#55 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News and Links

Premium Motorsports
Derrike Cope Racing Merchandise
Reed Sorenson
Tommy Regan
Gray Gaulding

Wade Tractor and Equipment (Atlanta)
Adrenalin Powersports (Atlanta)
Low T Center (Texas)
Twin Peaks Restaurant (Charlotte - May)
StarCom Fiber (Pocono - June, Michigan - August)
Oscaro (Sonoma)

Champion Machinery

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Reed Sorenson - Twitter
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Derrike Cope - Twitter
Derrike Cope - Facebook
Derrike Cope - YouTube
Tommy Regan - Twitter
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Gray Gaulding - Twitter
Gray Gaulding - Facebook
Gray Gaulding - Instagram
Oscaro Parts - Facebook

Derrike Cope - racing-reference.info
Derrike Cope - ESPN
Reed Sorenson - ESPN
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Tommy Regan - ESPN
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Gray Gaulding - ESPN.com
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Drivers scheduled for 2017, or who has drove the the races
Daytona - 2/26, Reed Sorenson (DNQ)
Atlanta - 3/5, Derrike Cope
Las Vegas - 3/12, Derrike Cope
Phoenix - 3/19, Derrike Cope
Auto Club - 3/26, Derrike Cope
Martinsville - 4/2, didn't run the race
Texas - 4/9, Derrike Cope
Bristol - 4/24, Derrike Cope
Richmond -4/30, , didn't run the race
Talladega - 5/7, Reed Sorenson
Kansas - 5/13, Derrike Cope
Charlotte *Open) 5/20, Derrike Cope
Charlotte 5/28, Derrike Cope
Dover - 6/4, didn't run the race
Pocono - 6/11, Derrike Cope
Michigan - 6/18, didn't run the race
Sonoma - 6/25, Tommy Regan (parter with RWR)
Daytona - 7/1, Sorenson, Royal Teak
Kentucky - 7/8, Gray Gauling, #CheckIt4Andretti
New Hampshire - 7/16, Gray Gaulding, #checkit4andretti
Indianapolis - 7/23, Gaulding, Low T Centers
Pocono - 7/30, Cope, Sundance Vacations
Watkins Glen - 8/6, didn't run the race
Michigan - 8/13, Cope, StarCom Fiber
Bristol - 8/19, Gaulding, Monecity
Darlington - 9/3, Cope, Mane 'n Tail
Richmond - 9/9, Sorenson, Low T Centers
Chicago - 9/17, Gaulding, US First Responders Association
New Hampshire, 9/24, Gaulding, Wind River Environmental
Dover, 10/1, Sorenson, Sundance Vacations
Charlotte, 10/8, Gray Gaulding, Low T Center
Talladega 10/15, D.J. Kennington, Dirt and Rock
Kansas 10/22, Gray Gaulding, Harrah's Casino

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

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)

HScott Motorsports Will Not Compete in NASCAR in 2017 UPDATE: Harry Scott, Jr. announced in a team meeting that HScott Motorsports would not field a NASCAR entry during the 2017 season. Below is Mr. Scott's statement: "Over the past several months I considered a number of options for moving forward with the team. Regrettably there are no viable sponsor/driver options immediately available to allow the team to participate in 2017. One thing I learned about NASCAR is that it is a 'people business.' I will forever be grateful to the men and women who worked tirelessly to make HScott Motorsports successful. This includes our dedicated employees, sponsors and partners. We were fortunate to have the support of world-class sponsors like Brandt, DC Solar, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Pilot Flying J, and 5 hour ENERGY. Our racing program would not have been possible without the assistance of Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports, and Chevrolet. I love this sport and being part of it. I invested in NASCAR because I truly believe it represents the best racing competition in the world and the best people in all sports. Looking back, I will always be especially proud of the unprecedented success of our NASCAR K&N Series teams, including four consecutive championships and for the lifelong friendships that were forged over the last seven years. My hope is that we were able to develop drivers that will thrive at the highest levels for years to come. In a deal that was finalized late last week the #15 Charter, which was owned by HScott Motorsports, has been sold to Premium Motorsports (#55 & #98). The charter that was leased for the #46 team was sold by Premium Motorsports to Furniture Row Racing."(HScott Motorsports). So that means the 2nd FRR #77 with Erik Jone has a Charter for 2017. Premium Motorsports still has one Charter left (from the #15) to use, sell or lease in 2017.(12-5-2016)

