RAB Racing

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RAB Racing
Owner(s) Robert A. Benton Sr.
Robert A. Benton Jr.
Brack Maggard
Base Concord, North Carolina
Series Sprint Cup Series
Xfinity Series
Camping World Truck Series
ARCA Racing Series
Car numbers 09, 20, 29, 65, 99
Race drivers Sprint Cup Series:
29. Justin Marks, Reed Sorenson
Xfinity Series:
29. Justin Marks, Kenny Wallace
Sponsors Sprint Cup Series:
29. American Born Moonshine
Xfinity Series:
29. American Born Moonshine (Marks)
U.S. Cellular (Wallace)
Manufacturer Toyota
Career
Latest race Xfinity Series:
2015 3M 250 (Iowa)
Camping World Truck Series:
2012 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
ARCA Racing Series:
2010 American 200 Presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service (Rockingham)
Drivers' Championships Total: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Racing Series: 0
Race victories 1 (Xfinity Series)
Pole positions 4

RAB Racing with Brack Maggard was an American professional stock car racing team that last competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series. The team was co-owned by former NASCAR driver Robert A. Benton Sr. and his son Robert Jr. along with Georgia businessman Brack Maggard and was founded in 2005. The team last fielded the No. 29 Toyota Camry for Justin Marks, and Reed Sorenson in the Cup Series. The team uses engines from Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series,[1] and from Triad Racing Technologies in the Cup Series.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 29 history[edit]

RAB Racing entered the No. 09 Cup car for Kenny Wallace in the 2012 Daytona 500 with sponsorship from American Ethanol. The team suffered ECU problems in the Duels and failed to qualify.[2] RAB Racing next fielded a Cup car at the 2014 Coke Zero 400. Joe Nemechek attempted qualify the No. 29, but did not qualify. Later in the summer, Matt Crafton attempted to make both his and RAB's first Cup race in the No. 29 at Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400, but posted the slowest time and failed to qualify. In the GEICO 500, RAB made their third attempt of the season with the No. 29, once again using Nemechek. Despite initially running 24th after making it to round two but declining to run in the round, they failed to qualify again after the car failed post-qualifying inspection.

Justin Marks attempted to qualify the No. 29 for the 2015 Daytona 500, bringing American Born Moonshine on board as part of a package deal across all three national series at Daytona. RAB also announced its plans to attempt the full Cup Series schedule.[2] However, Marks failed to qualify. Reed Sorenson joined the team for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500,[3] but failed to qualify after the No. 29 was one of thirteen cars that was unable to clear pre-qualifying inspection in time to make a run. Sorenson then missed the next race at Las Vegas. RAB withdrew from Phoenix but announced they would return at Auto Club, where Sorenson once again failed to qualify.

RAB has failed to qualify in each of their first 8 Cup attempts.

Xfinity Series[edit]

Car No. 29 history[edit]

The second RAB car made its debut at the STP 300 at Chicago in 2012 as the second iteration of the No. 09. Kenny Wallace, who gave up his seat in the team's full-time 99 car due to lack of sponsorship, finished 4th in the race. In 2013, Wallace returned to drive a limited schedule of races in the renumbered 29 car. Alex Bowman, the full-time driver of the main No. 99 car, was set to drive one of two RAB cars at the season finale at Homestead, but his sponsor pulled out and the team released him.

In 2014, Scott Lagasse, Jr. drove at both Daytona races with "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" as the sponsor. Kenny Wallace ran a single race at Iowa Speedway with U.S. Cellular as his sponsor, starting and finishing 19th. Kelly Admiraal ran three races with a best finish of 22nd twice. In August, Milka Duno signed with the team to run select events,[4] only qualifying for two races out of five attempts (Duno ran the season-finale at Homestead using the owners points of NEMCO Motorsports and Rick Ware Racing's 87 team).[5] Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suárez ran the 29 with sponsor Arris Group at Chicagoland Speedway in September,[6] scoring a season's-best 15th-place finish.

