Leavine Family Racing
|Base||Tyler, Texas, United States
Concord, North Carolina, United States
|Series||Sprint Cup Series
|Race drivers||Sprint Cup Series:
95. Michael McDowell
|Debut||2011 Samsung Mobile 500 (Texas)|
|Latest race||2014 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)|
|Races competed||NSCS: 40, NNS: 1|
Leavine Family Racing (originally Leavine Fenton Racing) is an American stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 95 KLOVE Ford driven by Michael McDowell. Owned by Sharon and Bob Leavine, the team is headquartered in Tyler, Texas, but operates its racing team from a shop in Concord, North Carolina.
Sprint Cup Series
Founded as Leavine Fenton Racing by Bob Leavine and Lance Fenton in early 2011, the team planned to compete on a limited basis in the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, with David Starr competing in the former for six events and Fenton driving in the latter for three. Based in Tyler, Texas but with its race shop in Concord, North Carolina, the team made its debut in the Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway in April of that year; Starr qualified for the race, his first in Sprint Cup competition, and finished 38th following an accident.
Following competing in the Sprint Showdown and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team announced that Fenton's share in the team had been acquired by Leavine and his wife, Sharon; the team was renamed as Leavine Family Racing. Fenton had not attempted any Truck Series events before leaving the team. After failing to qualify at Kentucky Speedway, the team next raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, scoring its best finish and Starr's career best in the series, 27th; LFR and Starr would fail to qualify for events at Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway and in the fall at Texas Motor Speedway over the remainder of the year, only making one further race, at Atlanta Motor Speedway where they posted a 29th place finish.
Starr left Leavine Family Racing following the 2011 season; for 2012, Leavine hired Scott Speed to drive the team's No. 95 Fords in the Sprint Cup Series, with Wally Rogers as crew chief; a 15-race schedule in NASCAR's premier series was planned for the season. The team qualified for races with Speed at Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway with Speed, starting and parking, before finishing 25th at Sonoma Raceway. The team also posted a 14th place finish in the Sprint Showdown, a non-points event. At the 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen, Speed finished 17th.
In August 2012 LFR announced that it had re-signed Speed for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, intending to run 28 events on the 36 race schedule. The team had its best finish at the 2013 Aaron's 499 with a ninth place finish. Speed was released after the Atlanta race, replaced on an interim basis by Reed Sorenson.
In October 2013, Leavine Family Racing announced that Michael McDowell will drive the team's #95 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in 2014. They will run 20 of the 36 races. On January 28, 2014, Leavine announced that KLOVE would sponsor all 20 scheduled races in the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
At the 2014 Coke Zero 400, McDowell and Leavine Family Racing finished their career-best with a 7th-place finish in the rain-shortened event.
In October 2013, LFR announced that they would be adding a Nationwide Series team to the team's operations, with the No. 95 Ford Mustang being driven by Reed Sorenson and Michael McDowell in selected races late in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, with a full-time driver for the 2014 season to be announced. The team has yet to attempt a Nationwide Series race in 2014.
ARCA Racing Series
For the 2012 season, Leavine Family Racing added an ARCA Racing Series team to its racing efforts, with Michael Leavine, grandson of the team's owners, racing as a development driver. A six-race schedule was planned for Leavine in the series for 2012; In his first two races of the 2012 season, Leavine crashed in both, with a best finish of 26th at Pocono Raceway; he withdrew following practice at his third attempted race at Michigan International Speedway.
Sprint Cup Series
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