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Nelson Piquet Jr Will Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut at Watkins Glen

August 4th, 2014 at 9:56 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Randy Humphrey Racing will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage for this weekend's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen for the team's first race attempt since Michigan in June. Behind the wheel of the No. 77 Ford will be Nelson Piquet Jr as he makes his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen International.

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Since only 43 cars are on the entry list Piquet is guaranteed to race on Sunday without having to qualifying the car within the top 36 so long as no late entires are added.

Piquet, is a 29-year-old Brazilian driver who has not driven in NASCAR this season. He has been competing in Rallycross events including finishing third in the X-Games back in June.

Last year Piquet raced the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Scott Motorsports but only scored five top 10's in the 33 races and finished 12th in points. In 2012 however Piquet won the Nationwide Series event at Road America driving for Turner Scott Motorsports. Also in 2012 Piquet ran his second full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series slate of races and picked up two wins at Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Turner Scott Motorsports. He finished seventh in points after earning 15 top 10's in 22 starts and also won four poles. In 2011 Piquet had 10 top 10's in 25 Truck Series races and finished tenth in points.

Prior to coming to NASCAR Piquet raced in Formula One in 2008 and 2009 and scored a best finish of second.

Dave Blaney was Randy Humphrey Racing's driver to start the 2014 season but the team only qualified for four of the first 15 races. Blaney's best finish came at Dover when he finished 33rd. He did not qualify for seven races and the team withdrew from four others including the Daytona 500 after Blaney was caught up in a practice crash that destroyed the car.

The team announced it was going on a hiatus before the race at Sonoma Raceway and said they were retooling and expected to return at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but that race came and went. Blaney meanwhile raced on Sunday in a third Tommy Baldwin Racing entry at Pocono and finished 26th.

The team currently sits 49th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner's points. The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen will be run on Sunday, August 10th.

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Tags: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, Dave Blaney, Formula One, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Rallycross, Randy Humphrey Racing, Turner Scott Motorsports, Watkins Glen International, X-Games

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