In 2015, Justin Marks ran the season-opening race at Daytona with sponsor American Born Moonshine,[2] qualifying on the outside pole, but finishing 34th after a crash. Kenny Wallace returns with the team at Iowa Speedway with the sponsorship U.S. Cellular, finishing 23rd. This would be RAB Racing final race as they later shut down their operations for the rest of the season.

Car No. 99 History[edit]

John Wes Townley's Zaxby's Ford in 2009.
Kenny Wallace in 2011.

RAB moved up from the ARCA Racing Series to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2008, hiring John Wes Townley to drive seven races (in addition to the full ARCA schedule). Townley brought his family's Zaxby's sponsorship on board, and team changed manufacturers to Ford. Townley's new number would be 09. The team qualified for only three of their 7 scheduled races, with a best finish of 27th in Charlotte.

In 2009, RAB moved up to the Nationwide Series full-time, running with Townley for Rookie of the Year honors. Townley had a decent year, finishing 23rd in points but amassing no top-15 finishes.[7] Also in 2009, RAB hired Boris Said to run at Watkins Glen and Montreal with a best finish of 11th at The Glen. Travis Kvapil ran at Richmond and finished 20th.

Townley left RAB at the end of 2009 for Richard Childress Racing, and the team announced it would run as much of the 2010 season as possible with Scott Riggs. However, the team only ran the first five races of the year before replacing Riggs with many other drivers including Jason Bowles, Chad McCumbee, Patrick Sheltra, Hermie Sadler, Sean Caisse, Robb Brent, Ken Schrader, Kevin Hamlin, and Landon Cassill. "Road Course Ringer" Boris Said drove for RAB at Watkins Glen and Montreal. In Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Said held off another road course ace, Max Papis, in a photo finish to give RAB its first win in any division.[7] Townley returned to the team for a few races, but left before Richmond. The team then hired former Braun Racing driver Brian Scott to drive the No. 09 car at Kansas. Scott drove the rest of the season and finished runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for ROTY. Scott left for Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season.

For 2011, the team hired veteran Kenny Wallace from Jay Robinson Racing, with Wallace driving without salary in exchange for being in good equipment. Wallace brought sponsorship from Family Farmers/American Ethanol, University of Northwestern Ohio, and Federated Auto Parts.[8][9] Wallace and RAB would take home 11 top-10s and finish 7th in points.[7] For 2012, Wallace returned to the team for the first few races with sponsorship from American Ethanol/Family Farmers. After campaigning for weeks, he was forced to run a part-time schedule due to sponsorship issues. Meanwhile, the 09 was renumbered 99 in a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing to allow Travis Pastrana to run his seven scheduled Nationwide races.[10][11] The rest of the year was split among Wallace, Townley, Ryan Truex (former driver of the 99 with MWR), Alex Bowman, Victor Gonzalez Jr., Patrick Carpentier and Brett Moffitt (also MWR drivers).[7][12][13] Wallace would grab the team's best finish of 4th at Chicagoland.

Alex Bowman driving the No. 99 at Road America in 2013
James Buescher racing the No. 99 in 2014

In January 2013, it was announced that Alex Bowman would be running the full 2013 Nationwide Series season for RAB Racing, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[7][14] In April, he would win his first career Nationwide pole at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas.[15] He would sweep the poles at Texas[7] but would be released prior to the season finale at Homestead-Miami due to lack of sponsorship. Blake Koch would drive the 99 at Homestead to a 13th-place finish.

