#51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News

Rick Ware Racing
Ray Black Jr.
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Kyle Weatherman

Spoonful of Music Foundation
Bubba Burgers
Symbol Mattress (2 races)
Sleep Fresh (Symbol Mattress)
Clemson Tigers.(2 races)
Prevagen (NHMS1)
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#51 Team News and Rumors

Keen's Buildings returns to Rick Ware Racing: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that longtime Keen's Buildings will return as a financial and marketing partner for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. The Keen's Buildings colors will fly as the primary partner for upcoming announced races, while serving as an associate marketing partner for the remaining events. Last month, Rick Ware Racing announced that they had secured a charter from Richard Petty Motorsports securing the team a berth not only into the Daytona 500, but the remaining 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events in 2018 as well. RWR's driver announcement for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18 is forthcoming.[More](1-22-2018)

Rick Ware Racing acquires Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series charter for 2018: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that they have acquired a charter from a current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team to utilize during the 2018 season. The acquisition of the charter signifies that RWR will compete full-time in the Cup Series next season with the No. 51 entry beginning with the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18, 2018. The Thomasville, N.C.-based team also plans to field an "open" car throughout the season with the No. 52 entry.[More](12-15-2017)

Rick Ware Racing to lease charter from Petty in 2018: Richard Petty cleared up rumors that it had sold it's prestigious NASCAR charter for the #43 car. He said neither of his charters had been sold but he is leasing out NASCAR's No. 1 charter to Rick Ware Racing. The team is using the charter tied to the #44 car on the #43 car in 2018. The explanation, he said, was with the way NASCAR allotted charters for each individual car owner.[More](12-7-2017)

Ray Black Jr. joining Rick Ware Racing for full 2018 Cup season: Ray Black Jr. is making the next jump of his racing career in 2018, as he will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing. Both Rick Ware, owner of RWR and Black confirmed to Frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway that the plan is to run the entire 36-race schedule and challenge for Rookie of the Year. The Florida native will pilot the #51 car.[More](11-22-2017)

Weatherman to make Cup debut at Martinsville: Rick Ware Racing, LLC has announced that 20-year-old ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Kyle Weatherman will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving debut in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, Oct. 29. Weatherman, of Wentzville, Mo., is slated to the drive the #51 Chevrolet. Weatherman will also be driving the #51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway Nov. 12. [More](10-23-2017)

Ray Black Jr to make Cup debut at Chicago: Ray Black Jr. is scheduled to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Chicagoland and will also run at Texas in November.(9-15-2017)

B.J. McLeod returns to the #51 at Richmond: For the second consecutive week, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) will continue to use their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. For this weekend's regular season finale, RWR welcomes the support of BBMC Mortgage who has agreed pledge additional funds towards the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Motorsports veteran B.J. McLeod will drive the team's #51 Chevrolet in Saturday night's race.[More](9-8-2017)

Rick Ware Racing's East Carolina University car in doubt: Eight weeks after the race team was forced to punt on the second race of a planned three-race deal between the two entities, RWR now may have to forgo its plan to have the Pirates on its #51 Chevrolet for Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.[More](9-6-2017)

Rick Ware Racing heads to Darlington with throwback scheme; but focus on Texas: Rick Ware Racing (RWR) is the latest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team that will participate in NASCAR's annual throwback weekend for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. However, for the Thomasville, N.C.-based race team, there's more than just a cool sleek paint scheme driven by Cody Ware. The team's attention is primarily focused on the people of Texas who continue to battle ranging flooding from the reminisces of Hurricane Harvey.[More](8-31-2017)

East Carolina University will not appear on the #51 at Indianapolis: East Carolina's foray into NASCAR sponsorship has hit a wall. Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was slated to be the second of a three-race deal in which Rick Ware Racing's No. 51 Chevrolet featured ECU's colors and logos. The race team informed the university Wednesday that it is going in a different direction because the sponsorships it expected the purple and gold car to generate did not materialize.More](7-20-2017)

Bilicki returns to the #51 at New Hampshire: Officials from Rick Ware Racing announced that Richfield, WI native, Josh Bilicki, will compete in this weekend's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, driving the #51 Prevagen Chevrolet SS. Fresh off his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway nearly three weeks ago, Bilicki has this to say about this weekend. "I'm very excited and thankful to get the call from Rick to race this weekend's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire. While I've never been to the track, I've watched hours of onboard videos and have logged hundreds of laps on iRacing. The track seems flat, so I think I will be able to relate a lot of techniques I learned in my road course racing days to conquer this one-mile oval. I also feel more comfortable with driving these cars and I'm confident that Rick will guide me through the weekend so we get a respectable result!" Bilicki and Rick Ware Racing would like to welcome two new marketing partners to the team for the New Hampshire race weekend, Prevagen and CNC Swiss Inc.(Josh Bilicki Racing)[Read More Here](7-12-2017)

