Richard Petty Motorsports Sells Majority Interest
Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 driven by Erik Jones courtesy of RPM.
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM)—owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty—has sold a majority interest to GMS Racing owner Maury Gallagher.
A statement from Gallagher and RPM reads: “Richard Petty Motorsports has agreed to sell a majority interest to Maury Gallagher, owner of GMS Racing. Two charters are included in the agreement and will be operated during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. This is a special moment for both organizations as the Next Gen car allows a new chapter to be written.”
GMS Racing had previously announced that it would expand its NASCAR operation into the Cup Series level in 2022. Ty Dillon was revealed as the driver of the brand-new No. 94 Chevrolet. RPM, meantime, confirmed two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Erik Jones will return to the No. 43 Chevy.
RPM began racing in 2000 under a different name, Evernham Motorsports, and took on its current branding in honor of “The King” in 2009 following a merger between Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises. Since 2009, RPM has won five Cup races and two Xfinity Series races. For more information, visit gmsracing.net and richardpettymotorsports.com.
NMCA Introduces Drag & Drive Shootout
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals has introduced Drag & Drive Shootout to bring select long-haul street car participants to three events in 2022.
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals has introduced Drag & Drive Shootout to bring select long-haul street car participants to three events in 2022. The 2022 Gear Vendors Drag & Drive eight-car shootout presented by Sick the Magazine will take place during the NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem at Bradenton Motorsports Park (March 17–20), NMCA All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park (August 25–28) and the NMCA World Finals Presented by Chevrolet Performance at Lucas Oil Raceway (September 22–25). The invitational will feature cars driven by Tom Bailey, the founder of Sick the Magazine, social media influencer Alex Taylor, and two-time Drag Week champion Dave Schroeder. For more information, visit nmcadigital.com.
2022 ASCS National Lineup Revealed
The lineup of events for the 31st season of competition for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) has dropped with 57 dates spread across 30 tracks in 11 states. Putting the primary focus on tracks in the Midwest, new series owner Terry Mattox is entering his first year at the helm with the emphasis on making the national tour more efficient, effective and affordable for teams to be able to travel on a full-time basis. Among the new destinations is Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, Thursday, March 24. Just down the road, Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Mississippi, comes out swinging as Mattox has leased the track for action April 1–2. For the complete schedule, visit the ASCS website.
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