Spire Motorsports

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Spire Motorsports
Spire Motorsports logo.png
Owner(s)Jeff Dickerson
T. J. Puchyr[1]
Principal(s)Bill Anthony (President)
Joey Dennewitz (Manager)
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race driversCup Series
7. Corey LaJoie
77. Landon Cassill, Josh Bilicki, Justin Allgaier, Mike Rockenfeller
Truck Series
7. Austin Hill, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Rajah Caruth, Dylan Lupton (part-time)
SponsorsCup Series
7. Built Bar,[2] General Formulation, Schlüter Systems, Fraternal Order of Eagles,[3] NationsGuard,[4] Raze Energy, Drydene, Stacking Pennies, Garner Trucking, United Service Organizations, Gnarly Jerky, Peacock (WWE SummerSlam),[5] Circle B Diecast, Shelton Energy Solutions
77. Fox Nation, Voyager, SpendMe, Pacific Coast Termite, Zeigler Auto Group, Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, BRANDT, NationsGuard, Bon Secours
Truck Series
7. United Rentals, ARCO Design/Build, HendrickCars.com, Crossroads of Concerts & Community Confluence Music Festival, Circle, Lupton Excavation
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2018
Career
DebutCup Series:
2019 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Truck Series:
2022 NextEra Energy 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceCup Series:
2022 YellaWood 500 (Talladega)
Truck Series:
2022 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Races competed149
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories2 (1 Cup, 1 Trucks)
Pole positions0

Spire Motorsports is an American auto racing organization competing in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team is a subsidiary of Spire Sports + Entertainment. In the Cup Series, the team currently fields two Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams: the No. 7 for Corey LaJoie and the No. 77 for multiple drivers. In the truck series, the team fields the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado part-time for multiple drivers.

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][6][7] FRR President Joe Garone joined the team to serve the same position.[8]

The team, in its first year of operation, operated in the same shop as Premium Motorsports as part of an alliance with Premium owner Jay Robinson. However, Premium was sold to Rick Ware Racing in 2020, and the team operated out of the RWR shop until season's end. On August 11, 2020, Spire Motorsports purchased the assets of Leavine Family Racing, allowing them to expand to a two-car operation in 2021.[9] Following the acquisition, the team moved their headquarters from Mooresville to the former shop of AK Racing in Concord, North Carolina.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

On June 18, 2021, it was announced that Spire had sold two charters (for the No. 77, and the one leased to Trackhouse Racing) to Kaulig Racing for the 2022 season. In the announcement, Spire's co-owners said, "We will continue to field the No. 7 with Corey LaJoie as a chartered entry in 2022. We remain committed to NASCAR and the Cup Series and we will continue to look for opportunities to grow and compete in the future."[13] In 2022, Spire purchased Rick Ware Racing's No. 53 charter for the No. 77.[14]

On November 23, 2021, Spire announced that they would field a team in the Camping World Truck Series in 2022, with Kevin Manion as Crew Chief and a to-be-determined schedule and driver line-up.[15]

NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 7 history[edit]

Corey LaJoie (2021—present)
Corey LaJoie in the No. 7 at Martinsville Speedway in 2022

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.[10]

LaJoie drove the No. 7 to a ninth-place finish at the 2021 Daytona 500. Following the season opener, however, the team was unable to break into the top 20 until the race at COTA, where LaJoie finished 20th. Josh Berry drove the No. 7 at Michigan, as LaJoie was sidelined in accordance with team and COVID-19 protocols.[16] LaJoie finished the season 29th in points.

