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#55 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Premium Motorsports
Joey Gase
JJ Yeley
Reed Sorenson

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Nevada Donor Network (Las Vegas - March)
Adirondack Tree Surgeons (Martinsville, March)


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Premium Motorsports - Twitter
Premium Motorsports - Facebook
Joey Gase - Twitter
Joey Gase - Facebook
Reed Sorenson - Twitter
Reed Sorenson - Facebook
JJ Yeley - Twitter
JJ Yeley - Facebook

STATISTICS
Joey Gase - ESPN
Joey Gase - RacingReference.info
Reed Sorenson - ESPN
Reed Sorenson - RacingReference.info
JJ Yeley - ESPN.com
JJ Yeley - RacingReference.info

OTHER LINKS
#55 2018 paint schemes
#55 2017 paint schemes
#55 2016 paint schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Drivers who have driven the #55 in 2018
Las Vegas - 3/4, Joey Gase
Auto Club - 3/18, Reed Sorenson
Martinsville - 3/25, JJ Yeley
Texas - 4/8, Reed Sorenson
Bristol - 4/15, Reed Sorenson
Richmond - 4/21, Reed Sorenson
Talladega - 4/29, Reed Sorenson
Dover - 5/6, Reed Sorenson
Kansas - 5/12, Reed Sorenson
Monster Open - 5/19, Reed Sorenson
Charlotte - 5/27, Jeffrey Earnhardt

Contract Status: This team does NOT have a Charter and is an OPEN team; Drivers: race-to-race; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race


#55 Team / Driver News

Kennington driving for Premium at Michigan: DJ Kennington returns to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition with Premium Motorsports this weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan! Kennington is set to drive the #7 Chevrolet Camaro on Sunday in the FireKeepers Casino 400' at Michigan International Speedway. Joining the Canadian native as primary sponsor is Canadian based automotive parts retailer, Auto Parts Centres (APC).[More](6-6-2018)

Jeffrey Earnhardt expects to return to Premium Motorsports: Expect to see Jeffrey Earnhardt competing in more Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with Premium Motorsports, the driver confirmed to The Racing Experts.[More](6-1-2018)

Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 55 at Charlotte: Earnhardt announced on Twitter that he will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 with Nine Line Apparel as the primary sponsor.[More](5-23-2018)

TCL sponsoring Reed Sorenson in GEICO 500 at Talladega: TCL is one of the world's best-selling and America's fastest-growing television brands.[More](4-27-2018)

Sorenson returns to the #55 at Bristol: VIP Racing Experience, a full-service marketing company with over 30 years of experience in the racing industry has come on board as the primary sponsor for Reed Sorenson in this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Food City 500'. This will be Sorenson's third race of the year for Premium Motorsports in the #55 Chevrolet.[More](4-13-2018)

Sorenson expects to continue driving for Premium Motorsports: Reed Sorenson will be back in a Cup car driving for Jay Robinson and Premium Motorsports at some point in the next three weeks, the driver confirmed to The Racing Experts. When asked when his next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race was, Sorenson replied, "Martinsville or Texas would be one of the two."[More](3-19-2018)

Joey Gase in the #55 at Las Vegas: Joey Gase joins Premium Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to pilot the team's #55 entry in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Pennzoil 400'. Joining Gase to support racing efforts at the speedway and to spread awareness about the importance of organ donation is Nevada Donor Network.[More](3-1-2018)

Premium Motorsports to rotate crew chiefs: After hiring two long-time NASCAR crew chiefs over the past six months, Premium Motorsports is putting Pat Tryson and Todd Parrott to work in 2018, fielding one full-time car as the two will lead the team on a rotating schedule. Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports, claimed the move was for two reasons: (1) so the team can be more prepared upon showing up to the track on a weekly basis and (2) so each crew chief won't get worn out by the grind of the long Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. [More](2-21-2018)

Gaulding back in the #55 at Kansas: Premium Motorsports has teamed up with Harrah's North Kansas City for this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 'Hollywood Casino 400' at Kansas Speedway. They will be featured prominently on the #55 car, driven by Gray Gaulding.[More](10-18-2017)

DJ Kennington to pull double duty in Dega with Premium Motorsports: Canada native DJ Kennington will travel way down south to Talladega, Alabama where he will pull double duty this weekend with Premium Motorsports. Kennington will pilot the #55 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Alabama 500' with primary sponsor 'Dirt and Rock' and he will pilot the #15 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 'Fred's Pharmacy 250' with primary sponsor, 'Losers Bar & Grill' at Talladega Superspeedway.[More](10-11-2017)

