Jay Robinson Racing
|Base||Monroe, North Carolina|
|Series||Sprint Cup Series
|Debut||2000 Myrtle Beach 250|
Jay Robinson Racing, known as Robinson Blakeney Racing during 2012, was a racing team that competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. On October 2012, The remains of Robinson-Blakeney Racing was auctioned off, and in January 2013, Jay Robinson Racing merged with NEMCO Motorsports and is now known as NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing. Robinson later partnered with Atlanta-based investor Nat Hardwick to form Identity Ventures Racing, a Toyota R&D team.
Sprint Cup Series
Car #36 history
In 2012, the team announced its intent to compete in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team planned to race the full series schedule, running Toyotas, using the No. 49. J.J. Yeley and Tony Furr served as the driver and crew chief, respectively. The team had sponsorship for the Daytona 500 from America-Israel Racing, in order to "educate people" about Israel. One of the sponsors said that "being brought up Southern Baptist, I was always taught we stand behind Israel. This is a way I felt I could give back to society. It’s something I believe in.” Yeley also stated that JPO Absorbents will sponsor for about 8 - 10 races throughout the season. In its first outing, the team missed the field for the Daytona 500.
On October 22, 2012, the team sold off its Cup Series equipment in an auction. In January 2013, it was announced that NEMCO Motorsports and Joe Nemechek had bought out RBR and formed NEMCO-JRR Motorsports.
At Talladega in October of 2014, Robinson again fielded the #49 for Mike Wallace. At the time Robinson was involved in a partnership with several investors from the Identity Ventures group in a team called Identity Ventures Racing. At the superspeedway races and a few others throughout the year, Robinson had used his NEMCO Motorsports connections to have that team's #87 fielded, usually with owner-driver Joe Nemechek. At Talladega, Robinson fielded a second car independent of Nemechek or Identity. For this, he used his old number 49, but with the owner points from the 87. Identity Ventures Racing is no longer existent because of legal problems involving co-owner Nat Hardwick. For 2015, Jay Robinson Racing has bought the Tommy Baldwin Racing 36 car and it's owner points.
Car #28 history
The 28 car made its debut at the 2004 Charter 250. It was sponsored by Yahoo! and driven by Mark Green, who finished 35th in the car. Green piloted the car in six more races that season, before departing for Keith Coleman Racing. Shane Hall drove the car on a limited basis for the rest of the year. Derrike Cope was named the driver for 2005, with sponsorship from Radioshack and Motorola. Cope struggled and was replaced by Shane Hall. Hall only ran on a part-time basis, and did not finish a race. The 28 was driven part-time by Hall in 2006. He ran six races and had a best finish of 36th.
For 2007, the team acquired the assets of the former Haas CNC Racing Busch team and ran the 28 Chevy full-time with Robert Richardson and Blake Bjorklund. Jeff Green and Johnny Sauter originally drove as well, before leaving to concentrate on their Cup rides. Sponsorship came from Checkers/Rally's Drive-In, U.S. Border Patrol, and Affordable Band Instruments during the 2007 racing season. Their best finish came at Montreal where Niclas Jonsson finished 12th. In 2008, Kirk Shelmerdine drove the #28 at Daytona with sponsorship from Lilly Trucking of Virginia in a one race deal for Daytona. Brian Keselowski was named the driver of the #28 after Daytona, however he was released after Bristol. Kenny Wallace was named the driver of the #28 for the rest of the year starting at Nashville with the United States Border Patrol providing sponsorship. He provided the team with its career-best third place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park and finished sixteenth in points. In 2009, he had two top ten finishes and placed eleventh in points, the team's highest finish. The Border Patrol left at the end of the season, and the team was forced to rotate sponsors for 2010. Wallace left the team for RAB Racing, and Robinson hired Derrike Cope to drive full-time in 2011 with sponsorship from Maxelence. Cope ran all the races except for Iowa, in which Dennis Setzer drove. Cope would finish 20th in points with a best finish of 17th at Road America. J.J. Yeley drove the No. 28 in the 2012 season opener at Daytona. David Green and Cope ran one race each with sponsorship from JPO Absorbents. Kevin Lepage took over the 28 car with manufacturer support from Chevrolet. However, the team began to focus on its Cup program with Yeley, and returned at Charlotte with Tony Raines.
