Derrike Cope Tag

By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s 61st annual running of the Daytona 500. Age: 29 Years in Cup: Nine Career Wins: Zero Landon Cassill has been a journeyman driver throughout his career in NASCAR, starting out with promise in the Hendrick Motorsports stable as a development driver and bouncing around through different organizations in the years since. After finding himself on the sidelines at the start of theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer StarCom Racing confirmed Monday that they’ve purchased a Charter previously held by Richard Childress Racing’s defunct No. 27 team, and have extended their partnership with Landon Cassill, who will run the No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. Fresh off their first full season, SCR has recently acquired a new 20,000 square foot home in Salisbury, NC to operate their program, and will be powered by ECR Engines in an attempt to have more horsepower in Cassill’s carRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The state of Washington has officially hit its lowest point in terms of NASCAR drivers from the Evergreen State. It has been over 24 hours since Kasey Kahne’s stated his less ideal farewell from competitive stock car racing. The announcement was regarding Kahne not being medically cleared for the rest of the season due to extreme heat exhaustion, denying the 18-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner the opportunity to finish out his career on his own terms. With that, it marks the true end ofRead More
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.Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer StarCom Racing announced Monday that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Landon Cassill will pilot the No. 00 USFRA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at both Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway and April 8th’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The announcement comes less than a day after StarCom and Jeffrey Earnhardt agreed to part ways after five races. The duo has failed to finish inside the top-30 since scoring career-highs of 21st in last month’s season opening Daytona 500. Earnhardt finished 36th SundayRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor After seeing his ride for 2018 disappear with the breakup of Circle Sport-TMG during the offseason, Jeffrey Earnhardt got some good news on Tuesday as it was announced that he would be partnering with StarCom Racing to drive in the Daytona 500 for the team. The team, managed by 1990 Daytona 500 winner, Derrike Cope, announced that the fourth-generation Earnhardt would drive their No. 00 entry, with sponsorship from VRX Simulators for the effort. They will have a guaranteed spot in the 60th running ofRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer The constant shuffling of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters continues. The latest recipient of a Charter that will guarantee a starting position for the 2018 season is StarCom Racing. Derrike Cope will drive the team’s No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the 60th running of the Daytona 500. StarCom Racing debuted with Cope in 2017 at Kansas Speedway. The team debuted just weeks after Cope parted ways with Premium Motorsports. In their second and most recent start at ISM Raceway, Cope finished a respectableRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Contributor Heading into the 59th running of the Daytona 500 this Sunday, it’s time again for another edition of “Throwback Thursday Theater,” in which we’ll take a look back at a race from Daytona’s past. This week’s edition features one of the greatest upsets ever in the “Great American Race” – the 1990 Daytona 500, which saw underdog Derrike Cope pull off the win after a dominant day from Dale Earnhardt went awry with half a lap to go. Earnhardt claimed a front row starting spotRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Contributor Heading into Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, all eyes were on the Team Penske cars to see if they could break the Joe Gibbs Racing stranglehold on the 2016 season and return to victory lane for the first time since late 2015 at Texas. After landing both team cars on the front row, both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski proved they would be the cars to beat throughout the day. Logano took off in the lead when the green flag flewRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Writer With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heading to the Lone Star State this weekend, it is time for another edition of Throwback Thursday Theater, and in this week’s edition we’ll take a look back at the race that started it all at Texas Motor Speedway, the 1997 Interstate Batteries 500 that took place on April 6, 1997. Before the race even started, there were issues with the opening of the track. For the track to find its way onto the NASCAR Cup schedule, another trackRead More