Spire Motorsports expands to 2 cars with Leavine purchase


Spire Motorsports said Tuesday it has purchased the NASCAR charter and assets of Leavine Family Racing, which is closing its team at the end of this season. The purchase of the No.

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The purchase of the No. 95 from Bob Leavine gives Spire a second guaranteed spot in Cup Series races, the Leavine race shop and all inventory owned by that organization. Leavine is currently in a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, so all its current cars will be returned to Gibbs at the end of the year.

Spire will expand to two cars in 2021 and operate out of the Leavine race shop in Concord, North Carolina. Spire has made 58 Cup starts using more than a dozen different drivers. The team did not announce who will drive its cars next season or which manufacturer it will join.


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Date: 2020-08-11T14:30:29Z
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Spire Motorsports expands to 2 cars with Leavine purchase

‘This is an exciting moment for Spire as we take the natural next step in our long-term plan to build our race team,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson.

Spire is owned by Dickerson and T.J. Puchyr, two industry veterans who have moved from driver and sponsor representation into team ownership. The team scored a victory in its first season when Justin Haley was a surprise winner at Daytona in July, 2019.

Spire got into the Cup Series by purchasing a charter from Furniture Row Racing when that team closed at the end of the 2018. Both Furniture Row and Leavine were partners with Gibbs and the organizations both chose to fold when operating costs became too burdensome.

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13 cars, including car on pole, to move to rear Sunday at Michigan

After quarantining for two weeks and testing negative for COVID-19 twice more than 24 hours apart, Gaughan has been medically cleared to go racing again.

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Originally scheduled to only compete in the season’s four superspeedway races with Beard Motorsports, Gaughan will suit up to drive the No. 62 Chevrolet in Sunday’s race on the Daytona road course (3 p.m. ET on NBC).

‘I feel fantastic,’ Gaughan said in a press release. ‘I’m finally out of the house. The toughest part of the whole ordeal was the mental aspect. I truly feel for people who struggle with depression and have to deal with COVID-19, because this thing is tough. You literally get stuck in a location by yourself. Fortunately for me, I had my puppy. I missed my two children tremendously. But it’s amazing now because we live in the age of the Jetsons that we can pick up a phone and look at their faces.’

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Date: 2020-08-09T16:47:22+00:00
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