UPDATE: Scott had leased a charter from Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson for Annett's #46 car in 2016. That charter was returned to Premium, who then sold it to Furniture Row Racing, which is adding a car for rookie Erik Jones next season. Premium then bought the single charter Scott owned for the #15 car of Bowyer.(ESPN)(12-6-2016)

Kennington to make debut at Phoenix: Premium Motorsports announced that DJ Kennington will be behind the wheel of the #55 Chevy for the Can-Am 500k. Kennington has driven for Premium Motorsports in The NASCAR Camping World Series during the 2016 Season. Northern Provincial Pipelines, based in Edson, Alberta, Canada and led by Dwight Kennedy has been a longtime sponsor of DJ Kennington will be the sponsor. Team owner Jay Robinson says, "DJ has ran really well for Premium Motorsports this year and I look forward to seeing him in the #55 Sprint Cup Series Car."(Premium Motorsports PR)(11-11-2016)

Trump-Pence on the #55 at Texas: Premium Motorsports [#55 & #98] posted images to their Facebook page of the #55 being prepared for this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway, wrapped in support of the Trump-Pence Presidential campaign. Reed Sorenson will drive the car. There was no mention of the #98 team, which was withdrawn from the field last weekend at Martinsville. See images of the car on the #55 team paint schemes page.(11-3-2016)

Kennington to drive for Premium Motorsports at Phoenix: D.J. Kennington tweeted Friday afternoon, "Very excited to announce I will be racing at @PhoenixRaceway in the #SprintCup series in Nov! Driving for @premiummotrspts". He did not say if he would be in the #55 or #98. It would be Kennington's first Sprint Cup race. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series. He has run one XFINTY and one Truck Series race so far this season.(10-01-2016)

Ware driving for Premium Motorsports at Sonoma: Premium Motorsports announced that third generation racer Cody Ware will attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut next weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Ware will pilot the #55 Carport Empire Chevrolet SS as a teammate to Cole Whitt in the #98 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet. Carport Empire is one of the largest distributors of quality carports, metal carports, steel carports, metal garages, steel garages, storage buildings and more in the United States.
Ware, son of XFINITY Series owner Rick Ware will look to make his sixth start of the season across NASCAR's top three national series. Should Ware qualify for next Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, Ware will add the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series platform to his racing resume in addition to starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series respectively. In addition to Carport Empire, Lilly Trucking, a longtime supporter of Ware will join Premium Motorsports for the sixteenth Sprint Cup race of the season.(Premium Motorsports)(6-17-2016)

Premium Motorsports, Sorenson get 3 race sponsor: Premium Motorsports has added the World Record Striper Company to the team as primary sponsor backing series veteran Reed Sorenson beginning at Dover International Speedway in May. Sorenson pilots the #55 Chevy. Also, joining World Record Striper Company are associate sponsors, EVINRUDE - BRP and Atlantic Outboard. Founded in 2011 by owner and Four Time World Record holder Greg Myerson, he holds the All-Tackle World Record for striped bass at 81.88 lbs and has been dubbed remarkable by fishing experts around the globe. Born in New York and raised in Wallingford, CT, Greg Myerson, has famously been called "The Warren Buffett of Striped Bass Fisherman" and is a life-long angler, hunter and outdoorsman since he could step outdoors. World Record Striper Company offers the premier of fishing lures with the flagship product being the Greg Myerson RattleSinker, proven to be the best striper lure in the world as Greg has used it to catch each of his four world record striped bass. "I am excited to carry the World Record Striper Company brand on the #55 for the next several weeks including during the 'ShowDown' and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and excited about fishing with World Record Striper Company lures, said Sorenson." I look forward to being a big part of the partner promotion as we move ahead and hope to have a good finish for all."(Premium Motorsports)(5-10-2016)

Gibbs, Stewart Haas expected to buy charters; HScott to lease one UPDATE: There are 38 teams committed to full-time racing in 2016. Four weren't awarded charters -- Joe Gibbs Racing's #19-Carl Edwards (team started in 2015), Stewart-Haas Racing's #41-Kurt Busch (2014), HScott Motorsports' #46-Michael Annett (2015) and #21-Wood Brothers Racing's Ryan Blaney (formerly part-time team now going full time). Former Michael Waltrip Racing owner Rob Kauffman, who has two charters from his teams that ceased operations after last year, said he expects to sell his charters to JGR (for Edwards) and SHR (for Busch). Kauffman estimated the value of a charter at the "single-digit millions." The transfer of a charter must be approved by NASCAR, which will charge an administrative fee but not get a percentage of the sale. All NASCAR team owners will be allowed to see the transfer application, which would include the price of the charter sold. Charters can only be sold prior to the start of a season and can be transferred only once every five years.(NBC Sports)