Car #49 history
JRR made its debut in 2000 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Rodney Childers was the driver of the #49 Southern Marine Chevy, but wrecked after 69 laps. JRR returned to the Busch Series at the 2001 NAPA Auto Parts 300. Fielding a Chevrolet, driver Andy Kirby failed to make the field. Their first start came at the Suncom 200, with A.J. Frank driving. He finished 39th after suffering equipment failure. The team made the next race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Carl Long finishing 42nd, followed by Bristol Motor Speedway, where they finished 43rd with Jerry McCart driving, as well finishing 42nd at Texas with Robbie Faggert. Frank returned at Nashville, where he finished 38th after wrecking during the race. At the next race at the NASCAR Subway 300, Kirby finished in 16th, the best finish for the team that year. Other drivers who raced for JRR that year were Joe Bush, Dick Trickle, Phil Bonifield, Brian Tyler, Philip Morris, Brian Weber, and Ken Alexander. The team finished 33rd in owner's points that year.
JRR started 2002 by switching to Ford and Kirk Shelmerdine finishing 31st at Daytona. Faggart returned the next week with sponsorship from Rent-A-Wreck, where he finished 35th, and Craig Raudman at Las Vegas, who finished 32nd. Joe Buford took over the next two races, before David Starr took over at Texas. After that, Kirby returned to the team, and ran until the Kroger 300, when he was killed in a motorcycle accident two days after. They made one race with Nick Woodward, then with Dan Pardus. Buford, Troy Cline, and Derrike Cope finished out the year for the team. In 2003, the team hired Bingham to and Cope to share the driving duties 49. Bingham struggled finishing races and soon moved over to the #39 team, while Cope would eventually be released. Shane Hall took over for two races, along with Carlos Contreras. At New Hampshire, Tammy Jo Kirk and sponsor Advil signed on. She ran 15 races that season with a best finish of 21st at Pikes Peak. Cope returned to the 49 in 2004, running 30 out of 34 races, and finishing 27th in points. Vahsholtz made one start at Kentucky, where he finished 36th.
In 2005, JRR hired Steve Grissom to pilot the #49 full-time. His best finish was 16th at Talladega. Mara Reyes filled in for him at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City. Steve Grissom ran the season-opening race at Daytona in 2006 until Jorge Goeters (competing for NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year) drove for a few races. Derrike Cope then took over driving duties, sharing the ride with Shane Hall, Steve Grissom, and Jennifer Jo Cobb. Derrike Cope ran three 3 races in the #49 in 2007. The #49 switched to #4 in 2008, after purchasing owners points from Phoenix Racing. Robert Richardson ran eleven races with funding from JVC and Phantom EFX, before Cope took his place for most of the season. In the final races, Patrick Sheltra leased the number and owner's points for his own entry. At the road course events, Phoenix fielded the #4 for Landon Cassill, while Cope drove the 49.
For the 2009 season, Kertus Davis began the season as the driver of the #49 again in 2009 with GetMoreVacations.com as sponsor. After several races, Mark Green returned to the team as driver. During the season, this team ran as a start and park team.
In 2010, Green will run both the #49 and #70 cars for JRR under an agreement with ML Motorsports. This same deal was formed for 2010. Brad Teague ran the #49 at Bristol in March.
In 2011, this team is usually entered on occasion, and mostly used to Start and Park which helps fund the primary #28 car, with Derrike Cope.
The 39 cars were purchased from Robert Yates Racing in 2003, who had repossessed the equipment from Angela's Motorsports. The team's first race was at the Koolerz 300, with Mike McLaughlin driving a fan-supported ride. He qualified fourth, but was involved in a crash late in the race, and finished 29th. Joe Buford and Clint Vahsholtz ran the next two races. Jason White began running the 39 eventually with Three Stooges Beer as the sponsor. Eventually, road racer Chris Bingham was moved to the 39 car after struggling in the 49 car. Following his release, Jamie Mosley and Dana White finished out the year. For the 2004 season Andy Ponstein began the year in the 39 with sponsorship from Yahoo!, but wrecked several times during his tenure and was released. Tina Gordon came on after that, and had a best finish of 26th at Pikes Peak, before she was released. The 39 has not run since.
JRR revived its third team in 2008 as the #49. Derrike Cope first attempted a race with the car at Mexico City, but failed to qualify. The car next ran at Nashville Superspeedway, when Shane Hall finished last after an early vibration problem. Kertus Davis joined the team at Kentucky and ran the rest of season in #49 after leaving his family owned JD Motorsports team, his best finish being 35th. JRR has not run a third car since then.
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- NASCAR team races for Israel
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