Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) is a popular NASCAR team owned by Richard Petty and George Gillett Jr. The team was previously known as Gillett Evernham Motorsports, but was merged with Petty Enterprises in January 2009 to form Richard Petty Motorsports.
The team’s #9 Ford Fusion is driven by Kasey Kahne, who has done very well for the team, taking 10th position in the 2009 Sprint Cup standings. AJ Allmendinger is behind the wheel of the #43 Ford Fusion Best Buy Ford. Driving the #19 Ford is Elliott Sadler, a great addition to RPM. Taking to the driver’s seat in the #98 Ford Fusion is Paul Menard, a talented NASCAR driver.
Richard Petty, or “The King”, is an extremely accomplished NASCAR racing driver. During his career he racked up 200 career victories, along with seven Nextel Cup championships. His winning streak didn’t end when he stopped racing, as a car owner he has gone on to enjoy many triumphs, the first being in 1996 with driver Bobby Hamilton. Petty has certainly played a vital role in the sport of NASCAR and has always been active in giving back to his fans and the community. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the North Carolina Motorsports Association. Richard Petty has also been recognized by induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, North Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Now co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, you can be sure he will continue to exert his influence on the world of NASCAR for many more years.
A successful business owner, George Gillett Jr. is an integral part of Richard Petty Motorsports. He is also the owner of Liverpool Football Club and the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. He is sure to bring his outside the box perspective to the team, which will likely see it gaining many victories. After forming Gillett Evernham Motorsports in 2007, it has been Gillett’s goal to form a championship team. And that is what he has been doing, with 3 wins, 6 top-tens and 3 poles scored by his team during the 2008 season.
Be sure to keep your eye on Richard Petty Motorsports in the years to come!
With the symbolic bird of immortality rising from the flames as their logo, Phoenix Racing is a NASCAR racing team fueled by an intense passion for the sport. Though the team is currently quite small, its owner James Finch has big plans in store for it. In the year 2000, Phoenix Racing and Yellow joined forces and this partnership has proven to be most advantageous to the team.
Phoenix Racing is owned by James Finch who is an American born in Panama City, Florida. Finch never found the desire to leave his Florida home and so he set up shop in Lynn Haven. The team is now located in Spartanburg, North Carolina. Phoenix Racing currently fields the #1 Chevrolet Impala, driven by James Buescher in the Nationwide Series, and the #09 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Aric Almirola in the Sprint Cup Series. In the past the team has seen the likes of Neil Bonnet, Geoffrey Bodine, Jeremy Mayfield and Jeff Purvis – all excellent drivers in their own right.
Born in 1955 in Dawsonville, Georgia, William Clyde ‘Bill’ Elliott is one of the most distinguished drivers in Winston Cup history. In his early days he started by helping out at his father’s shop which sold parts for racecars. His father, George Elliott, was an avid racing fan and he often took his sons along to work where they would help fix up different cars. Bill’s two brothers, Ernie and Dan, also did some racing in their youths, but it was young Bill who had the biggest passion for the sport – a passion which his father encouraged after Bill started converting a road car into a race car. According to George, it was his way of keeping Bill off the back roads of racing. He bought his son a 1963 Ford Fairlane and before long, Bill was whizzing around the racetrack.
Bill Elliott started racing regularly in 1974 when he took to the Dixie Speedway in Georgia. When he started winning, with his father’s support, Bill’s career reached new heights and just two years later, Elliott made his first Winston Cup start at Rockingham. His first Winston Cup win came in November 1983 at Riverside and in 1985, he clocked up eleven wins and 11 poles. He took the chequered flag at the Winston Million and his success led to him being garnered with several nicknames such as ‘Million Dollar Bill’ and ‘Wild Bill’. He also became the first NASCAR driver to be featured on the cover of Sport Illustrated – an accomplishment which boosted his career even further. Amazingly enough, even though Elliott had enjoyed numerous successes by this stage in his career, he had not won the Winston Cup Championship. He eventually accomplished this feat in 1988.