AND According to Motorsports' Lee Spencer, "Been told Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports) has leased his charter to @Team_HSM #46. Hearing $1.6m for lease of charter.(2-9-2016)

UPDATE: A representative for SHR said Tuesday afternoon that "Stewart-Haas Racing will have four Charters and that process is nearly complete." A Joe Gibbs Racing representative said Tuesday afternoon that it was "just a matter of finalizing the transaction" that would bring a Charter to the #19 entry.(NASCAR.com)

AND: ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass tweeted that an HScott spokesman said: "HSM intends to field two full time cars for the 2016 season and is in the process of finalizing an agreement."(2-10-2016)

UPDATE2: HScott Motorports confirmed Tuesday that it is in the process of leasing second charter from another team to ensure that Michael Annett is in every Sprint Cup points race this season. The charter will return to the other team after this season.(NBC Sports)(2-11-2016)

Premium Motorsports signs Cole Whitt to drive the #98: Premium Motorsports announced it has signed Cole Whitt to drive the #98 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. The 24-year-old Whitt, who will be entering his third full season in the premier Sprint Cup Series, finished 31st in driver points each of his first two seasons. "We believe Cole is an accomplished young driver who drives aggressively, yet smart," team owner Jay Robinson said. "He's a great fit for our team as we look to improve our competitiveness in the Sprint Cup Series." This off season, Premium Motorsports made several strategic moves to upgrade the team and its race cars. On the competition side, Premium acquired additional updated equipment along with hiring Mike Hillman to fill the role of competition director and Mark Hillman to serve as crew chief. Mike and Mark join team manager Scott Eggleston along with owner Jay Robinson to round out the Premium Motorsports management team.

"Jay and the crew at Premium Motorsports impressed me with their vision for the future and commitment to making the #98 car competitive week in and week out," said Whitt. "I look forward to being a big part of the family atmosphere at Premium and having a successful start at the Daytona 500 in a few weeks." Many of Whitt's previous partners (sponsors) in the Sprint Cup Series the past two years are expected to support him again in 2016 at Premium. More details regarding car sponsors will be released at a further date.(Premium Motorsports)(2-2-2016)

Premium Motorsports hires most of Hillman Racing staff, purchases cars and equipment UPDATE: Premium Motorsports [#62 team] announced that the team has hired Mike Hillman to head up its NASCAR Sprint Cup operation for 2016. The deal also includes the hiring of Crew Chief, Mark Hillman, along with most of the staff from the #40 team that competed in the 2015 season. Team owner Jay Robinson announced that with increased competition within the racing industry, "We had to upgrade our team moving forward and that included Mike Hillman, select key personnel and the purchase of additional cars and equipment. The racing bar is being raised even higher and this effort will enable us to commit more resources and become more competitive for 2016". The team expects to make driver and additional sponsor announcements in the coming days.(Premium Motorsports)(1-5-2016)

UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass tweeted that "Jay Robinson (Premium Motorspots) plans to field 1 full-time Cup car, 1 part-time Cup car next year. The #94 (now #49) truck is TBD."

AND "while nothing is set in stone, the last I had heard was to expect Premium Motorsports to have one charter." [under the proposed Sprint Cup charter system].(1-6-2015)

Premium Motorsports names associate sponsor: Acredale Vending Co. & Coffee Service will be an associate sponsor on the Ryan Preece #98 and Timmy Hill #62 Premium Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup teams at Martinsville. Owner Scott Abshire founded his company in 1984 and specializes in vending machine services and sells refurbished soda and snack machines in Virginia and North Carolina.(Premium Motorsports)(10-29-2015)

