#51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News

Rick Ware Racing
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#51 Team News and Rumors

Two full-time teams for Rick Ware Racing in 2019? Rick Ware Racing will be entering its third full-time season of competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. "I think Rick Ware Racing is going to two full-time charters next year, and I think that we're going to keep growing, and each and every year," [Cody] Ware said.[More](11-27-2018)

Joey Gase joins Rick Ware Racing at Texas Motor Speedway: Joey Gase will head to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) to pull double duty with Rick Ware Racing (RWR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) No. 51 Ford Fusion. Donate Life Texas will join Gase and RWR for the weekend's AAA Texas 500.[More](10-31-2018)

Rick Ware Racing taps Jeb Burton for Martinsville Speedway: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that Halifax, Va. native Jeb Burton will pilot the team's No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Sunday afternoon's First Data 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.[More](10-26-2018)

Stanton Barrett looks to run more races next season: In 2019, Barrett's ideal Cup Series schedule would be to compete at all the road courses, Martinsville, New Hampshire and the superspeedway races along with road courses races in the Xfinity Series races. He will be talking with teams to see what races can be done.

Rick Ware Racing 'throws back' to 1990 at Darlington: Jumping into NASCAR's official throwback weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today they are dialing back their knob to 1990 with their No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Sunday night's Bojangles Southern 500. Veteran B.J. McLeod will make his Cup debut at the track dubbed "Too Tough Too Tame" but others may mistakenly point him out as Russ Wheeler, the famed rival teammate of Cole Trickle in the 1990 sports action drama film Days of Thunder. [More](8-31-2018)

Monarch Token joins Rick Ware Racing at Bristol: Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced that Monarch Token, the world's dominant cryptocurrency wallet has partnered with Trading View to support Rick Ware Racing's #51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.[More](8-16-2018)

Rick Ware Racing welcomes JACOB Companies: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that West Palm Beach, Fla.-based JACOB Companies will support the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team for the remainder of the season beginning with Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Road course veteran and Xfinity Series regular Josh Bilicki will make his third career Cup start aboard the #51 JACOB Companies Ford Fusion.[More](8-5-2018)

Ray Black Jr. returns to Rick Ware Racing for Daytona: Palm Coast, Fla. native Ray Black Jr. is poised to make his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway aboard Rick Ware Racing's #51 Chevrolet Camaro.[More](7-5-2018)

Ray Black to have two female tire changers at Daytona: Less than two years after relocating to North Carolina to pursue careers as professional tire-changers, NASCAR Drive for Diversity pit crew members Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary will go over the wall together in Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race at Daytona International Speedway. The crew members will both pit for Rick Ware Racing and Ray Black Jr., driver of the #51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, in the Coke Zero Sugar 400[More](7-4-2018)

Cody Ware plans more races: Kansas, the Open (All Star preliminary race), Sonoma, Watkins Glen and the Charlotte Roval are all on Ware's radar, depending on adequate funding and sponsorship. If more sponsorship jumps aboard, Ware could be in line for more than three races in the chartered ride.[More](5-7-2018)

Timmy Hill to drive for Rick Ware Racing at Talladega: Returning to the site of his career-best finish in NASCAR, veteran Timmy Hill has been tapped to drive the #51 Keen's Building Chevrolet in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for Rick Ware Racing (RWR). Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year will make his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season and third at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.[More](4-26-2018)

Harrison Rhodes returns to Rick Ware Racing at Martinsville with new sponsor: fter making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway last month, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Harrison Rhodes returns to Rick Ware Racing's #51 chartered Chevrolet for Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Joining Rhodes in his debut at Martinsville is primary marketing partner Custom Aircraft Cabinets.[More](3-21-2018)

BUBBA burger colors return to Rick Ware Racing at Auto Club Speedway: For the second consecutive year at Auto Club Speedway, BUBBA burger® will join Rick Ware Racing (RWR) as the primary marketing partner of the team's charted #51 Toyota Camry for Sunday's Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race. After finishing a respectable 33rd last weekend at ISM (Phoenix) Raceway, veteran driver Timmy Hill returns to the driver duties of the #51 BUBBA burger® Toyota looking for another fulfilling and stuffing finish at the 2.0-mile oval.[More](3-14-2018)

Cole Custer to make Monster Energy NASCAR Cup debut at Las Vegas UPDATE: Cole Custer will make his Monster Energy Cup Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sources have told motorsport.com. Custer will pilot the #51 Ford for Rick Ware Racing in the Pennzoil 400. An announcement is expected later this week.(2-19-2018)
UPDATE: Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) confirmed today that NASCAR Next alumnus Cole Custer will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) debut March 2-4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Haas Automation, Inc., America's leading builder of CNC machine tools, will continue its support of Custer and serve as the primary sponsor of RWR's #51 Ford in the March 4 race.[More](2-21-2018)

Harrison Rhodes to make Cup debut at Atlanta: Set to compete in Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with veteran Justin Marks, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) is full-speed ahead working to solidify its driver lineup for other races this season. For the Feb. 25 running of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, XFINITY Series veteran Harrison Rhodes will drive the team's-#51 Chevrolet Camaro ZR1 chartered car in the second Cup Series race of the season.[More](2-15-2018)

Justin Marks driving for Rick Ware at Daytona: Justin Marks will run the #51 Chevrolet fielded by Rick Ware Racing (RWR) in alliance with Premium Motorsports in the 2018 Daytona 500 on February 18. The Chevrolet entry will be powered by ECR engines and carrying the colors of first-time Daytona 500 primary sponsor Harry's Shaving Products and long-time Marks' supporter Katerra. The #51 owned by Rick Ware will have a guaranteed starting position in the Great American Race as RWR will be running the full 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.[More](2-2-2018)

Ray Black Jr. joining Rick Ware Racing for full 2018 Cup season UPDATE: 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)
FYI: this was denied by the team and Justin Marks was named the driver..at least part time (2-2-2018)

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 #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 #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 #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)

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)

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)

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