By AMANDA VINCENT
Reportedly, three of the 36 initial charters issued by NASCAR to Sprint Cup Series teams have hit the market and quickly been bought or leased.
Michael Waltrip Racing, which received two charters for its former No. 15 and No. 55 teams, is no longer in business. As a result, those two charters hit the NASCAR market, and according to former MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman, were purchased by Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. Both SHR and JGR are four-car teams, but each received only three charters. Stewart-Haas bought one of the two available Michael Waltrip Racing charters for its No. 41 team of driver Kurt Busch, while Joe Gibbs Racing purchased the other for its No. 19 team of driver Carl Edwards.
Premium Motorsports put its sole charter up for lease. That charter, reportedly, has been leased for the 2016 season by HScott Motorsports, set to be a two-car team in 2016. HScott’s former No. 51 team has been renumbered to No. 15 for Clint Bowyer’s one season with the organization. That team received a charter. But a charter was not received for HScott’s No. 46 team of driver Michael Annett. The leased charter is for that team. When Bowyer moves on to SHR to replace the retiring Tony Stewart for 2017, it is assumed that HScott will scale back to one car and transfer its No. 51/15 charter to its No. 46 for Annett.
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