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NASCAR Notebook

Here are recent news items from locally based NASCAR teams, provided via the Cabarrus and Mooresville-South Iredell economic development corporations and other sources

TMG announces job openings

The Motorsports Group, 222 Pitt Road, has several job openings for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

The four-car operation will race in all 33 scheduled events with drivers Josh Wise, Chase Miller, Erik Darnell and Scott Speed.

Veteran NASCAR crew chief Gary Showalter, who oversees TMG's daily operations, seeks qualified mechanics, fabricators and truck drivers who are ready to start work immediately. Showalter said the company will hire at least 10 more workers soon.

Fax resume to 704-663-2929.

Smith honored for contributions to sport

Bruton Smith, founder and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., was honored Jan. 16 with the 2012 Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award from the N.C. Motorsports Association.

Smith was recognized at the 6th Annual N.C. Motorsports Industry Awards at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Concord.

He joins previous recipients Bill France Jr., Benny Parsons, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Junior Johnson.

JR Motorsports to host fundraiser

JR Motorsports, 349 Cayuga Drive, will host a Horses and Horsepower Blue Jean Ball fundraiser at 7 p.m. March 17 for Triple Cross Ranch and Little Smiles N.C.

The evening will include live music, dinner, an open bar and live and silent auctions. Attire is classy yet country.

Multi-level table sponsorships and general event details: Jennifer Londono at 704-770-7877; info@thebluejeanball.com; and www.thebluejeanball.com.

Kyle Busch team inks Monster Energy deal

Kyle Busch Motorsports signed a multi-year agreement with Monster Energy as primary sponsor of the team's No. 54 Monster Energy Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Team owner Busch is the all-time race-winning driver in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and will share driving duties with his brother, Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

Kyle Busch will drive the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and the subsequent four races through California, before splitting the balance of the season with his brother.

Driver now owns ARCA team

Brian Keselowski, owner and driver of the K-Automotive Motorsports No.92 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, also now owns Brian Keselowski Motorsports, fielding the No. 29 and No. 92 cars in the ARCA Racing Series and cars in the K&N East and West Series.

Wallace won't field Nationwide cars

A lack of sponsors means Rusty Wallace Inc. won't field cars in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The shop had a pair of Toyotas for Wallace's son, Steve Wallace, and Michael Annett in 2011. Wallace finished 10th and Annett ninth in the point standings. But 5-Hour Energy, a major sponsor, left at the end of the season to sponsor a car at Michael Waltrip Racing for 2012, and Rusty Wallace Inc. couldn't secure a new sponsor.

"A lot of teams would have run with the level of funding we have now, but we want to ensure that our team has the resources necessary to compete and to improve our operations," team owner and NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace said in a prepared statement. "I promised myself and my family long ago that if the team wasn't funded to a level with which we were comfortable, we just wouldn't run it. I've worked way too hard to put part of my life savings into a race team."

Germain Racing switches to Ford

Germain Racing will join Ford Racing for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.

The move to Ford creates the No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion, which team owner Bob Germain Jr. said is well in line with long-term Germain family relationships.

"The Germains have a long history with Ford Motor Co.," Germain said in a prepared statement. "My grandfather worked with Henry Ford as an accountant, and my father worked as a guide in the Henry Ford Museum. Our family currently owns and operates both Ford and Lincoln dealerships, and we have many friends at Ford Motor Co." Compiled by Joe Marusak

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