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Joey Gase Joins StarCom for Geico 500 at Talladega

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Joey Gase and Sparks Energy partnered up once again for the running of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29th, this time for StarCom Racing, who announced the duo joining the young team Tuesday.

The announcement came a day after StarCom scored a career-high 20th at Bristol Motor Speedway with Landon Cassill behind the wheel.

Gase said he’s excited to have an opportunity to run his second Cup start of the season, at a track he’s had his brightest hours on the track.

“I’m very excited to be pulling double duty in Talladega again and can’t thank everyone at StarCom Racing enough for the opportunity to represent Sparks Energy,” said Gase. “The spring Talladega race weekend is a HUGE weekend for my great friends at Sparks Energy.”

Gase added his primary sponsor being the official race title for the 300-mile Xfinity Series race has been an event to thank their employees.

“They bring in hundreds of folks to the Sparks Energy 300 to say thank you to all of their employees, customers, families and friends,” said Gase. “Talladega has been very good to me in the past and I currently have my best finishes there, both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of 21st and in the NASCAR XFINITY Series of 5th. I can’t wait for the race weekend to start.”

StarCom Racing Team Manager Derrike Cope said his previous partnership has convinced him he’ll run well at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

“I’m delighted to have Joey Gase in our car for Talladega. I’ve worked with him in the past, and he does a nice job,” said Cope. “We’re excited to showcase Sparks Energy on the 00 Chevy Camaro as well.”

The driver-sponsor combination finished 21st last April at Talladega, Gase’s best Cup finish to date.

Driving for Premium Motorsports in March, the 25-year-old finished 32nd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography ranging from Idaho athletics to auto racing with ambitions of having his work recognized.