Sorenson hopes to return to Premium Motorsports in 2018 Reed Sorenson continues to plug along as a full-time driver in NASCAR's top series. Sorenson is in his second full-time year with Premium Motorsports. Altogether, the two-car organization has seen various drivers and sponsors in their lineup this season. Of the ten drivers to compete for the team this year, two have had finishes inside the top-20 (Michael Waltrip and Ross Chastain). Sorenson has competed in the most races for Premium this season. Faster cars over the last few weeks. and the addition of former Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. as a crew chief and competition director for the team. are what Sorenson credits to the team running more competitive. "The past few weeks have gone pretty well," Sorenson said. Sorenson, who leads the team in all-time starts for the organization in the Cup Series, would like to continue to race for Premium in 2018.(The Racing Experts)[Read More Here](10-2-2017)

Tommy Baldwin joins Premium Motorsports UPDATE: Premium Motorsports announced that Tommy Baldwin will take over as the team's Competition Director and Crew Chief of the #15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team effective immediately. "Tommy's passion, experience and knowledge will serve Premium well in its' quest to become more competitive in the future," said team owner, Jay Robinson. This is the first of many changes coming to Premium. Scott Eggleston will remain at Premium as Team Manager, Pat Tryson will be moving to the crew chief position for the #55 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series entry.(9-1-2017)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin said he remains fine with the decision he made to shut down his race team and sell his charter before this season. The 50-year-old NASCAR veteran also remains as busy as ever in the garage as he was recently named the competition director at Premium Motorsports in addition to the crew chief of the #15 team. With this move, Robinson has also acquired the remaining assets of TBR.(9-2-2017)
UPDATE2: Jay Robinson announced today that he has acquired all assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing. The acquisition includes Baldwin's entire cup series inventory including everything from the team's race vehicles to their equipment.[More](9-21-2017)

Gaulding returns to the #55: Premium Motorsports and Gray Gaulding will arrive at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a brand-new sponsor on board. Wind River Environmental will be featured on the #55 for this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'ISM Connect 300'.[More](9-19-2017)

Cope parts ways with Premium Motorsports: Following Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond, VA, Derrike Cope has parted ways with Premium Motorsports.[More](9-10-2017)

Tommy Baldwin joins Premium Motorsports UPDATE: Premium Motorsports announced that Tommy Baldwin will take over as the team's Competition Director and Crew Chief of the #15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team effective immediately. "Tommy's passion, experience and knowledge will serve Premium well in its' quest to become more competitive in the future," said team owner, Jay Robinson. This is the first of many changes coming to Premium. Scott Eggleston will remain at Premium as Team Manager, Pat Tryson will be moving to the crew chief position for the #55 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series entry.(9-1-2017)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin said he remains fine with the decision he made to shut down his race team and sell his charter before this season. The 50-year-old NASCAR veteran also remains as busy as ever in the garage as he was recently named the competition director at Premium Motorsports in addition to the crew chief of the #15 team. With this move, Robinson has also acquired the remaining assets of TBR.[More](9-2-2017)

Gray Gaulding returns to the #55 at Bristol UPDATE: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Gray Gaulding will return to the track this weekend in the Premium Motorsports' No.55 Chevrolet SS. He is really looking forward to taking on 'The World's Fastest Half-Mile' track under the light's this Saturday night in the 'Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race' at Bristol Motor Speedway (8-15-2017)
UPDATE: La Colombe returns to the track this weekend with Gray Gaulding and Premium Motorsports. Gaulding will carry the La Colombe Draft Latte colors under the lights at 'The World's Fastest Half-Mile' this Saturday night in the 'Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race' at Bristol Motor Speedway.[More](8-17-2017)

Derrike Cope to drive his own throwback at Darlington with Mane 'n Tail: Straight Arrow Products, Inc., the makers of the Original Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner have entrusted Derrike Cope to do a repeat performance in the #55 with Premium Motorsports at the Bojangles' Southern 500 Throwback event at Darlington Raceway on Sunday September 3, 2017. Derrike Cope was the original driver of the 1994 Mane 'n Tail #12 car owned by Bobby Allison Motorsports, and will be the only driver in NASCAR to be driving his own throwback scheme for the event.[More](8-8-2017)

StarCom Fiber sponsoring Cope at Michigan: Premium Motorsports' driver Derrike Cope is looking forward to the fast pace of Michigan International Speedway and so is his returning primary partner, StarCom Fiber, LLC. Their partnership launched this year at Pocono Raceway in June and they are anxious to continue it at the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit in the Irish Hills for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Pure Michigan 400'.[More](8-4-2017)

