CASEY’S GENERAL STORE & HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS

TO SPONSOR BOWYER’S NO. 15 TOYOTA SATURDAY IN KENTUCKY

 

CORNELIUS, N.C. —  Casey’s General Store and Hughes General Contractors will co-sponsor Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 15 Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. 

 

The race marks the first time the companies have served as primary sponsors on a Sprint Cup car.

 

“It’s great when we get a chance to bring companies like Casey’s and Hughes General Contractors into the sport and show them the power of NASCAR,” said Bowyer. “I hope they see how welcoming our fans are and how they support the companies that allow us to go racing.”

 

The No. 15’s black-and-orange paint scheme makes its first appearance at the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Ky., for a NASCAR test session on Wednesday followed by practice and qualifying on Friday. NBC Sports Network televises the race nationally Saturday night.

 

Casey’s is a Fortune 500 company with nearly 1,900 stores populating small towns throughout the Midwest including Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.  The Ankeny, Iowa, based chain offers customers gasoline, convenience store items and an assortment of food.  It served more than 18 million made-from-scratch pizzas last year making it one of the top-10 pizza chains in the country.

 

Hughes General Contractors, based in North Salt Lake, Utah, is a third-generation, family-owned commercial contractor that specializes in construction management projects.  Hughes is an established forerunner in the art of tilt-up construction and concrete work, a nationally recognized expert in historical restoration, and an educational construction specialist.

 

Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., finished third at Kentucky in 2013. He owns eight Sprint Cup victories and is battling for a berth in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

 

How do you feel about the new rules package at Kentucky?

“I think a good race car driver adapts to any situation as does a good race team with the communication process and the way they go about their business. A lot of times when you cut downforce away and things like that the cars that were fast were probably going to still be that way. The cream always rises to the top. It always has been that way. People get behind and struggle but they usually find their way back to the top once they get ironed out. If you look back at the last several years of racing, when they made a rule change it kind of shook things up and made for a really entertaining race and a good product on the race track. I’m looking forward to seeing the product. We’re going to learn at Kentucky. There’s going to be some growing pains. You’re not going to set a set of rules up for a race track and it be good everywhere. You’re just not. But, I think they’ve got a good game plan. I think they’ve done the due diligence. They’ve reached out to all of the channels, leaning on a lot of smart people – certainly a lot smarter than any one person in particular. I think they’ve got a great plan going into this for all of us and I think if we don’t see exactly what we’re looking for at Kentucky hopefully we’ll see it soon.”

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

 Billy Scott

Crew Chief

Terry Spalding

Front Tire Changer

Allen Steele

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

P.J. Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

J.D. Frey

Car Chief

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Joe Bisson

Race Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

Chris Sherwood

Front Mechanic

Kyle Anderson

Interior Mechanic

James Davis

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

Truck Driver

 

 

KENTUCKY STATS

 

· One top-five and one top-10 finish in four starts

· Completed 1,059 of 1,068 laps (99.2%)

· Average start 13.0 and average finish 19.2

· No DNFs (Did Not Finish)

 

Race

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2011-18

20

35

259/267

crash

0

2012-17

6

16

267/267

running

0

2013-17

15

3

267/267

running

0

2014-17

11

23

266/267

running

0

 

CHASE ELIGIBLE

1 – Jimmie Johnson (4 wins) … 589 points

2 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 656 points

3 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 wins) … 593 points

4 – Kurt Busch (2 wins) … 508 points

5 – Joey Logano (1 win) … 581 points

6 – Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) … 569 points

7 –Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 520 points

8 – Matt Kenseth (1 win) … 501 points

9 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 480 points

10 – Carl Edwards (1 wins) … 408 points

11 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 526 points

12 – Jeff Gordon (0 wins) … 500 points

13 – Kasey Kahne (0 wins) … 496 points

14 – Paul Menard (0 wins) … 480 points

15 – Ryan Newman (0 wins) 472 points

16 – Clint Bowyer (0 wins) … 465 points

 

DRIVERS OUTSIDE THE CHASE

17 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) …24 points behind 16th

18 – Kyle Larson (0 wins) … 70 points behind 16th

19 – Greg Biffle (0 wins) … 73 points behind 16th

20 – Danica Patrick (0 wins) 79 points behind 16th

WINNERS NOT IN TOP 30 IN POINTS

37 – Kyle Busch (1 win) … 128 points behind 30th


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