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Daytona 2019 Summary

Rick Ware Racing driver BJ McLeod finished 19th in the 61st running of the Great American Race at Dayotona International Speedway on Sunday.  The top 20 finish is the third in a row at Daytona International Speedway for the RWR #51, finishing 12th in last years Daytona 500 and 16th in the July race at Daytona in 2018.  The Winn Dixie #52 was driven by Cody Ware and finished 39th after a mid race incident.

"We had a great time in Daytona for Speedweeks and are very appreciative of Jacob Companies and Winn Dixie for coming on board as Primary Sponsors at Daytona" said team owner Rick Ware.  "We couldn't have done it without their support and we are very excited with the direction our team is headed this season."

Both RWR teams are in Atlanta preparing for the Folds of Honor/Quick Trip 500 this Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Harrison Rhodes finished 33rd in the RWR #51 last season at Atlanta, which was won by Kevin Harvick.

BJ Mcleod will be driving the Trick Shot Penetrating Lubricant #52 this week and Cody Ware will switch to the Jacob Companies #51 which will be a Ford Mustang.  "We are looking forward to unloading and running well after a great finish at Daytona" said BJ McLeod, "That was my best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and I can't thank Rick and Lisa Ware enough for letting me drive their Cup Series car at Daytona last Sunday.  We are looking forward to building on that and having a great 2019."  

Tune in to Fox and Fox Sports Go Sunday at 2:00 for the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 live from the Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Photo Cred:  Daniel Campbell

Winn-Dixie to sponsor Cody Ware in Daytona 500 debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. With the 61st annual Daytona 500 six days away, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the addition of Winn-Dixie as the primary sponsor of the team’s second chartered Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) entry driven by Cody Ware.  

Cody Ware, No. 52 Winn-Dixie Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey | Getty Images)

Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout five southeastern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.


Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which is one of the largest supermarket chains based in the Southeast.

Industry veteran George Church will guide Ware in his inaugural Daytona 500.

“This is like a dream come true,” said Cody Ware. “I really can’t explain the feelings I have about getting ready to run my first Daytona 500. “It’s like being a little kid at Christmas and it can’t get here soon enough. We still have a lot to learn even after practice and qualifying this past weekend.

“It’s also a bonus to be able to go out there and represent one of the biggest grocery chains in the country. I couldn’t believe it when Winn-Dixie agreed to be our primary partner for Daytona. This is a huge boost for Rick Ware Racing, and we plan on representing them to the best of our abilities.”

Rick Ware Racing team principal Rick Ware says he’s proud to have two cars in this year’s “Great American Race” – especially with marketing partners who are acquainted with the sport.

“We are very excited to be here at Daytona and equally excited to have Winn-Dixie on our No. 52 Chevrolet,” said Ware. “We have worked very hard during the off season to be able to bring our two teams to Daytona and continue with the enhancement of our program from 2018.

“We are very fortunate to have had some really great companies join our family during the off-season and even at the beginning of the season. To be able to see our No. 52 Chevrolet whip around Daytona with Winn-Dixie on board is very exciting. They are a familiar name in NASCAR and we’re thankful for their support.

“Being brand ambassadors for Winn-Dixie, JACOB Companies and the many other associate marketing partners is something that we all at Rick Ware Racing are very proud of.”

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17 with coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

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Rick Ware Racing introduces new marketing partner to its Cup Series teams

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – On the heels of marketing partner JACOB Companies returning to Rick Ware Racing (RWR) for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season, the team announced today it has signed Tioga Trading Company as an associate marketing partner beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sun., Feb. 17.

The Warren, Pennsylvania-based company recognizable for its line of K2 Sauce products will build upon its local auto racing partnerships and enter the pinnacle of Motorsports – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for its inaugural national foray.

Currently available in multiple grocers across the tri-state area of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, K2 Sauce is looking to rapidly expand its footprint and bring “the only sauce you will ever need” to homes across the United States in time for this year’s barbequing season.

Available in both original formula and hot, all-natural K2 Sauce is gluten-free, has no preservatives and is a great alternative to BBQ sauce, steak sauce, hot sauce, wing sauce and can even be used as a stir fry sauce.

“Rick Ware Racing is excited to add K2 Sauce to our growing list of marketing partners this season,” said team principal Rick Ware. “We pride ourselves with being able to provide various marketing programs to our partners including, but not limited to, being a part of our Motorsports program.

“Having their logo on our hauler, race cars, uniforms and equipment is exciting and looks great – but what’s most satisfying about our new relationship is that RWR offers a great business-to-business opportunity for companies like K2 to participate in.

“We are thrilled to have K2 Sauce join us for the greatest spectacle in racing, the Daytona 500, and of course the rest of the year too.”

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17 with coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Stay tuned to K2 Sauce’s official social platforms:, K2Sauce on Facebook, @k2sauce on Twitter and saucek2 on Instagram.

Following K2 Sauce’s social media channels, fans and consumers will have the chance to sample K2 Sauce, plus embrace the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, including a chance to attend an upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races as an honorary crew chief.

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