Ware suffering from back issues UPDATE: One reason Ware took his Rick Ware Racing machine off the 2.5-mile track [at Pocono] is due to an issue he had been suffering with since the previous week at Dover International Speedway, when he pulled off the track after completing 283 of 406 laps, back pain. "One of the things that happened is I was dealing with some back pain from the previous race at Dover," Ware said.(6-14-2017)
UPDATE: Ware posted the following to his Facebook page, "This morning I got an MRI done and the results show that I have some compression and discs issues in my lower back. I have been in contact with both the neurosurgeons and NASCAR and we have come to the decision to sit out until I can heal."[More](6-15-2017)

Pocono NASCAR Race Will Include Clemson Themed Car: The Clemson National Championship logo will adorn the hood of a car in two Monster Energy NASDCAR Cup Series races. Clemson will serve as the primary partner for the #51 Chevy at both the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 11th and again on Sept. 3 at the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Clemson is partnering with local licensee Tiger Town Graphics on apparel items to be sold at the Clemson area Tiger Town Graphics and online at TigerTownGraphics.com.(clemsontigers.com)[Read More Here](6-3-2017)

Timmy Hill to race the #66 car for Carl Long posted on the Carl Long Motorsports Facebook page: The return of cup car #66 also this week at Dover. I gave Timmy [Hill] the seat. Dover is his home track and one of my favorites. Rick Ware Racing has another driver [Cody Ware in the #51] this week and I feel my position is better used assisting Chad in the 40 car. Going to be a busy weekend.(Carl Long Motorsport's Facebook)[Read More Here](6-1-2017)

Rick Ware Racing partners with East Carolina Pirates on new initiative launch: In an initiative to educate college universities with the different spectacles available in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), Rick Ware Racing announced today that the Pirates of East Carolina University will serve as the primary partner for Sunday's AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.[More](5-28-2017)

Rick Ware Racing picks up sponsor for Bristol & Richmond Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced the signing of Symbol Mattress as the primary marketing for the team's #51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry for the next two races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway respectively. Long-time RWR driver Timmy Hill will pilot the #51 Symbol Mattress Chevy at Bristol and Richmond promoting their SleepFresh Sleep System. In addition to Symbol Mattress, RWR is proud to carry the support of Spoonful of Music, Lilly Trucking, Picture It Solid Photography and BUBBA burger as associate marketing partner for the eighth race on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour.(Rick Ware Racing)[More](4-21-2017)

Josh Bilicki joins Rick Ware Racing for Sonoma, Watkins Glen: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced that Richfield, Wisc. native Josh Bilicki has joined their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team for this summer's two road course races. Bilicki, 21, will drive the team's #51 Chevrolet at Sonoma (Calf.) Raceway on June 25 and complete the road course sweep at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International six weeks later on Aug 6.[More](DATE-2017)

Rick Ware Racing to sport BUBBA burger colors at Auto Club Speedway: Rick Ware Racing is the latest to join the BUBBA burger train for a big weekend at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway, site of Sunday's AAA 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race. On the heels of their best performance of the 2017 season last weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, veteran driver Timmy Hill returns to the driving duties of the #51 BUBBA burger Chevrolet looking for another fulfilling and stuffing finish at the 2.0-mile oval. [More](3-23-2017)

DASHUB sponsoring Timmy Hill at Las Vegas: Dashub.com, a leading online vehicle marketplace, announced their entry into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend in the Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The company is continuing its marketing partnership with veteran team owner Rick Ware of Rick Ware Racing, who in 2016 fielded a DASHUB entry as the primary sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona.[More](3-10-2017)

Cody Ware set for Cup Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway Cody Ware will set a huge milestone this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as the third-generation racer is set to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) debut in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Ware will drive the #51 Spoonful of Music / BUBBA burger Chevy for Rick Ware Racing. Joining Ware for his Cup Series as the primary marketing partner of his #51 Chevy is Spoonful of Music. Based in Greensboro, N.C., Spoonful of Music is committed to helping chronically ill children to escape the bonds of their diseases through musical expression. Kids are given hands-on experience with musical instruments and recording equipment, offering them a creative outlet for the emotions they feel as a result of their daily struggles. Veteran Joe Lax is leading RWR's return to Cup Series competition this season.(RWR)[More](3-2-2017)

Rick Ware Racing and BUBBA burger partner for 2017 Cup season: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced that BUBBA burger has joined their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team for the 2017 season.[More](2-23-2017)

Rick Ware Racing picks up Daytona 500 sponsor: In their bid to make the 59th annual Daytona 500, officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced that have secured a primary sponsor for their #51 Chevrolet SS driven by mainstay driver Timmy Hill.[More](2-22-2017)

Rick Ware Racing to run full season; Timmy Hill driving at Daytona: Rick Ware Racing announced the team's intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team beginning with next month's 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. RWR's return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the #51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O'Connell to name a few. RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support. Additionally, Longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season. Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant. In addition to their effort in the Cup Series, Rick Ware Racing will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season with recently announced driver Spencer Boyd at the wheel. Sponsorship for the team's Cup entry will be announced at a later date.(Rick Ware Racing)(1-20-2017)