For 2014, former Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher left Turner Scott Motorsports to run the full season in the No. 99 car, bringing sponsor Rheem.[16][17] After the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol, the 99 was penalized for violating two sections of the NASCAR rulebook: 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-2.3A (added car weight; improperly attached weight; loss of weight during the event); crew chief Chris Rice and car chief John Guerra were placed on probation until December 31, the former also being fined $10,000.[18] Buescher struggled throughout the season, posting only two top 10s and finishing 10th in points.[19] The team was forced to shut down after Rheem left for Richard Childress Racing.[19]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

For 2012, RAB formed a Camping World Truck Series team with longtime driver John Wes Townley, using the number 09.[7] However, Townley was cited with a DUI before Speedweeks, resulting in his suspension by RAB. Townley was replaced by Travis Kvapil for Daytona. Townley returned the next race, at Martinsville. After competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and collecting his best series finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway,[7] Townley left the team and joined Red Horse Racing for 2013.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

After leaving the drivers seat and having an eight-year stint as a crew member for Robert Yates Racing, Robert Benton decided to start his own race team in 2005 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (now the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards).[7] The team first hired young Georgia native Walt Brannen to drive their No. 65 for a few races with little success. Brannen was released as RAB stepped up to a full-time schedule with Justin Marks[2] and Damon Lusk splitting the No. 65 Construct Corps/Crocs Dodge.[20] The duo would earn a pole, two top fives and nine top tens. Marks ran the full 2007 season with RAB and ended the season fifth in points with a pole, four top fives, and ten top tens. Marks would move to Germain Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series for 2008.[2]

For 2008, John Wes Townley ran the renumbered 09 car with sponsor Zaxby's,[20] scoring 8 top tens and ending the season 7th in points. Townley ran the two restrictor plate races in 2009, with a best finish of 4th at Daytona. Grant Enfinger and Tom Hessert III also ran races in the car.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ NSSN Staff (February 18, 2014). "Matt Lucas Joins RAB Racing". National Speed Sport News. Concord, North Carolina: National Speed Sport News. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e DeGroot, Nick (February 19, 2015). "RAB Racing's Daytona 500 dream: Justin Marks prepares for 'the race of his life' in Duels". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Atlanta Entry List". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Staff Report (August 4, 2014). "RAB RACING ANNOUNCES FEMALE DRIVER ADDITION". nascar.com. NASCAR. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Knight, Chris (November 16, 2014). "Milka Duno Meets Homestead Goal; Finishes Race". Catchfence.com. Catchfence.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Suarez and ARRIS Join RAB Racing at Chicagoland Speedway". [www.teamrab.com RAB Racing]. Concord, North Carolina: RAB Racing. September 10, 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About The Team". [www.teamrab.com teamrab.com]. RAB Racing. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  8. ^ RAB Racing (December 21, 2010). "RAB Racing signs Kenny Wallace". motorsport.com. Concord, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Ebersole, Amanda (April 10, 2011). "Kenny Wallace: Life is a Time Warp". Skirts & Skuffs. Skirts & Skuffs. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Michael Waltrip Racing (April 17, 2012). "RAB Racing & MWR create Nationwide alliance for 2012". motorsport.com. Cornelius, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Michael Waltrip Racing (May 23, 2012). "Travis Pastrana has seasoned help on Nationwide program". motorsport.com. Cornelius, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ MWR (June 1, 2011). "Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Adjusts Schedule". motorsport.com. Cornelius, North Carolina: motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Toyota Motorsports (July 15, 2012). "Carpentier is looking forward to returning to racing at Montreal". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bowman Will Try For Rookie Of The Year". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. January 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  15. ^ "Bowman wins Nationwide pole at Texas". Yahoo! Sports. April 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  16. ^ Pockrass, Bob (December 18, 2013). "James Buescher explains decision to leave father-in-law's team". Sporting News. Sporting News. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Pockrass, Bob (December 13, 2013). "James Buescher leaving father-in-law's team for RAB Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  18. ^ Turner, Jared (March 18, 2014). "Buescher's RAB Racing team hit with Bristol penalty". Foxsports.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Fraley, Gerry (February 18, 2015). "Fraley: Looking for a team, Plano's James Buescher finds lifeline with return to trucks". The Dallas Morning News. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Daytona Entries Solid with Driver Development, Series Regulars". arcaracing.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Automobile Racing Club of America. January 30, 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 

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