Sundance Vacations and the United Way of Northeast Pennsylvania join Cope at Pocono: To raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education, Sundance Vacations and the United Way of NEPA are partnering to sponsor the #55 with Premium Motorsports Driven by Derrike Cope in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a Race for the Kids initiative. In addition to the awareness, Sundance Vacations' goal is to raise money for the organization via public support.[More](7-25-2017)

Gray Gaulding Ready to 'Hit the Bricks' with 'Low T Center': Gray Gaulding is excited to get behind the wheel of the No.#55 car with Premium Motorsports once again and this time, he'll get to 'hit the bricks' at one of NASCAR's the most notorious tracks on the circuit, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He'll do this with 'Low T Center' as his primary partner for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Brickyard 400'.[More](7-18-2017)

Gaulding to return to NASCAR Cup at Kentucky: Premium Motorsports welcomes Gray Gaulding to the seat of the #55 Toyota Camry for this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Gaulding is anticipating getting back behind the wheel in Kentucky for the "Quaker State 400". Along for the ride on the #55 is #CheckIt4Andretti to help raise awareness about colon cancer, which John Andretti, beloved former NASCAR/Indy driver, is currently battling.[More](7-5-2017)

Tommy Regan set for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Sonoma A marketing partnership between Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) teams Rick Ware Racing (RWR) and Premium Motorsports will allow veteran short track racer Tommy Regan to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Regan, a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) brings a new marketing partner and reasonable expectations aboard the #55 Chevrolet for the 110-lap road course event. Thanks to RWR, Jay Robinson of Premium Motorsports and new marketing partner Oscaro, Regan is determined to make an entrance.(Premium Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-23-2017)

StarCom Fiber to sponsor Cope at Pocono StarCom Fiber teams up with Premium Motorsports and Derrike Cope to tackle the Tricky Triangle for the Monster Energy Nascar Cup series Pocono 400 on June 11, 2017. StarCom plans to bring to Nascar the same competitive mentality that has helped its company excel as a first-class organization in the telecommunications field. "We are going to have a strong showing of company support as StarCom plans to have an estimated 60 plus turnout of employees and customers for the 400-mile event," stated Bill Woehlemann, CFO of StarCom Fiber. StarCom Fiber, a telecommunications company based in New Jersey, services all of the Tri-State area and beyond.(Premium Motorsports / StarCom Fiber)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)

Derrike Cope brings 'Twin Peaks' to Charlotte Motor Speedway: This weekend, Premium Motorsports and Derrike Cope welcome a brand-new sponsor to the sport. Twin Peaks, a very popular sports bar and grill restaurant has come on board as a primary partner for Cope's #55 Toyota Camry for this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-25-2017)

Derrike Cope closes the deal with 'Ckezepis Law, PLLC': As Premium Motorsports & Derrike Cope get ready for the 'Monster Energy Open', their only non-points race of the year, they proudly welcome Ckezepis Law, PLLC, a local mortgage closing company to the team. The race will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway, right in the heart of the racing hub and Ckezepis Law, PLLC will be featured on the hood of Cope's #55, Toyota Camry as a primary partner.[More](5-16-2017)

Sorenson 'Exchanges' Numbers with 'Xchange of America' at Talladega: Reed Sorenson, familiar driver of the #15 Premium Motorsports, Chevrolet SS will switch it up this week as he gets ready to pilot the team's #55 Toyota Camry for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Geico 500' at Talladega Superspeedway. Sorenson and team are proud to welcome back Xchange of America as their primary partner for this race.[More](5-3-2017)

Premium Motorsports picks up sponsors for Bristol: Premium Motorsports' drivers Reed Sorenson & Derrike Cope are ready to get back in their seats for this weekend's 'Food City 500' at Bristol Motor Speedway. As we roll into 'The Last Great Colosseum', the team welcomes 'Low T Center' as the primary partner on Sorenson's #15 Chevy. They will also appear as a major associate partner on Cope's #55 Toyota. Also on board with Sorenson as an Associate Partner for the 'Food City 500' is 'The Backyard Company'. This Tampa, FL based company creates custom outdoor kitchens along with lots of exciting products associated with grilling and outdoor entertainment. Visit them at thebackyardcompanyonline.com.(Premium Motorsports)[More](4-23-2017)

