Spire Motorsports

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Spire Motorsports
Spire Motorsports logo.png
Owner(s)Jeff Dickerson
T. J. Puchyr[1]
Principal(s)Joey Dennewitz (Manager)
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
Race drivers7. Corey LaJoie
77. Jamie McMurray, Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen
Sponsors7. Youtheory, The Crew, Marwin Sports, Built Bar, NFL Alumni, Folds of Honor, Knoxville Raceway, Ark.io, Schlüter Systems
77. AdventHealth, AirMedCare Network, Diamond Creek Water, NationsGuard, Mutoh America, General Formulation, Halmar International
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2018
Career
Debut2019 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Latest race2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (Martinsville)
Races competed86
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories1
Pole positions0

Spire Motorsports is an American auto racing organization currently competing in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team is a subsidiary of Spire Sports + Entertainment, and currently fields the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Corey LaJoie and the No. 77 for multiple drivers. They have a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and lease engines from Hendrick Motorsports.

History[edit]

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] FRR President Joe Garone joined the team to serve the same position.[4]

On August 11, 2020, Spire Motorsports purchased the assets of Leavine Family Racing, allowing to expand to a two-car operation in 2021.[5] Following the acquisition, the team moved their headquarters from Mooresville to the former shop of AK Racing in Concord, North Carolina.[6] On October 7, it was announced that Spire Motorsports had secured a third charter which would be leased to Trackhouse Racing for the 2021 season.[7] On December 10, it was reported that NASCAR on NBC analyst and former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as a consultant for the team.[8]

Car No. 7 history[edit]

Corey LaJoie (2021—present)

On November 30, 2020, Spire Motorsports announced that Corey LaJoie signed a multi-year agreement with the team starting in 2021. In addition, the team selected the No. 7 with permission from Tommy Baldwin Racing to pay tribute to Alan Kulwicki and Geoff Bodine.[6]

LaJoie drove the #7 to 9th place in the Daytona 500.

Car No. 7 results[edit]

Spire Motorsports No. 7
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
2021 Corey LaJoie 7 Chevy DAY
9
DAY
31
HOM
36
LVS
37
PHO
27
ATL
29
BRI
38
MAR RCH TAL KAN DAR DOV COA CLT SON NSH POC POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO -* -*

Car No. 77 history[edit]

Multiple drivers (2019—present)
Garrett Smithley driving the 77 at Texas Motor Speedway in 2019

In January 2019, Quin Houff signed with Spire for a part-time schedule in the No. 77 in 2019 starting at ISM Raceway.[9] 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.[4][10] Prior to Houff’s debut, Garrett Smithley and Reed Sorenson drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, respectively.[11][12] Prior to the Atlanta race, car chief Shane Callis was ejected from the track after the No. 77 failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times.[13] D. J. Kennington joined the team for the Martinsville Speedway race.[14] In April, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Justin Haley made his Cup debut with the team at Talladega Superspeedway.[15]

On July 7, the team won their first Cup race in their 18th start at the rain-shortened 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, with Haley behind the wheel. 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.[16]

On September 29, Blake Jones was announced to drive the No. 77 at the October Talladega race.[17] Timmy Hill drove for the team at the Kansas and Martinsville playoff races.

On November 27, the team was docked 50 owner points and listed owner TJ Puchyr fined $50,000 after being caught in a race manipulation scheme at the Homestead-Miami race: Sorenson was heard ignoring multiple calls to pit late in the race before finally obliging. The team then retired the car with an official reason stated being mechanical issues. Along with Rick Ware Racing also exiting the race, this enabled the No. 27 of Premium Motorsports to secure the highest Open (non-chartered) team in the final point standings.[18]

Spire and Chip Ganassi Racing rekindled their partnership in 2020, fielding the No. 77 for Ross Chastain at the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600.[19]

For the Michigan double-header the No. 77 team was renumbered to the No. 74 with sponsorship from "Fake Steak" as a tie-in promotion with the Netflix sitcom The Crew.[20]

Jamie McMurray was hired to drive in the Daytona 500, his first NASCAR sanctioned start since the 2019 Daytona 500. He was caught up in a wreck on Lap 14, but managed to recover to finish in an incredible 8th place.

Car No. 77 results[edit]

Spire Motorsports No. 77/40/74
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
36th 132
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
37
CLT
39
DOV
37
PHO
37
HOM
37
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
TEX
33
D. J. Kennington MAR
32
Justin Haley TAL
32
SON
34
DAY
1
Blake Jones TAL
31
Timmy Hill KAN
39
MAR
34
2020 Ross Chastain DAY
25
CLT
21
IND
17
DAY
16
DAR
29
34th 244
Reed Sorenson LVS
34
CAL
36
PHO
30
DAR
29
DOV
39
DOV
33
RCH
36
BRI
36
KAN
36
TEX
32
74 MCH
30
MCH
31
J. J. Yeley 77 DAR
28
CLT
34
ATL
36
TEX
24
LVS
33
CLT
35
Garrett Smithley BRI
26
MAR
36
KAN
26
NHA
31
MAR
39
B. J. McLeod HOM
35
TAL
31
James Davison POC
34
POC
30
Josh Bilicki KEN
32
PHO
35
Stanton Barrett DAY
38
Justin Haley TAL
11
2021 Jamie McMurray DAY
8
-* -*
Justin Haley DAY
24
HOM
26
LVS
29
PHO
24
ATL
30
MAR RCH TAL KAN DAR DOV COA CLT SON NSH POC POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO
Stewart Friesen BRI
23

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. ^ a b Long, Dustin (January 18, 2019). "Jamie McMurray to race in Daytona 500 with Spire Motorsports". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Spire Motorsports purchases Leavine Family Racing, will expand to two cars". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 11, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Corey LaJoie to drive for Spire Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Trackhouse secures Spire charter". Racer. October 7, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Steve Letarte serving as consultant for Spire Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ McFadin, Daniel (February 18, 2019). "Garrett Smithley in Spire Motorsports car at Atlanta as entry lists released". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Nguyen, Justin (February 27, 2019). "Reed Sorenson joins Spire Motorsports for Las Vegas". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Three car chiefs ejected this weekend following inspection failures at Atlanta". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. February 22, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Spire Motorsports partners with Go-Parts for STP 500". Spire Motorsports. March 20, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Crandall, Kelly (April 23, 2019). "Haley to make Cup debut with Spire". Racer. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Page, Scott (September 29, 2019). "Blake Jones to run Cup race at Talladega for Spire Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  18. ^ Nguyen, Justin (2019-11-27). "Premium, Spire, Ware receive race manipulation penalties". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  19. ^ McFadin, Daniel (January 9, 2020). "Ganassi, AdventHealth deal includes Daytona 500, Coke 600 starts for Ross Chastain". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  20. ^ "Spire Motorsports running #74 at Michigan; sponsorship from "Fake Steak"". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.

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