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Post Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:49 pm

Stewart Haas to field XFINITY team in 2017

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Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will expand into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017. The organization will field a full-time, single-car team in the XFINITY Series with a driver and sponsor lineup to be announced prior to the conclusion of the 2016 season. The XFINITY Series team will be run from SHR's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina. "In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. "People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary."
"An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now," said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. "Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team."
"This is a natural progression of SHR's growth and one that allows us to be more self-sufficient," Haas said. "If you look at all the teams that are successful in Sprint Cup, they have a direct connection to the XFINITY Series where drivers, engineers, mechanics and pit crew members are developed. We're an established team with a strong infrastructure that is ready for this endeavor."(Stewart Haas Racing)(7-25-2016)
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Post Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:53 pm

Re: Stewart Haas to field XFINITY team in 2017

I have to wonder how much of this will be Harvick as he has driven for other teams in this series with one of his sponsors...Hunt Brothers Pizza

I wonder if they would be the sponsor to go with this series
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:04 am

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JMO....Cole Custer, son of Joe Custer, ....Joe Custer is the executive VP of SHR and Chief Executive Officer for Haas Formula One Team....Cole drives sometimes for Dale Jr...He is a good driver just needs time behind the wheel .... He did well last year driving 00,sponsored by Haas CNC.... And let's face it SHR needs an Xfinity team to gain expertise and draw talent from and Cole needs a secure ride to gain his experience....Win, win situation....Plus Tony has access to some of the best of the up and coming drivers with his dirt track teams and the AllStar circuit...
I also think, but don't tell Delana, ;) ;) This could be the great starting spot for Keelan .....And if Tony is smart he should sign him ASAP..."Uncle Moke", would do everything he could to make Keelan the race car driver we all know he could be.... :D
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:49 am

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cole is the obvious choice, only real reason he drives for Jr is because SHR did not have a program in place
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:55 pm

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Also one thing I forgot to mention is with SHR going to Ford next year, Cole driving a Chevy from Dale Jr with Haas CNC on it, can't happen...conflict of interest...
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:13 pm

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sponsorship is rarely tied into a manufactures agreement, perfect example BPS he spreads his sponsorship around the garage and manufactures
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:55 pm

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MJ, I'm a big dummy...Who's BPS? And, yes, Cole is a fine choice. The kid has talent and is already (by family ties) part of Haas's empire!
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:50 pm

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bass pro shops
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:04 pm

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Gotcha, MJ! The Coca-Cola family includes all 3 makes too. Bubba Wallace Jr. is kinda in that group, but he drives for Rousch racing!
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:30 pm

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yup, only true conflict of interest would be something like one driver of team having pepsi and the other having coke as a sponsor, but i dont even think it as much of a deal nowadays, only people that made the conflicts were the france family, back in 2003 ken schrader was driving for bam racing and they got a sponsorship deal with att but nascar killed the deal because sprint was becoming the tittle sponsor
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:34 pm

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Oh, yeah. I remember the politics of some companies. Nascar had to step back and let things fall into place...Ryan Newman in the Alltell ride and Jeff Burton, GTE (?) car had problems too! Corporate lawyers make the BIG bucks!!! :lol:
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Post Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:30 am

Re: Stewart Haas to field XFINITY team in 2017

Maybe Danica could go back to the XFINITY series
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Post Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:21 pm

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Banjo14 wrote:Maybe Danica could go back to the XFINITY series

Where's that "LIKE" button when you need it. ;) :lol:
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HiddenHollow wrote:
Banjo14 wrote:Maybe Danica could go back to the XFINITY series

Where's that "LIKE" button when you need it. ;) :lol:


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Post Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:11 pm

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Neither Coca Cola or Bass Pro Shops own a NASCAR Racing Team...Haas CNC does.....You are right Allen....BIG conflict of interest
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