For the second consecutive January, a sponsorship implosion suddenly has Burton scrambling for a NASCAR ride with only two weeks before the season. A deal to keep him in a ThorSport Racing Toyota recently fell through for the Camping World Truck Series driver, NBC Sports reports.
Roger Penske says he would certainly consider entering Blaney in a third full-time entry if his rookie driver won the Daytona 500 next month and became eligible for the Chase for the Championship, popularspeed.com reports.
WIX Filters announced the extension of its partnership with Richard Childress Racing. The partnership includes primary branding of select events with the No. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with driver Newman, rcrracing.com reports.
Elliott, who became the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history last season, will join Hendrick Motorsports as a full-time Sprint Cup driver beginning in 2016. Elliott's No. 24 Chevy team will be led by crew chief Alan Gustafson, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
Bowman appears set to join Tommy Baldwin Racing in the seat vacated by former driver Michael Annett. Bowman is expected to be announced as the driver of the No. 7 Chevy soon, giving one of NASCAR's few independent teams a much-needed boost with the season-opening Daytona 500 less than a month away, catchfence.com reports.
Patrick, who is entering her third season in the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevy, is in the final year of her contract. Stewart-Haas Racing owner Gene Haas says discussions are ongoing and the evaluation process began from "the day she starts". Haas isn't concerned with how Patrick has struggled in the first two seasons. He believes the potential is there, motorsport.com reports.