Who Replaces Marcos Ambrose? That’s the Hottest Question of NASCAR’s Silly Season

September 18th, 2014 at 12:19 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

Last week Marcos Ambrose and Richard Petty Motorsports announced that the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner would be returning to Australia and will be racing V-8 Supercars for Dick Johnson Racing. Ambrose, who had a ton of success in the series prior to moving to NASCAR, had been driving the No.9 Ford for the organization the past four seasons. Ambrose's former team, Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that they will run two cars in the 2015 season, leaving a seat open in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for some potential drivers.

The question now comes as to who replaces the Australian native Ambrose, and who will Richard Petty Motorsports hire to drive the #9 Ford in the 2015 season?

Since the announcement there have been several names thrown out there as a possible replacement for Ambrose. Rookie driver Alex Bowman was even mentioned as a possible replacement for the No. 9 car, even though he currently drives for a Toyota team. Other interesting names have been mentioned as well including Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher, who drives for the team full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Out of all the names, I believe there are three top candidates to drive the #9 car in the 2015 season.

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Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Additions of Stanley and DeWalt Along with Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut

September 17th, 2014 at 9:52 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Wednesday Joe Gibbs Racing announced the additions of Stanley and DeWalt to their sponsorship lineup for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and also announced that Justin Boston will drive two NASCAR Nationwide Series race for the team.

Stanley will sponsor the No. 19 Toyota of Carl Edwards for 12 races in 2015. Stanley will also serve as an associate sponsor on Kyle Busch's No. 18 Toyota for the full season and on the No. 19 of Edwards and No. 20 of Matt Kenseth when not serving as the primary sponsor for Edwards.

DeWalt will reunite with Matt Kenseth, where the company was a long-time sponsor of his while at Roush Fenway Racing. DeWalt will sponsor Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota in six races.

The Stanley and DeWalt brands move over to Joe Gibbs Racing after departing Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 9 Ford team following the 2014 season.

Joe Gibbs Racing also said they have decided their 2015 crew chief roster but will not announce it until the 2014 season is over.

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NTS Motorsports Will Field Truck for Ron Hornaday Jr at Las Vegas and Texas

September 16th, 2014 at 11:35 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Tuesday NTS Motorsports announced that Ron Hornaday Jr will drive for the team in two of the final seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races during the 2014 season. Hornaday will pilot the No. 9 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Rheem Manufacturing Company at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 27th and Texas Motor Speedway on October 31st.

Hornaday drove for NTS Motorsports for the first 21 Truck Series races in 2013 before parting ways before the season finale at Homestead-Miami. He scored nine top 10's in the 21 races with the team last season. After picking up a ride with Turner Scott Motorsports to end 2013 Hornaday raced in the first 13 races of 2014 with them with Rheem on the No. 30 truck for the majority of the races. His team was shut down prior to the race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on August 31st due to a feud between co-owners Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr.

Before his team was shut down Hornaday was sitting third in the championship standings and was only 17 point back of the lead. Now after missing the races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Chicagoland Speedway he is ninth in points and 100 points back. He is not on the entry list with any team this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward Crash Investigation Will Go to Grand Jury

September 16th, 2014 at 5:44 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

The Ontario Co., NY Police Department has confirmed that the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward case will go to a grand jury. Michael Tantillo the county's District Attorney made a statement about the investigation.

"Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future. As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness's expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results."

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Marcos Ambrose to Run for DJR Team Penske in Return to Australia’s V8 Supercars

September 15th, 2014 at 8:27 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Sunday, one day after Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Marcos Ambrose would not return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the team in 2015 and said he would return to Australia, Team Penske announced that they have signed the 38-year-old. He will drive the No. 17 Ford Falcon for DJR Team Penske in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2015.

Dick Johnson Racing, the longest-established auto racing team in Australia, and Team Penske have formed a partnership to field the car for Ambrose under the DJR Team Penske banner.

"Team Penske is excited to partner with Dick Johnson Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship starting next season," Roger Penske said. "We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track. With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward."

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