On March 15, 2022, crew chief Ryan Sparks was suspended for four races due to a tire and wheel loss during the 2022 Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix.[17] At Atlanta, LaJoie led a career-best 19 laps and was on his way to claiming his first career win with two laps to go when Chase Elliott overtook him and blocked him on the high side, causing him to brush the wall and spin before colliding with Kurt Busch and finishing the race in 21st place.[18]

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
37
RCH
21
TAL
22
KAN
27
DAR
22
DOV
26
COA
20
CLT
19
SON
18
NSH
15
POC
36
POC
23
ROA
21
ATL
22
NHA
23
GLN
24
IND
16
DAY
16
DAR
15
RCH
29
BRI
26
LVS
30
TAL
22
CLT
35
TEX
20
KAN
25
MAR
21
PHO
32
29th 459
Josh Berry MCH
26
2022 Corey LaJoie DAY
14
CAL
28
LVS
15
PHO
36
ATL
5
COA
36
RCH
31
MAR
32
BRI
19
TAL
14
DOV
18
DAR
35
KAN
19
CLT
35
GTW
36
SON
34
NSH
20
ROA
34
ATL
21
NHA
32
POC
19
IND
18
MCH
19
RCH
28
GLN
27
DAY
30
DAR
24
KAN
33
BRI
15
TEX
14
TAL
35
CLT LVS HOM 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.[19] 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.[8][20] Prior to Houff's debut, Garrett Smithley and Reed Sorenson drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, respectively.[21][22] Prior to the Atlanta race, car chief Shane Callis was ejected from the track after the No. 77 failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times.[23] D. J. Kennington joined the team for the Martinsville Speedway race.[24] In April, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Justin Haley made his Cup debut with the team at Talladega Superspeedway.[25]

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.[26]

On September 29, Blake Jones was announced to drive the No. 77 at the October Talladega race.[27] 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 T. J. 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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

Jamie McMurray was hired to drive in the 2021 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 eighth place. Haley drove the car for the majority of the season, with his highest finishes being eighth at Indianapolis and sixth at the Daytona night race.

In 2022, Josh Bilicki would drive the No. 77 for the majority of the year, while Landon Cassill will drive for the 11 races Bilicki wasn't entered in. Justin Allgaier was announced as the entry for the Bristol dirt race.

Car No. 77 results[edit]

Spire Motorsports No. 77
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 Garrett Smithley 77 Chevy DAY ATL
36
CAL
36
TEX
32
MCH
35
36th 132
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
31st 338
Justin Haley DAY
24
HOM
26
LVS
29
PHO
24
ATL
30
MAR
35
RCH
38
TAL
30
KAN
30
DAR
28
COA
40
CLT
28
NSH
35
POC
27
ROA
25
ATL
29
NHA
28
GLN
29
IND
8
MCH
25
DAY
6
DAR
25
RCH
27
BRI
36
LVS
32
CLT
37
TEX
37
KAN
39
MAR
31
PHO
26
Stewart Friesen BRI
23
Josh Berry DOV
30
Ben Rhodes SON
30
Justin Allgaier POC
25
TAL
40
2022 Landon Cassill DAY
15
PHO
30
RCH
32
TAL
19
DAR
22
ATL
24
RCH
30
DAY
4
DAR
25
KAN
24
BRI
22
TEX
22
TAL
11
-* -*
Josh Bilicki CAL
30
LVS
29
ATL
16
COA
22
MAR
35
DOV
32
KAN
28
CLT
36
GTW
28
SON
29
NSH
33
ROA
36
NHA
34
POC
34
IND
22
MCH
21
LVS HOM MAR PHO
Justin Allgaier BRI
36
Mike Rockenfeller GLN
30
CLT

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 7 History[edit]

Alex Bowman in the No. 7 at Sonoma Raceway in 2022

On February 11, 2022, Spire announced Austin Hill would drive the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado in the season opening race at Daytona with Kevin Manion as crew chief and sponsorship from United Rentals.[31] On April 7, William Byron gave Spire its first Truck Series win at Martinsville.[32] On April 12, Chase Elliott was announced as the No. 7 driver for the Bristol dirt race.[33] On May 31, It was announced that Rajah Caruth would make his truck series debut at the World Wide Technology Raceway in the No. 7.[34]

Truck 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 Owners Pts
2022 Austin Hill 7 Chevy DAY
15
LVS ATL POC
6
IRP -* -*
Alex Bowman COA
25
SON
29
KNO NSH
William Byron MAR
1
Chase Elliott BRI
7
DAR KAN TEX CLT
Rajah Caruth GTW
11
RCH
25
KAN BRI
34
TAL HOM PHO
Dylan Lupton MOH
32

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