Becker Autos & Trailers To Sponsor both Premium Motorsports cars at Kansas: Becker Autos & Trailers in Downs and Beloit, Kansas announced the sponsorship of #98-Reed Sorenson and #62-Timmy Hill for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway this weekend. What started as a dream at Kansas Speedway in May, has now become a full sponsorship for the Kansas car and trailer dealership. In May, Lydia Housh of Becker Autos & Trailers noticed that there was no sponsorship on the hood of the #98 car during pre-race inspections. By asking and making an offer to sponsor the car, the Becker Autos & Trailers logo was placed on the hood of the #98 for the May Kansas Sprint Cup Series race. Enjoying the experience of it all, Becker Autos & Trailers was happy to get the opportunity to be the main sponsor of the #98 and #62 Premium Motorsports cars again this October for the race in Kansas. "We are proud to sponsor such a hardworking team. We feel a connection with our own business, when we see the crew pull together to get the job done. Every person on their team plays several rolls and wears several hats, that pull together and make a legit race team. It's great to see even with a smaller crew and a smaller budget, they can still go out and run with the big names of the NASCAR SprintCup series. It all relates to how our business has operated for years at Becker Autos & Trailers" said Lydia Housh co-owner of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.(KD Country 94), see images of the cars on the #62 team paint schemes and #98 team paint schemes page.(10-15-2015)

Congrats Reed Sorenson: Congratulations to Reed Sorenson and wife Laura on the birth of their daughter, Ella, on Tuesday. Reed tweeted the news and some photos Wednesday morning.(9-2-2015)

Gaughan will not return to #62 team: Five months after agreeing to a one-year deal to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Brendan Gaughan is taking a step back. Gaughan and Premium Motorsports have parted ways, effective immediately, the 39-year-old confirmed in a press conference before a NASCAR XFINITY Series practice session at Kentucky Speedway. Gaughan, a native a Las Vegas, Nevada, leaves Premier Motorsports after attempting 16 races for the team in 2015. Gaughan made eight of those races, scoring a best finish of 28th in the July 5 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Reed Sorenson will jump behind the wheel of the #62 Chevrolet this weekend. The team's plans beyond this weekend are currently unknown.(Frontstretch)(7-10-2015)

Parsons selling #98 team? Phil Parsons declined comment on Saturday regarding the sale of the #98 Phoenix Construction Ford. Sources told motorsport.com the #98 team struck a deal with Jay Robinson on Wednesday night. Robinson, who fields the #62 Premium Motorsports Chevy with Brendan Gaughan (and a 2nd part-time team, #66), could not be immediately reached for comment. Josh Wise currently pilots the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford, which currently lists Mike Curb as the owner.(Motorsport)(5-3-2015)

Vydox Plus sponsoring Premier Motorsports at Bristol: Vydox Plus has partnered with Brendan Gaughan and Premium Motorsports for the NSCS Food City 500 support of Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015. The new "purple pill" can offer the same results (Male Enhancement) as leading Rx pills, but without the side effects and high cost. Also endorsed by PGA tour winner, Brian Gay, former British Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia and 2013 Senior PGA Charles Schwab Cup Winner, Kenny Perry. Vydox Plus, is available for purchase in pharmacies and online at www.vydoxplus.com.(Premium Motorsports)(4-16-2015)

Premium Motorsports gets Martinsville sponsor: #62 Premium Motorsports posted several images to their Facebook page showing sponsorship from Diathrive as this weekend's sponsor for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. See images of the car on the #62 team paint schemes page.(3-26-2015)

Acredale Vending & Coffee joins Jay Robinson: Acredale Vending & Coffee Service will return to Jay Robinson Racing (#62 & #66) as an Associate sponsor for the rest of the 2015 season. Business owner. Scott Abshire has had a long term relationship with JRR. Acredale is based out of the Tidewater Virginia area and has been providing Vending machine sales and service since 1984. Abshire also serves as a part time pit crew member.(Acredale PR)(3-13-2015)

Gaughan to drive majority of 2015 races in Sprint Cup Series for Premium Motorsports: Premium Motorsports announced that Brendan Gaughan will be driving the teams' #62 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Season. Gaughan has a combined total of 343 starts in NASCAR's top 3 Series with a total of 97 top 10 finishes. Gaughan will be the teams' full time driver for 2015 beginning in Atlanta for The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 in March. NASCAR Veteran Crew Chief, Zach McGowan who came over in the TBR deal will serve as crew chief for the #62 Team. Premium Motorsports Managing Member, Jay Robinson says, "We are very excited to have Brendan drive for our team this year, he has a wealth of experience and I consider him to be the perfect driver to build this team around."(Premium Motorsports), Brain Scott will drive the car in the Daytona 500.(2-10-2015)

