Spire Motorsports

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Spire Motorsports
Owner(s)Jeff Dickerson
T. J. Puchyr[1]
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Race drivers40. Jamie McMurray (part-time)
77. Garrett Smithley, Reed Sorenson, Quin Houff, D. J. Kennington, Justin Haley
Sponsors40. McDonald's, Cessna, Bass Pro Shops, AdventHealth
77. HeroBox, Harrell's, Precision Turf, CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation, Trophy Tractor, Victory Lane Quick Oil Change, Kendall Motor Oil, Motor Racing Network, Rim Ryderz, Falci Adaptive Motorsports, OilFire Rye Whiskey, Nascar Mobile, Sleep6 Mattress, Grassroots Racing Tour, Rapid City Rush, Go-Parts, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Formula One Imports
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2018
Career
Debut2019 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Latest race2019 South Point 400 (Las Vegas)
Races competed27
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories1
Pole positions0

Spire Motorsports is an American auto racing organization currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team is a subsidiary of Spire Sports + Entertainment, and currently fields the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for multiple drivers.

Car No. 77 history[edit]

Quin Houff, the primary driver of the No. 77

On December 4, 2018, Spire Sports + Entertainment announced they purchased their charter from the now-defunct Furniture Row Racing. At the same time, the team announced they will use the No. 77 and field Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s.[1][2][3] The sale, which was made in September,[4]purportedly came about after FRR owner Barney Visser asked SS+E to help sell his charter and later suggested the idea of the agency buying the charter and starting the team.[5] FRR President Joe Garone joined the team to serve the same position.[6]

In January, Quin Houff signed with Spire for a part-time schedule in the No. 77 in 2019 starting at ISM Raceway.[7] Spire Motorsports formed a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing to field the No. 40 for Jamie McMurray at the 2019 Daytona 500 and Advance Auto Parts Clash, using the newly-acquired No. 77 charter to effectively renumber it to the No. 40 for a one-off and guarantee it qualified for the race.[6][8] McMurray ended his career with a 22nd place finish at the race after being caught in "The Big One". Prior to Houff’s debut, Garrett Smithley and Reed Sorenson drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, respectively.[9][10] Prior to the Atlanta race, car chief Shane Callis was ejected from the track after the No. 77 failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times.[11] D. J. Kennington joined the team for the Martinsville Speedway race.[12] In April, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Justin Haley made his Cup debut with the team at Talladega Superspeedway.[13]

Justin Haley won the team's first race, at Daytona International Speedway

On July 7, Spire Motorsports won their first ever Cup race at Daytona in their 18th attempt at the rain-shortened 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400, with Haley behind the wheel. For a team with a such an average finish worse than 32nd place, to that point in their inaugural season, to win a Cup was race was unprecedented in the modern era of the Cup Series. Haley and the team were not eligible for the Cup Series Playoffs, but did receive the Daytona winner's check and entry into numerous exclusive big-money events. Note that this eligibility rests with Haley; should he drive for a different team, Spire will no longer be eligible to appear in these events.[14]

Car No. 77 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2019 Jamie McMurray 40 Chevy DAY
22
-* -*
Garrett Smithley 77 ATL
36
CAL
36
TEX
32
MCH
35
Reed Sorenson LVS
36
GLN
37
BRI
38
DAR
30
IND
23
LVS
37
RCH
Quin Houff PHO
30
BRI
32
RCH
34
DOV
36
KAN
34
CLT
28
POC
29
MCH
32
CHI
38
KEN
34
NHA
31
POC
31
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
D. J. Kennington MAR
32
Justin Haley TAL
32
SON
34
DAY
1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crandall, Kelly (December 6, 2018). "Marketing agency Spire buys Furniture Row charter". racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Justin (December 5, 2018). "Spire Sports buys Furniture Row charter, to field #77". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Seelman, Jacob (December 4, 2018). "Spire Purchases Charter From Furniture Row". Speed Sport. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Nguyen, Justin (December 5, 2018). "Spire Sports buys Furniture Row charter, to field #77". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved December 4, 2018.[verification needed]
  5. ^ Sherwin, Andrew. "#PETM173 - Doubledipping with @JayBusbee and @Jeff_Gluck". www.petmpodcast.com. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Long, Dustin (January 18, 2019). "Jamie McMurray to race in Daytona 500 with Spire Motorsports". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Page, Scott (January 22, 2019). "Quinn Houff to drive for Spire Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Spire Motorsports partners with CGR to field Daytona 500 car for Jamie McMurray". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 18, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  9. ^ McFadin, Daniel (February 18, 2019). "Garrett Smithley in Spire Motorsports car at Atlanta as entry lists released". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Nguyen, Justin (February 27, 2019). "Reed Sorenson joins Spire Motorsports for Las Vegas". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Three car chiefs ejected this weekend following inspection failures at Atlanta". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. February 22, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Spire Motorsports partners with Go-Parts for STP 500". Spire Motorsports. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.[verification needed]
  13. ^ "Spire Motorsports partners with Go-Parts for STP 500". Spire Motorsports. March 20, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Cain, Holly (July 7, 2019). "Haley wins weather-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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