With a career going back to 1975, by March 2010, Elliott had clocked up 810 NASCAR starts and 44 wins. He had won the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, placed in the Top Five 175 times, and 320 times in the Top Ten with a total recorded winnings exceeding US$37million. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on 15 August 2007. On Memorial Day in 2009, Bill Elliott became the 7th member of the so-called “800 Club” by taking his 800th career Sprint Cup start at the Lowes Motor Speedway. He was also the first NASCAR Driver to be featured in a video game. No doubt his reputation as a unpretentious and friendly person had endeared him to thousands of fans and, when combined with his brilliant racing ability, will continue to hold him in good stead as he continues onward with his racing career.
After just four years of racing with NASCAR, Clint Bowyer has already achieved almost legendary status. Fans flock to the racetrack to see him perform and he almost always gives them the satisfaction of seeing him drive a good race.
Born in 1979 in Kansas, Bowyer started to get involved in racing at the tender age of five. Back then his sport of choice was motocross. During his first eight years involved in this sport, Bowyer managed to capture more than 200 wins, as well as a number of championships. At 17 years of age he made the change to street stocks at the Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas. Four years later he won the Modified championship at the same track. He went on to enjoy 18 wins and 32 top-five finishes during the course of the following year before taking the 2001 Modified Championships trophy at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. The following year he made the change to NASCAR racing, taking 12 wins and 32 top-five finishes during the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. It was also during this year that he had his first race on asphalt.
Today Bowyer is known for being one of the most versatile drivers on the tracks. He not only races NASCAR, but has also won a number of truck racing championships and modifieds championships. However, it is his career as a NASCAR driver that he is most famous for. After being picked to race for Richard Childress in the NASCAR championships, Bowyer has been making history. He started racing with Childress in 2004 and has never looked back. He went on to enjoy several very successful seasons and top-ten finishes. On top of all his NASCAR success, he also took the Craftsman Truck Series Champion title. It seems that Bowyer will only continue to go from strength to strength and perhaps that is why his fans love him so much.
If you are a Clint Bowyer fan you will likely already have Bowyer clothing and accessories – the likes of which can be bought at online sports clothing stores. If you have yet to learn about this racing great, you’d best make your way down to the next NASCAR racing event and watch this man in action!
As one of NASCAR‘s newest rookies, seventeen-year-old Mackena Bell is also one of the few female drivers on the tracks. This young woman is already incredibly accomplished for her age and seems set to enjoy a successful future in the racing industry.
Mackena Bell has already carved quite a name for herself, so it was no surprise when she started her rookie season with a top 10 finish in the NASCAR Whelen Series this year at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California. Bell is the youngest competitor in this year’s California series and, while she is driving well, she says her focus isn’t to aim for the top. Instead she wants to spend her time this year learning all she can from the racing greats around her. Of course, she also wants to finish her races and improve her driving skills, but only time will tell if this already noteworthy young driver is going to be leaving other NASCAR drivers choking on her exhaust fumes.
Bell has been driving and racing since just 12 years of age and has progressed through the dirt and asphalt ranks with Championship Titles in both divisions. Her Championship Title as an asphalt driver came at the tender age of 14 and made her youngest driver to claim this honor in the entire 42-year history of her hometown track. In 2005 she graduated from the Lyn St. James Driving School and she has since claimed 4 Rookie of the Year awards and she has also won the title for ‘Most Inspirational Driver’. As if that wasn’t enough for the youth, she went on to establish her own company earlier this year. Called “Mackena Bell Motorsports” the youth is running a pretty impressive family-owned car. The car is a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix that has been fitted with a 2002 Lahorgue Chassis. It is powered by a Chevrolet 350 SPEC motor that was built by Harold Long and which is capable of producing over 400 horsepower. The vehicle has a stock front clip and 8-inch Goodyear tires. The car has been specially kitted out to ensure that the 5’3″ driver enjoys as much comfort during races as possible.
Bell’s team is still relatively small and is headed by her father, Kelly, while Dave Sciarroni of the Sciarroni Bros. race team acts as the Crew Chief. Mackena Bell will most likely run more than 20 races at the All American Speedway between now and October. She is definitely a favorite amongst this year’s NASCAR rookies, and only time will tell what sort of success her dedication and talent will bring her.