Baldwin may not run #36 full-time UPDATE2: Tommy Baldwin Racing may not field its familiar #36 Sprint Cup Chevrolet on a full-time basis in 2015, focusing instead on the team's #7 Chevy while forging a new partnership with Jay Robinson Racing to keep the #36 entry on track. Multiple sources tell GodfatherMotorsports.com that negotiations are underway to campaign the #36 under the Jay Robinson Racing banner in 2015, with TBR handling fabrication and preparation for the four restrictor plate races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. That move, if finalized, will result in the layoff of approximately eight TBR employees, all of whom have been invited to apply for positions at JRR's facility on Rolling Hill Road in Mooresville, NC. Baldwin reportedly informed team personnel of the move Monday, saying the deal will be finalized later this week. Baldwin stressed today that he has no plans to sell TBR, and is speaking with a number of parties in an effort to improve the performance of the #36 team. Baldwin has made a total of 321 career Sprint Cup Series starts since becoming a team owner in 2009, with a best finish of third at Talladega in 2011 with driver Dave Blaney. Michael Annett ran the full, 36-race schedule in Baldwin's #7 Pilot/Flying J Chevy last season, finishing 32nd in championship points. He is expected to return in 2015.
Reed Sorenson drove the #36 Chevy to 34th in the final standings.(Godfather

UPDATE: Catchfence.com reports that Jay Robinson Racing will have a "partnership" with Tommy Baldwin Racing and is expected to inherit the #36 owner points from 2014 to be transferred to the #62 for the season, including the Daytona 500. A spokesperson for Jay Robinson Racing (Premium Motorsports) would not comment on the situation but said the team would make announcements in the "next couple weeks" (also running the #66 Toyota for Mike Wallace at Daytona). Confirmed Thursday night by a Richard Childress Racing spokesperson, Richard "Slugger" Labbe, who stepped down as crew chief for Paul Menard following the Charlotte race last October, to take a leadership role in research and development, will lead Scott during Speedweeks 2015. Scott finishing 25th in the #33 Whitetail Club Chevy SS for Circle Sport Racing in last years Daytona 500. Circle Sport, which carries an affiliation with RCR will field an entry for Ty Dillon for the February 22 race. Shore Lodge, a longtime backer of Scott's NASCAR career is expected to sponsor him at Daytona. Scott's pole at Talladega in May 2014 earned him an a spot in the Sprint Unlimited, but sources confirmed that Scott is not scheduled to compete in the non-points event.(Catchfence)(2-6-2015)

UPDATE 2: Premium Motorsports has purchased the assets of the 2014 NSCS #36 team from Tommy Baldwin Racing. The #36 team ran the full schedule in 2014 and finished 35th in the final point standings. For 2015 Premium Motorsports has changed the team's number from #36 to #62. The team will be fielding Chevrolets for the 2015 Season. Premium Motorsports is led by Veteran Team Owner Jay Robinson. Sponsor and driver announcements for the #62 team will be forth coming.(Premium Motorsports)(2-6-2015)

Zing Zang to return to Tommy Baldwin Racing UPDATE no: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix, who sponsored Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 and driver Reed Sorenson for four races in 2014, announced on Facebook that: "Hey NASCAR fans! Green Flag! It's go time! We just signed with Tommy Baldwin Racing to support Reed Sorenson for the Sprint Cup season - starting with the Martinsville Speedway Race on March 29!" Doesn't say how many races.(1-18-2015)

UPDATE: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix announced on Twitter: Due to the recent changes within @TBR_Racing Organization, we are no longer able to sponsor the #36 car and @ReedSorenson36.(2-3-2015)

Bray Pemberton joins Tommy Baldwin Racing as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced the team has hired Bray Pemberton as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel for the two car NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Team. Bray, 29, is a 2012 graduate from The University of South Carolina School of Law and became licensed in North Carolina to practice law in July 2012. Prior to joining TBR, Pemberton, whose family has a long history in the sport of NASCAR, was general manager at Swan Racing and spent a short time with Randy Humphrey Racing. "While I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had with race teams in NASCAR, I can honestly say I've never been so excited about the possibilities I now have working along-side Tommy Baldwin," said Pemberton. "I have the utmost respect for what Tommy and Beth (Baldwin's wife) have done over the past few years in building this team, basically on their own. I see so many great opportunities to help continue to grow their dream and see TBR compete with the top teams in NASCAR," he added.(TBR)(1-9-2015)

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