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A BIG WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA

This past weekend in Talladega Superspeedway was a huge success for all the RWR teams.  On the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series side, Cody Ware brought home the Jacob Companies #51 Ford Mustang in 28th place and without a single scratch.  Cody had a great afternoon and did a great job keeping up with the draft most of the afternoon.  Unfortunately, trying to stretch out the fuel mileage at the end of the first stage, the #51 ran out of fuel and had to coast back around the high banks of Talladega and to the pits.  Cody made it back to pit road, but it cost the team a lot of time and a couple of laps. Cody, and the #51 team bounced back and rallied to finish 28th and finish the race.

The #52 Huski Chocolate Chevrolet of Stanton Barrett had a long day as the car had motor issues and had problems keeping up with the draft.  To make issues worse, there were some problems with team communications which made it tough to let Stanton know when to fall in line to stay in the draft.  The car ended up breaking the right front suspension and fell out of the race to finish in 35th place.  Stanton was still upbeat in the garage following the race and felt like the team had something to build on for the future.  

The RWR #17 Xfinity team had a great day on Saturday and pulled out a 10th place finish.  Chris Cockrum did a great job navigating the #17 through several incidents and brought the car home with the teams first top 10 finish of the season in the Xfinity Series. The car, sponsored by Advanced Communications Group, was competitive all afternoon.  

The RWR teams are back at the shop in Thomasville, NC getting ready for the upcoming weekend at the Dover International Speedway.  Marketing opportunities are still available on the MENCS #52 an the NXS #17.  Contact Bryan Clodfelter at bryan@wareracing.com for more info.

 
 

 

Stanton Barrett Talladega Cup Preview

Stanton Barrett returns to Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that mainstay film director and stuntman Stanton Barrett will drive the team’s No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

 

The Bishop, Calif. native is set to make his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start but first on a superspeedway. Barrett efforts for his first Cup Series race of the season will be supported by Swedish-based Huski Chocolate.

Soon to be launched in the United States, Huski Chocolate is a premium organic cold chocolate milk beverage available with refreshing premium chocolate with a chocolate glacier taste.

Currently available in the United States, Huski Chocolate services their premium real hot chocolate syrup in the food and beverage industry including ski resorts, hotels and restaurants.

Huski Chocolate will utilize Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race to help launch the company’s “ready to drink” chocolate beverage, while also explore other business-to-business initiatives for the Huski Chocolate hot chocolate line.

“I’m glad to be back at the race track this weekend,” said Barrett who recently completed his stunt work in the upcoming expected summer blockbuster John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. “I’ve been super busy with my companies, but it’s exciting to come back to NASCAR and not only bring a new sponsor to the sport – but one that is sure to resonate with NASCAR fans.”

Over the course of his NASCAR career, Barrett has made five starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway between the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 1999, he earned a personal track best of 15th.

While expecting a very competitive race abreast a new rules package and the introduction of tapered spacers, Barrett says a good day will be finishing the race in one-piece with a solid finish.

“There are a lot of unknowns going into this weekend’s race. I’ve ran up front many times at superspeedways and seem to get caught up in the “big one” but we hope this weekend will be different,” added Barrett. “We’re already locked into the race – so we’ll be working on finding the right balance with our No. 52 Huski Chocolate Chevrolet and make sure when we need to put ourselves in the right place we can do so.

“Bringing a good finish will give us some momentum to maybe hopefully come back in the fall.”

Rick Ware, team principal of Rick Ware Racing says the team is thrilled to welcome Barrett back to the team.

“Stanton and I have worked together for a lot of years and I’m always happy to have him behind the wheel of one of our cars,” Ware said. “I think Sunday is a race where we can go and be competitive and he (Stanton) can work with the 51 car and have the chance to bring home our best results of the season.” 

Barrett’s No. 52 Chevrolet will also promote several charities this weekend. With an emphasis to bring them attentiveness, The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation will be promoted on the television panel. Established as a national identity in 2014, the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient.

22 Kill, a community that raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies will adorn the side panels.

And Heroes on the Water will also see their decals on Barrett’s car Sunday. Heroes on the Water is a veteran’s charity, creates alternative therapeutic programs to serve veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders and their families.

These experiential programs incorporate structured activities proven to improve the lives of these men and women. Each experience reduces the impact of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury while providing much-needed camaraderie and support.

Veteran industry leader George Church will call the shots as crew chief for in the 10th Cup race of the season.

To learn more about Huski Chocolate, please visit huskichocolate.com, like them on Facebook, follow along on Instagram (@huskichocolate) and follow them on Twitter (@huskichocolate).

For more on Stanton Barrett, please like his Facebook page, follow along on Instagram (@stantonbarrett). He is also active on Twitter. You can follow and Tweet with him @stantonbarrett. 

For more on Rick Ware Racing, please like them on Facebook (Facebook.com/rickwareracing) or visit WareRacing.com.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

Media Contact: Lisa Ware | Lisa@wareracing.com  

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BRISTOL RECAP

The RWR teams had a mixed weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend.  The #17 NASCAR Xfinity Series team, which was sponsored by East Carolina University, qualified 26th then shot up to 20th quickly.  Unfortunately a bad pit stop lost the positions gained and lost several laps.  The team fought hard the rest of the way but couldn't get the spots back and ended up in 28th place.  The East Carolina car did get a lot of attention and ECU will return at Richmond this weekend for another race with RWR.  Several sponsors have joined ECU on the Xfinity car for this weekends race at Richmond.

On the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series side, Gray Gaulding was the driver of the JACOB COMPANIES #51 Ford Mustang.  After starting the race and running well, the engine let go and forced the RWR #51 team to park the car early, earning a 36th place finish.  

The RWR #52, which was sponsored by BELMONT CLASSIC CARS and driven by Bayley Currey, had a good run and finished the race in 31st position.  " We had a good car", said Currey, "I feel like the team is making a lot of progress and our crew chief, George Church and I get along very well.  We will give it another shot at Richmond and try to build on what we have started."

The RWR Xfinity EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY car will be in the Toyota Care 250 on Friday night and the JACOB COMPANIES #51 and the RWR #52 cars will be in the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

For sponsorship opportunities please email Bryan Clodfelter at Bryan@Wareracing.com.

 
 
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