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Owen Kelly Will Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut at Watkins Glen

July 20th, 2013 at 3:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Thirty-six year old Australian driver Owen Kelly will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen on Sunday, August 11th in the Cheez-It 355. He will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

Phoenix Racing owner James Finch says he has a buyer for his team but can't disclose who that it is yet. Fox Sports reported today that the buyer is expected to be Turner Scott Motorsports part-owner Harry Scott Jr and that Justin Allgaier and his Nationwide Series sponsor Brandt are expected to pair up in the No. 51 Chevrolet for the final 10 races of the season.

Finch has said he plans to stay on and help the transition in ownership and that led to Finch giving Owen Kelly the chance to drive at Watkins Glen.

'Owen Kelly Carousel' photo (c) 2013, Matt Lewis - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Kelly impressed with a fourth place finish driving Joe Gibbs Racing's No 54 Toyota at the Road America Nationwide Series race on June 22nd. In his only other NASCAR start he finished fifth driving for owner Mike Curb in the 2010 Nationwide Series race at Road America.

AJ Allmendinger is expected to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet in the other races leading up to when a new driver is introduced with the exception of Bristol on August 24th. Ryan Truex is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup debut in that race after his debut was pushed back from the spring Dover race due to him breaking his shoulder blade on March 31st.

Owen Kelly will drive the following week after Watkins Glen at the Mid-Ohio Nationwide Series race again in the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Tags: AJ Allmendinger, Brandt, Harry Scott Jr, james finch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Justin Allgaier, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Owen Kelly, phoenix racing, Ryan Truex, Sprint Cup Series, Turner Scott Motorsports, Watkins Glen

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