Cope, #55 team return to the track at Texas: After a week off from Martinsville Speedway, Derrike Cope is ready to get back into his #55, Toyota Camry for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He may not have participated in the STP 500, but he didn't actually have the weekend off. He was there as Premium Motorsports' shock specialist, which is what he does in between races.[More](4-7-2017)

Cope announces Atlanta sponsors: Wade Tractor and Equipment, Inc as well as Adrenalin Powersports, Inc announce they will be the primary sponsor of the #55 with Premium Motorsports driven by Derrike Cope for the Atlanta Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500.[More](2-28-2017)

Derrike Cope returns to Cup series: Former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will be returning to the most elite division of NASCAR in the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2017 with Premium Motorsports. Cope will be running a limited schedule in the #55, with the possibility of a full schedule dependent on sponsorship beginning in Atlanta in March. With over 700 top three series NASCAR starts, the far majority being in the Cup Series, Cope's career started in Winston West ( now K&N ) and spans 35 years with multiple wins.(Derrike Cope Racing)(2-8-2017)

Daytona 500 to be Michael Waltrip's final race: Aaron's and racing legend Michael Waltrip announced that the upcoming Daytona 500 will be Waltrip's last NASCAR race. Waltrip, who will mark his 30th start at the Daytona 500 on February 26, will be at the wheel of the Aaron's #15 Thanks Mikey Toyota. Aaron's and the two-time Daytona 500 winner have been partners for more than 17 years and announced a renewed multi-year partnership last year with Waltrip as Aaron's spokesperson. Waltrip retired from full-time racing after the 2009 NASCAR season but has continued to compete as a part-time driver. His relationship with Aaron's represents one of the longest-running corporate partnerships in the racing industry.
"I can reflect on my career with a lot of emotions and one company that has been there for me is Aaron's," said Waltrip. "I started working with Aaron's almost 20 years ago with some commercials and six Xfinity Series races when I had a team behind my house. We have been together ever since and it makes my heart smile thinking about all the great things we did together."
Next week Aaron's plans to debut a video showing the first of Waltrip's "Top Five Aaron's & Waltrip Racing Moments" selected from the past 17 years as partners. The videos will be shared across Aaron's social media channels leading up to Waltrip's last race on February 26. Waltrip has been featured in several Aaron's commercials and will continue to serve as a spokesperson for the company following his last race. The Aaron's Michael Waltrip tribute commercial will debut the week prior to the Daytona 500 and will commemorate Aaron's 17-year partnership with Michael Waltrip.(Aaron's), see an image of the car on the #15 team paint schemes page.(1-26-2017)

Sorenson driving for Premium Motorsports at Daytona: Reed Sorenson will return to Premium Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, fielding the second car for the two-car operation during the Daytona 500. In the midst of a busy offseason that saw the organization move its race shop to Mooresville, North Carolina, team owner Jay Robinson confirmed to Frontstretch that Sorenson will pilot the #55 car beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 next month, with more races possible, dependent on sponsorship. During the 2016 season, Sorenson competed in 28 races for Premium Motorsports in the Cup Series, with a best finish of 22nd at Daytona International Speedway in early July. Though Sorenson will be competing in the #55 car, it is the #15 car that has a guaranteed starting position into all 36 races after Premium Motorsports' purchase of the charter from HScott Motorsports, which shut down over the off-season. The organization decided to keep the number 15, getting rid of the #98, which attempted to qualify for 33 races in 2016, 29 with Cole Whitt. Lee Leslie will sit atop the pit box of the #55 car. Having no ties with any manufacture, the team will run Toyotas at the four superspeedway races in 2017, moving to Chevrolet in the other 32 events. Robinson was hesitant in naming a full-time driver for the #15 car, but revealed he has found a driver for Daytona that will be released at a later date.(Frontstretch)(1-23-2017)

Michael Waltrip says he will run 2017 Daytona 500 UPDATE: two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip was asked if he would be racing in the Daytona 500 this year (2017) and tweeted back: "Yes! In the @AaronsInc @ToyotaRacing #Camry". No word on the team or car number but assumptions would be BK Racing as Waltrip ran their #83 Toyota in the 2016 Daytona 500, Premium Motorsports or TMG Motorsports who supposedly is changing to Toyota.(12-24-2016)

UPDATE: looks like Waltrip will run the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports, probably in the #55 Toyota. Images of the chassis were posted at Spraker Racing's Facebook page along with "Just finished rule updates and had NASCAR recertification done for Premium Motorsports Monster Energy Cup car driven by Michael Waltrip". Spraker Racing builds chassis for Premium Motorsports (1-6-2017)

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