JTG Daugherty Racing
|Base||Harrisburg, North Carolina|
|Series||Sprint Cup Series|
|Race drivers||47. A.J. Allmendinger|
|Sponsors||Bush's Baked Beans|
|Debut||2008 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)|
|Latest race||2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 (Loudon)|
JTG Daugherty Racing (formerly ST Motorsports and JTG Racing) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owned by former advertising executive Tad Geschickter and his wife Jodi, along with current ESPN analyst Brad Daugherty. It currently fields the #47 Bush's Baked Beans Chevrolet SS driven by A. J. Allmendinger in the Sprint Cup Series.
Sprint Cup Series
Car #47 History
JTG Daugherty attempted to make their Cup Series debut in the third race of 2007 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Ken Schrader behind the wheel of the Ore-Ida Ford but the team failed to qualify for the race. Jon Wood attempted to qualify the #47 in the season's 29th race at Kansas Speedway but also failed to qualify the Little Debbie/Nutty Bars car into the field.
With the new ownership at JTG Daugherty Racing in 2008, the team attempted to qualify for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard with Marcos Ambrose at the wheel and he qualified into the race in 24th position. Ambrose finished in the 22nd position. Ambrose finished 3rd in the #21 Ford Fusion of Wood Brothers Racing at the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. On October 1, JTG Daugherty signed a deal to enter into a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of 2008 and the 2009 Sprint Cup season. During this technical alliance in 2008 and 2009, the #47 ran a Toyota Camry as the third car on the Michael Waltrip Racing team. For the rest of the 2008 season, the 47 switched to Toyota and leased the owner point's for MWR's #00 entry. Ambrose ran four races for the rest of the season and had a best finish of eighteenth. The 47 became a full-time entry in 2009, running with sponsorship mostly from Little Debbie and the Clorox Company. He had seven top-ten finishes, including a second at Watkins Glen, and finished eighteenth in points. The alliance continued for 2010, with Ambrose again running as the third car for MWR.
For 2011, however, Ambrose left JTG Daugherty Racing in the Sprint Cup Series to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports although he drove for JTG in a one race deal for Watkins Glen in the Nationwide Series. He was replaced by former series champion Bobby Labonte. Labonte proved a good replacement by scoring 4th in the Daytona 500 and pushing Trevor Bayne to the lead on the final lap. However, the 500 remained their sole high point, and they struggled throughout the season to a 29th place points finish. As a result, crew chief Frankie Kerr was moved to the shop foreman position, and JTG hired former Richard Childress Racing crew chief Todd Berrier as their new crew chief and general manager. To improve the team's performance beyond MWR, JTG moved back into the Geischeckter's old race shop it shared with the Wood Brothers. However, the team had very few good runs in 2012. For 2013, Labonte and JTG would have a best finish of 15th at Daytona before he was replaced at Kentucky by A. J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger would score a top 10 at Watkins Glen. On August 29, 2013, Sporting News reported that Allmendinger will be the full-time driver for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014. The team will also be switching to Chevrolet and form a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing.
Car #47 History
The second team in the JTG Daugherty stable made its debut in 1996 at the All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300. The car was #46, sponsored by Stanley Tools and driven to a 22nd place finish by Larry Pearson. Pearson drove two more races for the team that year, each one getting regressively worse. ST would not run a second car again until 2004, when they fielded the #47 Ford Taurus driven by Robert Pressley. Pressley had two top ten finishes that year, and finished 15th in points. He was replaced by rookie Jon Wood in 2005. Wood posted six top-ten finishes and finished 15th in overall championship points. He was to continue to drive the 47 car in 2007, before medical problems forced him to exit the ride. Former American Speed Association champion Kelly Bires took his place for most of the year, garnering two top-ten finishes. Andy Lally took his place on road courses, finishing tenth at Watkins Glen International. Bires drove full-time in 2008.
In 2009, Michael McDowell started the season with sponsorship from Tom's Snacks where he had three top-ten finishes, but left the team midway through the season due to a lack of funding. Bires returned for three races followed by Coleman Pressley at Iowa. Marcos Ambrose drafted in for the seasons two road course events at Watkins Glen and Montreal, and would go on to win the event at Watkins Glen. Pressley and Chase Miller finished out the season with ConstructionJobs.com sponsorship but neither finished a race. The team was suspended at the end of the year, and its owners points were sold to Penske Racing. In 2010, the team returned with Ambrose driving two road course races; at Watkins Glen, where he won the race, and at Montreal where he did not finish the race, due to electrical problems.
Car #59 History
JTG Daugherty Racing (then known as ST Motorsports) made its debut at the 1995 Goody's 300. Jeff Fuller drove the Sunoco-sponsored Chevrolet to an eleventh place finish. Fuller ran the full season with ST, and had six top-ten finishes en route to a tenth-place finish in points. He was named Rookie of the Year for the Busch Series that year. Fuller returned again in 1996. While he dropped seven points in the standings due to missing two races, he had four top-ten finishes and won from the pole at the Food City 250. Fuller was 18th in points after the 1997 GM Goodwrench/Delco Batteries 200, when he was released from the ride and replaced by Robert Pressley. Pressley had two-top fives and finished 32nd in points despite missing half the season. Pressley could only run half of the season in the newly renumbered #59 due to Winston Cup commitments with Jasper Motorsports. He ran 18 races and had two pole positions, finishing 31st in points with sponsorship from Kingsford. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Lepage, Ron Hornaday and Rich Bickle filled in when Pressley was unavailable. Adam Petty drove a second car for the team, the #22 Spree Chevy in three races during the season and his best finish was 27th (twice).
For 1999, ST hired Mike Dillon as its new driver. Dillon had a seventh-place finish at the Lysol 200 and finished 16th in points that year. Dillon left for Richard Childress Racing after the season was over and ST replaced him with Phil Parsons. Parsons qualified for all 32 races, had two top-tens and finished 12th in points. In 2001, he was replaced by Bickle again. However, Bickle struggled in the ride and was replaced by Mark Green and Jeff Purvis after the MBNA.com 200.
In 2002, ST hired Stacy Compton to drive the #59, and he drove until the end of the 2006 season. His best finish being 9th. The only major change from 2002 until 2007 was the team's switch to the Ford Motor Company in 2004. Australian driver Marcos Ambrose was hired to compete in the #59 during the 2007 season, finishing in the top-ten six times and ending the year sixth in points.
Ambrose won the team's first race in 2008 running an STP-sponsored #59 at Watkins Glen. For the 2009 Nationwide Series, the #59 team ceased operations, running only the #47 entry for numerous drivers, and the owner points going to the #12 Penske Dodge driven by Justin Allgaier.
Camping World Truck Series
The #20 truck debuted in 2006 at the GM Flex Fuel 250 as the #20 truck. Jon Wood drove the truck for two races, due to Marcos Ambrose not being cleared to run the first two races due to limited experience. Bobby East ran the event at Atlanta. Ambrose finally took over the ride at Martinsville, winning one pole and posting two third-place finishes during the season. In 2007, the truck switched numbers to 09. Joey Clanton brought Zaxby's as a sponsor and would share the ride with ex-Busch Series veteran Stacy Compton. Clanton, despite running a partial schedule, was third in the Rookie of the Year standings. Clanton would take both the #09 and Zaxby's with him to Roush Fenway Racing for 2008, allowing JTG Daugherty to switch back to the #20 and hire Scott Lagasse as their new driver. After eight races, JTG Daugherty closed its Truck team due to a lack of funding.